Bye Bye Bottle.

Hey loves!

It’s that time again where I should try weening my little one off the bottle. My youngest is about to turn 14 months old and this girl loves her bottle, or as she would say ‘ba ba’. She has an attitude like her mama and she’s already starting with the tantrums if she doesn’t get what she wants. I have a spoiled one on my hands, so taking her bottle way is worrying me a bit.

She loves having her bottle first thing in the morning, before nap time, and before bedtime. We’ve switched out the bottle for a sippy cup when she eats her food. Sometimes she throws it on the ground and wants nothing to do with it and other times she’ll drink it, shortly to realize it’s not her bottle.

My oldest was a little hard to wean off also, but we were finally able too. After going through a handful of different sippy cups, he finally found his perfect cup and it was all a piece of cake from there on out. They didn’t have half of the options they have today back when he was weaning off the bottle.

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We discovered the Nuby 360 Insulated Wonder Cup and few weeks ago and we love it. It comes in a variety of colors and designs, so it’s great for any little one learning to drink from a cup!

Little miss independent loves the fact that she can look like she can drink out of the big kid cup just like her big brother does. This nine-ounce, BPA free cup is perfect for little ones 12 months and older. She’s able to drink out of the cup from any side also.

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With the weather being very dreary and cold here in the Central Pennsylvania, we were able to get the cup outside on a warm day while visiting the park, and the entire time it stayed cold! As a matter of fact, it can keep liquids cold for up to six hours!

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While she hasn’t quite let go of the bottle yet, this cup is helping immensely! She won’t drop it on the ground during meal time and she genuinely enjoys drinking out of it. It’s a step in the right direction when it comes to weaning her. I was excited to discover this cup.

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While you can find the cup on the Nuby brand website, you can also find it at Babies R Us.

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To Our Daughter

Happy First Birthday Liliana Marie!

 

One year ago today, at six pounds fifteen ounces you entered our world. I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. You have brought us so much joy and laughter that we will forever cherish. Everyone who has met you has fallen in love with your happy, loving personality. Your smile is perfection, and blue eyes so contagious, everyone always stops to admire you. You have grown into one smart and hilarious little princess. You may be petite but you conquer anything that comes your way full force with no hesitation. You are one strong, hardheaded child and I think you get that from me, or maybe your father because we are both very head strong.

 

When you were born, I was so scared, more scared then having your brother. I was bringing a little girl into this world. You seemed so much more fragile then your brother and I wanted to protect you from everything negative in this world. And I knew if you became anything like me or your father, we’re going to have a run for our money. We got a double whammy with that one, and you already keep us on our toes. You never want to miss a thing. You are on the go constantly and always refuse to sleep. You keep up with your four year old brother as if you were his age. You never fail to amaze your father and I.

You have a heart of gold. You’ll go to anyone and smile every minute of it. You always make sure to stand in the grocery cart so you can say “Hi” to everyone you pass. You’re always blowing kisses, snuggling, and hugging everyone around you. You make my heart melt daily and we couldn’t ask for a sweeter daughter. And with the sweetness, we of course get your sassy side also. If something doesn’t go your way, we know it. If you can’t figure out something on your own, we see the attitude. I guess we can say you get that from Mommy, I’ll own up to it.

It’s amazing to see how much you have changed in just one year. Watching you learn and explore the world around you. Watching your brain work and figure things out on your own. It’s one of the best sights I’ve ever witnessed. It’s such a blessing and I could go on forever listing what I love about you. The excitement you get when daddy gets home from work each day, the way you share with your brother, the way you play with both of our hair while I rock you to sleep at night, and the list goes on and on. You are truly the best daughter.

 

And today you are one… ONE! How?! You are no longer my little teeny baby girl. You’re now a smart, sassy, but still teeny toddler. I don’t want to believe it, but I am so proud of all the milestones you have accomplished in this first year of life. You are up to 8 teeth, you can say a ton of words, you’re standing on your own but of course are too stubborn to walk because you know crawling will get you where you want to go faster. You’re already arguing with me by saying “dada” every time I try to get you to say “mama”. You love to be center of attention, and you will scream until someone looks your way. You make us laugh every single day with your silly sounds and goofy faces.

Mommy, daddy, and big brother wish you the happiest first birthday ever! I hope the next few years slow down because I am currently shedding a tear as I type this post. You are our little ball of sunshine, and I’m so excited to see what these upcoming years have in store for you. We are so excited for your unicorn party on Saturday and your delicious birthday dinner tonight! We hope this is the best first birthday for our little princess. We love you Liliana Marie.