The day we brought you home life really started. You have been such a good and easy baby. It has brought your daddy and I so much joy to see you learn and grow over the course of this year. We have so many great memories with you – so many days of cuddling you, playing with you, talking to you, feeding you, taking you on walks. We’ve gone on trips to Dallas, Colorado, California, and shorter trips to Tulsa, Duncan, Harrah. You saw the ocean for your first time and felt the sand in your toes on you first birthday last week. And you absolutely loved it! You weren’t too big a fan of the cold water, and you got a little mad when I let it rush up onto your legs. Your happy place was sitting in the sand, enjoying the sun and breeze and sand toys around you. You kept looking up at us from underneath the brim of your sun hat and just smiling this huge smile. Seeing you experience new things has been one of the highlights of our year, and we can’t wait to see you experience so much more in the coming year.
- from mama’s letter to you
at your birthday party, 4 days before your actual birthday
What you weigh – 15 lbs. 1 ounce This month at your appointment with Dr. Signer, you were on the chart for the first time, coming in at 1%. We’re so proud of you:)
What you eat – You are still nursing 4 times a day now, for about 5 minutes each time. You’ve started waking up later and later, so now you usually eat around 8:30, 12:30, 4:30-5 and 7:30. You are getting better and better at eating. Anytime I put food up to your mouth you lean back and look down your nose at it to figure out exactly what it is I’m trying to put in before you will open. Sometimes you’ll take it, sometimes you won’t. But if it goes in your mouth, you eat it. You’ve never spit anything out (knock on wood). You are definitely eating a wider variety and are doing much better with solids. Also, you’re feeding yourself much better now! You love to practice with puffs. Watching you pick up pieces and feed yourself is one of the cutest things ever. Any kind of fruit is definitely at the top of your favorite foods list. You also like beans, goat cheese and lots of vegetables. While you don’t get them super often, you also love puffs and baby mum mum crackers. At your 1 year appointment, Dr. Sigler also asked us to start giving you milk with your meals. We’ve started with Almond milk, and so far you really like it! You’ve totally mastered the straw sippy cup, and you love to hold it yourself and drink out of it. Your cup is one of your favorite things.
beach pictures are from your actual birthday
Laguna Beach, California
How you sleep – you have been sleeping even longer than usual as of late. You go to bed around 7:30 and don’t wake up until about 8 or 8:30. Your daddy and I are so lucky that you are such a great sleeper! You also take two naps, one from about 10:30 until 12 and another from about 2:30 to 4. While in the past, you were a better sleeper than your brother, now it’s the opposite! A couple of times a week we have to put you in the swing for your nap because you just can’t fall asleep, and also a couple of times a week, we have to go in and sneak you out of the nursery mid-nap and move you to the swing. You are such a mess:)
What you wear – You are quickly growing out of size 3-6 and wearing more 6 month clothes along with a few 6-12 month. Although, your birthday dress is a size 0-3. Somethings just run big I think, and you are pretty tinyJ We love you that way. You are still perfectly in a size 1 shoe.
Diaper – Bum Genius Freetime with two to three rows of snaps left open in the middle.
Favorite activities – drinking out of your cup, reading books, swinging, playing peek-a-boo, taking baths, being tickled, playing peek-a-boo
Least favorite activities: having your face cleaned, you aren’t super crazy about having your diaper changed.
Big moments in your twelth month of life – More teeth! Started pulling up, first trip to the beach, first trip to California, lowered your crip, started pulling up