15 Months

 











Good gravy! Toddlerhood is happening and it's crazy and fun and exhausting and beautiful and I love it. I have to say, it is a little more exhausting than having an infant for this introverted mama soul, but it also full of all kinds of fun adventures, which I absolutely love. 

The most memorable part of our month was cutting four molars and a front bottom tooth all at the same time. Sheesh. All three of us were about to lose our minds by the end of it. Never has Belle been more miserable or defiant than she was for that entire week and half. 
The most enjoyable memory from this month was taking her to the beach! She has been once before when she was just a babe, but this time she actually got to get in the ocean and play in the sand. And I didn't have to constantly stop and nurse her this time around - so those two things together made for an awesome trip!

This month has been full of firsts for her as well - mostly in the form of sweet treats. First Sno Cone, first donut, first ice cream of her very own. She's definitely got her Daddy's sweet tooth. We've also taken our first trips to many of the parks and splash pads around Nashville and she's definitely a waterbug like her Mama. She's also started saying a little more. Though none of her words are super defined, she can say "all done", "mom", "daddy" and "dog". She also has her own signals/sounds she says for "thank you", "more", "milk", "yes", "nap", and "no".

It's been so fun watching her grow more and more into her own little person this month.
She is an independent, focused, brave, sweet, sneaky, kind, curious, little human.
She loves making friends, giving hugs, reading books, and playing outside.
Every minute is an adventure with her!

Beachin'




The view from our condo - so beautiful!

Spending Belle's naptime wisely.




Her preferred way to enjoy the beach.



Nevermind the fact that I look like a cheesy 13 year old, I'm in the ocean with my babe.



Belle being dramatic as usual.
The only picture that proves we had friends with us.

Selfie!!


We've always loved the beach. It's been where we've taken some of our most memorable vacations together. Sand, Sun, Surf = Happiness for us. Last Memorial Day weekend we decided that having a baby wouldn't stop us from a spontaneous cheap trip with a couple friends, so we packed up our not yet three month old and spent the weekend in a crappy hotel. It was one of our favorite trips yet because we got to experience something we love with people we love. So we decided to go for it again this year. This time we were fortunate enough to have a little extra cash and got to stay beachfront in a beautiful condo with a couple of other sweet friends. Though traveling and vacations are a completely different experience with a baby or toddler in tow, they are always worth it!

Park Days






Toddlers are exhausting fun ya'll! 
Our tater tot never stops moving, so finding things to do with her that wear her out, are necessary to the health and sanity of us all. We had a family day recently and took her to "dragon park" downtown. Though she was too little for climbing the dragon, she was giddy running around everything else!
In the last five minutes, she has gone from digging in the kitchen trash, to pulling everything out of her dresser drawer and trying to eat baby wipes. So it may just be time to head to the park behind our house before we lose our minds.

What keeps your toddlers sane and out of trouble?
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