Can you believe that it has been a year already??
52 weeks; 12 months; 1 year old
It is hard to believe, but our little peanut becomes more of a toddler and less of a baby every day. I think the biggest difference is her ever-growing ability to interact. From blowing raspberries on my neck to make me laugh to figuring out how toys work to sharing a ball with a friend, she is able to do so much.
We had a quiet day on her birthday with our Moms’ Bible study in the morning and a lunch out with daddy. We gave her the Rose Cottage play house that we found at a garage sale and she has had a lot of fun crawling in and out of it and having tea parties with daddy. The next day was her big one year dr. appointment. She is 20 lbs. 12 oz. and around 29 inches long. She is still pretty consistent with the 50th percentile for both height and weight. She did great for the whole appointment, only complaining for the shots, the blood test, and her ears being checked. Seriously, she doesn’t like her ears being touched. Thankfully there were no infections or anything and the blood test came back negative for anemia. After she had recovered from her dr. appointment (and gotten a good nap) we took her to the Phelps Youth Pavilion as a special treat. She loved watching the fish in the fish tank, pressing buttons to play music from other countries, going down the rabbit hole with daddy, and being able to crawl around all sots of places and explore.
Over the weekend we had her birthday party which was a lot of fun with the friends and family that could make it. She had fun with her cake, although at first she was more interested in rocking her high chair back and forth than eating the cake. She put her hands in the frosting, but then didn’t want to use her frosting covered hands so she just kept leaning forward to take bites with just her mouth. She had a lot of fun opening gifts (and sat very well on my lap for that) and we were very blessed by what we received.
She has at least 7 teeth now (maybe 8..YOU stick your finger in there). Still not walking, but is experimenting with standing on her own more and more. She is showing a little shyness again, clutching on to mom or dad if she’s unsure of the person in front of her. She still can light up a room and goes to plenty of strangers though. She really likes to chew on her fingers and put her fingers in others’ mouths (no one is exempt from this: parents, other kids, pets, etc.)
She doesn’t like to stay in her high chair long these days, maybe because she doesn’t want to be strapped down. So we are trying to get as much food in her and then giving her a bottle. She has had a little milk and seems okay with it so far, we’re mostly trying to get her used to the taste as we slowly introduce it. She is getting better at using sippy cups and even wanted to feed herself with a spoon this week. It was yogurt and she got it everywhere, but she was so happy I couldn’t help but let her. She would dip the spoon in the yogurt and bring it to her mouth over and over. She even used a straw and then gave up on utensils all together and lifted the yogurt up to her mouth like a cup. We are encouraging her desire for independence but are VERY grateful for having a dog the helps clean up at least part of the mess.
I don’t think I will be posting weekly pictures anymore, at least not in the same way. I’d like to keep doing monthly updates and periodically include pictures during the week and funny stories/milestones. That way I don’t have to put the pressure of always having an update every week and trying to get her to sit still in that silly chair all the time.