Weight: 21 pounds, 11 ounces.
Height: 30.5 inches.
Eating: 3 meals a day, 4 bottles of organic whole milk (all done formula!) – working on getting rid of bottles.
Clothes: 12 month, 12-18 month, 18 month
Diaper: Size 3. Size 4 at night.
My darling girl --
Here we are. My letter to you at 12 months. I know I’m a week late in writing this. My normal excuses of being busy, being tired, celebrating your birthday could all work – but the truth is, I am so sad to write this. I think back on this year and can’t help but wonder – where did time go?? Wasn’t it yesterday I brought you home from the hospital and cried because I didn’t know what to put you in to sleep? Weren’t we just celebrating your first smile, your first long stretch of sleep, your impossibly cute face? I know that the dance goes on and this next chapter will be even better then the first – but I’ll forever hold the memories of our times together, late in the night, sweet kisses and soft lullabies.
At 12 months, you are more gorgeous then ever and look completely different then you did just a few weeks ago. You seem to have lost that “baby” look and your fast moving into a whole new phase – toddler! Your hair, despite your recent haircut, is longer than ever and always in your eyes. I think it’s safe to say you inherited my hair growing skills! Your blue eyes are so insanely gorgeous – I can’t say it enough. Everywhere we go, people comment on them – so stunning. Your fair skin and your light hair are the perfect complement to your gorgeous face. I’m simply in awe of you and beginning to wonder if I should look into baby modeling!
Every single day, you learn something new and we simply watch at how SMART you are – You are days away from walking. You can cruise along furniture, stand alone and use your new push-toy from Mom-Mom & Pop-Pop so well – once you get the confidence to take that first step, you’ll never look back. You are the fastest crawler I’ve ever seen. You wave hi and bye (and love to YELL HI and BYE!), you clap, dance, rock, blow kisses, give kisses, give huge hugs, scrunch your face and a million other tricks. The past few days, you absolutely love to color – I’m going to have to get a lot more paper, crayons and markers – maybe you’ll be an artist!
Despite my best efforts to limit your television watching, it seems I’m in a losing battle. Sesame Street and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse are your only two shows but you love them dearly and dance along. We are starting to introduce movies and the only one you watch so far is the new Muppet movie. You literally sit in the pack & play and watch the ENTIRE movie from start to finish. It’s not a cartoon so I’m not quite sure what you are so attracted to but you love it – I guess it’s the music??
Sleeping is always an uphill battle in our house. After a long bout of early morning wake-ups, these past few days have been pure bliss. You are going to sleep between 7:00-7:30 PM, waking up in the 5:00 AM hour, crying and needing a little pat on the back and immediately fall back asleep until 6:45 AM. Just about 12 hours!!! SUCCESS!! You also nap twice a day for 1-2 hours a nap – you go to sleep so easily, I hate complaining about your early wake-ups. We need to wean you off bottles, especially right before you go to sleep – we’ll get there. Sippy cups are easy for you so I know we can do it!
Talking, talking, talking – or should I say – repeating – EVERYTHING!!! There are several words you know (and actually have meaning) – these include Mama, Dada, Rigby (our cat), Dat (Cat), Birds, Baby, Banana, Wubba (Grover), No, Yes, Hi, Bye – and others too!! But what’s amazing is you repeat everything and anything!! The other day you yelled “GOOD GIRL!” because I always say that to you. You’re SO SMART! My little talking girl.
I’m learning what you like and don’t like to eat – you still eat a lot of baby food because it’s the best way to make sure you’re getting a lot of fruits and vegetables. You eat bananas and blueberries whole (and a lot of them). You LOVE turkey and chicken. You can’t get enough of bread (who can?). You’ll eat meat sometimes. You LOOOOOOVE French fries. I can sometimes get you to eat organic macaroni and cheese and pasta. I’m going to start meal planning so you have nice, well balanced days. You love eggs (sometimes). And sweets… you love them. Ice cream, cake, cookies, cupcakes. A girl after my own heart.
Monday mornings at music class are your favorite – you now sit in the middle and dance rather than sit on my lap. All the kids in the class LOVE you and want to hug you the whole time – you just let them. It’s so funny. You also love to play Miss Sandy’s guitar – it’s your favorite part of the morning. This summer, we’ll be switching to Fridays for music class leaving Mondays and Tuesdays completely free. Hoping to go to the park a lot and Camden Aquarium often – we joined as members for the year!!
You have your 7th trip to Florida coming up in a couple of weeks – seriously a professional traveler. We love it though – it’s so important to us that you are just as close with your Florida family as your Philadelphia family – you know them well! This past weekend, your grandparents and Aunt Sydney came to visit for your birthday party and you didn’t miss a beat – you smiled and squealed in delight when they walked in the house – you know them well!
Your 1st birthday party was PERFECT – better than I could have wished for. I’ll be writing about it this weekend and posting a million pictures but I’m SO SO SO happy it all turned out so well. I know we’ll always remember that afternoon.
We love you so much. This past year has taught me so much – patience, kindness, determination and more. My heart is so full of love and I honestly can’t remember my life before you. You are the perfect addition to our little family and I can’t wait to see what this next year brings. Keep smiling, keep learning, and keep being the perfect girl you are.
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!