This is baby’s first Valentines Day! My baby girl is 10 months old now! It seems each month I remark about how fast the time is passing and it certainly feels like her first year is flying by. Because my husband is on a year long remote tour it also feels like time is dragging by. I hate that he’s missing so much but feel so blessed that I have the honor of sharing all of them with her.
She is in full on “coasting” mode – standing up and going where she can while holding on. I’m sure she’ll be walking before I’m ready for her to as I’m secretly praying she holds off on the walking milestone until her Daddy gets home. I did the same thing with her older brother when he was a baby and my husband was deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom, so “fingers crossed”, he’ll get to see her first steps in person.
To note the month on her milestone blanket this time around I grabbed a Valentine’s Day garland I had and it was the perfect prop! Some of these were snapped before her nap time and you can totally tell!
Her favorite thing to snack on right now are these wholewheat crackers I love. Her favorite food is banana and strawberries blended together. I started attending a faith study with my fellow Catholic Women of the Chapel (CWOC) and she’s been enjoying going with me as she loves the attention she gets from all the ladies.
This month she self weaned from the breast so I’ve begun putting her in her crib before she’s fallen asleep and so far it’s working really great. I usually read/sing her this beautiful baby book What A Wonderful World then we say goodnight to all her friends which is basically all the stuffed animals and dolls in her bedroom including the Swan and Unicorn hanging on her wall. We end with the Care Bear we got her before her Daddy left which includes a good night message from him. I then kiss her lay her down with a bottle and she’s been falling asleep. In a week or so I’m going to begin giving her the bottle while I read to her, as I’m not too keen on her going to sleep with a bottle in her crib.. but if that’s what works – honestly I’m not going to rock the cradle too much!
This interactive story book was a gift from her Daddy on Valentine’s Day.
My son snapped this picture after Mass. Since Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fell on the same day this year.
Ellena’s outfit is from Gymboree. They have the cutest outfits! You can find her bow here.
Here are a few outfit ideas similiar to what Ellena was wearing.
The sweatshirt I wore (I love to try and coordinate our outfits when I can) was from H&M. Here are a few similiar I was able to find…
Nicole Olea’s love language is communication. She does this best using her keyboard as a freelance copywriter and editor. Creative and resilient with high-level experience in social media management, content creation, and eCommerce marketing, Nicole Olea was a professional volunteer, sharing her skills with various non-profit organizations who paid her in hugs. For the last 20 years, she’s lived a quasi-nomadic life, moving across the country and the Atlantic with her active-duty husband and their three kids. She’s awkwardly stumbling toward her goal of becoming a saint. She’s got God-sized dreams and wants you to have them too!