Being Brickner : May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

Packing & Preparing

Update:  My cousin is getting married in Nashville this weekend, which means that Waverly Maye will be embarking on her first official vacation & flight.  We are getting our cowboy boots & hats ready and this beach babe is heading west.

Naturally, I am in total (over)planning mode.  My bags during my Pre-Waverly days came close to exceeding airline weight limits, so it's safe to say that we will be packing a few items for our 3-day excursion.  Honestly, if possible, I would prefer to charter a plane and would be able to fill it entirely with items just for Waverly.    

Since we will be sharing the flight with several other passengers, I have done my best to create a list & effectively plan to attempt to appear as a prepared, have-it-all-together kind of momma.  That will most likely work until the moment that Waverly has a blowout in her peach ruffled Gap dress & fabulous headband I had altered just for the occasion.
Yep, that's right.  I said it & it actually did happen.  I went to a tailor to have big girl headbands shortened to a little girls size.  And it was totally worth it. 
Lucky for me, Waverly still is pretty adorable without any clothes on at all.  And quite honestly, is happiest that way (even though I hate to admit it!).
Yea, we have been wearing our cowboy hat in the bath.  Just to get FULLY prepared for Nashville.
And if packing for this 3-day trip wasn't enough to throw me for a loop (#OCD), our house has also been turned upside down with boxes.  Boxes & tape.  Everywhere.  Because (fingers crossed!), our offer has been accepted on a house and we are set to close at the end of June.  We are completely over the moon, stressed & anxious ... all at the same time.  But above all, we know that things will work out as they were meant to.  And that wherever we go, this little lady is coming with us.
Because of all of this "moving" talk going on lately, Waverly Maye decided that it was the perfect week to officially learn to say bye-bye.
Bye-bye for now.  Enjoy your weekend!



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

(Long) Weekend Recap

Before having Waverly Maye, I really had no reason to document much about our weekends.  It wasn't that we didn't do anything worthwhile before.  It's just that now each & every weekend is more special.  Because of her, we take advantage of every moment that we have together, and each of those moments is incredibly memorable.  And I don't ever want to forget any of them.

We started off the weekend like we do most weekends - at the mall.  Waverly loves to watch the crowds of people & (obviously) to touch all of the clothes.  Now, many of the sales associates even know her name.
Not my proudest statement & a clear indication that I shop too much.

On Saturday, we took this beach babe down to the oceanfront.  It was a little cold for Memorial Day weekend, but someone didn't care.  

My mini-fashionista definitely has a little tomboy in her, too.  My mom said I played with dolls.  Waverly Maye covers herself plays with sand.  Lots of sand.And just like everything else these days, she loves sand so much that she would prefer it in her mouth.  We decided this was our cue to go. 

It's so much easier to wake up on Sunday morning without the fear thought of work the following day, don't you think?  Waverly Maye clearly wasn't concerned either way & was more focused with her Puffs.

I have been looking forward to taking Waverly to the Stawberry Festival in our area since she was in my belly.  It is one of those events that is perfect for families, but really isn't socially acceptable until you have one.  Lucky for me, I have a cute little one who was more than happy to take part in this year's excitement.

That night, our families came over to celebrate the holiday weekend with a patriotic cookout.  We indulged in good food, drinks & games.  I love a festive cookout, especially when it coincides with the start of summer!

We were in such a celebatory mood that we decided to let Waverly Maye practice for her cake smash next month.  I don't think we will have any issues.

On Monday, I got to play SAHM and obviously loved every second.  We happily headed back to the beach.

And once again, Waverly took the opportunity to cover herself (& eat) the sand.  Other than the obvious need to hose this little lady down after our excursion, the only fail of the day was my own lack of packing.  I've decided that in order to be fully prepared for the beach with a baby, you really need a U-Haul.  I guess I will looking into that shortly.

Finally, because twice in two days just wasn't enough, we headed back down to the oceanfront one final time.

 I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend & took time to think of our Vets and the reason we celebrate Memorial Day.  And that you are like me and LOVING the fact that we are already halfway to another weekend.  Happy Wednesday, friends. :)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Trendy Tot Tuesday: Totally Teal

I love Waverly Maye in anything & everything, but there are some extra special days that I just cannot get enough of her attire.  Days that I take over a million pictures of her & can't stop staring at her perfect little being. (Or is that everyday?!!)
Last week, we had one of those days.  Even Waverly was jumping for joy over her fashion.

I'm not sure it was the scarf, the harem pants, the turban or the sandals.  I'm thinking it was the combination of all of the above. And obviously above all else, the cute little lady in it.
Scarf, Pants, Shoes
DVF Headband No Longer Available

I have always loved the color turqouise, especially during the spring & summer months.  It looks good on everyone, is bright & fun, and always makes a statement.  And lucky for Waverly & I, it is perfect for a redhead.

1:  Strappy Sandals, 2:  Harem Pant, 3:  Romper, 4:  Floral Jacket, 5:  DVF Shirtdress, 6:  Basic Jumpsuit, 7:  Colorblock Cardigan

I kind of die over the DVF dress.  It is crazy cute.  And I may just actually die over the fact that my 10-month old is going to wear Diane Von Furstenberg before I ever get the chance.  They do say you want to give your kids everything you don't have. :)

Want to link-up?  Join Megan, Lindsey, and Kelly for Trendy Tot Tuesday.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Ten Month Update

Age:  Ten Months

Height:  26 Inches

Weight:  18 Pounds

Milestones:  We are in a whole new world over here these days.  Waverly Maye is a wild woman - and getting stronger, quicker, and more mobile everyday.  She can pull herself up without even blinking an eye, and then can manuever herself from one spot to the next.  If my mom intuitions are right, she will definitely be walking before her first birthday.  And we are in trouble - this little lady is a crazy one.  She says momma & dadda all the time, and has said bye-bye a couple of times, too.  She LOVES to imitate us and it is the cutest thing ever.  And the biggest milestone of the month is definitely her teeth!  She currently has three. :)

Sleep:  As always, I am nervous to state this ... but Waverly Maye is sleeping better than ever.  And therefore, so are we.  She has been going down without an issue each night around 8 and sleeping until about 6 the next morning.  It has been pure bliss, for everyone involved.  Naps are a different situation.  This baby girl fights naps on a daily basis - she doesn't want to miss a thing!  It's hard for me to get her on a good nap schedule while working & with different sitters during the week.  And obviously, when I get home, I don't want her to sleep!  But the countdown is on for summer & my number one goal is to get her on a
good routine.

Eating:  We got the green light for legit, big people food this month and we totally took it.  We started off by trying pastina, steamed broccoli, mac & cheese, waffles, ravioli and lots of fruits.  Her favorites are definitely waffles and mac & cheese.  I am pretty sure she would eat them all day, everyday if we would let her, and then lick the bowl.  I am also proud to still be breastfeeding, although definitely not as much.  We are down to a small feeding in the morning & at night, but I feel so lucky to have that special time with my girl, even if it is just twice a day.  My goal is still one year - almost there!

Favorite Moments:  Waverly Maye's spunky, crazy personality definitely keeps us on our toes, but is so much fun.  She is seriously the happiest baby ever (I am biased), and everyday with her is completely entertaining.  Highlights of our week are anytime spent outdoors, Sunday mornings at Little Gym, meal & and bath time.  Um ... I guess that is all day, everyday?!!  She is the best. :)

Worst Moments:  I always want to be honest on this blog, the good, the bad & the ugly ... so even though I would rather not admit our worst moment, I will.  This one was definitely ugly.  Waverly got a hold of my curling iron over the weekend.  My hot curling iron.  I looked away for a millisecond and she had grabbed the handle and dropped the rod on her sweet little arm.  She only cried for a couple of minutes & has been happy as ever since, but I have obviously never felt worse.  Waverly's first injury would be with a hair appliance.  I have had about a 100 of those, but I was hoping Waverly Maye would at least be exempt until she hit high school.  TOTAL crash of the month.

Extra Comments:  My hubby & I looked at each other last night, as Waverly was shrieking, clapping, and racing across the living room floor (all at once) ... and simply proclaimed our fear of the future.  In a good way.  Without a doubt, Waverly Maye is going to ensure that our lives are never going to be boring.  She is so animated, the life of the party, and as outgoing as they come.  We couldn't love her more. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Nine Month Favorites

As Waverly Maye gets more hyper-active everyday, life continues to change & so does our need for new products.  These days, I am convinced our entire house looks like a daycare.  We are constantly striving to keep our curious cutie entertained, and even our favorite finds are only effective for about ten minutes.  So thanks to glamma, amazon, & some of my favorite blogs ... we have assembled quite the collection of items in an attempt to satisfy "Wild Waverly." :)

1:  Playskool Poppin Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper - We got this because it was the #1 rated toy of 2012.  I can see why.  Even I am thouroughly entertained by this adorable elephant and the balls that pop out left & right.  Playing with it may even rival an episode of the Real Housewives. :)
2:  Fun Balls - Speaking of balls ... these bright, colorful adorable balls are a total score.  Over the weekend, we covered a baby pool with them & that kept her busy for an entire 15 minutes.  Day to day, Waverly loves to hold one in each hand and to (obviously) suck on them.  Her favorites are the pink.  A total girl.
3:  Beaba Stackable Formula & Snack Container -  We love Beaba products and this one is no exception.  This is perfect for bringing a variety of snacks without them ending up in a crumbled mess all over the diaper bag. 
4:  Baby Mum-Mum Biscuits - Waverly is now bored with Puffs and has moved on to these.  One pack of Mum-Mums does its job in holding her over during meal times while I am making her food - a complete neccesity since those moments can bring some major anxiety.  Plus this "three-teeth tot" gets a big kick out of biting down on these.
5:  Neat Solutions Table Toppers - We have the Tiny Diner placemat which does the exact same thing, but lately I prefer the disposable version.  They are smalll enough to pack in your diaper bag, which eliminates the need for you to carry another item in addition to the 20 rhat you already are.  While carrying the baby. 
6:  Skip Hop Sprout Whale Cover - Even though we have about 400 bath toys, Waverly would rather just play with the faucet & drain in the bath tub.  For safety reasons, this is a must.  And it's pretty cute.

In addition to these products, I could certainly include Waverly's other favorites ... any & all of our baskets full of household items, the vacuam cleaner, VCR, & of course, the dog.  Let's face it, she would rather be occupied with any of those than the child-friendly toys we purchased for her.  
Such is life, one day she won't be so fond of cleaning items.

We have also done lots of research for our new food regimen & obvious need for baby-proofing.  Posts to come, right after Waverly's 10 MONTH Post this Sunday.  Yep, this little lady is less than a week from being in the double digits.

Happy Friday!  Enjoy the holiday weekend. :)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Trendy Tot Tuesday: Stylish Stripes

It's Trendy Tot Tuesday again and time to link up with Kelly, Megan & Lindsey.  This week, we are seeing stripes.  Lots of stripes.

Shirt & Pants
I have always loved stripes.  They are such a classic and work in so many ways.  I have striped pants, striped scarves, striped shirts, striped maxi dresses, striped skirts ... and most of them, I have worn over & over for years.  (Which can't be said for all of my Forever 21 purchases.  Like, for example, my plaid ponchos.  Not so versatile.)  Stripes instantly make me feel like I should be sipping a glass of Pinot on a fancy boat in the Hamptons.  And since that obviously isn't happening anytime soon, or ever, putting this classic on Waverly Maye will have to do.
1:  Two-Toned Striped Trousers, 2:  Multi-Striped Sundress, 3:  Striped Velour Dress, 4:  Circo Infant Bathing Suit, 5:  Striped Tee, 6:  Striped Sweater
Even Waverly Maye can't take her eyes off of herself in stripes.

Jumpsuit No Longer Available
Can you blame her?  I can't.  Thank goodness this striped jumpsuit isn't for sale in my size, because if it was, there might just be a redheaded mama wearing one.  At the same time as my redheaded baby girl.

Happy Trendy Tot Tuesday! :)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Words from Our Weekend

Happy Monday!  My Mondays are little easier these days ... now that I am only 15 days until summer break.  And entire days devoted to this face.

Just like every other recent weekend, we used every opportunity to take advantage of this warm weather.  This outdoor girl can be instantly cured of any meltdown with a little dose of sunshine.  She loves to to go on walks, to swing, and just like her momma - to simply just sit outside and watch people walk by. 

Shirt & Shoes 

H&M Dress - No Longer Available
I am convinced our neighbors think I am a lunatic.  Me & mini-me literally sit out there for hours, and I have moved most of my photo sessions to our front lawn since that is where I can actually attempt to keep her still.  I have lost all sense of pride or dignity (although I am pretty sure that happened during labor), and will jump up & down or sing songs to keep her entertained enough to stay in one spot.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  Usually on those times, I call in my hubby for back-up and have him pull out the faithful "hold her hands while standing" move.

 Thanks to my mom, we also found a new strategy for keeping Waverly in one place over the weekend.  Like most new grandmas, Waverly's "glamma" constantly spoils her with new fashions & toys.  Her most recent gift, the Little Tikes 3-in-1 Tricycle actually spoiled me, since it was immediate entertainment.  Although Waverly wasn't sure of it at first ...

 Soon enough, was riding in style like the cool chica that she is.

I have a feeling we will be getting a lot of use out of this glamma gift.  The only downside is the fact that it now officially looks like a day care in our front yard, since we don't have a garage for the 4.1 million toys we have for our one child.  I'm telling you ... those neighbors are probably ready for us to officially find a house. :)

Enjoy your week, friends.  We are already dreaming of festive cookouts, red & white striped straws, & patriotic fashions around here.  You know we love a holiday.  

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday Facts

This has been a monumental week in Waverly Maye's world.  The big news?  This little lady officially has a tooth.  It's for real this time.  We can actually feel it & see it.  She is not going to be a toothless 2-year old and my assumptions finally turned out to be right. 
Even if it was a couple of months later.  Those rough nights at 7 months were obviously due to this.  Make sure you tell my husband that.

She really doesn't want to show off her latest milestone & clearly is little unsure about the whole situation.

Headband & Shoes
Ironically, for the most part, Waverly hasn't acted that much out of the ordinary.  She has definitely been wanting to chew on anything & everything, but has been doing that for months.  I am pretty sure she tried to take a bite out of my arm yesterday. 

As sanitary as it is, she would really just like to suck on my keys all day long.  After I discovered her love for them about a month ago, I bought her a Fisher-Price, child-friendly version.  She didn't want anything to do with them.  She knows the deal & wants the real thing.  Trouble ahead.

Shirt & Jeans
As far as real food is concerned - no problems there.  This little piggie eats all day long, with or without teeth.  Waverly loves Eggo waffles, mac & cheese, and I am pretty sure she eats her entire weight in Mum-Mums. She wants her food & mine too. 
Not a bad diet regimen for me?

After all of those long, sleepless nights that I convinced myself were due to teething ... the past couple of weeks have been the best sleep Waverly Maye has ever had.  She has been going to sleep around 8 PM and sleeping uninterrupted until the next morning.  You know, sleeping like a baby. :)
Although now that I have officially documented that, I am sure she will be up all night tonight. #Superstitious

Me & this little lady (with a tooth) are super excited for the weekend.  Even though leaving her in the morning is always hard, it's a little easier on Fridays when I know we will be together for three days straight. 

H&M Dress & Charlotte Russe Shoes No Longer Available

Cheers to the weekend.  XOXO

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Scenes from Our Spring Photos

We obviously do not have a shortage of pictures of Waverly Maye or of our lives since welcoming her in July.  Yet as I often think, more of a good thing can never hurt, right?!  (The more celebrations, the better!  The more cute clothes, the better! ... )  I am not sure if my husband agrees, but I convinced him to participate in our spring family photos by explaining how much I know Waverly will appreciate these one day.  I just hope that my statement is accurate. :)

Although we have a great photographer who will take Waverly Maye's one year photos very soon, we decided to take these with my new big girl camera.  Thanks to my mom for capturing them.
 Her face melts my heart.  She is such a sweet, spunky baby girl & her facial expressions completely show her personality. 

I had to resist my overwhelming urge to wear my own version of Waverly's dress so that we could completely match, because I am sure that would have ruined any chances of my hubby's presence.  Instead, I had to settle for a matching color scheme.  Which has obviously happened before.  Once or twice.

My favorite picture from the bunch, without a doubt, is the one of Waverly Maye & her dad.  That little hand on his chest & his proud face.  I knew he would adore having a girl.  I am so anxious for Father's Day to celebrate him and what an amazing dad he has become.  And obviously, to thank him for putting up with my crazy ideas (with a smile on his face.) 

Happy almost weekend. XOXO

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Girly & Tough Chic: Trendy Tot Tuesday

It's Trendy Tot Tuesday & time to link up with Kelly, Megan, and Lindsey.  Thank you, as always!

One of my favorite things about fashion is the ability to dress for your mood.  Lucky for me (at least for now), I get to express myself through both my style & Waverly Maye's.  I'm obviously taking advantage of that opportunity.  At least a little bit. :)

Overall, I would say that my our style is feminine.  I'm a girly-girl - I love being a girl & having a girl.  Waverly Maye's room is clearly a perfect place for a little lady & we totally embrace the color pink.  With that being said, I can appreciate some "fierce fashion," too.  I LOVE offsetting a delicate, floral dress with a black leather jacket, or pairing a studded bracelet with an ethereal maxi dress.  So naturally, Waverly Maye has been sporting some girly & tough looks of her own lately.
Girly Romper & Shoes No Longer Available;  Tough Dress, Vest No Longer Available, Shoes, Headband
As Waverly Maye's personality continues to show more each day, I have quickly realized that it's very similar on our current take on fashion.  She can be sweet & loving, but also has that flair.  I think she may get that one from her momma.  Just ask my hubby.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Messages from Our Mom Day Weekend

Just like every other weekend since having Waverly Maye, the last couple of days were ones for the books.  Thanks to this face.


As nice as a massage or a spa day would be, the only way I wanted to celebrate my first official Mother's Day weekend was with Waverly Maye.  Time spent with her these days is anything but relaxing.  Better words to describe it would most likely be crazy, comical, & occasionally, straight-up hysteria.  She keeps us on our toes (literally) 100% of the time.  And we wouldn't have it any other way.   

Target Dress
Sunday was perfect.  We started the day with Waverly's current favorite, Eggo Waffles.  I swear I looked over at one point and she was face down licking some fallen syrup off of her bib.  Luckily her Gap yellow dress was safe from the mess & we headed to our kids class at The Little Gym, brunch with my in-laws, and then lunch with my side of the family.
 Nothing makes me happier as a mom than to see how much my little girl is loved.  We are so fortunate to have family & extended family who live close by  and who surround Waverly Maye with the attention that she clearly craves & adores.  As hectic as it makes our holidays, at the end of the day, we know we have the best case scenario.  And we are so thankful.  

I hope you mommas had the perfect weekend that you deserve.  Now it's time to plan for the dads.  I think Waverly has something extra special planned for her favorite man.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

A Memorable Mom Day

Happy Mother's Day ... to new moms, expectant moms, & to those moms who have been celebrating for a while (as you should.)  And of course, to MY mom.  The woman who has shown me how to be a mom & who I only hope I can live up to one day.  I now understand her unconditional love for me, and the reason why she has always been the person I can count on.  For anything.
Like when she called the dean of Radford University because I couldn't stand my roommate or pulled me back into the hair salon when I hated my prom hair but was too scared to tell my stylist.  Or when she paid for multiple personal trainers because I couldn't figure out the back-handspring I needed to make the cheerleading team.  And obviously, when she calmed me down during my 48-hour labor & when Waverly Maye wouldn't sleep for during her third month.  The list goes on ... 

  I can only hope that Waverly Maye & I have the same close relationship one day.  That one day, she will look up to me, count on me, and love to the same extent that I love my mom.

My first moments as a mom this year have been nothing short of amazing.  I love being a mom.  Every part of it.  And obviously need nothing more than Waverly Maye to celebrate my first official day.

Happy Mother's Day.  

Friday, May 10, 2013

Lessons from my Little Lady

This Sunday will be my first Mother's Day as a mom.  Even though Waverly Maye was clearly "in the oven" at this time last year, the mom title was hardly yet official.

It would be an understatement to say that a lot has changed since this time last year.  While I still have LOTS to learn, I would undoubtably say that I have grown more as a person recently than any other period in my entire life.  Since having Waverly Maye, I have obviously learned some practical lessons, but most importantly, this little lady has taught me about life.   While anticipating her arrival, I knew there was lots I had to teach her.  What I didn't know is all she would show me.

Watching the world through those beautiful blue eyes is incredibly rewarding.  Everything excites her, is interesting to her, and she takes advantage of each & every moment of the day.
Really.  This girl fights naps like its her job.  She seriously doesn't want to miss a moment that life has to offer.  And as much as I know my 9-month old needs to take a rest during the day, I can't blame her for wanting to live it up.


Waverly Maye is a morning girl, just like her momma.  She wakes up ridiculously excited for another day.  Once she makes sure she gets our attention and we arrive by her crib to get her, she claps her hands with pure joy.

She claps her hands a lot these days.  She is SO happy.  All the time.
Except when she wants her bottle.  ASAP.  And we aren't being quick enough.  Or when she wants to play with my craft supplies basket instead of her toys and I won't let her.  But those moments can be immediatly turned around.  You get the point. 

Being a mom is better than I could have ever imagined.  I have certainly had stressful days, hard moments, and felt overwhelmed more than once (or twice).  Yet this special little person that I am so lucky to call my daugher makes each day special & memorable.  She makes me realize that the little things I worry about are just that.  Little.  She has taught me the real meaning for life - for my life - and to take advantage of each part of it.  To live everyday to the fullest, and to get excited to do just that. 
I couldn't love her more.
(Although I thought that yesterday, and today I am pretty sure that I do.)

HASH TAG - Love being a mom. And am so thankful that I am.