Being Brickner : February 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Nineteen Month Update

TGIF!!  I'm taking a short break from my usual Five on Friday today for a monthly update on Waverly Maye.  Her nineteen month birthday (am I allowed to call it that?!) was on Wednesday which makes it official, we are now closer to TWO than one!!  She has changed so much in the last few weeks, which I hope makes it at least halfway socially acceptable that I still continue to do these posts each month. ;)
Stats:  30 inches & 24 pounds.  At Waverly's 18 month appointment a couple of weeks ago, her pediatrician confirmed a few things ... (1) her development is right where it should be!!, (2) she is as active as they come & (3) she is starting to look like mama!!!! :)  We really do love going to see Waverly's doctor & are so thankful to have one we trust.  As far as clothing, Waverly is still wearing mostly 12-18 month clothes & we are so excited to be stocking up on lots of pieces for spring!  So excited that we are already getting some use out of many of the dresses by pairing them with thick tights & boots.
Favorite Words & Other Milestones:  In many cases, we have moved on from words to phrases & it is so impressive!  Her favorite phrase is "what's that?" anytime anything random is ever on the floor as she picks it up to hand to me, even a little piece of fuzz.  My OCD ways really love that about her. :)  This week, she has started to attach "go" to some of her favorite words, like "outside, go" "dada, go" & also has decided to combine mama & dada for "ma-da". Without a doubt, her most used word is "Sam" for her favorite cousin, he is 7, as wild as her & they are the best of friends.
She continues to amaze me & I really think she is way smarter than we give her credit for!  The other day I showed her a picture of our entire huge extended family & she could point out every single person.  And the smartest, she now associates products with people ALL of the time ... for example, anytime she sees a diet coke, she says glamma, a coffee, she says mama, & a bud light immediately gets a dada.  Yep, that's about right & we should probably be getting our act together right about now.

Favorite Foods:  Her appetite is all over the place right now, just when we think we have found something she will eat, we make enough to feed a small army & then she won't touch it. I really think she just gets bored & wants new tastes all of the time.  Either that or she just wants to laugh at us as we cook everything in the pantry each night like a couple of idiots trying to get our kid to eat.  It's probably that & yes, we are those parents.
Favorite Activities:  SO many right now, Waverly is the most fun!!  Puzzles, board books, & animal flash cards can keep us occupied for hours, I love that I can really tell a difference in how much she progresses literally by the day.  Other favorites include anything involved with being outside, hanging with the dog, playing with jewelry or shoes, & watching Sesame Street while dancing to the songs. 
I've really tried to change my whole mindset with our everyday since I have noticed that she is more interested in helping me with daily activities lately.  I have been incorporating her into everything I can, from mixing up dough for cookies or sweeping the kitchen (that either makes me a really good mom or a really lazy one, not sure which?!).  She really does love to help, everything takes longer but is more fun & (many, not all) meltdowns have been eliminated this way.
Favorite Things:  A typical girl, she loves her babies SO much.  We definitely have chosen a favorite baby & she has red hair ... Waverly sleeps with her, the baby's blanket & the baby's diaper each night & asks for her the minute we walk in the door.  And if you are really wondering, the baby eats with us most nights (like literally, we set her next to us with a chip on her lap) & although Waverly has fought many times to have her in the bath with her, we have finally worked out a deal where she sits on the sink & watches. :)
Her obsession with anything with buckles remains, so she still uses her buckle bear on a daily basis as well her baby stroller, car seat straps & any of our other "riding" toys for that reason mainly.  And not sure what this means, but she likes to carry the butt paste bottle around at all times.  Hmm.
Least Favorite Activities:  A happy afternoon can take a terrible turn if Waverly falls or slips, she usually isn't hurt at all but gets really, really mad at the ground, floor, wall ... whatever got in her way.  My natural instinct is of course to scoop her up & love all over her, but at that point, Waverly wants NO attention & we have learned to step away while letting her work it out.  Miss Independent will also say no to help with her shoes, opening her sippy cup or snacks lately, apparently this whole year & a half thing is starting to get to her head. ;) 
Other "little things" about Waverly Maye that I just never want to forget ...
She has her own rocking chair (a smaller version of the one I rock her in) & lately at least once a day, will go sit in it while rocking back & forth, singing in a sweet, high-pitched voice, just like I do to her each night.  Melt my heart.
She is obsessed with our dog (an understatement) & kisses him at least fifty times a day.  I'm pretty sure that he is at his highest weight of all-time since she feeds him so much & she also think anything & everything he does is hilarious (she especially loves putting her necklaces on him).
Back to her baby, she gets really, really upset if her baby's head is turned to the side & not completely straight forward.  She immediately says uh-oh & I know to fix it back, but my poor dad had a rough night a couple of weeks ago when it was on wrong & she repeated uh-oh all night long while desperately holding her baby.  He didn't know what to do, she didn't know why on earth he wouldn't know that ... I felt bad for both of them.
I really love this age so, so, so much. She makes every day better than the last & I constantly find myself closing my eyes after seeing her do the cutest thing to make sure I never, ever forget it.  I'm obsessed & amazed at how I could possibly love her more everyday.  And then the next day, I do.
Happy 19 months, Waverly Maye.  We love you to the moon.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It's the Little Things: Week Five

I'm going to go ahead & refer to this as sick season at our house, both Waverly & I have been battling sicknesses while desperately fighting the need to slow down (not our strongest asset, either of us).  Last week, Waverly got the worst diaper rash of all time paired with her little red cheeks looking redder than ever.  She showed signs of her usual hyperactive self quickly followed with really quiet moments & hardly ate anything at all.  Needless to say, I took off work & while I hated seeing my girl like that, didn't mind an opportunity for extra time with her & lots of cuddling.

Naturally, I got it a few days later (minus the diaper rash) & have had the worst cold ever since.  Waverly had a short-term recovery over the weekend & yesterday morning, woke up with a nose completely sealed shut, she was that stuffed up.  So it's been interesting our way, we are hoping & wishing to be all better soon!!  In the meantime, we are so glad we took advantage of feeling good & the good weather over the weekend, it truly was one for the books!!
As soon as we woke up Sunday morning, we packed the diaper bag, snacks & Waverly Maye in the car to head for a kids cove in our area.  The weather was beyond beautiful, Waverly was in the best of moods, & daddy was off work for the entire day.  We had no plans & time to kill, which really is our favorite kind of day!! 
During Waverly's naptime, I packed a picnic lunch for us & as soon as she got up, we headed to the front yard.  She clearly loved this fun spin on lunch (& not being strapped to a high chair), my wild girl ran around the front yard in between bites in PURE delight.  I'm pretty sure it was the no shoe thing that really had her going, she looked so happy to have the feel of the grass on her toes!!  I don't blame her, it has been a long winter & every little part of us needs some fresh air.

My husband arrived about halfway through our lunch & joined us, we just sat there & watched our happy, happy girl.  I feel like that is a repeat activity for us lately, just watching Waverly Maye.  Now that she is more independent & really is her own person, there is nothing better than just sitting back & watching every move she makes.  I'm sure it's very obvious that she is the center of our world right now, our everything, & that our favorite moments are these "little" ones we spend with her.
So I have a confession to make.  We definitely want more kids, but truthfully, I really can't even begin to imagine how that would be.  It kind of makes me sad (& scared) to accept that for another child, we won't have these same kind of moments.  Moments where its ALL about them like it has been for Waverly.  Our life & daily routine truly is all about her, & it really is hard to think that it can never be like that for our other kids.  And of course, I can't even begin to think how it would be for Waverly.
For what it's worth, our little lady is a bit of a diva.
I mean, it's Waverly's world & we are all just living in it. ;)
My babysitter told me the other day that it's very obvious that Waverly is an only child, she is an angel all morning long until the other baby she watches gets up from her nap.  Apparently when 100%  attention has to be shared, all hell breaks loose & Waverly's little world falls apart.  For the record, I have no idea where she gets it from! ;)
At the end of the day, I love the fact that she knows how much we love her & as a mom, that's something I plan to remind her of forever & ever.  I admit it, she has us completely wrapped around her finger & there is nothing her daddy or I wouldn't do for her.  THAT will never change.
It's WEEK FIVE of this link-up & as always, we are so very thankful of your support!  Your stories just keep getting better & better, I really look forward to reading your posts each week.  As a reminder, all you have to do is write your post with whatever "little thing" it is that you would like to share. Then, link-up with either Jess or me at the bottom of this post! Feel free to download our logo to share on your own post or on Instagram, you can also share your own photos of "little things" with the hash tag "littlethingslinkup".

Congratulations to last weeks winner of the Olive & Birdie credit, Jessi Ross!! This week, we are giving away a beautiful dreamcatcher by Hushhound.  It seriously is gorgeous, I am definitely jealous of whoever is lucky enough to win this gem.  You can see pictures on their shop link here, & can also find the same link on my sidebar.  Good luck to all of you! 


Monday, February 24, 2014

Spring Fever

Mother nature clearly reads my blog (I'm honored, really!), since within 24 hours of my winter weather rant last week, she decided to step in with rising temperatures & the bluest of skies!!  After being stuck inside all winter long, we were more than ready for some fresh air. Really, Waverly Maye made it very clear as she sat at the door repeating "ooouut-siiiiiide" over, over & over again.  My outdoor girl, I love her so.

We are so lucky to have the best park two streets from our house, complete with a jungle gym, swings, slides & a lake which always has lots of ducks for us to feed. Pretty much anytime the weather is over 60 degrees, we make our way there & stay as long as possible. It's a no-brainer for us, Waverly LOVES, loves to explore & has a serious obsession with gum-balls, rocks & leaves. They will keep her entertained all afternoon really so between that & the jungle gym, it's her own personal paradise.

For me, I get the opportunity for some actual physical activity on the short run there (before I had Waverly I worked out every single day & she is going on nineteen months now ... not sure I could tell you the last time I hit the gym). So I appreciate that & obviously love to watch her in her element, she really is beyond happy there & that makes me happy.

With the cold, the last week has really been our first time back in a while & Waverly is totally in rare form. Apparently since she is officially a year & a half now, she no longer needs any assistance climbing up the jungle gym or sliding down the slide. In fact, she refuses it & I'm pretty sure by next week she will be hanging from the bars while doing pull-ups all on her own. All while I am having a major panic attack & all the other moms are looking at my super active child while theirs sit in the swing quietly. ;)

And the cutest, she missed the duckies so much that she offered them her yogurt pouch & wanted to feed them her entire pb&j.  You know you have done your job as a mom when your little lady is willing to share her snack pouch, right?!!  I was so proud!

Other than our obsession with spending lots of time in the outdoors, we obviously love spring styles, too!!  I cannot wait to dress Waverly in tons of dresses, skirts & gladiator sandals (my fave!) ... yet we clearly have some time to kill before we officially make it there.  In the meantime, we are getting spring ready with bright colors & floral prints, just used on styles that still keep my girl warm.  This Gap jacket (no longer available in pink, here in blue) is totally perfect for that, here are some other looks that will help beat the winter blues!!
1: Sweatshirt, 2:  Striped Romper, 3: Printed Flutter-Sleeve Dress, 4: Eyelet Circle Skirt, 5: Sunglasses, 6: Railroad Striped Romper
I clearly have an obsession with pink, stripes & chambray.  All scream spring for me yet still are classic & versatile enough to layer when it's still cold out.  And all are from Gap & Old Navy, two of our absolute favorite places to shop, both for mama & mini!
So for now, we will take in every bit of the warm weather while we can.  It looks like the rest of the week is back in the 40s so you will find us extra layered & dreaming of spring. :)  Warm weather wishes your way, hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Five on Friday

Happiest Friday!!  I like to try to find a positive in everything & have decided that if there is an upside to school on a Saturday, it's how much more exciting the following weekend is!  I cannot believe I get TWO entire days to spend with my girl, best feeling ever. :)

Here's what else is getting us excited lately ...

ONE: Ponchos.  When these ponchos popped up on Gap's website a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't get them in the cart fast enough!  I mean, a toddler in a poncho?!  Need I say more?

Even though we are spring-ready, it's outfits like these that make the winter weather a little bit easier to deal with!  If only I could fit in those furry boots & wear them forever. :)
TWOSadie Sky Headbands.  My sweet friend, Jess, at Sadie Sky Boutique sent this adorable headband for Waverly to wear & we love it!!  Her prints are so unique yet versatile at the same time, & the leather fabric is just my favorite ever.  So very on trend & still super comfy.  Be sure to check out her shop, there really is so much goodness there!
THREEPhones ... real & play ones.  If there is one thing Waverly Maye has picked up from us, it's how to use a phone.  This girl is obsessed with a capital O, she puts it to her ear with the cutest little "HEL-O" followed by her own version of a really good conversation.  It's precious, really - until she calls everyone in your phone a few times a day or throws a fit when you won't give it to her because you know, you need it yourself (imagine that!).  So we have tried EVERY toy phone out there & have had the best luck with this V-tech smart phone.
She loves it, it's a win & ... I'm seriously in trouble. :)
FOURTaco Soup.  We love, love mexican food at our house so when Christina at Carolina Charm shared this recipe on her blog, I knew it would be perfect for us!  We made the crock pot version last weekend & it was seriously delicious, plus it lasted three days!
 FIVE:  Going Green!!  I am getting so excited for St. Patricks Day, its always been one of my favorites since it means spring is near & green is always a good color for a redhead. :)  I cannot wait to dress Waverly Maye in a cute little green ensemble, we have already picked up a few pieces from this line at Gymboree.  The entire line is too perfect for the holiday!
Of course, want to thank Darci, Liz & the other sweet ladies of this link-up!  We wish everyone the best weekend, they are predicting some more spring-like weather our way so we CANNOT WAIT!  Hope you get to enjoy some, too!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It's the Little Things: Week Four

To say we are currently over winter & the bitter cold is certainly an understatement.  I'm not sure if it's the random two snowstorms, make-up school days or the toddler who NEEDS to be on the move ... but we are oh so ready for spring!!  Like the if it doesn't warm up soon we may just move to California kind of ready.  Really, we considered it over Valentines dinner. ;)

To cure our major cabin fever, I have been on the hunt for fun indoor activities to do with Waverly Maye.  She really is an outdoor girl & would rather play outside all day long in any kind of weather, but as cold as its been, I've gotta draw the line somewhere (you know, be the adult & smart one in the situation, still so weird!).  So we have done it all ... finger painting, flash cards, endless puzzles, play time in the jewelry box & lots of baking.  On a side note, I don't seem to have passed on my love of crafts to Waverly, she tried to eat the paint on our finger painting day & despite lots of attempts at coloring, girlfriend just doesn't have any attention span for that.

And for last week's get out of the house but still stay inside activity, my husband & I took Waverly for a frozen yogurt date.  Who says ice cream is only for summer?!!
Clearly not Waverly Maye.  
We honestly have been limiting eating out lately, mainly because Waverly is not the biggest fan of the high chair.  Even if I come equipped with snacks, drinks & all of her favorite toys, she would rather run the restaurant like a mad woman.  Yes ... we have totally been that couple with the crazy kid, more times than I would like to admit!  :) 
But this date was different, I'm pretty sure Waverly was on a sugar high before she was even halfway done.  She could not stop giggling, pretty much uncontrollably, & I'm pretty sure she would have sat in that seat all day long.  My husband & I just watched her with the biggest smiles on our faces, truly in awe of our little lady.  She really could have bursted from joy at any point, it was pretty much the cutest thing ever.  As a mom, I felt proud that Waverly is SO happy, which despite any hard times, is really what matters most.  It was one of those moments with the three of us that screamed "little things", an ordinary activity urned into a memory that I don't think I will ever forget. 
As for now, we are back to hanging inside desperately waiting for the temps to warm up .  Tell me this face doesn't say ... mom, are we ever going to go outside again?!  Either that or ... so when are we going back to that ice cream place!  Whatever the case, I've been seeing it a lot lately.
Headband & Similar Leggings
 I cannot believe it has been one month since we started this link-up!  Thanks again for all the support, as a reminder, all you have to do is write your post with whatever "little thing" it is that you would like to share.  Then, link-up with either Jess or me at the bottom of this post! Feel free to download our logo to share on your own post or on Instagram, you can also share your own photos of "little things" with the hash tag "littlethingslinkup". 
 Congratulations to last weeks winner of the super cute Flychicks clutch, Kelly Slater!!  This week's giveway is right in time for St. Patricks Day, Olive & Birdie is giving away either a shirt or onesie from their shop!!  Their shop is absoutely adorable, so very festive & is stocked with so much goodness!!  Check them out for sure, best of luck to all of you, & of course, HAPPY Wednesday! 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentines Weekend

We hope that everyone had a weekend full of love, family, & sweet treats!  I could not get enough of looking at all of your little ones in their adorable, festive outfits.  We obviously dressed in theme our way, my littlest Valentine rocked (two) red & black combos that I could not get enough of, just LOVE her too much!!


Waverly Maye spent the early part of the day with my mom while my husband & I were at work.  If I'm honest, it's days like these that make the whole working mom thing really hard.  Every single part of my mama heart wanted to be close to my girl all day long.  I hated that I wasn't there to see her come down to the red balloons I left all over the floor, to make her heart-shaped pancakes, or for a special Valentines Day treat after lunch.  TOTAL bummer.  Yet I'm determined to make the best of it, even if that means planning ahead & of course, dressing alike so at least we are together all day in our hearts. ;)

During our afternoon together, my mini-Valentine & I did some last-minute shopping for daddy, played with new holiday goodies & finished off the early evening by decorating sugar cookies!!  So many of our favorite things rolled into just a couple hours ... we were rushed (& Waverly was more into eating the cookies than decorating them, plus she pulled more pages out of her new books than that are now left in them) ... but memories were made with my sweet, sweet girl.

With my snow make-up day on Saturday (thanks for your support & for feeling the pain for me), we ended our night with a low key, heart-shaped pizza dinner for three right at home.  Definitely different from Valetines past, but I felt more love than ever.  To top off it off, we actually even made it out of the house Saturday night, my husband & I managed to have our own dinner out which is totally rare these days.  AND we fit in those heart-shaped pancakes, just not exactly on the official morning of the holiday. I'll take what I can get!! ;)
Overall, with the exeption of a Saturday work day, the sweetest weekend with my sweets.

Wishing you a wonderful week!!  Looking forward to the #littlethinglinkup Week 4 on Wednesday, remember to continue to use the hash tag whenever you feel the need to on Instagram & of course, to join in on the fun Wednesday.  THANKS again for all the support.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Five on Friday

HAPPIEST Valentines Day!!  We hope everyone has had the best week & that you are feeling lots of love on this special day.  Despite freezing weather for what now feels like weeks upon weeks, our hearts are warm.  I can't wait to celebrate Valentines Day with my two Valentines!!
 Waverly Maye & I are honored to be joining in with other bloggers today as a part of "Team Teddy".  I'm sure that you have heard his amazing story, but for those who haven't or want to read more, you can find it hereSuper Teddy is definitely a superhero, & the strength of his parents during such a hard time has truly inspired me.  While I wish I could do more, the best support I can offer is by spreading the word.  I encourage you to do the same; join with us on your blog, Instagram or Facebook with "Team Teddy" signs.  Help Teddy's mom in her journey to bring awareness to Menkes so that we can find a cure!!

When Natasha from Hello Happiness posted about making this our #1 today, I was so excited to be a part of it.  I honestly attempted to share my other 4, but after writing about Teddy, I couldn't find a way to make any of them sound important.  So instead, I decided to skip my others this week & give all my love to Teddy!  I look forward to sharing again next Friday, I'm sure I will have more than enough to write about by then. ;)

Of course, I have sweet little plans with both of my Valentines today!!  The good news, we have dinner for three tonight.  Nothing too crazy, these days it's way more fun for wild Waverly to stay home for dinner rather than be constricted to a high chair.  The not so good news, I have school tomorrow & if you forgot, tomorrow is a Saturday.  Oh yes, after weeks of declaring how excited I was that Valentines Day falls on a Friday this year, my school system decided to plan our first snow make-up day for the Saturday after Valentines Day.
And this is how we feel about that ... both of us, I've been pouting ever since, too.

Hugs & kisses from us to you!!!!  We hope you have the best weekend & the sweetest holiday!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

It's The Little Things: Week 3

With only two days until Valentines Day, LOVE is in the air & I have to give some to all of you.  When Jess & I came up with this concept a couple of months ago, we knew it was special to us, but never could have imagined the support & participation we would get.  Your posts, comments & support over the last couple of weeks have been SO very inspiring.  Your stories have challenged me to not only look for more "little" things in my own life, but also to be a better mom to Waverly Maye.  So thank you. :)

In other "love" news, I can't help but devote this week's post to the many "little things" I am loving about Waverly right now.  Her vibrant, silly & oh so sassy personality is growing quickly & each day she makes me laugh a little bit harder.  I love that at this age, she really has developed mannerisms, faces & habits that are unique to her.  That we are really getting a better look at what kind of person she is going to be ... which on a side note, makes us really excited & really nervous all at the same time.  This girl is an animated one, something tells me we will never, ever be bored again. ;)

So here are some of Waverly's current  "little" things ... things that we have grown to know so well, things that I just have to document, & things that I really hope she does forever.  Is that too much to ask?!
Her "yea" ... About a month ago, Waverly started to answer questions with the cutest "yea" ever.  It really is nothing short of adorable, which is a good thing because it's definitely the most common word she says now.  When I pick her up in the afternoon & ask her if she had a good day, I get a "yea".  When I'm rocking her at night & ask if her she wants to me to sing again, it's always a "yea".  And the best EVER, when I ask her if she loves mama, she responds with a "yea".  I love the fact that she is able to communicate now & hope that she always says "yea" to everything.  Because that will happen ... :)

Her dance ... This little lady has got moves & she LOVES to use them.  Waverly has definitely picked up a dance routine that she choreagraphed all on her own & performs it with 100% confidence at least five times a day.  My husband swears he has seen me do the same dance moves after a few drinks, but I beg to differ.  I know I couldn't even come close to her in this department, she really kills it each & every time.

Her "allllll-done" ... Waverly has been a master at saying "all-done" for a while now.  How she picks up on certain phrases more than others I'll never know, but this one was her first & remains her fave. She never misses a beat & uses it at the end of every meal time, when she is bored with a certain toy, & most recently, the minute (& I mean the minute) we place her in the stroller.  We tried to get creative & rent the fun "car" stroller at the mall the other day, as soon as we placed her in that bad boy she was "alllll-done".  Girlfriend wasn't even amused by the steering wheel!

 Her "belly laugh" ... Waverly has picked up this new laugh, it is so genuine that she can't help but bounce up & down so hard that her little belly starts moving.  I obviously am addicted to it & my favorite part is that my husband & I have figured out the little tricks that will make her do it every single time.  We really could have had a hard day (you know, with some toddler tantrums, because that totally happens, too) & nothing else in that moment matters.  It's during those moments I know we are doing an ok job in our role as parents & what a good feeling that is!!

How rewarding is it to learn all these "little things" about our kids & to be the ones who know them so well?!  I love (& feel extra-special) to know each & every single thing about Waverly, even when I am not with her I can just sit there & imagine exactly what she is doing in any single moment, because I know her that well.  Yet another reason to add to the list of things I love about being a mom.
It's week three, so you know the deal!  All you have to do is write your post with whatever "little thing" it is that you would like to share & link-up with either Jess or me at the bottom of this post!  Feel free to download our logo to share on your own post or on Instagram, you can also share your own photos of "little things" with the hash tag "littlethingslinkup". 
 As always, we are SO very thankful for your support of this project & want to give back to you.  This week's giveway is a good one, Flychicks Handmade Goods is giving away one of their fabulous clutches!!  Girls, this clutch is adorable & would be the best addition to your wardrobe!  Best of luck to all of you & be sure to check out their super cute shop!
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