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. Rachel on December 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm

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

    • Claire on December 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      You know you’re privileged when…

  2. Amber on December 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm


    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.

    • Amber on December 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Oh, and Baylie calls those bunnies her “hop hop hops”. I swear they’re like gold.

  3. Abi@AbsofSteel on December 6, 2013 at 6:45 pm

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

  4. Candice on December 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    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. Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life on December 6, 2013 at 7:22 pm

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

  6. Betsy Kleiger on December 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    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 on December 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      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. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on December 6, 2013 at 7:28 pm

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

  8. Katie on December 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    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. Crystal on December 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on December 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      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. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy on December 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm

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

  11. Sabrina on December 6, 2013 at 9:05 pm

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

  12. Donna on December 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    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 on December 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    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. kim on December 6, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    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. Maria on December 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    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. Pua on December 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    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.

    • Fitnessista on December 6, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      it’s from target… probably 5 years ago?
      haha i love it! i love their confidence so much <3

  17. Shaina Anderson on December 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    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. Nikki @ will run for pizza on December 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Sooooo cute!

  19. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on December 7, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Too cute! What a smart girl 🙂

  20. Neiry on December 7, 2013 at 12:08 am

    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.

    • Britt on December 12, 2013 at 11:25 am

      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. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on December 7, 2013 at 12:45 am

    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. Kelly @ Femme Fitale on December 7, 2013 at 8:10 am

    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. Brittany on December 7, 2013 at 8:14 am

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

  24. Jessica on December 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

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

  25. Livi on December 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

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

  26. april on December 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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

  27. Sarah on December 8, 2013 at 2:07 am

    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. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on December 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

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

    • Fitnessista on December 9, 2013 at 10:45 am

      yes! haha

  29. Julie on December 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm

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

  30. Sami on December 10, 2013 at 10:44 am

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

  31. Britt on December 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

    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. char eats greens on December 16, 2013 at 8:46 am

    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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