Friday, January 31, 2014

Zetta's First Birthday- Picture Overload

We had Zetta's birthday party a few weeks after she turned one. Pete's sister lives in Australia and was coming to America the weekend before Thanksgiving for a month so we wanted her to be here to celebrate! We had it on a Sunday afternoon. We had a local BBQ place cater since it was right at lunch time and then I had a table full of sweets and appitizers as well. My mom, MIL, and sister made a few things also, so I really didn't have to do too much! It was pretty laid back. We kept it small with family and then a handful of friends! It was a great time celebrating our sweet girl's first year of life. My sister took a bunch of picture's so I am sorry in advance for the picture overload. I just didn't want to leave anything out! I wish we would have tried to get a group picture of all the kiddos but by the end of the party everyone was ready for a nap! Maybe next  year!

P.S. I am pretty proud to say I made this cake, all by myself ;)
















Monday, January 27, 2014

Home Tour..Before Reno

Here are the before picture's of what the house we live in now use to look like. I love a good before and after comparison and making two separate posts was the easiest way to show you the whole house since there are so many pictures! We are still working on a few things so as soon as those are finished I will be posting the after pictures! My husband does a great job, I cannot wait to show you! Enjoy these pictures! It is hard to believe people picked out these all colors and d├ęcor. Needless to say, it is not my taste! I also forgot to take pictures before the demo started, but I still caught it pretty early!




View from the front door- living room


View from dining room
View from the living room into the dining room and kitchen

Dining room


Kitchen
Stairwell


Hallway to bedrooms (left side: bathroom, master right side from back: Zetta's room, office)


Main level bathroom..pigs, really!?

Main level bathroom

Zetta's bedroom

Zetta's bedroom again


Office



Master bedroom(the paint was like this!)


Master bedroom again
Half bath in master bedroom

Downstairs bathroom(this was only a stall shower)

Downstairs bedroom

Downstairs bedroom again

Downstairs kitchen area?(right off the stairwell)

again (leads into laundry room)

Downstairs living room(view from bathroom/bedroom hall)

Downstairs living room again(view from bottom of the stairs)

Laundry room (sorry it's blurry)

Laundry room storage area

Under the garage, which is now a media room(right off the kitchen area)

Media room/ Extra bedroom again






Thursday, January 23, 2014

Zetta Mae's first year in review...

I figured since I didn't blog at all through Zetta's first year of life I would do a highlight post of things that I felt were important and things I would want to remember!

November 2012:
-Our big girl was born on the 14th of the month. Weighing in at 9 pounds 2 ounces and 20 1/2 inches long! She was born at 2:06am after being in labor since 11am on the 13th :)
-She had her first Thanksgiving!
December 2012:
-First Christmas
-Her first big outing was to one of Pete's friends weddings, Gabe Baugh in mid December. Everyone LOVED seeing her. :)
January 2013:
-She took her first big trip and plane ride to Denver, Colorado for vacation with my mom's side of the family. She was a perfect baby the whole trip!
-She met her Aunt Ashley for the first time!
-I went back to work the week we got back from vacation. Pete or myself would watch her in the morning then Janet (my MIL) keeps her Tuesday and Friday afternoons and my mom watches her Monday and Thursday afternoons. We are EXTREMELY blessed with the help our families give to us. They do so much for us and we are so, so thankful for them.
-Because I went back to work Zetta also had her first bottle! I would breastfeed her in the morning before I left, then she would get a bottle at 10, I would come home and feed her at lunch at 12, and then was off by 4 and usually would feed her that feeding or sometimes she would get a bottle if I was running late or she needed it a few minutes early. :) Then I would feed her two more times before bed time. She was sleeping from about 10pm-7pm starting around 5 weeks (which would have been  in December) so I got to drop the night feeding pretty quickly! Praise the Lord for that!!
February 2013:
-Zetta was becoming a rock star at tummy time was rolling over both ways!! Big girl!!!
March 2013:
-She dropped her 10pm feeding on her own and was sleeping from about 8pm-7am.
-She started sitting up supported by her boppy pillow. She really enjoyed being upright!
-I took a one of the most fun photo shoots of her. Pearls, pearls, and more pearls..and not to mention those baby blue eyes!
-Daddy went on vacation to one of his best friends weddings for four days. I can't believe how much we missed him! I am getting tears in my eyes just thinking about it! This trip made me so incredibly thankful for an extremely involved and supportive husband. I could not have asked for a better partner to go through the journey of parenthood with.
-Zetta had her first Easter
April 2013:
-We took a trip to the beach with our dear friends Megan and Eric. We drove through the night so the trip went pretty smooth. Defiantly had to make longer, more frequent stops than we planned on but, luckily we were on no time schedule so it was no big deal...learning to go with the flowww
-She got her first tooth!! Her second one was just a few days behind. Her little bottom two. Made that smile even cuter!
-She also started sitting up with no support. Big girl!
-Biggest news of the month-we found out you were getting a new cousin!! JD and Emily are pregnant!! We could not be more excited.
-6 month stats: 16 pounds 13 ounces and 26 inches long. Perfectly healthy baby!
May 2013:
-Zetta was army crawling and could get anywhere she wanted to go! We have a curious girl that does NOT like to be left alone. :)
-We introduced a few solid foods. Rice cereal, banana, sweet potato, and avocado.
June 2013:
-She sat in a high chair for the first time at daddy's favorite restaurant, HuHot.
-She also was holding her bottle on her own. We would lay her in her boppy pillow on the floor and she could feed herself! This was a sad milestone for me, but pretty convenient if I do say so myself!!
-Zetta met her best friend Mila for the first time! They are 10 weeks apart and going to be the best of friends!
-She also was starting to pull up on furniture.
-We swam for the first time at Eesie and Poppie's house. No surprise that she loves the water!
-By the end of the month she was picking up cheerios on her own
-She started standing up in her crib! Time to move the mattress down a level!
July 2013:
-First 4th of July
-She also got her first little bruise on her forehead. :(
-We found out that Zetta was going to be a big sister!
-We also found out more exciting news, that baby Tanner is a GIRL!!!!! So many fun times ahead!
-Was exclusively bottle fed(breastmilk) because I was trying to pump as much as I could to try not to lose my supply.

August 2013:
-Has a love for baby rice cakes and any fruit!
-She is eating like a champ. The only thing she really doesn't like is squash.
-We moved into our new house at the end of the month.
-Her top two teeth started working their way through!
-My milk supply was slowly going away. We introduced formula. She took 2 breastmilk bottles and 2 formula bottles. HARD for this mama. (This topic deserves its own post in itself.)
September 2013:
-Loves black beans!!!
-We make it public news that she is going to be a big sister!! (Due March 29th) She is beyond excited! ;)
-Standing up and letting go of furniture and playing with whatever is in her hands.
October 2013:
-Started taking steps here and there. I think the most she took at one time was 8. She still prefers to crawl though, she is just too fast to give it up yet!
-We introduced yogurt, cheese, and eggs. She did well with all. Praise the Lord!
-The next tooth on each side of her bottoms started poking through. One is completely visible and the other is close!
November 2013:
-Our big girl turned ONE!
-She is officially walking everywhere
-Zetta Mae is such a talker! She never stops jabbering!

Zetta Mae, you have been the best blessing to your daddy and I. We just sit and stare at you, asking each other how we got so lucky. You are the most easy going, loving baby. Your first year of life just flew by and I am sure time isn't going to slow down anytime soon. We love you so much and can't wait for the years to come.