Liv's 1 Year Update

Happy Tuesday guys! I hope everyone had a great weekend and Mother's Day.  We didn't do much on Sunday; I slept in until 10:30 am which was the first time in years, so that was pretty nice. Other than that we just hung out at home. 
s most of you know our little girl turned one a bit over a week ago, so this is her one year update. 


Well, we have given up any hope that this girl will crawl. She has her scootching maneuver down pat and doesn't have any interest in getting on all fours. She wants to walk constantly now though. She is moving around the coffee table pretty well, has not taken any steps solo yet but I am sure it won't be long. 
She has five teeth. Teething has not been too bad for us; Liv is just a little more fussy than normal. 
Her personality comes out more and more every day. She is still a major jokester, but getting a bit sassy. She likes to test the limits; she does something naughty (like throwing toys) then waits to see my reaction. It blows my mind how young this starts! 


At around 11 months we started phasing out her first nap, trying to get her down to one nap a day. So her routine has changed a bit, and some days she still needs two naps. But for the most part this is what our days look like:
7:15 Wake up ( we usually just cuddle for a little bit first thing)
8:00 Breakfast
     - work around the house/ watches me workout
10:00 snack time
     - play time, if it is nice enough, we go outside
11:45 Lunch
12:15-2:00 nap
    - run errands
3:00 snack time
5:00 Dinner
8:00 Bedtime 

At four months we sleep trained Liv using the Ferber method. We had great success with it but had a few setbacks, which were my fault for not being consistent. For a couple of months, we had a problem with her waking up too early ( Like 5:30 am), so we had to let her cry it out in the mornings, it took us a couple of weeks, but we finally got her sleeping in until 7:00 am. So now she goes to bed at 8:00 pm, we still do her sleep routine that we started when she was a newborn. She sleeps through the night and wakes around 7:00 am. 

We had a few blissful months where she would eat anything we put in front of her. That is no longer the case. The only thing this girl will for sure eat is blueberries, applesauce, and eggs. Everything else is hit and miss. 
or her highchair we didn't bother getting anything fancy, we just used the $25 highchair from Ikea, and we love it. Super easy to clean, you can throw the thing in the dishwasher if you want. 

Liv was strictly breastfed for the first seven months of her life. I had a bit of a supply issue so then started giving her formula occasionally. This was around the time I called it quits on pumping. So when I was with her, she got breast milk, but otherwise, she got formula. This was a game changer for me. I struggled to get just 2 ounces per a 20-minute pumping session, and I started stressing about it. It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders once I quit trying to pump.

Liv is still playing with a lot of her same baby toys. Our favorite brand is probably B toys, their stuff is so stinking cute, and Liv loves them.  Now that the weather is better we are spending a lot more time outside so not as many toys are needed. We have yet to let her watch cartoons. Though the tv is on a lot (sometimes just as background noise) and I will catch her watching it here and there.  She loves music; we have dance parties daily.
Side note, a few posts ago I mentioned how I have worked with Liv putting away her toys and I got a lot of questions how I did that. Starting from when she first really started playing with toys (around 4 or 5 months) every time we were done we would clean up the toys and we would cheer and kind of make a game of it. It took a few months but she now helps me clean up the toys. Once they are all cleaned up we clap and celeberate to encourage her to keep up the good work. 

ig girl status:
     -Car Seat: At 11 months we moved Liv to a 'big girl' car seat. We went with the Diono Rainer. I did a lot of research on this seat, and I felt good about it. Once it came in the mail, I felt really good about it. This thing is a beast; it is super solid. I feel very much at ease with Liv riding in this car seat. A bonus is she will be able to use this same seat for years to come. We have a different brand for Dad's car and it doesn't come close to comparing to the Diono. 

Much Love,