My little family!

My little family!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

13 months!

13 month stats:
Weight: Somewhere around 22-23 pounds. Her last weigh-in was 22 pounds, 15 ounces.
Height: Not sure, maybe 31 inches at this point?? 
Eating: 3 meals a day, 4 cups of whole milk, lots of snacks!  
Clothes: 12 month, 12-18 month, 18 month.
Diaper: Size 3 (getting to be too tight). Size 4 at night.  

13 months. No way did we celebrate your 1st birthday ONE month ago. I think I'm in shock as I keep telling people you "just turned one!" - I'm so excited to step into toddler phase but I still can't believe that you have celebrated a birthday. This past month has gone by in the blink of an eye and I vow to cherish each and everyday with you as you are changing constantly and I need to enjoy every second!
Your are so very beautiful and constantly changing. Your little chubby legs and arms are beginning to thin out - it's crazy how much your body is changing!! Despite your long hair sometimes covering your eyes, I've decided not to cut it again - I'd love to watch it grow and grow!! It's a beautiful shade of light brown and getting lighter everyday. Of course your big, blue eyes are what people comment on the most - they really are the perfect shade.
Tricks, tricks, tricks!! You are quick at picking up new things - we show you something once and you immediately catch on! You LOVE to dance and clap - you yell "CLAP CLAP CLAP!" and make sure everyone around you is dancing too. It's so adorable. You love to play with all of your toys and you can entertain yourself for hours. Although this month has been really busy, my plan is to spend the next few months primarily outside - it's hot but with the baby pool, we'll make it work! Hopefully Daddy & I will build a deck soon so we have somewhere fun and safe to play outside! I think walking will be right around the corner - I know I keep saying that, but you're so very close. When you use the walker we have (or Grandma got you in Florida) you look so cute. You are getting very good at the stairs and you are the faster crawler alive.
We've been doing our best to limit your TV watching but now that we've discovered RIO, you're HOOKED!!! It's not my proudest mommy moment but I love watching your face light up when the movie starts and you dance the entire time. I'm going to try introducing other movies with music - this is of course for our "down time" - the goal is to play, play, play!!
Sleeping. Our biggest battle. You had a great month until last week - you went from your 6:30 AM wake-up and slowly starting getting up earlier and earlier... then Florida rolled around and you completely could not sleep at all. I felt so bad for you. BUT - with a little luck (and tough love AKA sleep training) yesterday morning, you are BACK! Last night you slept 7 PM to 6:20 AM - success! You also napped twice yesterday at Mom-Mom & Pop-Pop's house no issues. So hopefully you are back to good! You love to cuddle with Mr Bear and Kyle (your stuffed animals for sleeping) - it's so so cute. When we do bedtime routine, you get a story and bottle - you play with your hair, drink your bottle, bury your head in my shoulder and go right to sleep in the crib. So cute.
You will be done with bottle by your 14 month birthday. I wanted to be done by 12 months but that's okay.... you needed a little more time! We're done with the morning bottle so it's only the 3 bottles during the day (2 for the naps and 1 for bedtime) - I know you can do it!
Talking is your speciality - new words You love to call our names (MAMA!!! DADA!!!) and you love to yell out RIGBY!!! (One of our cats). You also love Elmo ("Melmo") and love to spot anything with Elmo on it just to say his name. You are so so so smart. We are working on teaching you letters. SO far you know the letter "S" -- very good baby! My goal is to teach you 5 letters this month.
You are a great eater but I'm trying to introduce more veggies into your diet. You eat a lot of fruit and carbs but not too many veggies - I am going to try making smoothies (with Kale and Spinach) - I think you'll love them!! Your favorites foods are blueberries, grapes, cheese (all kinds), bagels, bread, cheerios, french fries, bananas. We try to introduce new foods often and you try everything at least once!
With Music Class on hiatus (there is a short summer session we will try on Fridays), I'm looking for new and exciting things to do with you. I am going to set up some play dates soon as you LOVE to play with kiddies and we'll be going to Camden Aquarium a few times this month (including on Monday with Pop-Pop). I want to keep your mind constantly learning and growing and I think the best way is seeing new things!
With our news of new baby officially public, I can now let you know this - I promise you'll always be our best friend, our love, our joy. You will be the perfect big sister. I will spend these next 6 months spoiling you silly and enjoying our days as a family of three - while these past 13 months have been perfect, I know adding a new baby bear to the house will make us even happier (if that's possible). Please always know how much we love you and adore you. And remember to share with your baby brother or sister ;)
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!

We love the bath - except when we first get in and when we rinse shampoo out!

We love to play with bath toys!

Pretty blue eyes!!


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