Being Brickner : July 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

Waverly Maye's First Birthday

Thank you for sweet birthday wishes for our ONE-YEAR old baby girl. 
We have been in recovery mode since Sunday morning, all exhausted with a birthday hangover ... and not the kind that result from too many free shots at the bar.  Whatever the case, it was worth it, & Waverly Maye is now one!  She rocked it out all weekend long, just as I knew this party girl would.
Since Waverly's actual birthday was a Friday & her party wasn't until Saturday, it worked out so we could have an entire weekend of festiveness. 
(Waverly & I planned that out last year when deciding the day she would arrive, obviously.)
  On Waverly's birthday eve, we started the tradition of covering her floor with balloons so that she would see them first thing in the morning.  I saw the tradition on Pinterest months ago and knew I had to start it with Waverly Maye this year. 
And of course, Friday morning my hubby & I busted into her room singing Happy Birthday.  In between that & a floor full of balloons, Waverly was clearly confused & was convinced we had both lost our minds.
For Waverly's birthday breakfast, she had her first DONUTS.  A totally big moment, since her daddy loves them dearly & she definitely takes after me with her sweet tooth.  And of course, she was dressed in her first "You Are My Sunshine" themed outfit of the weekend. #LOVEATHEME

After some last-minute party preparations, a birthday lunch, & an afternoon at the kids gym, we had family over for Waverly Maye's first birthday celebration ... you know, the party before the party.  We went with a pizza picnic theme, since our new house is still a work in progress and there is no seating at the moment.  It didn't matter, as long as the birthday girl was there.  And she definitely was, in all her glory.  My girl loves some attention, and we like to give it to her.

Of course, my sweet-tooth sweetie was more than happy to indulge in her first of two cake smashes of the weekend.  She appreciated the audience she had while covering herself in cake and clapping every time we did.  I'm pretty sure she is now going to be less than impressed when it's only mommy & daddy sitting near the high chair this week.
What I was most excited about was my personal gift to her, a birthday knife, which was the second of two traditions I planned to start with Waverly Maye on her birthday. 

 The box is now even complete with icing from her first birthday cake.  The poem reads:
"Here's a gift for your birthday
Something for you to usec
In a very special way.
This knife shall be a tradition
Year after year.
For cutting your birthday cake
Until you wedding day is here.
Many memories will be made
From now until then.
And with your groom
Let new ones begin.
This heirloom will bring
Through all the years much joy
A gift it will then become
To your little girl or boy.
Thank you to Trish at Pink Preppy Lover for sharing this sweet tradition on her blog, I can't wait to use it year after year & just know Waverly Maye will truly appreciate it one day.
 The entire day was so special, memorable, & best of all, spent with the happiest little birthday girl.  Thank you to our family for loving Waverly Maye just as much as we do, she is one lucky one-year old.  More to come on Waverly's You Are My Sunshine party! :)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Twelve Month Update

Since I now have a ONE YEAR OLD, here is Waverly Maye's 12 month update!  
Thank you for sweet wishes, birthday & party details to come. :)

Weight:  19 Pounds
Height:  27 Inches
Milestones:  The biggest milestone of the month is that Waverly can stand ... on her own!  It started slowly but surely and now happens throughout the day.  She is so proud of herself and it is too cute.  Even though I was convinced she would be walking by now, she technically isn't.  YET.  She is more than capable and has taken a few steps here & there, but like always, she isn't going to do anything she doesn't want to do.  She's not ready yet, but it will definitely happen any day now.  Waverly also waves hello & bye-bye on the regular now, while saying it, too.  And of course, her favorite words of choice are momma & dadda.  Which we LOVE.  At the moment, she can say it as much as she wants to.
Sleep:  For the most part, Waverly's sleep situation is still pretty positive.  Which is pretty remarkable, considering she has been in an entirely new environment this month.  At night, she sleeps from about 8 PM - 8 AM.  Our new nap schedule has definitely been affected by the move, although her first 10 AM nap is still pretty consistent.  The afternoon nap is hit or miss.  Some days it can be an hour, and others she skips it entirely.  I can't complain, the girl parties so hard when she is awake, she is a pretty good sleeper.
Eating:  It seems that Waverly takes after her dad when it comes to eating, and is as picky as they come.  Although she loves to eat, it is pretty unpredictable as to what she likes and doesn't like.  The only no-fail food, all of the time, is waffles.  She still likes most macaroni, turkey, & cheese but fruits & veggies are still a struggle.  We definitely know when she doesn't like something, or when she is full, because the dogs totally luck out.  As far as breastfeeding, we are done!  It is definitely bittersweet, because I loved the time with precious time with her, but I am MORE than happy to store away that pump.  Post on my breastfeeding experience to come.
Favorite Moments:  Waverly's last month of her first year has been a chaotic one, since we are in between houses and living out of a suitcase.  But through it all, we have had some special mommy & daughter time and have grown closer than ever.  We have had many walks, days at the pool, lunch & dinner dates, and time at the park.  Her personality comes through more each day and she is SO fun, animated, and full of life.  Once again, each month gets better & better.  She makes each day better than the last and I can't wait to see what is next!
Worst Moments:  Since my hubby has been living in our new house getting it ready for our arrival, we haven't had much family time this month.  Although I always have thought highly of them, my respect for single moms & families who have to live without dad for a while is at an all-time high.  Life without daddy is hard, both emotionally & physically.   
Extra Comments:  Just as everyone said, Waverly has changed by the day over the past year.  You don't realize it as it is happening, but looking back, no week was the same as the next.  Being able to look back on these updates is so rewarding to me, and I hope Waverly will appreciate them one day, too.  Although I have gone back & forth on it, I have decided to continue doing them.  The content may change a little, and the picture layout DEFINITELY will be different. (Total new mom fail, did I really think she was going to look up & sit still at eleven months old?  I'm pretty sure I was sweating at the last photo session).  So stay tuned. PS - I have promised my husband I will stop the monthly updates by the time she hits middle school.  Although I think a photo of Waverly Maye in front of her locker would be precious. :)  



Friday, July 26, 2013

A Letter to My One-Year Old

It's official.  Waverly Maye is a one-year old TODAY. 
Happiest birthday to this beautiful, crazy little lady.

Photo Credit; N.A. Barrett Photography
 Waverly Maye,
It has now been one year since you made your (fashionably late) debut and changed our lives forever.  I remember the day so well.  After carrying you in my belly for nine months and some odd days, I was SO ready to meet you.  Though I was hesitant to share you with others after having you all to myself, I had waited to become a mom my entire life.  And I knew that the second you came into this world, it would be official.  What I wasn't prepared for was how much I would immediately love you.  That night, you stole my heart and will forever have it.
Along with a few others.  The nurses said that one little baby had never had such an entourage.  You are loved, baby girl.
The weeks following your birth were crazy, tough, & definitely emotional.  Your daddy & I had a lot to learn with this whole parenting thing and honestly, I don't think either of us were prepared for how much life was really about to change.  The 365 days since your birth have been some of the most challenging of my life.  And also, without a doubt, the BEST.
I wake up each morning with a giddy feeling that I get to spend more time with you.  Watching you smile, explore, and experience all aspects of life for the first time is too rewarding for words.  You, Waverly Maye, are so happy & full of life.  You are smart, kind, full of personality, and beautiful inside & out. You continuously amaze me and I am so proud (and still in disbelief) to call you my daughter.  You have become my sidekick, the person I want to spend all day everyday with, and my entire world.
Thank you for teaching me about life & about myself.  As you have grown this year, so have I, and that is because of you.  We have experienced so much together & you have given my life new meaning and excitement.  You have made me realize what really matters.  You, Waverly Maye, are so important to me and ALWAYS will be.  I would do anything for you, and remember that you will be forever be my baby.  The one who made me a mommy.
As we say good-bye to your first year, I can't wait to see what is next.  You have such big things ahead, I just know it, and I am so lucky to be your biggest fan every step of the way.  I love you to the moon and back, baby girl.  And a little bit more than that.
Your Momma


*In addition to celebrating Waverly Maye today, my hubby & I also celebrate one year of parenthood.  I saw this quote when Waverly was about six months old, loved it, and still completely agree.  It seems appropriate for today.

"The hardest part about being a mom: the heaviness of it all.  Life was much lighter when I didn't have to worry about another person so intimately.  The best part:  the heaviness of it all.  Life is so much better knowing that I get to have the most intimate of connections that humans are capable of having."


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Birthday Eve

Happy Birthday Eve to this almost one-year old!
I love the idea of celebrating as much as possible, so without a doubt, a big event like Waverly's birthday will be no different.  In between getting settled into our new house, this week has been full of preparing for Waverly's party & enjoying some sweet moments with our toddler-to-be. 
It's pretty fitting that Waverly's actual birthday has been extended past one day, since her birth was much in the same.  Throughout the entire month of July, I was convinced she would make her debut at any moment.  I was wrong, and made it to the full 40 weeks of pregnancy.
My doctor decided to go ahead with an induction scheduled for July 24th.   I was convinced that our daughter would arrive on this day, but she clearly had different plans.  In total, it was 48 hours after we checked into the hospital that we finally met Waverly Maye.
Clearly, she was more than worth it.  And furthermore, it was a total indication of her determined personality to come.
More on her birth story here.
Tomorrow, for her actual birthday, it will be a mommy & mini day and dinner with family.  And Saturday will be all about partying with our sweet sunshine.  I am super excited to celebrate my sweet girl and our first year as parents.  It has been - without a doubt - the best year of our lives & we can't wait for all that is to come.  With her, every day gets better & better.
 Happy Birthday Eve, Waverly Maye.
And happy almost weekend, friends.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Trendy Tot Tuesday: Royal Purple

We love color.  Although green is most likely our fave (redhead thing), we always like to keep our options open and avoid wearing the same look each day.  Yesterday, it was all about the purple.  Royal purple, that is.
My friends & family know that I have been on official royal baby watch lately.  I can't help but love Kate, her fairytale story, and best of all, her fashion. So if I'm honest, once her pregnancy was announced, the thought for Waverly & I to make our way to London for the due date crossed my mind.  A couple of times.
But since that obviously wasn't going to happen, the next best thing had to do.  And that was wearing purple in honor of the heir-to-be once Kate's labor was announced this morning.

Well, that & a little festive afternoon tea & a couple of candids with the Duke & Duchess.
Yes, the official souvenir cup & flag both belong to me.  Thank you to my sweet sister-in-law for the gift at my bridal shower a couple of years ago.  It totally came in handy.
Especially when my hubby came home to this craziness this afternoon.  Poor thing married a crazy little lady! :)
Happy Trendy Tot Tuesday, Happy One Day Old to the Prince, & (most importantly!), Happy Almost Birthday to Waverly Maye.  Three more days until you are ONE!!!!
Don't forget to link-up with Kelly, Megan & Lindsey for Trendy Tot Tuesday.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Ten & Eleven Month Favorites

The countdown continues & this little lady will officially be ONE in less than a week.

Waverly Maye has decided that she doesn't need to be bothered with baby toys anymore.  She would rather stay occupied with IPhones & Ipads, remotes, cords, jewelry, and her current top choice, any drawer or cabinet she can find.   So even though we have enough to run a small daycare, our 10 & 11 month favorite list doesn't include any toys.  Here is what we chose to focus on instead ...

1:  Britax Marathon Car Seat:  A new purchase this week and a TOTAL life-changer.  I can't believe we didn't do it before.  Waverly has never been a fan of the car seat, and I have been experiencing the "mom guilt" every time we are driving for pretty much the duration of her life.  With all this extra room, she is SO much happier and it makes all the driving we do a much better experience.
2:  Baby Float:  Our water baby loves this float and with the heat wave we have been having this summer, it's a total must-have.  The shade on the top comes in handy too, since my mini-me redhead was gifted with my skin coloring. (Sorry, Waverly Maye!)
3:  Johnsons Face & Hand Wipes:  These have been a diaper bag necessity forever, but the older Waverly gets, the more we need them.  My fashionista can be a bit of a tomboy which makes these necessary at all times.
4:  Superyard:  Another recent purchase that I am super excited about.  At first I was hesitant because of that (damn) mom guilt again, but Waverly actually doesn't mind it & it has been used lots already.  There have been SO many times that Waverly is content playing and I need to run upstairs quickly to get something, and this makes it possible without having to tote her with me.
5:  Burley Bee Bike Trailer:  Love this SO MUCH!  Perfect to take your sweet little one to the beach, the park, or an afternoon bike ride.  There is plenty of room to pack pretty much your entire house ... which let's face it, moms tend to do.  Even Wild Waverly doesn't mind being strapped down in this.
6:  Uppababy Stroller:  Although pricey, I would definitely recommend our stroller.  It comes with three attachments ... a bassinet, car seat adapter, and the regular seat that we use now.  It is easy to use, comfortable for Waverly Maye, and super chic. 

For obvious reasons, other big favorites of the moment are any child-proofing products that we can get our hands on.  It's amazing how fast our little munchkin can wreck shop.
PS -  It's now OUR house that she is being wild in.  We are officially moved in. YAY! :)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Life in July

Thank you for the sweet comments on Waverly's cake smash pictures.  We are counting down the days until our sweet sunshine turns one. :)
Other than Waverly's first birthday, this summer's obvious big news is the purchase of our first house.  While completely exciting, this home ownership thing seems to be more stressful than I was planning on.  My husband started our home renovation within an hour of getting the keys, which left Waverly & I living in 2 different houses for the past 3 weeks.  While we are so appreciative of those helping around us, turns out living out of a suitcase with a baby isn't the easiest.  Good thing that baby is cute. 
And for the most part, she is unaffected by this major life change.  We hope to move her into her first real, legit home by this weekend & will share pictures soon!
*You know, after the dumpster, tools, & beer bottles are out of the way.  It is total man's land ... for now.
The upside from being homeless & without my husband is all of the quality, mommy & mini time Waverly & I have had lately.  The best decision I made this summer was getting season passes to our local water park.  Waverly LOVES the water, and the park has the perfect kids area (and bar for the parents).

Gap Bathing Suit & Heaband
(No Longer Available)
The second best decision I made this summer was this bike trailer
It is quite possibly my favorite baby item of the moment (and that's saying a lot).  Wild Waverly will actually sit in it, most likely because she is entertained by all she can gaze at while riding.  It's good exercise for me, and it has lots of room to pack all we need.  The only downside is that Waverly Maye would rather hold her helmet than wear it on her head. 
This heavy helmet clearly crossed the line of the crazy amount of head accessories I've been adorning her with since she was born.
And lastly, Waverly's first summer smores experience was a success.

Ruffle Butts
I think she liked them.  Good thing we are currently undergoing a heat wave so she could be near naked for the experience.  It was messy, but worth it.
We hope everyone is having a great July & staying cool! 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Trendy Tot Tuesday: Polka Dot Perfection

I love to rock a print, and without a doubt, one of my favorite prints is polka dots.  There is just something so fun, playful, and youthful about them.  I just can't get enough.

Old Navy Sunglasses
Clearly, neither can Waverly Maye.  Her closet is full of polka dots ... polka dot shirts, dresses, sunglasses, bathing suits, you name it.  We certainly don't leave anything out.  Here are some of our favorite polka dot picks of the moment. 
1:  Mixed Print Pleated Top; 2:  Printed Flutter-Sleeve Dress; 3:  Polka Dot Pleated Dress; 4:  Printed Bubble Rompers; 5:  Polka Dot Blouse; 6:  T-Shirt Dress

 I can't be the only one to love a polka dot print, because there were about 100 more options I could have chosen.  Online, in the store, and Waverly's closet, of course.


Old Navy Romper

H&M Dress

Hope you ladies are having a wonderful week!  Thanks to Kelly, Megan, and Lindsey for the weekly link-up.

PS - Anyone else on royal baby watch?!  We LOVE Kate & her pregnant polka dots. :)