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Linden Estelle is Thirteen Months Old

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Linden Estelle turned thirteen months old today. I can’t believe how fast time is flying. To ensure I remember all these special moments, I am taking a “birthday” picture every month for her first 24 months, and charting her developments.

Summary of Linden’s development this past month:

  • LOVES to dance and is demonstrating quite a bit of rhythm.
  • Is walking EVERYWHERE and even climbing up and down stairs.
  • Is talking non-stop; however, the words seem to be only in English. Some of her favorite words are: “Momma”, “Dada”, “Ivey”, “please” and of course “NO”
  • Continues to breastfeed during in the morning, evenings, and weekends.
  • Is generally sleeping through the night but rarely takes two naps during the day.

The Outtakes:
Linden-Estelle-13-months-old-3“Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, give me a minute to think”

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“Just how many pictures are you planning on taking?”

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“Are we done yet?”

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“Alright, I am done sitting in this chair. It’s time for me to walk around.”

Don’t you just LOVE the Onesie Linden is wearing? I found them on Etsy. They are made by Watching Me Grow, a wonderful mom-owned small business. Help support them by clicking here and liking them on Facebook!

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Five First Year Birthday Party Ideas Worth Stealing


Last weekend we celebrated Linden’s first birthday with a “Los Colores y Los Números” themed brunch. Here are some of the fabulous birthday party ideas that worked for me, many of which I have ripped off from friends and Pinterest, and you should too.

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1. Use numbered onesies for a custom “bunting”. As many of you know, I have been documenting Linden’s developments by taking a “birthday” picture every month while she wears a numbered onesie. Not only have these provided adorable pictures, they were easily repurposed into into cool “bunting” for her party!

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2. Brighten up the party with fresh flowers. As adults, we often think to have fresh flowers at our parties. Well, why not have them at a party for kids? These brightly colored flowers worked well with our theme and provided a nice paper weight for our large pieces of coloring paper.

Happy-Birthday-Linden-53. Let the kids get creative. We set out three kid-size picnic tables so the kids had a place to sit that was just their size. Instead of table cloths, we covered them with large pieces of coloring paper and provided a large bowl of crayons as the centerpiece.

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4. Make clean up easy! Stamp these paper Ace® Yard Bags with these cool stamps to easily collect compost, recycling, and trash items.

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5. Let them eat cake! With so many kids with allergies these days, why not bake up some allergen-free cupcakes? Talk about pure joy! Top them off with a basic buttercream frosting and these cupcakes will quickly become everyone’s favorite, with or without allergies.

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Don’t you just LOVE the shirt Linden is wearing? I found them on Etsy. They are made by Watching Me Grow, a wonderful mom-owned small business. Help support them by clicking here and liking them on Facebook!

Information about the menu and party favors
For brunch we served pancake appetizers, egg and bacon cups, fruit salad, pasta salad, cupcakes, prosecco, orange juice and coffee. Instead of elaborate goodies bags or time consuming DIY projects, I purchased these Baby’s 1st Birthday Scribblers from Etsy.

Happy Birthday Linden

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This past weekend we celebrated Linden’s first birthday. Once again we may have gone a little overboard, but when it comes to my daughters I honestly can’t help myself.

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The party was attended by family

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and friends.

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We were honored to have Gina Silverman from A Singin’ Marvel provide the entertainment. The kids loved her!

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We all sang “Happy Birthday” while I made sure Linden didn’t catch on fire.

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Linden ate her first cupcake…

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but she didn’t seem to like it nearly as much as Ivey did at her age.

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Ivey also had a great time, even after I explained that the presents were for Linden and not her :)

Don’t you just LOVE the shirt Linden is wearing? I found them on Etsy. They are made by Watching Me Grow, a wonderful mom-owned small business. Help support them by clicking here and liking them on Facebook!