Friday, August 26, 2016

ONE YEAR OLD






teepee c /o: From the Avenue // mint mat c /o: Gathre// diapers c /o: Parasol// striped bloomers c /o: Archer and Antlers// adventure tee: http://The Wild Kids Apparel

Well my sweet baby H is officially an entire year old! The saying time flies when you're having fun is sure an understatement but the only way to describe the past year of our lives. This year has been amazing, emotional, hard, exhausting, happy, joyful, tear-filled, and full of laughter! Becoming a mother has made me feel so many emotions that I honestly didn't even know existed. There is the kind of joy that makes your entire chest swell with happiness and pride. Then there is this kind of sadness that can make your heart physically ache for the well being of your precious child. Parenthood is truly a miraculous thing. 

Hudson has changed SO much in the first year of his life. It really is unfair just how short of a time they actually are a tiny baby. 

H says SO SO many words that he surprises us with new ones almost daily! He can say "hiiii, bye, mama, dada, papa, night-night, light, what dat?, dance-dance, hot, happy, soft and yay!" 

He signs milk, tree, wind and all done. He is crawling so fast and taking steps while holding on to us with one hand.

He loves to climb, explore, give kisses and hugs, play silly games we've made up, dance-dance, listen to music, get into mischief, snuggle mama, read books and always play/be outside.

Hudson really has the funniest little personality. He is outgoing yet timid, playful but cuddly, full of laughter but quick to cry, he knows when he's being funny and gets a huge kick out of making people laugh. He is so sweet and tender and kind but knows when its rough housing time (dada time). 

There is so much to say about our Hudson boy but this mama heart doesn't know just how to put it all into words. All I can really say is that this boy is SO loved and this year has been the craziest and best adventure I have ever been on! I cannot wait to continue watching this cherished boy continue to learn and grow right before me eyes. 

Below is a video we decided to do instead of family pictures! It is so fun to be able to see Hudson's little personality shine through in this video and it is something we will cherish for ever and ever. 




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Hudson's First Birthday from Ariel Hamilton on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Smash Cake Recipe!




I had a lot of people wondering about the recipe I used for Hudson's cake smash/birthday cake! Since we aren't giving H any dairy or wheat or refined sugar just yet, this cake is free of all of those! Yet honestly its still really tasty! So here is the recipe….

Ingredients- 

Cake:

1 cup coconut flour (sifted)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
10 large eggs
1 cup avocado oil (you can use coconut oil or veggie oil if you'd like)
1 cup pure maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla 
2 tsp lemon juice

Frosting:

3 cans coconut milk

Makes two 6" round cakes

Directions-

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F, grease pans.

2. In a large bowl sift all of the dry ingredients together and set aside. Separate 4 of the eggs, yolks from the whites and set whites aside.

3. In another large bowl whisk together the 6 whole eggs, 4 egg yolks, oil, maple syrup, lemon juice and vanilla. Then whisk in the dry ingredients mixture until completely smooth.

4. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and gently fold them into the batter.

5. Dived batter into each prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes. The cake has sort of a spongy texture so I could tell they were done when I lightly pushed on the top and it bounced back out. Allow the cakes to cool completely before frosting. I set mine in the fridge over night wrapped in plastic wrap.

6. The "icing". You want to put the cans of coconut milk in the fridge over night or longer so that the cream can set on the top. You want to scoop that hard cream off the top and leave the water out. Scoop the cream into your mixing bowl and whip it up on low until it is nice and fluffy! There you have it…Icing! 

7. Keep the iced cake in the fridge until you are ready to serve 

Honestly, this cake was such a good idea! I knew I was giving Hudson something healthy, yet delicious and he LOVED it, especially the icing!



Monday, August 22, 2016

Hudson's birthday week! - A letter to my boy





Dress c /o: Brick & Main


Dear Hudson, 

You are turning ONE this week. It's YOUR birthday week! Any mother will understand when I say that this year has been the slowest yet the fastest one of my life! There were days that I wished away, wanting you to be older so you would cry less or sleep more. However, once I realized the days were slipping through my fingers and you were growing far quicker than my mama heart could handle, I was determined to stop time....or at least make it slow down by soaking in every moment. I've tried my hardest to be present, be here now, be in the moment completely. To smile through tired eyes at 4 AM while you nursed in my arms. To kiss your fluffy little head every second of every day. To watch you mind grow just as fast as your little body. 
We have gone through a lot together this first year of your life and it's amazing just how much you have changed in such a short period of time.  I've watched your very first smile, heard your very first giggle and then belly laugh, saw you roll over for the first time, sit up for the first time, try your first food, learn to crawl, learn to talk, say mama for the first time, and so much more. How grateful I am to be able to continue to watch you learn and grow even more.
While watching you grow it's equally amazing how much I have grown too. This calling as your mother has helped me become the person I have always wanted to and do things that I never thought I could accomplish! You make me fearless because of the example I want to so badly be for you.
Three hundred and sixty-five days with you and you have changed me for the better in so many many ways my dear sweet boy... I can't imagine how far each of us will come watching you grow over the next several years. I cannot wait to find out!

xo
Mama