Tuesday, February 10, 2015

tuesday tales [11 month update]

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

this past friday, little miss lily o turned 11 months old! i'm pretty much in denial at this point because she's going to be 1 next month. 1. it feels like i just had her!

this past month has been fun, fun, fun! lily:
  • stopped nursing completely all on her own in mid january [it kind of broke my heart, but it had to happen]
  • getting braver and braver in the walking department. she still needs to be holding on to something, but i think she'll be taking her first unassisted steps any day now!
  • "talks" constantly. mostly in "mamas" and "dadas" but i swear she's trying to repeat what we're saying
  • can open doors [from the bottom] so we have to start locking them!
  • transitioned out of her baby tub into... [drum roll] a laundry basket inside the big tub! [see evidence on my instagram, @natalie_hodak]
  • started feeding herself with the spoon [if you hand it to her]
  • is eating a lot of "big girl" foods including cheese & chicken
lily likes: eating [anything and everything, all day, erryday], anything electronic, crawling away and stopping to see if you're chasing her, beau, and daycare

lily dislikes: getting dried off after bath time, not eating, and any and all restrictions on her freedom

birthday planning is in full swing! the invites are out, the cakes are ordered, the photo-shoot is scheduled! i can't wait. [and full disclosure, i may cry].

you are my greatest adventure, little one.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

thursday tales [10 month update]

Thursday, January 22, 2015
[twinkle star]

this is horribly late and she's closer to 11 months than 10 months now, but on january 6th we celebrated lily's 10 month birthday!

this month lily:
  • cut two teeth! the bottom two, to be exact [and now we no longer call her toothless]
  • still nursing at least once a day [i'll be weaning her by 12 months]
  • weighs over 19lbs
  • standing like a champ
  • walking with her vtech walker
  • scooting around holding on to furniture
  • says "baba" to my mom's extreme delight [it means grandmother in russian]
  • pees in her little potty [we're working on getting her to go consistently]
lily likes: puffs [and more puffs], standing, walking, the remote control/ipad/iphone/anything electronic she knows she can't have, tylenol [she basically shakes with glee when she sees the little syringe], baths, other kids, and beau.

lily dislikes: getting her nose wiped, not being allowed to do what she wants, being overtired, and when the puffs are gone.

we went through a lot this past month. we had our first bout of the stomach bug [and i say "we" because lily gave it to all of us], finally got some teeth [with some crazy teething still going on]. we've had a little bit of sleep regression where she wakes up at 3am crying and i bring her into bed with me because she just wants her mama [and i'm ok with that because i get snuggles]. and first birthday planning has officially begun!

i recently read this amazing post on whitney's blog about savoring the moments with your baby because babies don't keep. so i'm consciously trying to take in every single second with my little girl while she's still my baby [although that's never going to change no matter how big she gets... i get it now, mom!]

mama loves you, princess.

Monday, January 19, 2015

mama monday [class pass philly & a fitness update]

Monday, January 19, 2015
[do you have tickets? to what, natalie? to the gun show!]

oh hi. remember me? 

[right, me neither].

just took a 2+ week blog break, no biggie. 

since my last post when i boldly aired my new year's resolutions, we've been sick. then sick again. then i had jury duty for a whole week! but in the brief moments of health and free time, i joined class pass and finally completed the kayla itsiness bikini body guide [that's me showing off week 0 vs. week 12 in the picture].

i absolutely love the kayla itsiness workout. in fact, i'm starting 2.0 this week [check out my instagram, natalie_hodak for weekly updates] partly because helloooo results and partly because i can do it at home rather than a gym.

but i still love my yoga classes. there's nothing like being in front of a group of students or a part of them letting the instructor guide you through poses. it's where my mind finally shuts off. i love the studio where i teach but sometimes it's fun to branch out. 

and that's where class pass comes in! for $99/month, you have your pick of classes to choose from including cycling, yoga, pilates, barre, strength training, etc! 

i went to 2 amazing yoga classes already and can't wait to try out cycling [flywheel, i'm coming for you!]. 

now here's the fun part - if you want to skip the waitlist, use this link and sign up today! they're adding new philly area studios all the time!

not a bad way to stay true to that "get in shape" resolution you made 2 weeks ago, isn't it?

happy monday!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

happy new year!

Thursday, January 1, 2015


happy new year, you guys!

like always, we spent new year's eve with my side of the family. this year was a little quieter, with us trying [and failing] to not wake the baby up at my parents' house. there's no other people I'd rather ring in the new year with!

as for some 2015 resolutions, well, here's my list:

1) simplify. specifically my [now overwhelming abundance of] clothes

2) spend more quality time with family. more family outings, more date nights

3) continue on my fitness journey. complete my yoga teacher training, start teaching more classes and complete the kayla itsines bikini body 2.0

so there they are, nothing crazy, and probably pretty predictable, but it's where I want to be in 2015!

let's do this, new year!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

merry christmas!

Thursday, December 25, 2014
wishing you a day filled with love and family! we'll be playing with wrapping paper... i mean presents... the rest of the day!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

wear it wednesday [happy 30 years, mom & dad]

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
[left to right: the hubs, yours truly, lily olivia, mama bear, papa bear, and sisterface]

monday my parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. 30 years! isn't that amazing?  and last saturday night, we celebrated with friends and family - don't we look good?

to echo my sister's toast, you are the best example of what a marriage should be - we love you!

p.s. this is as close to outfit pics as i get these days, just invited a few more people. i'm wearing an old navy dress [old, from the summer] and f21 necklace. classy.

p.p.s. linking up with the pleated poppy!

Monday, December 8, 2014

mama monday [9 month update]

Monday, December 8, 2014
[9 month parole photo. been out as long as she's been in. we hardcore]

our little roaring tiger turned 9 months on saturday and actually sat still for a picture [like a big girl in the big chair]! this month lily:
  • is still waiting for teeth
  • started "roaring"
  • transitioned to mostly formula and baby food [and nursing morning and night]
  • transitioned to a convertible car seat [and hates it, naturally]
  • still pulling up on everything and just wants to stand
  • attended her first dinner party at a fancy restaurant for my parents' 30th anniversary [and behaved like a champ]
  • mastered the pincer grip and will pick up tiny things like puffs [and lint off the floor...]
lily likes: puffs [aka baby crack], eating of any kind, bedtime routine [she's in bed by 6:30pm], beau, daycare, and roaring at things.

lily dislikes: her new convertible car seat [here we go again], being overtired, not being allowed to crawl where she wants, and getting her diaper changed first thing in the morning.

we've also discovered a bit of an allergy to citrusy foods [all given in beechnut baby food products] and broccoli, so we're holding off on those goodies for now. 

and, as my nursing days come to an end [i've officially stopped pumping, which is so liberating but sad at the same time], i'm realizing that in a few short months my little baby is going to be 1. i can't even believe it.

we love you, little tiger girl, you can roar at us any time.