My Baby is ONE

It is now a year since we had the sweetest little baby in the world join our family! I can’t imagine life without her! Babies bring work but I would say the joy is doubled and tripled in our home since she was born. Thank you Lord!

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 This picture was taken right after she was born and she started sucking her thumb πŸ™‚ I still almost can’t believe I had a 10 pound baby naturally! *chills* Although I sure wouldn’t want it any other way. I loved my midwife.


 Here’s her 1 month picture! She lost some weight and puffiness after she was born and it took her a little while to gain weight but she had a good start so I wasn’t really worried.

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 Her hair got a lil wild as she got older πŸ™‚ She is so wide eyed and beautiful!

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 And of course every few months we have to have a photoshoot with Aunt Julia so we get good quality pictures! πŸ™‚ She’s just starting her own website over at Capturing Jewels so be sure to check that out as she has quite the eye for photography!

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 At 4 months old she already loved being outside and there were a few beautiful days in February so Julia and I bundled her up and we went out on a walk! She loved it!

5th Month (6)editedAs hard as I tried remembering to take a picture every month on the day that she was a month older there were times that I forgot until she was asleep πŸ™‚ Doesn’t she look so peaceful?!

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 One of my all time favorite photos of her. Julia and I were trying to have a photoshoot with her outdoors but it proved to be a very windy day and I did NOT want her getting an earache, so we decided to put it off till later. After getting into the house we discovered this picture and decided it would definitely be good enough. In fact, recently, my sister-in-law wanted to make a canvas for Shania, and wanted a good picture, so I sent her this one πŸ™‚ 

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 I just have to smile widely when I see this picture πŸ™‚ Such a ‘charmer’!

DSC_0218 editedPhotoshoot with Aunt Julia again… This time we went to the park and she was happy as a lark in the swing!

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 We got tickets for the St Louis Cardinals game and it was on the day that she turned 9 months old.  Such a great way to celebrate πŸ˜‰ We gotta train her in while she’s young πŸ™‚ 

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 Her favorite thing is clapping her hands and she gets all excited when we cheer for her and promptly starts clapping!

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 We were at a friends wedding in the afternoon of her 11 month birthday and she was happy to be released and able to run around in my brothers house by the time we got there!

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 Her one year photoshoot πŸ™‚ Gotta love those lil teeth!

So thats pretty much what my life consists of right now, keeping after a 1 year old, keeping her fed, clothed, diapers changed and all that good stuff πŸ™‚

10 Months

Have you ever noticed that the older you get, the faster the years fly by? Seems like every year the year is shorter. Especially since Shania has been born it seems like I can’t keep up with her growing spurts! A few weeks ago she turned 10 months old and so I decided to share some of my favorite photos of her with you.

10 month CollageThese were taken on the day she turned 10 months old! The puppy kept being a distraction so we finally just included her in the picture. She loves her Daddy so much. Her baby doll is her favorite toy and if we tell her to put her baby to sleep she will sit there hugging the baby and rocking back and forth. Its so adorable!

Baby chicksGrandma Hostetler got baby chicks so one day we went to see them. This was Shanias first experience with live chicks and it caused quite a few laughs. She just wanted to squeeze the poor things and was so enthralled by them πŸ™‚ 

10 month Shania CollageAunt Julia got the camera and Shania and went for a photo shoot πŸ™‚ I love having a photograghery (is that even a word?!) sister πŸ™‚ Makes that I get alot of pictures and get reminded to take alot.

Shania collageThese were snapped while she was waiting on Julia and I to be done with taking some pictures! She loves anything that moves and so the kitty picture was just too perfect. Everything goes into her mouth now too so ya gotta stay on your toes for that! Even got a lil heartbroken picture! πŸ™‚ Her favorite thing right now is clapping and getting all excited when she gets praised for something. Got to love how praise makes a little child (and even adults) just glow.

So there’s my baby… πŸ™‚ She’s almost 1 already Surprised

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Pool Parties

This hot summer weather makes for some great times in our beautiful pool! Shania likes it pretty good and we had fun having her cousins here and swimming and ‘taking pictures in the water’!! Trust me it was with utmost care that the camera was taken in the water! πŸ™‚

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She is so adorable!!

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What a lil charmer!

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And Amy, the lil fish πŸ™‚ It took a while for her to get brave enough to go under water, now she’s under about as much as above water! BTW swimming in the pool has been her ‘dream’ πŸ™‚

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Her first time having watermelon!! She got a grip on that thing! πŸ™‚ 

Like how clean and clear our water is?? Here are some of the products we use to keep it that way!

I’m Back

Hey guys its a beautiful day here in Tennessee, pretty hot and humid but makes for perfect swimming weather πŸ™‚ I am happy to let you all know that I am back once again, at a new home for my website! As you will notice I am now at instead of leahskitchen! I was able to sell that domain name to another lady named Leah that is starting a business.

We have been staying busy with all the summer work around here and of course discovering new things with Shania πŸ™‚ She just cut her 2nd tooth on the bottom on Sunday so that was a pretty major thing around here as she could get quite irritable from time to time dealing with all the pains of that.

Here are a few pictures of some of her latest antics…

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So yeah thats a lil what we’ve been up to… I am planning to be back to posting lots of good recipes for ya’ll to try in the very near future. Actually have a guest post coming out real soon so stay on the lookout πŸ˜‰

Be blessed




8 Months

8 Months old already!

She is learning soo many new things and keeps getting cuter all the time! I think this is pretty much my favorite stage she’s been in so far. She has one tooth on the bottom now and wow it is sharp πŸ˜‰ I always wondered why people thot it was such a ‘great thing’ when a baby got a tooth, now I understand! She is on the verge of crawling and could if she would just set her mind to it, she is learning how to hold the sippy cup up to her mouth and tilt her head back so she gets a drink, and spits her pacifier out if food or drinks come around πŸ™‚ She also is learning what ‘no’ means! She’ll reach for a no-no while wincing and squeezing her eyes shut cause she knows better! So yeah she definitely keeps life interesting and alive around here!

For her 8 month birthday we went to the park and this time I had my sister Julia along to take pictures πŸ™‚ We got a LOT of good ones but here are just a few…

8 month PicMonkey CollageHere’s me and her πŸ™‚

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This one always make me think she’s trying to say choo choo for some reason πŸ™‚



She totally loved the swing and was perfectly happy as long as it was swinging

Hands tightly gripping the swing πŸ™‚

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Be blessed





Fun at the Park and a Special

Its that time of the year when I like getting out and getting some sunshine on my pale winter skin! A few days ago we went to the park with one of my friends and let the kids play, (more like I helped Shania play) but it was fun and I am looking forward to doing it again! However next time I am taking my photographer loving sister Julia with to do a photoshoot of Shania and I for her 8 month picturesΒ SealedΒ (Its rather hard helping a 7 month old down the slide and snapping pictures at the same time!)

But here are a few pictures that I took of her playing in the grass πŸ™‚

PicMonkey CollageShe had just mastered the patty cake -ing thing so it was her favorite thing to do πŸ™‚ So adorable! She also loves playing with grass or anything she can pick up with her fingers! I love watching her grasp something and coordinate it into her mouth to eat. Never ceases to amaze me how God makes babies a smaller version of us πŸ™‚ Isn’t He awesome like that?!


So now for the “Special” I am excited to announce that Amish SweetsΒ is running a Fathers Day Special now until June 17th! Head on over toΒΒ to check it out! I promise you won’t be disappointed with the products! They are the Best! Be sure to share this with your friends!

Have a great day!

Be blessed



Fresh Strawberries

Ahh how I love this time of the year! Beautiful spring weather, which we have alot longer here this year then normal **happy dance πŸ™‚ and we are starting to get fresh garden goodies! So delicious! We have especially been enjoying the fresh strawberries we are getting and Shania definitely got her Daddy’s love for them. Here are a few pictures of her eating them…

7th month (9) 7th month (10) 7th month (11)Β Now I’ll admit I am a clean freak when it comes to kids so this was a lil stretch for me to let her get messy, but she had so much fun with it, it made it worth the mess! πŸ™‚ Yes I know all you moms out there are thinking this isn’t even a mess, but that’s okay πŸ™‚ I’m starting in slow!

Here is also a picture of her eating lettuce, which ended up coming right back out of her mouth,

7th month (12)Yes she is the cutest baby in Henry County πŸ™‚ I love her so much!

Hope you all have a Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Be blessed