I’ve been meaning to begin a “Mia says…” series for probably around a year, now. Mia has a pretty extensive vocabulary, which is something people have always noticed about her right off the bat when interacting with her for awhile, now. She’s almost 4 years old (at the end of April) and over the last year, her vocabulary has not only grown but so has her ability to express humor, wit, curiosity, sass, reason and original ideas. This series is my attempt at documenting this time of imagination, learning new concepts and developing her own, unique personality. She honestly makes me laugh every single day and I just don’t ever want to forget this simple and innocent age.
- I’m going over bills at the dining room table. After some time of playing quietly in her room, Mia comes out and walks over to me. I look up and see that she’s wearing her Elsa dress and shoes. She casually says to me, “Yeeeeaaaah…..sorry about that.” I ask, “Um, sorry about what?” “Sorry for freezing you with my powers.” She turns around and walks back into her bedroom. I knew I was feeling unusually cold that morning.
- Mia asked Dad to lay on the ground on his tummy so that she could give him a back massage. He does. She lifts up his shirt to get started, sees scattered freckles and says, “Wow, Dad. You have a lot of sparkles here.”
- I made cake pops for the first time. At the end of the day, Mia sat happily on a chair to dig into her first pop. After her first bite, she smiles widely and says, “Mmmm, this is my whole life! This was the best idea ever.”
- We’re riding in the car and listening to one of Mia’s favorite singers, Michael Jackson. She begins to ask a question that I can’t fully make out. “Does it hurt to be b#@$?” I follow up with, “What? Does it hurt to be what?” She answers (this time more clearly), “Does it hurt to be black? You know, like Michael Jackson.”
- I wish I can remember what it was that Dominic did or didn’t do that made me bring it to his attention and sort of correct him. Probably had to do with cleaning. Mia could tell that I was frustrated and said to me in a very sympathetic manner, “Mom, don’t be mad at Daddy. He just doesn’t know any better.”
I don’t know which is more mind blowing to me, the fact that Margo is 10 months old today or that I’m perfectly on time with this post. I’m taken aback by both at the moment, to be honest.
There really aren’t many major milestones to report on this month. I did take a glance through Mia’s 10 month old post from three years ago and I just love that I have her updates to look back on to compare my girls’ personalities, growth rates, and behavioral patterns. Of course, I don’t think one is better than the other but it’s just neat to see how different they are from each other because I can’t remember shit from Mia’s baby days.
At this age, Mia had already begun walking a few weeks before turning 10 months. Margo, on the other hand, hasn’t even attempted to take a single step without holding onto something and stepping along side it. Which, let me tell you, I’m completely okay with. Why? Because Mama is enjoying the calm before the storm. I foolishly thought it was the coolest thing when Mia began walking so early. But then I soon realized that I got jipped out of a few months of not having to follow her around, staying feet away from her to keep her out of and away from dangerous scenarios…like our pool in the backyard. Margo, take your time! No rush, girl. Crawling is totally the new walking, anyway. You’re chill, baby.
- My baby waves “hi” and “bye”! She extends out her arm and opens/closes her little hand. Oh, this is just so stinkin’ cute. She does it when prompted and also on her own, like when she’s across the room from me and catches my glance and wants my attention.
- She began using a baby walker and cruises well in it. She needs more practice on her footwork, though. Sometimes she steps with the top of her foot (toes curled under) so we make sure she’s wearing shoes while in the walker, which seems to be helping.
- She’s climbing onto everything (to the top of a step-ladder, up a step-stool onto Mia’s bed, onto our living room side tables, into bins and baskets, up stairs). This child has no fear, but sure knows how to spark mine.
- Hallelujah, still sleeping well through the night in her crib.
- She still takes two naps a day (around 9am and 2pm). What bums me out is she’s not letting me rock her in my arms to help her relax before laying her down anymore. This was my favorite time of the day, cradling her close to me while singing to her, caressing her hair and kissing her sweet face as she so calmly would just rest in my arms while lovingly gaze back at my face. Over the last week, she’s begun to wiggle and squirm and try to sit up in my arms so I just lay her in the crib rather than rock her. I’ll still sing a song or two and caress her back and hair. She falls asleep on her own without any fuss once I leave the room. That’s great for her, but man oh man, I deeply miss our nap time routine. She’s growing up and needing me just a teensy bit less.
- Margo had her first beach experience (see all photos here). Yup, it’s February and we spent a weekend at the beach with friends. The weather was beautiful and Margo just loved being outside in the sunshine and with her family.
- Her 7th tooth is breaking in on the bottom, which explains the major fussing she did over the span of a few days this month. Goodness, it was intense. I knew something was up when my always happy baby was spending a few full days crying, fussing, following my every move and spending at least half of the day crawling up my legs with her face buried in my knees or plopped at my feet in frustration because I couldn’t immediately pick her up. Nothing I did consoled her, so she remained on my hip or in my arms for as long as I could handle it. I felt pretty bad for the poor kid.
- She’s wearing 12 month clothing, now. She’s a chunk with more baby to love!
- She discovered the musical wonders of the kazoo. She carries one with her around the house quite often and fondly hums to herself in it. Sometimes she even laughs at herself from the sounds that come out of her. Adorable!
- Margo witnessed her first sunset, as our family gazed off a hillside and said our goodbyes to the sun one evening. It was beautiful.
- She had her first taste of ice cream. Loved it, of course. I’ve noticed that this time around with Margo, I’m not as hesitant as I was with Mia at this age when it comes to food. I don’t give Margo sweets and treats at all, but if the moment arises where she’s face to face with something new and delicious (like this tasty ice cream cone) I’m all for letting her dig in. Like, a lick or two.
I’m so in love with Margo, she makes my heart flutter daily. I didn’t realize just how much I missed having a baby in my arms until she came along, and now I don’t want her to grow up or let her go or put her down because it’s very likely that I won’t experience these moments again with another. I soak up and take in every single day with her, every smile she flashes my way, every tiny giggle, the feel of her chubby baby skin, her pure and sweet smell, her simple joy of life. Each month that passes is such a bittersweet milestone for me, but that’s the beauty and pain of motherhood and I move forward with such gratitude and appreciation for the honor to raise my two beauties.
*Dangit…it’s not cool to be a day late on posting when a specific day of the week is in the title! #bloggerfail*
It’s a glorious 80 degrees here in sunny southern California…yup, in FEBRUARY! And I’ve got no plans for the weekend. I’ve been itching for some fresh air and adventure and I think this weekend is the perfect time to mash those two together. Whatever it is we do, I’ll be sure to fill it with tons of love to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I hope you’re able to find opportunities (big or small) to share love with others and/or with yourself. Single? Be your own dang Valentine. Love yourself first, and prove it.
On to this week’s five finds…
- SWEETS: I came across this Pin of a mini video that shows how to make cake pops, four ways. I’ve never made these tasty treats before (and I love baking) so to help celebrate Valentine’s Day I’ll be trying this recipe out (the first one/white chocolate) this weekend with Mia as my helper. I’ll let you know how they come out.
- HAIR: Oh please let this hair tutorial of the “easiest updo ever” be just as easy as it looks. My hair is out of control (long and damaged) and I’m in need of a new hair style other than a low bun. I literally use the bun every.single.day….and I’m just as sick of it as I’m sure my husband and all the parents at Mia’s preschool are. I haven’t attempted this updo, will give it a shot this weekend.
- TOMS: I stinkin’ love TOMS shoes, especially for toddlers and kids. Zulily is having a sale on TOMS right now (for kids, women and men) and it’s killing me to not buy a pair or two for Mia. Before she developed such a sassy little opinion, she’d gladly wear any shoe I picked out for her. Unfortunately for me, she’s totally over TOMS. And for no real reason other than she wants to live and sleep in her cowgirl boots! So I’m passing on this sale….for Mia. But lucky for me, I’ve got another girl who doesn’t know left from right or up from down right now (she’s 9 months old) so you bet your ass I’ll be buying Margo her first pair of TOMS as soon as I’m done writing this post. Hurry, because the sale ends in about 3 1/2 days from now.
- BINGING: Since my last television binge experience of Making a Murderer (#TeamAvery and I have 524 reasons to back that conclusion), I’ve just discovered a show that I can binge over at Netflix. Fixer Upper! Sure, it first aired on HGTV about a year ago, but it’s the first I’ve heard of it and I’m hooked. We currently don’t own our home and we daydream about the day when we hopefully will. We’ll most definitely be landing ourselves somewhere other than California when we make the big move, and this show pulls at that desire to get out of here and to finally create a home that embodies our style and personality. And land. We need land.
- BREAKFAST: On most weekends, I’ll make either pancakes or waffles from scratch. This is my go-to blueberry pancake recipe. It’s amaze-balls. Quick, easy, always delicious. Guess what’s for breakfast tomorrow morning?
I’m proudly part of the “I have the happiest baby, ever” club. Margo Blue is truly happy, 95% of every day. She easily smiles and laughs and giggles at everyone and everything. This makes taking her anywhere a piece of coconut cream pie. *Drooling*
As I open up my front door to exit the house, she’s on my hip and laughing and kicking her feet in excitement. As I’m putting her in the car, she’s smiling. The car ride is quiet as can be. Upon arrival to our destination, she’s laughing and squealing as I remove her from her car seat. She doesn’t even know where the heck we are yet, and she’s just happy to be somewhere. I need to take a few notes from this kid. She’s got the best attitude towards life. #truestory
Another joy about her is that she loves to snuggle me. She’ll seek me out in the house, crawl over to me and onto my lap to nuzzle her head in my legs or up and into my chest. “Just hold me and love me, Mama” is what she wants to say. I’ve mentioned before at some point that when I ask her for a hug, she’ll rest her head on my shoulder for an average of 3 seconds. She’s completely loving and affectionate (unlike Mia at this age) and I feel extremely lucky and blessed to be her Mama.
- She had her 9 month check up with the pediatrician. She weighs 20 pounds 4 ounces and measures 28 inches long, putting her in the 85th percentile for weight and 75th percentile for height. Her head is in the 98th percentile! She’s one chunky monkey.
- On average, Margo woke up in the middle of the night maybe once or twice a week. Most of these times, she’d cry for a few minutes and drift back to sleep on her own. There were maybe a handful of times, total, that I had to intervene and help her back to sleep with a little Mommy and Margo cuddle time. Luckily, this only takes about a total of 5-10 minutes to do. I’m so thankful for sleep. You never know what you had until it’s gone. And when you get it back, you can fully appreciate it.
- She had her first Christmas. We only got her a few things since at this point, she doesn’t know any better. She did enjoy watching her big sister tear into all of her presents. And loved even more that our living room floor was covered in tissue paper and wrapping paper. Paper is her most favorite item to put into her mouth, so keeping her from it was an interesting task through all of the gifting fun.
- We took our first trip to Disneyland as a family of 4. Margo was a rockstar and chilled in my Ergo carrier for most of the day. She stretched out a little in the stroller and at one of the playgrounds in Mickey’s Toontown. This baby didn’t fuss once all day and took little cat naps in the carrier when she needed them. How in the world did she end up being the easiest baby, ever?!
- She started making smacking or clicking sounds with her mouth whenever she was hungry or saw someone else eating and wanted some, too. It’s pretty cool seeing her figure out new ways to communicate with me.
- Her top front, right tooth is cutting through. The left isn’t far behind.
- She tarted clapping on her own and when she’d see others do it. We’ve got our very own little cheerleader.
- We took our first hike as a family of 4…and with all 3 dogs. Margo loves being outdoors…no matter where that is. I carried her in the Ergo and she quietly observed her surroundings and soaked in the sunshine. This will always be a memorable hike for Dominic and I, as it was our last with our oldest dog, Roxi, before she passed only a few weeks later. I’ll be posting a tribute of sorts to her sometime soon.
- Margo discovered our pots and pans in one of our kitchen cupboards. Now, it’s her favorite play spot in the house. She pulls them all out and puts the plastic measuring bowl on her head. She also crawls inside the cupboards after emptying them all out. Something she picked up on after seeing Mia do it.
- She’s successfully tried more “table food” (than the avocado and pasta we introduced last month) like rice, macaroni, very small amounts of shredded cheese, soft and tender pieces of chicken, steamed broccoli bites, soft bread, tiny bites of Mia’s oatmeal breakfasts, and small apple bites. She loves food.
- She’s still mostly wearing size 9 clothing, but a few pieces have been getting a little tight. Size 12 month onesie pajamas fit much more comfortably. She’s still in size 4 diapers.
- Her favorite cartoon is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. She’s not much of a TV watcher, though. She only really pays attention while she’s feeding herself her bottle in her reclined chair in the living room. She’d much rather be exploring and playing with their kitchen in the living room. Did I mention that the living room looks like a full-blown daycare? Because it does.
- Margo has discovered the treasures that both the dishwasher and refrigerator hold. When she hears either appliance open up, her little hands and legs are put into full speed, crawling as fast as she can at the chance to crawl into them.