11 Months! Where do I begin?! This was a HUGE month for us – Kennedy is truly growing into her own person and I see my husband, Bobby and I both reacting like little kids when she discovers something new. We are those embarrassing parents that are clapping right along with her, mouths open in amazement and eyes huge with excitement. Probably over a ball or something, ha!
The highlight this month was Thanksgiving! We went to go visit my mom and stepdad in Kelowna over the long weekend. I think this was the best trip I’ve ever had out there. I now understand why parents love taking their kids to Disneyland so much. You get to be right there in the moment with them – when they get excited over things, you get just as excited.
This sounds awful but I always thought taking kids along meant more time, temper tantrums, diaper changes, seeing boring things and then leaving.
It’s not like that at all!
But if I’m being honest – holy it takes a heck of a lot more planning! I swear to god I could be a mathematician with all the counting back and forth I do regarding her nap times, our drive times, her meals and the “safe” time we will have there. But it’s worth it.
My purse could also pass as a suitcase these days… and I don’t even get to pack any of my stuff in it. It’s all toys and snacks.
One thing I always hear about her is that she is so expressive. Ha! I love that – and it’s very true. You ALWAYS know what this girl likes or dislikes.
Getting the perfect family shot wasn’t possible on this trip. I had all these “locations” scouted out, but when we actually sat down to take it, one of us was never looking at the camera! Oh well, slowly but surely I am getting better at letting go of these things.
Speaking of letting go, my floor is a constant mess and I’ve learned to just be ok-ish with it. Kennedy is now feeding herself a lot more and I’ve learned to not have her near carpet. Also, the faster you clean something after, the easier it is, haha. Sometimes I just have let her eat naked – diaper on, of course.
Another thing we discovered this month – the power of the Amber necklace / anklet. I know – I thought it was so “hippie” and “hokey”… but I stand corrected.
Kennedy was going through some pretty tough teething nights (and thus I was drinking close to about 7 coffees in the morning) so I put it out on Instagram Stories asking for your advice – and you guys are amazing!
I went to a cute little shop called Wee Love Baby Boutique and they explained to me the natural healing of Amber (this is from their website):
“Genuine Baltic Amber is a natural healing remedy for teething pain. The power of genuine amber necklaces on a teething baby goes back centuries and has been used medicinally in many cultures. Designed to be worn by a fussy, uncomfortable baby, amber teething necklaces provide them with natural pain relief.”
Thank you for all of your concerns regarding it being around her neck. I can assure you we take every precaution possible, and so far so good! Since having the necklace, on I have noticed a difference. She is sleeping better and her hands are not in her mouth as much. It may just be timing and luck. but for now, I’m an Amber believer!
Another thing I’m a HUGE believer in now is Punkin Butt teething oil. This stuff is a GODSEND! It has chamomile, clove and peppermint. You put it on her gums and like that – it seems like the pain goes away. I keep it in the fridge too, so it’s cool and I tell ya – you gotta try the stuff! Apparently it works for adults too? I haven’t tried it yet…
Birthday party planning is well underway. Now, Bobby is involved and if you know him, he likes to add “gas” to everything. Make it bigger, faster, and more intense. I’ll just leave it at that, but this birthday party is taking on a very cute life of its own.
Bath time is also huge in the house now. Every night, it’s the best part of Kennedy’s day. She LOVES it in there!
Kennedy is crawling at Mach speed now, haha. The girl can get from one end of the room to the other SO FAST and let me tell you, nothing is safe – including my wine rack. Apparently, that’s the best toy. Take all the wine bottles out and clink them together. Yikes!
Kennedy is juuuuussstt starting to pull herself up onto the sides of things now, which is a mini heart attack every day. I know she has to learn how to pull herself up, but she comes so close to bonking her head a million times a day that I feel like I need to wrap her up in bubble wrap.
I cant believe this is almost the end – of the blogs, of the blogs! I’m going to stop when she is one year. What an adventure it’s been.
I have some pretty great stuff planned for my final blog – including some fun input from my mommy group of their top “must haves” for baby and the things they have learned this past year too.
Thank YOU for all of your comments and letting me know that you follow along. This mom thing is not for the faint of heart! You do / say / talk about the grossest and craziest stuff every day and the things you never thought you’d do, become your daily routine.
And the weird thing is – it’s awesome. These have truly been the best 11 months of my entire life.