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[ad] Today I am dreaming...

I've been a bit MIA lately. Why you may ask? Well, because I've been half on the struggle bus and half working on a rather large project that I've had in draft mode for far too long. And I am SO excited about it. I literally woke up the other day and decided THAT was the day I'd get started on it and I've been hooked on it ever since. If you're a mom in Southern Maine, you won't want to miss this! So be sure to sign up for our email list via the link in my bio so you can be one of the first to know what's going on.
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I've been a bit MIA...

Well, it's officially the day Zack and I have been looking forward to for a couple of years now. While we've already unofficially been "moved on" from military life for a couple of months now, today it's official that Zack is no longer an Active Duty Marine and I am no longer a military spouse. The first big chapter of his adult life and our life together has officially ended. It's scary almost when you've been living with all the stability of a lifestyle for so long. A stable job, stable income, health benefits, a home. It's been a challenging couple of months as we get more settled here in Maine and figure out the next step for our little family. But I know we have so much to look forward to in the next year and it's refreshing to know we have the opportunity to start over. I am so proud of this guy and I can't wait to see what the next chapter of our life has in store for us. •
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Well, it's officially the day...

This mama is on the struggle bus today. This morning I spent over an hour searching for Allie's sippy cup of milk only to find it in the shower...where I looked 5+ times considering that's where she was playing while I got ready for the day. I then got the incorrect order from Dunkin and to make that even worse, it was pumpkin flavored...and if you know me, you know I cannot stand anything pumpkin flavored so I couldn't even suck it up and drink it (shoutout to @mwhited8195 for bringing me the correct drink order!). Nap time wasn't any better. A solid 40 minutes of crying before Allie finally went down...then she woke up 30 minutes later 🙄 And now I'm scrambling to get everything on my to-do list done so we can officially launch Blogmas tomorrow 😬 It's been a morning and I'm about ready for my own nap at this point. But at least it's Friday? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
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This mama is on the...

It's yet another snow day here in Maine. The last winter I spent here was in 2015 and we maybe had three snow storms all winter. This year, we've had 3-5 just in the last couple of weeks 🙄 I'm already homesick for beautiful and warm North Carolina summers 😔 anyone else here who hates winter? If you need us, Allie and I will be curled up inside with some movies and a never-ending to-do list. #bloggerlife •
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It's yet another snow day...

Blogmas starts in T-5 days! I've been working so hard on producing awesome Blogmas content these past couple of months so I'm super excited to finally start sharing it with you all this weekend. Today on the blog I'm sharing a quick breakdown of Blogmas 2018, what you can look forward to on Mainely Keating, and 25 blog post ideas for those of you who want to participate in Blogmas as well! You can find the link to the full blog post in my bio! •
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Allie’s 12 Month Update

Allie's 11 Month Update |

Well, we’ve officially entered into the toddler years! And while I’m super sad to say goodbye to her baby year, I’m SO excited about toddler life. Everyone thinks I’m nuts for saying that, but in all seriousness, the toddler years are my favorite. I was a toddler teacher for years and always loved it so much. Toddlers just have such a big personality and they’re so fun to watch and interact with. So I’m excited for this next stage of life.

After doing some thinking, I think this will be the last update for a little while. Since she’s now at an age where she’s not always changing every month, I figured these posts could get pretty boring if I continued to do them monthly. So rather than doing monthly updates, her next update will be at 18 months and then the one following that will be 24 months. Then from there, we’ll do once a year on her birthday. I think that makes much more sense these days! So let’s get to her 12 month update!


At her 12 month well visit a couple weeks ago, Allie was 21.8 pounds.


She’s now 30.5 inches tall. Which is a little crazy to think about. If you’ve been following along, you know that we moved Allie from an infant car seat to her convertible one at 4 or 5 months old because she was almost 27 inches tall at the time. Just 3 inches away from reaching the maximum height on her car seat and to be honest, it was already quite snug at that point. But here she is at 12 months and she’s just now surpassing that height limit for her infant seat. I couldn’t even imagine just now switching her to a convertible seat.


She’s still in size 4 diapers and 12-24 month clothing. It varies depending on the brand. But generally speaking, she fits best in clothes that are around 18 months or so.

Allie's 12 Month Update |

Allie's 12 Month Update |


Allie is 100% off formula. She weaned herself completely at 11.5 months. She now drinks whole milk, almond milk, water, and “apple juice” (6 ounces of water mixed with 2 ounces of apple juice haha).

We’re having slight issues with solids right now. She hasn’t been quite as hungry recently. She’s still at a very healthy and normal weight and she’s not losing weight either so I’m not too concerned. But when we make her a meal, half of it always ends up on the floor or she’s very slow to consume it so some days I’m a little worried she’s not eating enough. BUT when she does eat, she’ll eat anything and everything. So we’re taking it one day at a time right now and I consistently offer her something to eat throughout the day to ensure that she’s eating enough. I also make sure to offer water a lot as well to keep her hydrated. So we’re just keeping an eye on it for now.


Still excellent in the sleep department! Completely through the night 6:30pm to about 6:30am most nights. Some nights she goes down a little later and some mornings she wakes up a little earlier. But generally speaking, she’s still sleeping 12 hours a night.

Naps are still great. I think we’re still transitioning to one nap a day, though. Some days she takes two full 2-hour naps and then other days, she’ll take one 2.5 hour nap and that’s it. Or she’ll take a “power nap” in the morning for about an hour and then a longer nap in the afternoon. But all in all, she’s still napping great and we’re taking it one day at a time as of right now.

Allie's 12 Month Update |

Allie's 12 Month Update |


Oh gosh this child has become such a love bug. She now gives hugs which we think is absolutely adorable. She’ll be off playing with something and then she’ll randomly come over to one of us to give us a hug. Most times she’ll put her head on my lap if I’m at my desk working or she’ll wrap her arms around my leg when I’m doing dishes. It’s so fun to watch her personality develop. She’s such a sweetheart. And the dog gets plenty of hugs from her as well.

She’s also a pretty good listener these days. Of course she’s not a pro yet given that she’s only 12 months old. But if she picks up something she’s not supposed to (like dog food, leaves, sticks, and other miscellaneous objects I don’t want her eating and choking on), I’ll ask her to bring it to me and she will. She thinks it’s a fun game now to bring me things. Then I always make sure to give her something she can have as an even exchange. It won’t work forever, but it works well for now and I’m quite proud of how quickly she’s caught on.


Aside from a few more teeth, I don’t think there are any big milestones from this past month. I think she’s up to 12 teeth right now and her personality had grown so much as well. She’s walking with zero issues these days and she’ll be running before we know it. Currently the big thing I’m working on with her the most is talking. She still has zero words which is totally normal and okay. She’s been more focused on physical developments so that’s where she shines developmentally right now. But she’s starting to repeat after us when we talk to her which is an awesome start. She doesn’t repeat the actual words yet, but she makes similar sounds which I think is great. I’m sure by our next update, she’ll be talking up a storm!

Best Moments:

This month has been full of so many amazing moments here. May was a very busy month in our home between Mother’s Day and her birthday festivities. Right when I think she’s going to slow down with growing for a bit, she’s off learning and doing something new. I know I say it every month, but being a mom is just so much fun. I really love watching her grow and become a little person. My heart is so full right now.

Related: Allie’s First Birthday Weekend Recap

Aside from Allie’s really fun birthday weekend, I think Mother’s Day was one of my favorite moments from this past month. Mother’s Day was such a great day here. We went downtown to explore a little and had a really delicious lunch together. I also woke up to breakfast and a child who was fully taken care of by her daddy. It was overall just a really good, positive day and I really enjoyed my time with my little family.

Another one of my favorite moments has been Allie’s hugs which I explained above. I absolutely love getting hugs from this little girl and it just melts my heart every single time.

Allie's 12 Month Update |

“Worst” Moments:

Ohhh gosh you guys…

Not that this month has been a bad month or anything. It’s just been a bit full of slightly stressful moments. The first is that she’s teething like crazy. I swear this child will have a full mouth of teeth by 18 months. I lost count of how many she has now. Maybe 11 or 12? Somewhere around there. They just keep popping in. But of course with teething, comes some serious attitudes and tantrums. So those have been lovely. I give Tylenol and extra cuddles when needed and we’re thankful that she’s still sleeping through it. But some days this child is just absolutely miserable and then it makes for a really challenging and miserable work day for me as well.

Another horrible moment from this past month was a couple bad falls which I’ll probably talk about in a separate post once I’m ready to. The first occurred on a Sunday. I believe she had attempted to climb up on the first stair in our home, lost her balance and fall straight backwards onto the tile floor. I heard her head hit the floor a full 5 seconds prior to her breaking down crying. She’s never once attempted to climb anything and with both of us home, we didn’t think too much of it. I went to bed that night telling Zack that we needed to pick up some baby gates so that doesn’t happen again and we agreed we’d buy some later that week.

…then Monday happened.

Allie had woken up from her morning nap about 30 minutes before. She ate her lunch and I got her dressed for the day and then we headed upstairs so I could change my shirt before heading to Starbucks. 99.9% of the time, I close our bedroom door when we’re upstairs because 99.9% of the time, I’m up there for an extended period of time and I don’t want her running out of the room during that time. WELL, I didn’t close the door because I was just going to be in there for 30 seconds. Allie was next to me playing with a bottle of Aloe as I picked out my shirt and she was still standing next to me when I took that shirt off. In the 5 seconds it took me to put the new shirt on, she had ran away across the entire bedroom and then down the entire length of the hall to the top of the stairs…and fell.

I know it sounds dramatic, but if I didn’t know any better, I’d say she teleported there. She’s fast, don’t get me wrong. But I still, even a week later have absolutely no idea how she got from one end of the house to the other in the 5 seconds it took me to put a shirt on. I probably cried over it longer than she did. But that was easily the worst parenting moment thus far in her almost 13 months of life.

Allie's 12 Month Update |

How I’m doing 12 months postpartum:

I’m feeling awesome! I’m stiiiiill not 100% back to my workouts, but I think that will become more consistent this month. I’m not making any official plans or announcements, but this mama is slowly starting to think about Baby Bartlett #2. So it’s important to me to spend this summer getting my body back in shape and get it to a really good healthy place like I did leading up to conceiving Allie. Once, I’m back to being super healthy both mentally and physically, then we can have the baby talk from there. So health is going to be a really big focus of mine over the next few months.

Related: The Art of Achieving Balance In Motherhood

I’m also super excited to say that I’m finally feeling balanced in our everyday life. Working from home with Allie has been so much more challenging than I imagined it being so it’s been quite the struggle for me this past year. Once April hit, something clicked and I’ve been rocking it ever since. We have a great daily routine in our home which helps a ton. Allie is also a bit more independent now that she’s walking more so she can go off and play with a toy while I work. I’m not having to constantly entertain her all day. So the pieces are all falling into place for me right now.

I’m finally getting a ton of blog work done, I’m landing some awesome sponsorships and collaborations with some great brands. I’m back in school full-time working on my master’s degree and have an A in my course. And I’m very rarely feeling overwhelmed these days which is an amazing feeling. So at 12 months postpartum, I’m doing phenomenal!

Check Out Allie’s Past Updates!

1 Month Update

2 Month Update

3 Month Update

4 Month Update

*no 5 or 6 month updates*

7 Month Update

8 Month Update

9 Month Update

*no 10 month update*

11 Month Update


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