Louise James: ONE YEAR

Height // 28.5"
Weight // 18 lbs 9 oz
Teeth // Seven (plus 3 molars coming in)
Feet // Size 1 (almost a 2)
Diapers // size 3
Clothes // TTS...12 months

My little lady...you are lucky you have us wrapped tight around your finger, because you are so not a good sleeper! You go down RIGHT at 7:00 and wake 1 - 3 times a night. We've done some sleep training, and although it takes almost a week, it works great! Until you get sick. Or a tooth. Or light comes into your bedroom at 5:00 am. We are starting the rotation again, and last night was a full night of sleep (7 - 5, ate then back down until 6:30), so here's to hoping that it lasts for awhile. However, I do not mind the snuggling in your nursery chair. It was the best investment and makes these night time feedings so cozy.

You are still a sh*tty napper at day care and a rock star napper at home! I'll take it, although I am sure the two Megs (your teachers) would appreciate a break, every now and then. You are a happy, sleepy baby, so they don't complain.

You sleep in my favorite Carter's pajamas, your lovey (or four) and a glow-in-the-dark pacifier (with about 2384789 sprinkled throughout your crib, in case you lose yours in the middle of the night). Thankfully, you are nothing like Cameron with the pacifier and sleep perfectly fine, when it falls out. (With Cam, I used to put it back in about 28374 times a night. No joke.) We are using a breathable crib bumper, to keep your legs (and pacifiers) from falling out.

You have developed quite the appetite, thankfully, and bottles are becoming much less frequent. You love meatballs, cheeseburgers, tofu, chicken, anything with bbq sauce, yogurt, bananas (no other fruit), cinnamon raisin toast, bagels and cream cheese, crackers, and chocolate cake. You will drink water from a sippy cup but not milk or formula. We reeeeally want to get you out of bottles!

Your favorite thing to do is throw your food on the ground, then eat it when we let you out of your high chair. #whateverworks

You aren't too interested in your toys at home, although you love walking and riding (or just sitting and watching) in your toys. When we are outside, you are in either one of these, since we have no grass, and your knees are permanently bruised, as it is! When we are inside, you are more interested in being held or eating whatever you're not supposed to. You love to get into cabinets, so we definitely have to baby proof (like, yesterday) and stairs just scream your name, apparently, because you scoot right up them without anyone noticing!

We just pulled out the water table, so you are starting to explore that. When we're on grass somewhere, you always keep one leg up, because it must tickle you! We'll see how you do in the sand...

You aren't walking yet, but you are finally go forward in your walker, instead of backwards, and actually kind of run after Cam, in it! Up until just a day ago, you wouldn't walk unless you were hold TWO hands...now you walk with one, so we're getting there! I am excited for you to walk, so we can do more outside. Not having grass really limits what we can do at home! AND, I think it will help with the constant wanting-to-be-held situation that I love (but I am ready to brush my teeth without holding you).  You are a speed crawler and stair climber, and we have learned that we always have to watch you! You are starting to get curious about going down stairs, which is interesting.

Milestones and Developments//
Not many, besides the above. You aren't clapping, but you're waving. (Your wave kind of looks like a bad dance move, but it works!) You aren't saying many words other than Momma, Dadda and HI! You recognize people...if I say, "Where's Cameron?" you find him immediately! (You LOVE him.) You LOVE to dance and your body is constantly moving, when music is playing. You know when to smile at people and totally take advantage of how cute you are!

You get SO frustrated sometimes, and I can't help but laugh! When we take something away (like the hand sanitizer you want to eat), you screech and get PO'ed! I can't even imagine what life will be like in 10 years, when we take away something from you!

You and Cam now taking sibling baths, and I think everyone is a fan! Cam likes to protect you from drowning, and you like to steal his toys. I hope this never changes!

Fingers crossed, you are fairly healthy! A little runny nose here, a little cough there, but nothing major! We are putting a light laxative in one drink a day, to help with that process, because you're still SCREECHING when you go #2, but so far, it's helped!

You're officially a baseball sister, although we've skipped a few of Cam's tball games/practices because of other stuff. It's your morning nap time anyways, so we're happy to give it up this year. We did a CF walk for Mamie, and you got NO attention. We celebrated Jacob and Jonah's birthdays, at their house, and you were still SO neglected. We celebrated your first birthday, and you were the cutest strawberry I've ever seen!!

Without a doubt, this past year has been one of ups and downs...juggling the new baby stage again, working full time, guilt about Cameron. But in the end, it has been the BEST year. Louise, you are SO SWEET. You wake up in the best mood and snuggle right into my shoulder like a puzzle piece. Your eyes are incredibly beautiful and your cheeks are too squeezable. Your personality is slow to form, but when it comes through, it's elaborate.

You have everyone wrapped around your finger, and nobody minds a bit. Cameron ADORES you, and you can't get enough of him. When you hear his voice, your legs start kicking, your hands start moving, and you get so excited...even first thing in the morning! Then he headlock/tackles you, and you've had enough. I love the interaction between you two. What I love most, though, is how easily you fit into our family. I wasn't quite sure, at first, but you are most definitely the perfect addition to our family.

Happy Birthday, sweet girl. I am so lucky that I get to be YOUR Momma in this crazy life. I hope I am the best for you; I want you to be smart, confident, humble and kind, and you're teaching me to be the same.

Cameron's 1 Year Update

FIve things we did LAST weekend: Picture Overload

Oh, hey there. Here I am, doing our weekend review, as a new weekend is beginning! Last weekend was an epic one, though, so I don't want to skip it! (Get ready for a picture overload!)

ONE // Louise turned ONE! 
We had a small birthday party (nothing Pinterest, designed or even organized) on Friday night. We had some family, a few friends and take out pizza. Louise loved it. Everyone had fun. We spent less than $200 (including food). #winning

Cam got a little jealous of the attention and tried SO HARD to get a bite of her cupcake, until she finally caved and shared. Louise was a sweet doll all night...she totally ate up the attention she was getting. Cam go to go to the playground with my uncle, and I got to drink wine while everyone else watched my kids! :) It was the perfect celebration for our little girl (and motherhood).

TWO // Sam Graduated
We totally skipped tball to go to my God Brother's graduation. (His mom is my God Mother, and my mom is his God Mother, so I call him my God Brother!) He just finished nursing school, so it was a great reason to drink bloody marys and screwdrivers at noon. 

That's Sam in the green shirt; isn't he handsome? Any early 20's gal looking for a good man?! ;)

Clearly, my kids were NOT the best behaved, but whatever. It was another chance for me to drink while other people watched them!

This was pretty much the entire day...Cam laying in the middle of the floor while Papa walked around with Louise

THREE // We Shopped
If you don't agree that the best thing to do after day drinking is to go shopping, we clearly can't be friends. After the graduation party, we headed to the outlets, in Freeport, and Chad bought the entire Vineyard Vines store, my Mom bought a few goodies at JCrew, and I finally found a dress to wear to the wedding we had on Sunday. I almost gave up, until my mom dragged me in Banana, and we found the prettiest pink dress!

FOUR // Lolo and Justin got married!
One of my best friends from high school got married on Sunday. (Remember my box truck story...this her wedding!) It was at a music venue, which is totally perfect for these two, since they are both music buffs. The fireball was flowing, the babies were adorable, and Chad and I got to dirty dance without getting the side eye from our neighbors.

Oh, and our BEST friend, Liz, was the caterer! Delicious!

FIVE // Memorial Day happened
Memorial Day is one of my favorite holidays (I mean, they all are), but I love that we get to honor those who have served for us. I'm not being corny, I really LOVE that they get their own day. Now, if we can only find them housing, jobs and support, when they return from war, we will be doing MUCH better!

We grilled some steaks, ate some oysters and played with Louise's toys, because Cam clearly doesn't have an entire full of his own toys. (They're so BOOOORING, Mom.)

Oh, and we dressed in our gangster headband and played in laundry baskets, because that's the most fun.

And, if you've made it to the end, you deserve some kind of a metal...or a cocktail!! 

This weekend will not be nearly as exciting, but we do have a few things up our sleeves including tball, graduation for my high school and a little date night!

Happy Friday!