TBT to Olivia’s First Birthday

Hey! Busy week here, so couldn’t really spend too much time on the computer. I still wanted to get the update from last weekend in because Olivia turned 1!!!! Can’t believe it… It’s pretty safe to say that I was on an emotional roller coaster.

The day Friday actually started a bit early for me because Olivia got a fever at daycare and I had to pick her up. I didn’t complain. By the time we got home, her fever was gone. So, it must’ve just been a cold related reaction. Once we were home, she ate like a champ, which she wasn’t at daycare that morning.

Any moment I got, I got busy in the kitchen getting her smash cake ready. Why I do this to myself, I am yet to find out.

Ryan’s parents came over Friday night and after getting settled in, I finished off with a nice glass of wine or two.

Saturday morning, it was the big day! I was both excited and dreading this day. How can my baby be one already?

I definitely stole all the hugs and snuggles I could.

First present: an airplane toy to get her ready for our trip to the BVI in May. She seemed to enjoy it.

Then, it was time to open presents from the grandparents and great grandparents.

After naptime, we all headed out to Texas Roadhouse to celebrate. She didn’t stop eating from the time we got there to the time we left. She’s our little piggy.

Our new table when we go out: beers, snacks and tiny hands.

They crew there announced her birthday and sat her on the saddle. Haha

Once back, we gave her the smash cake, topped with Ryan’s first birthday cake topper.

She wasn’t too sure about it and didn’t actually enjoy the cake much.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying our little one. Sunday, Ryan had to leave for a work activity early, so it was just Olivia and I running errands. We stopped to snack and this is the pose she chose. Comfy.

Once we got back, it was pretty nice out so we went on a walk and spent some time outside.

Maybe she’s not too big after all? Whenever she sees the jumperoo, she needs to get in there.

After naptime, it was time to head back out and get her ears pierced. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous. But, she was a champ and after ten minutes, she didn’t even care about it. So, I took her twelve month pictures when we got back home.

Then, back to hanging out with my love.

Now, my family is coming over this weekend for birthday celebration 2.0

Photo Shoot Weekend

Well, this weekend was centered on picture taking. Saturday, I had a photo shoot session and meeting with the Cedar Rapids Moms Blog I recently joined. Also, Sunday, it was super nice in our sun room so I used the opportunity to spend about an hour taking pictures of Olivia before she turns one this Saturday.

hey you

First though, we had our last swim lesson. Olivia was kinda tired, so she was in between loving it and not. She did great though and was engaging the instructor whenever she came by.

swim 1

This little girl loves the water and we’ll definitely join in again before our trip to the British Virgin Islands.

swim 2

After the swim lessons and my meeting, I came back to hang out with my little princess.

mama oma

We also had some time to facetime the abuelos. Umm, I think it’s safe to say they like each other.


Sunday morning, I woke up to the inevitable, Olivia decided she was done with nursing. We’ve slowly been weaning, but I definitely wasn’t ready for it and now I’m riding this emotional roller coaster of the end of our breastfeeding journey. So instead, we spent some time reading books and making animal noises before breakfast.

am reading

Once we got ready for the day, Olivia and I spent some time in the sun room in our own mini photo session. She loves going for the phone whenever I set it down to take pictures or videos.

photo bomb yoga

Ryan’s favorite pic? This one, where she looks like she’s up to no good.

up to something

One thing is for sure though, she’s a mover. Picking up more speed every day.

on a mission

I do love spending time with this little one and can’t believe she’s going to be a toddler soon. Stop!!!!!

oma baby feet

Hope you have a good week!

mama and oma

Fun and errands

Hola! Hope you’re doing well. By now you’re probably used to late posts… It’s how I roll now. Soon, I’ll get back to DIY posts as well, but for now, these recap posts will do.

This past weekend I tackled a long to-do list, and actually got everything done except one item. I call that a win! Plus, Olivia was my little helper for some of it.

Mama and me

Noon time was spent at swimming lessons. She had lots of fun. She’s so comfortable in the water and loves watching all the other kids. My little fishy!

Water time

The rest of the day was spent working on more tasks, so by the night I was beat. Grilled cheese and tea for dinner sounded just perfect.

Grilled cheese and tea

Sunday morning was spent just hanging around. It was an early wake up call, so I spent most of the morning in my pjs. Olivia didn’t care that my energy level was low though, she still decided to use me as her own personal horsey.

horsey ride

After lunch, we got ready and took the time to take some passport photos for Olivia. Let me just say, there’s a lot of outtakes.

photo fails

Then we headed out on the town to get some donuts and coffee.

on a ride

The local coffee shop we were heading to was closed, so instead we went into Dunkin Donuts and Olivia’s first donut experience. She looooved the donuts, that face is her just trying to bite a piece off.

donut break

She was jacked on sugar and wanted to walk around the store. she’s getting so big!

we have a walker

And off she goes!

off she goes

The rest of the night was spend entertaining, feeding and putting Olivia to bed. Good weekend.

Hope you have a great rest of the week!

Cold Season

Well, we all picked up some colds this weekend, so it was pretty uneventful to say the least. We hung out, we took naps and we blew our noses. That’s pretty much it.

Friday after work, we were pretty beat up, so we just hung out at the house. Olivia was pretty tired, since she skipped her afternoon nap, so she went to bed fairly early.

Wheres mama

Saturday, we had swimming lessons in the morning and Olivia loved them, she is doing so good! She blew bubbles under water for the first time and she is not afraid to get her face wet. She even went on her back a few times, which is probably the hardest thing for kids to do. I could tell she was tired though because by the end of the class, her head was just laying on my shoulder. Poor baby.

After lunch and a nap, we headed to Ryan’s cousins house. There Olivia got to hang out with her 2.5 year old cousin. He was super nice with her and shared his toys without a problem.

cousin love

We tried to get a picture of the two of them. Here he is trying to keep her on his lap while Olivia is trying to escape. It was quite hilarious.


Olivia also had a great time taking all of the toys out of the basket.

Toy basket

We stayed there until dinner and then headed home. At some point in the evening, Olivia spiked a fever and she was ready for bed.

On dadas shoulders

That night, I also woke up in the middle of the night with a wave of nausea. Thankfully, I was able to sleep it off, but this cold is on the brink of wanting to turn into something else.

Walking and chewing

Sunday, we hung out in the house, nursed our colds and got ready for the week. Not much going on over here!

Hope you have a great week!

Lock Down

Good morning! So, this weekend we had pretty crappy weather. We were expecting an ice storm on Sunday and Ryan was gone until Sunday afternoon, so Olivia and I pretty much just hung out at the house the whole time. We did make it out on Saturday to go to swimming lessons, which she loves!, and then on Sunday morning to run a couple of errands. So, not too many pictures for this weekend, but here’s what I got.

Of course, Snapchat played a big role. It always does when we’re just hanging out.

flower power

We napped on the couch, which is the best thing ever. Even if I can’t get up for two hours.

Saturday naps

And more Snapchat fun because it’s hilarious…

big lips, big nose

…and she loves watching the videos play back in a loop.

hey smarty

Sunday, we worked on our eating skills. She’s good with pureed foods, alright with stewed veggies and fruit, and hates chunky baby foods. So, right now it’s either real food or purees.

dinner time

And it’s according to her mood. During each meal time, I need to give her a variety, so she doesn’t get bored. As soon as she spits the purees, we switch to real food. When starts throwing real food to the floor, we switch to purees. On and on until we’re done with mealtime.

sweet potatoes are the best

Sunday afternoon, we got ready for the Cowboys game. It was a good game with crappy results. Oh well…

cowboys playoffs

Monday, was a holiday, so we stayed home and Olivia got to hang out with dada all day. It was a mix of building and destroying.

lego playtime

Low key weekend with lots of Olivia time. Pretty perfect.