I can’t believe it. I think I am in denial. My baby is one year old. I started to get emotional around her birthday. How could so much time pass already?!? I only just got back into my pre-pregnancy pants. I miss my little squish who had the tinniest little cry and loved to snuggle.
Weight: 19 lbs 15 oz (25th percentile)
Height: 29.8 in. (75th percentile)
My long and lean baby
We had a lot of fun doing a smash cake photo shoot. She wore the romper that she wore home from the hospital :) Who needs a bath when you can just hose them down with the sprinklers.
We have officially entered the tantrum phase. Sigh.
Em still is a huge Momma’s girl. She cries when daddy picks her up. It is even harder because she LOVES Lan’s friends. Dave is her best friend. She absolutely loves him. I think part of the problem is that she has started associating daddy with being taken away from mommy since he leaves with her in the morning and takes her to his parents. My new plan is that he will start getting her in the morning and from naps and bring her to me. That way he isn’t the one always taking her away from mommy.
I am so tired of pumping at work and am trying to wean Em from breast milk while I am away. I would like to still nurse her in the morning, after work, and before bed…. but I am so over pumping. Getting her to take milk has been a big challenge. She doesn’t like the bottle and only my father in law can get her to take my pumped milk… and that is with a lot of difficulty. We have been trying to get her to drink cow’s milk at home and it is a no go. She will take a few sips and then get mad that it isn’t water. She LOVES water. We have tried bottle, cup, sippy, and straw. I am hoping that eating dairy products and nursing will fulfill her dietary needs… because getting her to drink milk is like we are torturing her.
Em’s new tricks, triumphs, and favorites:
Em has started blowing kisses and waving. It is pretty much the cutest thing ever. She will also copy you and try to snap and try to make indian noises with her mouth and hand.
Her two top teeth cut finally
She has become an expert walker. She now prefers to walk over crawl. In fact she got caught under the coffee table because she was determined to walk out but was too tall. So she was crouching and trying to walk.
Things that I love:
She is starting to notice all kinds of things. She pointed out the stars at night.
She will point at things that she wants.
She loves to read and will bring us books that she wants us to read to her. I have read Pat the Bunny so many times that I was able to recite it to my class by memory.
We spent her birthday as a family. Lan and I took the day off. For breakfast I made her funfetti pancakes. A real treat since I rarely give her junk food. We first went to the Library and then the Park. She loved the fish tank at the library. We had an amazing time. I also enjoyed going through her old photos and reading her birth story again.
We had such a good time at her birthday party. It was the perfect weather. All the kids loved playing in the play house on the grass. Tons of friends and family showed up to bless our baby girl. I did an owl theme, which is how her nursery is decorated. I had so many ideas on things I wanted to do… and only got a few of them done. I was the only one who knew the things that I didn’t get to… and in the end it doesn’t matter. We had an amazing time.
I am so proud of what a smart, silly, sweet baby I have. I love her more than I thought possible. This year has gone so fast. I love watching her grow and develop her personality. Each new stage brings so much fun and excitement, but I grieve the stage that we have left. I can’t wait to see what the next year will hold.