Jaded Optimist

Mothering, making, and generally blathering on

One Year April 8, 2009

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 11:19 pm

M turned one year old today. Between the haircut and the 12-18 month size clothes that I pulled out on Tuesday, she is looking more and more like a kid and less and less like a baby. But she is still super cuddly.

We hit the playground.











We attempted some birthday cat shots.











We had a little cake.








She opened a few presents (with lots of help from big sis).











I am not sure how clued in M was to the goings on…honestly, with how much C was involved you would have thought it was her birthday…she picked out the cakes, blew out the candles, opened the presents, and played with the toys. Sigh. Her big party is Saturday, and then Grammy and Grampy arrive next week, so she will have a few opportunities to practice present opening yet.

(My favorite part of the day? G watched the kids and I got a haircut! This is my first one since…well, before M was born.)

So at one year, M is….

Height? Weight? Not sure. Maybe 21-22 lbs. based on home scale method—we go to the dr. next week, so will update then. I moved her into the 12-18 month clothes, although some of the pants are a bit long (odd, as I made the change since the 9-12 were seeming short).

Says things that definitely sound like mama, dada, and baby. Does a vigorous head shake for no. Likes to play blinking games, blowing air games, and bubble blowing games. Cries whenever C gets out of the car for school at drop off time. Gives huge hugs. Loves the cat (and preemptively flinches each time she pets her). Requests books. Claps, waves, and “raises the roof” (both hands in the air).

Crawls like a demon, but not walking yet. Just yesterday, started to walk a bit while holding onto someone’s hands, but has not repeated the free standing move of last month, doesn’t really cruise much, and hasn’t shown an interest in push carts. It’s hard enough to keep up with her crawling though!

Is getting used to her crib for naps and starting the night. Took a 90 minute crib nap yesterday, but today was back down to about 35 minutes. Still wakes 1-3 times most nights.

Still just three teeth. I swear there are three more on their way, but they are taking their own sweet time. The other top tooth has been right below the surface for days now.

Is a pretty great eater—loves apples for some reason, and peeled grape quarters. Tofu, cheese, little pastas, bread, banana, yogurt, and still will chow down some purees. Loves her water sippy cup as well. Always wants whatever I am eating, and tries to share her food with me. (Barley biscuit? Thanks, no). The sleeve closest to her constantly has food handprints on it from being grabbed during meals.

Is super strong. She can take C down easily. Most diaper changes are a huge wrestling match. One needs to keep a tight grip on her, as she can flail and flip around unexpectedly.

Loves dirt. A lot. More than expected.











It’s been quite a year.








I do miss that [not so] tiny little baby, but perhaps not so much the spitting up. M has been such a great addition to our family and the year has just flown by. Her combination of strength, spunk, and sweetness promises many exciting days ahead.  


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