Annabelle Monthly – 11/12 Months

Well if this post hasn’t been a looooooong time coming then I honestly don’t know what is lol Between hosting our first Thanksgiving, planning Annabelle’s 1st birthday, finding out we are pregnant (YAY!) and all that entails when it comes to the 1st trimester (More on that later!) and all the in’s and out’s of the holidays this just kinda fell a little low on the todum pole. Usually this is the place where I retreat. A place where I can unwind and get my thoughts out, whether they actually get published or not, but after the craziness that was our families last 3 months mama pretty much  just needed to rest.. a lot. I really just needed to turn off and tune out all the noise and pointless chatter that is social media lately (possibly more on that later as well lol). So that’s what we did to recharge, refocus and reprioritize. Funny how the first of the year is a good time for that… and maybe it was a little bit of the fact that it was Annabelle’s first year birthday too that kinda got us thinking more introspectively and intentionally about what we want this life, our life, to look like. to actually be.

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Measurements – Annabelle went from 15 to 16 pounds between her 11th month and her first birthday (woohoo!!) She also is measuring at about 27 inches tall! How do we begin to even express just how proud we are of her! There literally aren’t enough words in the entire world to fit that bill. It’s hard to believe that this time last year she was just a sleepy, cooing, smiley little newborn that captured our hearts the moment we laid eyes on her. And here she is a whole year later healthy and thriving and growing and completely recapturing our hearts even more with each passing day. To think we were smitten then.. it just doesn’t even compare to how smitten we are with her now. We’re just completely taken with this sweet girl God has gifted us.

Best Moment – There is a lot of great things that happened these  last couple months but the biggest accomplishment for Annabelle would definitely bet the fact that she is now pulling up to standing all on her own as well as cruising along furniture and with her little Zebra walker. She just pushes that thing all over the house which is really keeping us on our toes these days lol She also has started to just stand up on her own and hold her balance! She seriously just moments away from walking on her own, but we’re not in any hurry for that because we know that once our Annabelle starts going there will be no slowing her down then! Everything in it’s due time, and for now we are just relishing these sweet, fleeting moments with her in the present.

** UPDATE ~ Since I wrote this post literally a couple days later Annabelle just decided one Friday afternoon that she was going to walk to her daddy when he got home from work, and as we predicted she hasn’t stopped since! lol It was definitely a great kick off to a fun weekend and a fun new season in our family! Toddlerhood here we come!

Worst Moment – There really hasn’t been a “worst” moment (that I can remember at least) these past months which is kinda an awesome note to end Annabelle’s first year on! So yeah, life is good right now! 🙂

Favorite Things – Annabelle’s favorite thing to do these days in definitely use her many communication skills. She still loves to give high fives and wave hello and bye bye but now she also likes to give the occasional fist bump and by far our favorite new thing she does that she loves to do is give kisses! She loves giving big open mouthed kisses to her daddy and I and we love it too! She also says  “Da-da” specifically to Matt now when she sees him, is talking to him or is calling for him after she’s done nursing in the morning. Annabelle’s always been a daddy’s girl but now hearing her call for him just melts both of our hearts like never before, and to be totally honest in the last month her love for Matt has just exploded to a whole new level! He truly is her favorite person on the face of the earth right now. She just adores him. It’s really as if he hung the moon in her eyes and right now he can do no wrong. To watch their relationship grow has been one of the sweetest things from my perspective too. It really is like a good friend once told me –  (totally paraphrasing here but) Little girls are born with a bond to their mama’s, but the love a daughter and daddy have is something that you get to watch grow deeper each day. you get to watch a daughter “fall in love” if you will with who her daddy is and the love he has for her… and there is nothing so precious as getting to witness that. It has truly been one of the highlights of my life.

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I’m truly convinces there is no love like that of a father for his daughter or a littler girl for her daddy. It’s just so uniquely precious.

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Highlights – Well there was Annabelle’s first vacation to the beach which was pretty spectacular! She loved sea shelling with her Grandma and Great Gram as well as spending a lot of quality time with her Aunt Kiki and meeting her Great Aunt Patricia, Great Aunt Diane, and Great Uncle Carlos!.. and we loved getting to explore that with her for the first time. I can’t wait to take her back to the ocean when we is older to see her reaction to it’s vastness then, to watch her and Matt play in the water and to build sandcastles with her on the shore line!

Walking the pierre when we first got into town bright and early at 9 am!

Walking the pierre when we first got into town bright and early at 9 am!

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Playing in the sand!

Playing in the sand!

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Beach day with the fam

Beach day with the fam

Morning stroll and sea shelling with Dad!

Morning stroll and sea shelling with Dad!

Sea Shelling!

Sea Shelling!

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Dinner with our beautiful "centerpiece" lol

Dinner with our beautiful “centerpiece” lol

Our little mermaid!

Our little mermaid!

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She's learning a lot from her Aunt Kiki!

She’s learning a lot from her Aunt Kiki!

Hanging out with Aunt Kiki!

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beach strolling ❤

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Watching one gorgeous sunset!

Watching one gorgeous sunset!

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First family vacation on Anna Maria and we can’t wait to go back for many many more!

Then she got to dress up for her first Halloween! We live in a really great neighborhood that really goes all out for the holidays, so much so that other families from surrounding neighborhoods park and come to our subdivision for events like Halloween. So it was really fun to take her around in her little BB8 Star Wars costume that we hand made for her to see all our neighbors.

Carving pumpkins with Aunt Paige!

Carving pumpkins with Aunt Paige!

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most precious punkin' in the patch! <3

most precious punkin’ in the patch! ❤

BB8 had a serious love for the candy wrappers this year, little does she know how good the stuff actually tastes on the inside yet! lol

BB8 had a serious love for the candy wrappers this year, little does she know how good the stuff actually tastes on the inside yet! lol

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Walking BB8 around the neighborhood lol

Walking BB8 around the neighborhood lol

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Passing out candy!

Passing out candy!

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She also LOVED feasting at her first Thanksgiving! There was not one food on her plate that she didn’t relish! And too top it all off Annabelle unknowingly matched her cousin Charlie which made for a really cute little photo op!

Grandma with her two matching Grandgirls... and their daddy's too of course :)

Grandma with her two matching Grandgirls… and their daddy’s too of course 🙂

Feasting!

Feasting!

Then of course there was going to help pick out the Christmas Tree, cut it down, bring it home and decorate it for the first time at Big Tree Plantation with her dad and I! We also visited Santa for the first time while we were there! Annabelle also found out that same weekend that she was going to be getting the best Christmas/Birthday present of all time and get to be a big sister! A sibling really is the “type” of present that truly does just keep on giving and giving! lol 🙂

Helping Dad pick out a winner!

Helping Dad pick out a winner!

2015 vs. 2016. Annabelle was with us last year, but didn't nearly get to experience all the fun like she did this year!

2015 vs. 2016. Annabelle was with us last year, but didn’t nearly get to experience all the fun like she did this year!

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Meeting Santa for the first time!.. we may have bribed her with puffs to get her to sit with him lol

Meeting Santa for the first time!.. we may have bribed her with puffs to get her to sit with him lol

That's right world! Annabelle Jane is going to be a big sister!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

That’s right world! Annabelle Jane is going to be a big sister!!!

She's just a little bit excited about getting a sibling lol

She’s just a little bit excited about getting a sibling lol

Helping daddy put the angel on top of the tree for the first time!

Helping daddy put the angel on top of the tree for the first time!

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Then there was celebrating her 2nd Christmas, only she was much more alert for this one then last time when she was only two weeks old lol

Hanging out with Dad on Christmas Eve. I just can't get over how they make so many similar facial expressions! <3

Hanging out with Dad on Christmas Eve. I just can’t get over how they make so many similar facial expressions! ❤

She was ready to help pass out all the gifts!

She was ready to help pass out all the gifts!

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THE big box, one of Annabelles most favorite gifts this year. Topped only by bows, and Banana puffs lol

THE big box, one of Annabelles most favorite gifts this year. Topped only by bows, and Banana puffs lol

Here, have a bow!

Here! have a bow!

Matching with momma on Christmas Day out on Grandmas farm!

Matching with momma on Christmas Day out on Grandmas farm!

And of course to finish it all off there was Annabelle’s 1st Birthday Party! It was really special because we actually got to celebrate her with all our family and a couple of her closest friends on her actual birthday since it fell on a Sunday this year!

Our birthday girl having her cake and eating it too!

Our birthday girl having her cake and eating it too!

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“I’m One!” Say’s Annabelle Jane!

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About to dive into the homemade cake momma made just for her!

About to dive into the homemade cake momma made just for her!

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"This cake is pretty tasty mom!"

“This cake is pretty tasty mom!”

Can not believe these girls are one!

Can not believe these girls are one!

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I was pretty excited that Annabelle could pull "open" her gifts on her own, which really means she could pull the tissue paper out of the bags and take the bows off of the packages lol

I was pretty excited that Annabelle could pull “open” her gifts on her own, which really means she could pull the tissue paper out of the bags and take the bows off of the packages lol

Our birthday girl <3

Our birthday girl ❤

She was pretty excited about her final birthday gift, a sibling! lol

She was pretty excited about her final birthday gift, a sibling! lol

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On to the next Chapter! <3

On to the next Chapter! ❤

Much love & prayer,
Matt & Blair

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