One year old was a major turning point for me. The first year was a tough one, but it really does get easier every day. Within that span, I went from thinking “Ok, I think I’m good with one” to wanting 100. At the same time, I feel like I don’t need another kid because everything is so amazing with Liv. I look at her and think, “I’ve got everything I’ve ever wanted.” This is the good stuff.

Of course, the newborn smushy, cuddly phase is beautiful in its own way, but as Livi continues to grow and become more interactive, her little personality shining through, things have continued to get getting better and better.

Little miss has always been a chatterbox and we’re to the point where we have full conversations, all day long. We play, dance, sing songs together, read piles of books, and she’s already saying some pretty hilarious things.

I thought I’d start posting some of the zingers over here on the family page….

Baby yoga

Livi: Mama. Please have more bunnies.

Me (looking in the pantry): Looks like we’re out of bunnies! Do you want a bar instead?

Livi: We need to go to Whole Foods.


Each night, before bed, we talk about all of the things we’re thankful for. We list the family, certain things we love, and talk about how we’re blessed to have warm clothes, a safe place to live and food in our bellies.

Me: Livi, what are you thankful for tonight?

Livi: PEANUT BUTTER. Thankful for peanut butter!


Me (holding a snow globe in Home Goods): Look, Livi! It’s snow!!

Livi: (pause) What… is… that?


Livi (chasing Bella with a fairy wand): Bell bell! Come here! I give you a wish!”


Livi: I want to watch new Wiggles please!

Me: We don’t have any new Wiggles. 

(We DVR Wiggles but there is only one new one each day)

Livi: Ok, old Wiggles.


Livi: Mama, please sing ‘Twinkle twinkle’

Me (singing): Twinkle, twinkle little…

Livi: NO! ‘Baa baa black sheep’

Me (singing): Baa baa black sheep…

Livi: NO! ‘Where is Thumbkin?’

Me (singing): Where is, Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin?

Livi: NO! ‘Old MacDonald’

and it goes on and on. I’m a human jukebox 😉


Any zingers from your kids lately, or kids you know??

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  1. “We need to go to Whole Foods.” -Ahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa!


    This post was absolutely A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E. My little one is 17mo and just last night she was leaning against the couch and proceeded to prop her legs up on the coffee table (picture an upside down plank). “WEEEEE WEEEEE WEEEEEEEEE” as she lifted her hips higher. WHERE DID SHE LEARN THAT?!?!

    I can’t wait for her to start forming sentences. She is SO hilarious with the many faces she makes (and words she repeats), I’m sure she will offer quite the peanut gallery of comments.

    Btw, it’s nice to hear I’m not the only one that had the one-and-done thoughts during the first year. I’m just now starting to entertain the idea of giving Baylie a sibling. But I’m just too selfish…I don’t want to share my time yet.

  3. I love the peanut butter and whole foods lines, sounds like a little health nut in the making 😉

  4. Love this! I have a three year old and know exactly what you’re saying about the first year, and then it getting easier and so fun and enjoyable. We’re currently discussing whether or not we want another one exactly because of this. We love our son so much! They truly are a blessing though!

  5. Hahaha I love her Whole Foods line! So adorable- I can’t handle the cuteness!

  6. Betsy Kleiger says:

    There are two amazing children’s yoga studios here in San Diego. I know you you are military so not too sure if you will be in Oceanside or maybe miramar but my 4 year old and 21 month old are obsessed! Definitely worth checking out when you move! It’s called If I Was a Bird Yoga 🙂

    • Fitnessista says:

      i just looked at the website and am so excited! i think she’ll love it!! we’ve been practicing at home, but many studios here don’t start until 3 or even 5 years old

  7. Those are so cute!! These make me want to have a little one of my own 🙂

  8. The whole foods one had me laughing for a good 10 minutes 🙂 PLEASE do another post like this! 🙂 One of my favorites…Oh how I love little kids. No filter!

  9. The whole foods comment was hilarious. Gee, do you go there a lot or something? Lol

    • Fitnessista says:

      Haha! Just once a week but she pushes the baby shopping cart and usually gets a green juice or macaron when we go, so she loves it there

  10. I love all of these, especially the karaoke requests! And that photo of her on your yoga mat = precious.

  11. She’s so cute. I love hearing about the things they say at this age.

  12. Enjoy every moment they grow up so fast! My baby is 18 we now have 4 in college…
    This will be a great Christmas for your family.

  13. janae@hungryrunnergirl says:

    It really does get better and better. I LOVE reading about her little personality. I bet your heart rejoiced when she said you needed to go to Whole Foods:)

  14. Please please please- write them down and in your heart- this time is so precious. Despite having lived through this eleven times, the time passes way too quickly and *poof* they are in school, you blink and they are in high school, you blink again and they have graduated, and soon they have graduated college and are adults and grown. Each life passage has its precious moments. Enjoy them all!

  15. When did you start having “real” conversations with her?? We have conversation with our 16 month old, but it’s a lot of babbling on her end. She tries to say words and I understand them, but my husband on the other hand needs a translator 🙂

  16. WHERE did you get that cute yoga mat?!

    Just visited my beautiful niece (four going on twenty-four) and my favorite line was: “This is bee-you-tee-ful!” I also brought her a child’s camera because she likes to take pictures. I told her that “I heard you want to be a photographer,” and she responded with, “I AM a photographer.” <3 that!! She knows what she wants and makes no apologies.

  17. Shaina Anderson says:

    I love this! “We need to go to Whole Foods.” HA!

    Anytime we go to ANY store, Tripp yells “Trader Joe!” He gets to push the baby cart there and goes straight back to the tasting hut before we start our shopping.

    The other day he was fighting a nap reeeeeally hard and I wanted to lay down so badly, so I got him out of his crib and put him in our bed hoping he would snuggle. He sat there quietly for a few minutes until I said “Tripp, you’re not taking a nap today are you?” He grabbed my face in between his hands and said in such a patronizing tone “no mama, no nap today.” Hahaha….okay then!

  18. Sooooo cute!

  19. Too cute! What a smart girl 🙂

  20. Before my nana passed, we used to do this with things she said. That woman was hilarious and so, so intelligent. Every now and then I find an email with quotes from her that my aunt would send me (they live in Mexico). It brings the biggest smile to my face and warmth to my heart.

    • We do the same thing with my grandfather. When he passed away a few months ago we all wrote them down and we still quote him all the time. I love doing it!

  21. Whole Foods is so fun for the kids! My favorite one near us has a play area, which is a nice treat for my son after grocery shopping. He has taken to calling himself Mr Skills these days. 🙂 I love the things they come up with.

  22. Love this, Gina! It’s refreshing to hear you say that the first year was hard on you, and you don’t just sugar coat it. My husband has worked away SO much these past 10 months and I have no family here in Australia to help out with our little guy. Some weeks are seriously killers!
    As much as I loved certain aspects of the infant stage, I am really enjoying things more and more lately, as he is getting so much more interactive. It makes me excited to hear how things just keep getting better (although I do try to appreciate every day and take them as they come).
    Also…love the “Whole Foods” zinger. Hilarious.

  23. These lines from Livi are way too cute! I love that you call her little miss. I call Olive that sometimes. 🙂

  24. Please do more of these! The whole foods one is hysterical!

  25. she is the cutest haha! I love a girl who is thankful for peanut butter!

  26. whole foods & a nut butter lover? livi must really be your mini-me! too cute 🙂 i hope i have a daughter someday!

  27. My peace-loving, easy-going, middle child informed me that, “The muffin top is the best part of the muffin,” (while watching me get dressed.) Sweetheart, my precious child, I did NOT have this freaking muffin top before you & your gorgeous sisters were born. So worth it, but surgeon is on speed dial, thank you very much!

  28. Oh these are so adorable! I love it! Also, is she doing a tiny downward dog? So cute!

  29. Love these! Ha ha nothin wrong w/ being thankful for peanut butter!! 😉

  30. These are so awesome/adorable/hilarious! Please keep posting them 🙂

  31. When my cousin was Livs age he was getting into a pool and stopped halfway down the ladder. His grandfather said “Do you need help?” “Oh no Papa. I’m peeing!” Then he jumped in and swam around. He is 11 now and we still bring that up all the time!

  32. Love these!!! My little girl will turn her head if she doesn’t want me to come in for a kiss. The only rejection I can handle 😉 hahah

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