Dressing L for Fall – Part 1

I’m really, really looking forward to dressing L for fall. Last year he was still itty bitty, so he often wore sleepers or bodysuits & sweatpants, but this year he’ll be big! A toddler who can wear jeans and shoes. I can barely contain myself, y’all. Also, Polvore is dangerous. It makes me want to buy everything!
You’ll see lots of Old Navy Toddler Skinny Jeans in these sets. They’re my absolute favorite! They’re more of a slim fit, which I find flattering since a lot of toddlers have skinnier legs. I think regular jeans look really funny so I opt for something more fitted. They also have the adjustable waist which is a huge plus for a lot of moms.
Toddler Fall Fashion
I’ve been eyeing that Capt. Adorable tee since it came out earlier this summer. L is definitely a beach baby and this would most definitely suit his style. The hoodie caught me off guard, as I don’t normally like DKNY, but I love the v-neck. I feel like a bit of the shirt would peek out which makes the outfit that much cuter!
Relaxed Toddler
I’m loving these two toned, long sleeved tee shirts. LOVE. I actually found them on accident, but I can’t get enough! But then I looked on the store website and found these, these, and these. You’re welcome. ;) Added the red Chucks for a pop of color to keep the outfit exciting.
Easy Nautical
I think this may be my favorite outfit. L looks SO cute in cardigans, so it totally makes the outfit for me. I was introduced to Native shoes by AP from ILYMTC. Her son Carter wears them a ton during the summer and he looks too cute in them. They’re essentially the cute version of Crocs. I think they would really come in handy for us on swim lesson days. Easy on, easy off & quick drying!

Whoever said there are no cute boy clothes lied. I love dressing boys!
Which outfit is your favorite?

L Turns One – VHC Birthday Playdate

Today was L’s first birthday! My little bug is a year old. This day has been a long time coming, considering I landed the job with he was 10 weeks old, started unofficially when he was three months old and officially in January.

His parents celebrated his first year of life over the weekend, where as we celebrated with his friends today at a local park. Our afternoon included lunch, cupcakes, a splash pad and a tired, newly vaccinated one-year-old.

I decided to go with white cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Mostly because I don’t like chocolate and L likes cake no matter the flavor. :) I used this recipe and they turned out absolutely amazing. Let’s just say there are no leftovers and nothing went to waste. I ended up using store bought frosting because I was running short on time. They paired together incredibly well, something I was really worried about.
I decided to do lunch bento box style for the kids and toddlers in attendance. Since it was at a park that included at splash pad, I figured it would be easier on all of us if everything was prepared ahead of time. For the adults, I prepped everything ahead of time and so we could grab-and-go. Mobile toddlers at a splash pad; you see where this is going. Everything served was something that The Very Hungry Caterpillar ate in the book. I went with salami, cheese, watermelon, apples, strawberries and oranges.
I made the invitations on my computer in Word and added the caterpillar afterwards using a circle punch and a Sharpie pen. I only needed a few, so I decided to make them on my own rather than buying them on Etsy. I love the way they turned out. The font I used is called Olive Charming.

My Goals for Nannyhood

Prompt: My goals for motherhood. Well, seeing as how I don’t have kids, I didn’t think it would be appropriate for me to write about it. So, I changed it. I am a Nanny and I have goals for my Nanny career. Here they are…

I always want the children I care for to feel safe, secure, and loved. It’s my job to protect and love these children as though they are my own. I will comfort the crying baby without feeling as though it’s a hassle or burden, not because it’s my job, but because I want to. I will wear the babies and toddlers that need to be kept close, because that’s what they need. Their needs before mine, always.

I want to lead by example. To show them kindness, tolerance, and manners through all situations. Not just the easy times, but the rough times as well. To show that even if I don’t like a situation or person, that they always need to be respected and treated with kindness.

I want to be teaching, always. To take every opportunity to teach and educate every second I can. I hope that I never pass up a chance to teach L, especially during this time in his life. His brain is a sponge right now. I hope that I always take advantage of that.

To be patient. We always joke that “omg, being one is so hard!” but to them, it really is. They are so tiny and new to this earth. They are learning every moment of every day, a lot of experiences are new, and their little brains are constantly processing.

I hope that I will always live up to these goals and expectations for myself. I will always do my best and work harder to be better than I ever imagined possible.