I got all the sentimental, sappy stuff out of the way last week, on your actual birthday, so today, I’m just going to show off some cutie pictures of you and take some time to brag about what you’ve been up to.
You are growing so big. You weigh 19 pounds 8 ounces and are 29 inches long. You wear 12 and some 18 month clothes and your hair is getting longer and longer – and the curls! Oh, the curls! You get more beautiful each and every day.
You’ve done a lot this month. Right after you turned 11 months, you took off walking and you haven’t stopped since. I’m amazed at how quickly you became steady on your feet. You motor around everywhere now – sometimes too quickly for your own good. Your favourite thing to do is to play “chase” where you run, laughing hysterically, and I “chase” you and say “I’m coming to get you”.
Over the past month, we have been spending as much time outside as possible. I know our outdoor days are limited and I want to be sure we get as much fresh air as possible before you-know-what arrives and we’re cooped up. You love to play outside where you can run free. Although, even when I take out to the big field, you always turn around and run back to the driveway. You are obsessed with the rocks. You also love to go the raspberry bushes and pick raspberries to eat for dessert almost every night. Of course, you also love going for walks around the block, seeing your puppies run and play and watching the chickens.
You loved “helping” us in the garden (ahem: green pepper picture?) and would pick (and eat) anything you saw. This month your temper showed up few times, you traveled to your Nana and Papa’s cottage, you had your birthday party and you traveled to Nana and Grandpa’s to attend Great Grandma C’s funeral and you’ve done great adjusting to being at Auntie Crystal’s house when Mommy is at work.
You have been picking up new words almost every day. It’s so fun to watch you learning to communicate. Some of your favourite words are: Mama (finally), Dada, Nana, Papa, up, cup, all done, out, go, car, more (mo), shoe, bath, baby (bay), please (pee), ball, puppy, help, hat, duck, moo, hot dog, what happened (hap?), and I love you (iiiiii).
You have also started signing a lot more over the past week (which I guess technically shouldn’t be included in this update since I’m a week late). But anyhow, you sign milk, all done, up, cup, please, thank you, help and more. Most of the words you sign you also try to say the word when signing.
You love to sing songs, especially “Round and Round the Garden”, point and things and say “Oh”, clap your hands, blow your nose, shake your head and dance. Your moves are something else, that’s for sure. Books and babies are your favourite things to play with. You will sit and read – alone or with Mommy or Daddy for 20 or 30 minutes at a time. You are starting to learn to identify features – such as Mommy’s nose, your eyes, your ears and your toes. You are still obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and laugh every time you hear the Hot Dog song.
You are still nursing numerous times per day and also drink cow’s milk from a sippy cup at meal time and when you are away from me. You eat three good meals a day, and while it’s sometimes frustrating, you have been doing pretty good with eating lately. I can’t complain. You still nap twice a day, usually an hour and a half both morning and afternoon and have been sleeping 10-12 hours at night. Finally. I have waited so long for this. As of last week, you now have eight little chompers in there. And it’s a good thing, because, girlfriend, you love steak.
Every day you do new, funny, and amazing things – how can I possibly remember them all to include in this update? I can’t. All I know is that this month has been the best one yet. We’ve had so much fun.
Stay sweet, little love.