I can’t believe that it has been a whole year since I was sitting in a group meeting panicking about loosing a very important file, while my group members worried the stress my send me into labor. Sure enough you came the next day! This past year has been the best of my life! You have brought so much joy and happiness into our small family. It is amazing to think about how much you have changed in the past year.
These past two months have been full of more change and development. You started WALKING on the day before your 1st birthday!!!! It was really cool. Once your Daddy got home you just started walking all over the living room. Grammy was very excited to get to see it too. Not only did you start walking, by you also started standing up in the middle of the floor at the same time. It took you a couple of weeks to get the hang of it, then you just took off right before Christmas!
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family in San Antonio. Daddy made an amazing turkey and everyone loved it! It was so fun to see you play with your cousins over the week. We went back down for Christmas too, and you had even more fun with them, since you could walk. We took a cousin picture and you were SO happy to be included with the big kids.
Your first birthday party was so much fun, we made it 50’s themed. You love rock and roll music so we played it during the party and had 50’s diner food for lunch. You loved your cake and ate quite a bit of it. I made you a poodle skirt and sewed a sequin “A” on a white onesie, and you also wore black leggings. It was sooo cute!
I was determined to get a picture of you with Santa, but it just didn’t happen. You were just not having any of it. We tried twice and the second time we just took a family picture him. He brought you a baby doll for Christmas! You are starting to understand how to play with it, but are still more interested in other toys. You love the Radio Flyer bike Grammy and Papa got you for your Birthday, and you have figured out how to use the cymbals in the band in a box we got you. You LOVE the ball pit that we got you for your birthday. It was a last minute addition to your gifts because you loved playing in Brayden’s so much.
You have started saying more words like “Ba” for bath, “na” for nap, and “yeah.” Mostly you are still just babbling, but I know you know what you are saying, and soon we will too. You nod your head when we say yes and shake it where we say no. You are also starting to answer questions this way too, which it really cool. I can ask you if you are done and you will shake your head yes or no. You point with your whole hand at things that you want. When you want us to follow you, you will say “Ga” and stare at us until we do. It has been so much fun watching your communication skills develop.
Sleep is still something you have a hard time with. You will wake up about 3 times a night on average and want to nurse. I have started the process of stopping our middle of the night nursing sessions. This is going to be a long arduous process, but we really want you to have a brother or sister soon and if you keep nursing the way you do, it will never happen!
We took our first long car ride up to Lubbock for New Years and you did really well. We put a bunch of movies on the iPad and you actually watched them. You loved Horton Hears A Who and The Muppets. You got sick while we were there and proceeded to pass it to everyone!
You still eat just about everything, and your favorite is still black beans. One thing that is great is that when you get hungry you go into the kitchen and wait for me to get you something. You only want to nurse when you are sleepy. When it is time for a meal you will try to climb into your highchair.
You love music! You dance whenever you hear music playing. When Sesame Street comes on in the morning you get excited when you hear the theme music. You pretty much love all music.
The only other big change is that your hair is now long enough for a pony tail! It looks so cute sticking straight up on your head. Your little personality shines through more and more each day. I am the luckiest Mama in the whole world to have you as my daughter.
Sorry for the long absence, our family has been very busy with well family. I have also been knee deep in my job search. But I had to make it back eventually, so please bear with the next 10 posts that are pretty much just catching up. This is essentially my baby book so the posts are necessary.
So my sweet baby girl is 11 months old!! I can’t believe we are one month away form 1! You have just blossomed over the past two months. I feel like you are growing and doing new things daily. You love to eat! You eat EVERYTHING, but your favorites are black beans, anything spicy, eggs, chicken and avocado, all fruit (but only from a spoon), mac & cheese, PB&J, and the muffins I made for you. It is so much fun to sit down to dinner and see you explore new food every day. I made creamy avocado enchiladas two nights ago and you couldn’t get enough of the stuffing. It also helps that you have you first two teeth now! They just popped up in the past two weeks!
You still love to nurse. My attempts at get you you to nurse only 3-4 times a day have failed miserably. I guess that second baby can wait. I don’t really mind too much though since it is the only time you will cuddle with me. You are constantly moving around the house. I love to watch you explore every day. Grammy and Papa got you a walking toy and you push that thing around the house until you get stuck, then look at me like “aren’t you going to move my walker?”
You started to say Mama about a month ago and have said Dada once, but seem unwilling to say it any more. You an waived for the first time to you Grandma Lupita, and I think you made her cry a little. I think the most fun thing you have started to do is clap though. You clap when you are happy, sad, or just having a good time.
You love music. I started to play different Pandora stations all the time and I think you favorite is oldies rock. I even made you some shakers out of old spice jars and a sprinkles and you will shake them to the rhythm of the music. You will even dance a little to some music. It is just the cutest thing!
We took you out to College Station for your very first Fighting Texas Aggie Tailgate! Even though you are very small and didn’t really understand how awesome it is there, it was still fun to take you to the place we met and experience that with you. You even got to take a nap in the new MSC!
As far as toys go, you mastered the light up stacking toy a couple weeks ago. One day you were determined to figure it out and you did. It was so cool to see you try and try then get it. You love your walking push toy, but you favorite part of it is the barn door that says “Peek-A-Boo” when you open it. You are figuring out how to get all of the doors to open on your Busy Poppin’ Pals pop up toy. I think you have almost figured out how to turn the key one.
You are now able to stand for a very long time, and you will shake toys all around while standing as well. Last week, you took three steps in a row toward me! but you haven’t shown a lot of interest since then. I have a feeling you are just going to take off in a couple weeks.
Last weekend you got to spend some quality alone time with Grammy and Papa. It was the first time we left you somewhere other than daycare! You have so much fun playing with them and you even started to play Peek-A-Boo with Papa! You would lift a blanket in from of your face and pull it down really fast!
Yesterday was your first Halloween! We went Trick-Or-Treating with Erica, Brian, and Brayden. You went as a Panda Bear. I pieced together your costume using a long sleeve black onesie with black leggings, then I pulled a white onesie over the leggings and rolled it down under your arms. The ears came from D.C. when we visited in May. You looked so adorable! When we finished you sat and pulled all of your candy out of ou little box and ate a DumDum. It actually turned into a pretty cool sensory exercise since the wrappers all made different noises and you could shake the boxes.
I look forward to see what the last month of your first year has in store for us! You are my beautiful sweet baby girl and I love you!
We had Adelai’s 9 month check-up today. She measured in at 22 lbs (92%) and 27.75 inches long (87%). She is right on track developmentally and ahead of the curve on some things. After she got her two shots I thought I wasn’t going to have to nurse her this time, but after about a minute she was rooting like crazy.
Anyways, I remember when I was little, when we got sick my mom would always take us to get a milk shake after we went to the doctor. I always loved this tradition, and plan to do it with my children when they are older. In fact I have been sick with a 100+ fever for the past two days and all I wanted was a milkshake. Luckily I have the best hubby in the world, who stopped on the way home to get me one.