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Happy 1st Birthday McKenna Grace!

3 Oct

McKenna turned 1 on September 25th surrounded by family we celebrated and had fun! She loved being the center of attention, opening gifts was an adventure, and we learned that she didn’t really like her hands getting messy from cake!

Such a fun day, I can’t believe only a year ago we were bringing her home and now I have a toddler. Being home with her this last year was the greatest thing that could have happened. I can’t wait to see what this next year holds for us!

Happy Birthday sweet baby girl. We love you!


Dinner time fun

2 Sep

Tonight I made pesto from scratch thanks to the heaping amounts of basil my husband grew. McKenna loved it, along with her squash and honeydew melon. Towards the end of dinner I gave her a taste of my chicken that had a mild red curry sauce on top. She LOVED it and kept telling me to give her more by waiving her arms at me and pointing to my plate.

We have too much fun at dinner sometimes … here is her acting funny!

Happy 11 months McKenna!

27 Aug

Yesterday McKenna turned 11 months old! One more month and my baby will be a toddler! Yikes.

McKenna is saying: mama, dada, that, baby, buuu for book, baa – while pointing to bottle, and tries to say “light” while looking up at lights. I am thinking she also says “i like” but it comes out ” i iike.”

 The girl has words and she loves to hear herself talk, babble, scream, sing, etc. When she sees a dog she says “woof woof” and barks, it’s adorable and I would love to get it on video.

We’re getting lot’s of hugs with sweet “awww’s” when she wants to be cuddly which isn’t often! There are things to do, places to go. She can climb 4 stairs all by herself ( with me right behind so she doesn’t go back down) and stands on her own pretty solid. We’re working on walking, she is great while holding onto things or with her push toys, but hesitant to try it by herself. The most we’ve had on her own is a step between the ottoman and couch.

So many big things, she is keeping me on my toes as always. I love it and cherish these days I have with her.

Taking a month-day picture is close to impossible since McKenna is always on the go. Here are a few funny out-takes from my time chasing her around. I really hope the photographer we hired is better than I am at getting a pose! 🙂


After dumping out her toy basket 2x, I think she was over it.

Dinner time fun

18 Aug


18 Aug

McKenna has been working hard at standing by herself, here she is doing it well!

Baby doll

18 Aug

Teaching McKenna to say “Baby”.

Welcome to McFatty Monday!

9 Aug

Blair, over at the Heir to Blair has been doing McFatty Monday for quite awhile and I always read the posts but never join in. Today I am.

After our wonderful vacation and eating crap, I walked downstairs and told Eric it was time to do the South Beach again. And we weren’t stopping until I lost the baby weight. He said ok, so we immediately started tossing everything in the fridge away.

The reason for South Beach? It works for me, if I STICK TO IT. My major downfall is sugar and phase 1 cuts it out of our diets, cold turkey along with the BAD carbs. Phase 2 lets you reintroduce the good carbs into your diet, which is essential. It is pretty easy: fill up on veggies and lean protein, eventually add some good carbs and healthy fruits, and stay away from high glycemic foods.

This weekend I whipped up our favorite South Beach Diet breakfast of an egg casserole type thing to last a few days in the fridge. It’s delish and fills you up. I found this awesome website that had even more ways to make it. I started looking for healthy recipies, washed and cut up vegetables, and prepared myself for a long journey.

Goal #1 is to lose 14 lbs by McKenna’s Birthday … can you believe she’s almost 1?!?

Goal #2 is 10 more lbs.

Goal #3 is the final 16 lbs of baby weight.

Yep that totals 40lbs!

Also, what diet is complete without exercise? NONE of them! The goal is 3 times per week for 45 minutes consistently. I’ll up it to 5 after getting our routine down so I don’t burn out. =)