I’m not quite sure how this happened, but yesterday was the last day of my 20s.  So yes, in other words, today I turn THIRTY years old.  The age that I used to think was ridiculouosly old & reserved for boring grown-ups.  I swear just yesterday my girlfriends & I were praying that our fake IDs would work to get into the bars down at the oceanfront.
Lucky for us, most of the time, they did. 🙂
Yet if I’m honest, thirty feels pretty damn good.

For one, I have learned some major life lessons during this last decade.  Like, for example, how to do my make-up & to not let my friends cut my long hair (they really do mean the best but let’s be honest, the only person who should have hair scissors should have gone to hair school.)  After 20 too many sunburns, I’ve learned to always use sunscreen and to re-apply all day long.  And in more recent years, I’ve definitely learned that I can’t even come close to hanging like I used to.  A couple of adult beverages is definitely craved & needed on the weekends, but my college days of double rum & diets all night long are long gone.

Tell that to the mom who indulged in more than enough wine my first night out after baby & had to pay for it the following series of days.  Funny, Waverly Maye didn’t seem to care that I had a week-long hangover. 
Most importantly, I’ve learned that life is short & to fully take advantage of every moment.  To live life for me, do what makes me happy, and to not worry so much about what other people think. This little life we have created is so much more than I could ever have hoped for.  Our family of three is so lucky to have so many special people surrounding us, specifically our supportive family & friends who we know will be lifelong.


 I am SUPER excited for a weekend full of celebrating!  Tonight is dinner with the family & tomorrow night is a night out with the girls that is long overdue.  And then on Saturday, the hubby & I will have our first entire night without Waverly Maye since she was born.  Definitely needed, but of course will be bittersweet.
PS – I will be sure to remember the adult beverage lesson while out with the girls.  Although something tells me we won’t even make it past 9:00.  No one is exempt from this “getting older” thing so they are boring grown-ups now, too.
PPS – Waverly Maye, if you are reading this one day, don’t even THINK about getting a fake ID.  Like ever.  I will totally figure you out.
Enjoy your weekend!

Our weekend was full of family, friends, & of course, fashion.  This walking 13-month old is happy to show off her stylish looks … accessories & all.  The sidewalk at our park has become her own little catwalk.

On Saturday, us girls attended a shower to celebrate Waverly’s cousin that will be joining our family very soon.  The color of the day was blue & as always, we were more than happy to dress in theme.

The rest of our weekend was spent enjoying the final days of this warm weather.  I’m super excited for fall & the holidays, but being able to spend our days taking in sweet summertime has been the best.  Waverly LOVES being outside & I do, too. 

The sight of those baby rolls sure doesn’t hurt.  I could seriously stare of those chubby legs all day long.  We won’t be covering them until we have to.

 Although obviously, when we do have to … there are a couple of fall fashions hanging in that sweet girl’s closet.  Post to come. 🙂
HAPPY TUESDAY, Don’t forget to join Kelly, Megan & Lindsay for Trendy Tot Tuesdays!

YES, I have decided to continue Waverly Maye’s monthly updates, even though my husband thinks I’m crazy.  They really are fun to do, rewarding to look back on, & another reason for a mini-photo session is always welcome around here. 
Besides, let’s face it, my husband thinks my need for constant festiveness & photo-taking is crazy, yet I think he really loves it.  Deep down.
Baby girl is now a whole THIRTEEN months old, making her a certified TODDLER!  Since she is such a little lady now, the format of her monthly updates will change.  But lucky for us, that sweet face has not!
Stats:  28 inches (5th percentile; YES, she is a shorty but that just means she can fit into her clothes for longer!) & 20 pounds.
Current Words & Other Milestones:  Momma is definitely the most used word in her current vocabulary, and yes, that makes this momma very happy!  She says it all the time, whenever she needs anything at all.  Smart girl, she knows who makes things happen!  Her other favorite word is bye-bye, which she also uses constantly, to both people in the stores or her toys when they go in the toy bin.  And yes, dada is now being used more & more, this daddy’s girl even has attached the word to her favorite man.  Other words are Bogger (our dog) & mine.  Waverly has a voice and let me tell ya, she LOVES to use it!  And as previously posted, Waverly is now a WALKER! 
Teeth & Sleep:  Currently, she has THREE whole teeth and one on the way.  Waverly Maye is a rock star each night and goes down for about 13-14 hours straight.  One of my favorite moments of the day is definitely the morning, when I go get that sweet face from her crib and she immediately wants to play (diving into her mattress about 20 times in a row.)  We were at two solid naps, but I am working on getting that down to one long nap in the afternoon for the fall.   
Favorite Foods:  Still pretty much the same!  Waverly loves waffles and would eat them for breakfast, lunch & dinner if she could.  Her current habit is to suck the syrup out of each piece before she eats it.  Totally my child!  She also loves blueberries, turkey, strawberries, goldfish, chicken & potatoes.
Favorite Toys & Activities:  Her wub-nub (paci with a stuffed animal attached) is her number one companion when she is sleeping.  When we go to get Waverly from her crib, she is sitting with each of the five that we currently have.  Trouble ahead when we attempt to take a paci from this lady, I know.  Other faves of the moment are her teepee, kitchen, shopping cart, & radio flyer.  She LOVES to be on the move.  ALL the time. 
Least Favorite Activities:  Being still, getting her diaper changed, & getting dressed.  And at times of the day, Miss Independent hates being in the stroller and would rather push it herself.
Special Moments & Extra Comments:  Seriously, I can’t even describe how obsessed with this thirteen month old I am.  This month has been SO much fun and she is definitely her own little person now, with the BIGGEST, most contagious personality.  I loved everything about this month and yes, it was the best one yet. 🙂

I am super excited to be joining up with some lovely ladies for my first FIVE ON FRIDAY  … almost as excited as I am that it actually is Friday, my favorite day of the week. 🙂
I have been loving reading all the fun Friday posts!  Here are five of my own current favorites, although obviously, I could include WAY more than that.
Waverly Maye & her ONE-year old self.!  It has been three weeks since that milestone birthday, and I am convinced that these have been the best days of her life so far!  Waverly is now walking so fast that it’s pretty much a run & learning new words by the day.  Her personality, drama & all, is out full force.  I’m pretty much obsessed with everything about this age & this little person that she is becoming before my eyes.
More to come in her official THIRTEEN month post on Monday!
Speaking of this one-year old’s birthday … would it be complete without official photos to commemorate the occasion?!  Not in our world.  Even though the girl already has more pictures of her documented than many do in their entire life, I had to seize the opportunity.  We got a sneak peek this week and are so excited!

 A cute baby, tee-pee AND a feather headband?  I’m not sure it gets much better than that. 
Thank you, Nicole, we can’t wait to see the rest!
It has now been almost three months since we closed on our house & many of the big projects are completed, so now it’s time to get decorating.  So exciting, I know, but also a little overwhelming.  I can style an outfit with my eyes closed, but for some reason, styling my home is way harder.  And not to mention, a little more expensive.  Can Forever 21 can a home goods line?!  In the meantime, I did get this rug for our living room for $60 and am pretty damn proud of myself for this find.
Boots for Babies. Fall fashion just happens to be my favorite, mainly because of the return of boots after summer.  And now that Waverly is officially a walker, the possibilities for footwear are even greater.  I can’t wait to see her little feet stomping around in these minnetonkas in the upcoming months.
 Snuggles & cuddles from my baby girl.  Just as fast as Waverly has become even more mobile, lucky for me, she is showing the sweetest affectionate side. I told my husband that at several different occasions this week, I have closed my eyes to take in the moment because I never wanted to forget it.  She has learned to hug and lean her head into my shoulder AND has been giving kisses non-stop.  When we were on our morning run the other day, she grabbed my hand and wouldn’t let go.  We literally held hands over the stroller for ten minutes.  Motherhood, I tell you … BEST thing ever.
Enjoy your weekend, ladies! 

 It happened again. 
Waverly wore one of those outfits that I would totally rock, from head to toe, if ONLY it came in my size.  Although I am fully aware that I could not come close to pulling it off quite like my munchkin can.

I’m pretty sure that when I found out that I was expecting a girl, this was the exact image that came to my mind.  Only better.  That sweet face, strawberry-blonde hair, & little body in that PRINTed leopard romper with the POP of teal was about all I could handle.

I might have given this fashionable lady of the forest a million & one kisses that day.  Which is about one more than she usually gets. 🙂

Want to join us to talk fashion?  Link-up with Kelly, Megan, & Lindsey for Trendy Tot Tuesday each week.  Thank you, as always, ladies!