Tuesday, July 28, 2015

12 Months!

Height: 30.5 inches (81%ile)
Weight: 24 pounds (94%ile)

Oh my sweet, sweet baby girl I cannot believe that you are already one. I know I've said this a million times throughout the past 12 months, but I cannot get over how fast the time has gone. It has been so amazing watching you grow from an 8 pound tiny infant, to a bubbly, sweet, WALKING toddler. That's right- you're officially walking now! You started taking several steps in a row about a week before your birthday. You're not super fast yet, and you look a little like Frakenstein because you hold your arms straight out, but you definitely walk more often than crawl. It's so cute!

Over the past month your hair has gotten longer and curlier (and even a little blonder). You've also gained two top teeth, bringing the total to 4 teeth (plus a little bit of a molar). I still always hear what a beautiful baby you are and that you look just like a doll or the Gerber baby.

You continue to be an excellent eater. You'll eat just about anything that we put in front of you, except for bananas and avocados. I think I may have fed you too many of them over the past couple of months.

We've also started to introduce whole milk and have started to wean you off of formula. My goal was to make it to a year nursing, but now that we're here I don't think either one of us is ready to be completely done with it. Most of the time you seem to prefer a bottle, but you let me know when you'd rather nurse (by pulling my shirt down). This usually happens first thing in the morning and before bed and sometimes after your afternoon nap. I'm savoring these moments because I feel like we're nearing the end.

As far as sleep goes, you've gotten into a pretty predictable routine. You typically go to bed around 8:30pm and get up around 8:30 or 9am. You like to sleep in like your mama! (I don't think your brother has ever slept past 7am in his life, which is just like daddy). When you wake up, you like to just hang out in your crib for a while babbling and singing. On the weekends, if there's time, I bring you back into bed with me and we snuggle and nurse for at least another half hour. I savor those moments. Thankfully, we've had the luxury of slow mornings this summer. It's going to be a little trickier this fall when we need to get Jax to preschool by 9am four days a week. 

We have had all sorts of fun this month. We went to another pizza night at a Two Pony Gardens. The theme was honey bee pizza night. You loved exploring the gardens and watching the animals (especially the chickens and horses).

We also celebrated your last "first" holiday- the Fourth of July! It was a nice hot day and we got to spend it at your great uncle's pool. You aren't a huge fan of being in the water, but you floated around for a little bit...

You seemed much more content lounging by the pool...

Of course the most exciting event of the month was your first birthday party! We celebrated with family and friends the Sunday before your birthday. It was all things pink and gold glitter!! (I had just a little fun planning and decorating!)

The only snafu at your party happened when it was time to sing happy birthday and blow out your candles. Mommy was busy snapping pictures and daddy set your cake in front of you. Jackson was trying to show you how to blow out your candle, but you touched it instead and burned the tip of your pointer finger. You didn't want anyhting to do with your cake after that...

The next day we tried again because I really wanted to do a little cake smash session with you. Well, I think you had a little PTSD because as soon as we set the cake down in front of you, you started screaming and crawled away, knocking the cake over in the process. Poor girl! I hope you're over it by your next birthday!

On your actual birthday we went to Lake Harriet and played at the park, followed by ice cream at Sebastian Joes! You got to try some of mommy's all time favorite ice cream- raspberry chocolate chip! You loved it!

You have brought so much joy to our family over the last year. We all love you so much, sweet girl! Can't wait to see what the next year has in store for you.

Happy first birthday, sweetheart!

Love, Mom

Sunday, June 21, 2015

11 Months

Height: 30.25 inches
Weight: 23 pounds

Hello, my sweet girl! Good thing we only have one more of these monthly photo shoots left because you're on to my monthly sticker trick....

AND you are constantly on the move these days! Climbing on (and off) of furniture...

...and even scaling furniture!

You also LOVE to cuddle. Anytime you see a stuffed animal, or pillow, or blanket you give it a big hug and bury your head in the coziness. It's so cute!!

It ended up taking three rounds of antibiotics to finally get rid of the ear infection that I mentioned last month. Both times we went in to get your ears re-checked both the doctor and I were shocked that they were still infected because you still seemed as happy as could be. The first time I had them checked just because we happened to be at the doctor with Jackson for his asthma and an ear infection. (I don't know why you guys have been sick so often this summer!) I was so thankful when they finally cleared up because it sounded like tubes would have been the next step. Hopefully, that's the end of them (at least until winter).

Not only were you dealing with a never ending ear infection all month, you also broke some teeth! Your bottom right tooth broke through first, followed by the bottom left. I can also feel a little peak of a molar on your top left. (I often have my fingers in your mouth fishing out random items you've found around the house).

Despite all of that, you had a pretty fun month. You're still not quite walking, but you have taken a step here and there. You are an extremely fast crawler and furniture cruiser (and climber), so I just don't think you're all that motivated to walk. You can also stand up completely on your own now (instead of always having to pull up on furniture).

Your vocabulary consists almost entirely of the word "hi" which you say to just about everyone that crosses your path (accompanied by a wave). You also occasionally say dada. You babble constantly and have also started to nod your head yes (I have not encouraged or taught you to shake your head no!) You also love to give kisses and are always puckering your little lips up, hoping to catch a kiss from someone...

We've been on so many fun adventures this summer. You just love tagging along and have even started to do some exploring of your own (although you are quite entertained just keeping an eye on your brother). We went to Lake Harriet a couple times and you got to explore the band shell for the first time.

Jax also showed you the fountains.

We took another trip to the Children's Museum and you ventured out of your stroller to check out all the the toddler room has to offer. Your favorite were the mirrors!

Another highlight was a trip to the Walker Art Museum. You wouldn't think that an art museum would be a very fun place for two little ones, but the first Saturday of the month they offer free admission for families and have several child friendly activities. You and your brother had so much fun exploring all of the nooks and crannies of the museum that we didn't even make it to the kid stuff!

Whew! How is it possible that in just a month you will be one? My hear can hardly handle it!

Happy 11 months, sweetheart!

Love, Mom

Thursday, May 21, 2015

10 Months

Height: 29.25 inches
Weight: 22 pounds

Another month has flown by! Even though I hate how fast the time goes, it is so much fun to see more and more of your silly and sweet little personality come out!

You've developed a mega-watt grin, complete with a crinkled nose, and sound effect (which is a mixture between a pant and a hiss). You do it when you're really excited about something- whenever you see food coming your way, when daddy gets home from work, and when you hug your favorite toys...

Although you are not quite walking yet, as predicted, you are very close. Nowadays, when you're not able to cruise around furniture, you crawl more like a gorilla than a human baby...

I seriously believe that walking would take less effort, but you seem to like traveling around this way. I like it because it keeps your clothes clean, especially when we're outside... You've also just started to stand on your own. One of the first times you did this was when we were at the Arboretum. Jax and I were holding your hands and then let go and you stood all by yourself for several seconds!

Jackson had to tell everyone that we passed, "My baby sister can even stand all by herself now!!" He is such a proud big brother!

Unfortunately, it has been a little bit of a rough month. Not only is teething in full effect, you have been battling an ear infection and cold.

When I brought you in to the doctor, I thought for sure that you had pink eye because you woke up with your eyes completely crusted shut. It turns out, it was just from your extreme congestion. The doctor checked your ears and said they were on the verge of being infected so he prescribed an antibiotic right away (I was so thankful). After a few days, your crusty eyes cleared up and you seemed much happier.

Finally, this month we celebrated your baptism. You were the only one being baptized that day, so you had your own little private ceremony while daddy, Jackson, and I watched. Your godmother (Aunty Nicole) and godfather (Uncle Sam), Great-Grandma Idell, Grammy Ginny, Grammy Mary, Papa Tom, Uncle Tim, Aunty Selina, and cousin Bradley were there to celebrate with you, too! You looked like such a little angel that morning in your gown (which was the same gown Aunty Nicole and I wore for our baptisms).

Happy 10 months, sweetheart!

Love, Mom