Friday, January 3, 2014

Eleven Months

My darling A - 

11 months! 11! You are so close to being a year old, my baby girl! And with how much you've been walking this month it seems more appropriate to start calling you a toddler (though who are we kidding, you'll always be my baby!).

Our morning routine involves cereal for me and Cheerios and water for you. You really do seem to prefer the Cheerios after they've been tossed all over the floor. Cody also prefers when you eat them this way! 

We had lots of adventures this month! Your first Thanksgiving (you and I entertained ourselves taking pictures in the bathroom before dinner was served). Your first trip to a toddler gym where you had access to so. many. different. toys. We don't have a ton of space in our apartment for toys (but boy do you have more after Christmas!), so I think you were a bit overwhelmed when you saw all of the different cars and bikes and balls and slides. You warmed up pretty quickly though (and had a blast pushing yourself around in the Cozy Coupe - even if you did go backwards more often than forwards...) and I see this being a pretty frequent destination during these rainy and cold winter months!

You also continue to love your blocks (including these that we found at MOHAI). Usually your dad or I will build something and you come along and knock it down, but I'm pretty sure you'll be building your own towers soon enough. And your favorite thing to do with all of your toys (or the laundry. Or really anything in a box) is to find a container and take everything in it out. Whenever I fold your diapers in the living room you "help" me by flinging them all over the living room. And you love dragging your toy box out of its cubby in the living room so you can take each toy out carefully (you've even discovered that you can take the lining out of the basket too!). You have just started to discover you also enjoy putting things back into a container, but clearly that's not nearly as fun. 

One of the big things we did after Thanksgiving was to go get our first Christmas tree as a family of four! We walked down the street from our house to a lot and picked out a perfectly lovely (and small) tree. We didn't have room for a big tree this year, and really just wanted something fun that we could light up and show off a few of our ornaments (mostly non-breakable ones and only on the top half of the tree). Also, I love having a real Christmas tree! And ever since getting our first tree when B proposed, I will always have to have a tree at Christmas time.

You also took your second trip to California this month! And luckily Dad was with us this time (SO much easier to travel with a baby when there's a second pair of hands to help!). You did great! You had a couple of fussy moments here and there, but overall you are such a great traveler. You wanted to bounce up and down on both of our laps and pull hard on the seats in front of you. We only let you do one of those things (you were only squealing in excitement most of the time, but I still didn't want to annoy the couple sitting in front of us too much). 

We went down to California for early Christmas with your dad's family. You got to meet your great-grandparents, and you got to see your Gam and Aunt again who you hadn't seen in far too long! We were on the go pretty much the whole long weekend and while we had some fussy times (and some not-so-great sleeping through the night moments), overall I was pretty impressed at how well you were able to go with the flow. Especially as we were pretty sure that you were teething for part of the time (oh yeah, did I mention that? You now have your top two teeth and then the two top incisors decided they wanted to join the party too! So you're up to 6 pearly whites in there!).

Getting to meet your second cousin! She was so wonderful to share all of her toys with you and gave you a great big hug right before we left. 

You were so spoiled with some pretty great presents from everyone. But I still suspect the tissue paper and getting to rip paper off of things was your favorite. 

Have I mentioned how many people love you kiddo? Yup, you're a lucky, lucky girl! 

Baby's first hairbow! 

We tried to let you stretch your legs and run around a bit in the airport before we got on the plane. It sort of worked. You didn't fall asleep but you were slightly less bouncy on our laps. Luckily there wasn't anyone sitting in the middle seat in the row ahead of us so you could hang on the seat a bit more without bugging anyone.

It's getting SO HARD to get your weekly pictures! I have to admit to being pretty excited to see this project come to an end. I can usually only get a couple pictures taken before you're bouncing up to your feet and grabbing the number blocks and taking off with them.

You are such a lovable goofball these days. We discovered when we were at the airport that you LOVE stuffed animals - your dad was distracting you at one point by holding up various stuffed animals from a store and you went absolutely crazy with joy over each one he held up. We had to buy you a small one of course, and I decided to pull out several other stuffed animals from your room as soon as we got home (I thought you didn't care about them!). You love running around the room with them and rolling around the floor giggling. This is a new thing too - playing on your back on the ground (and not yelling about it!), and you love to throw yourself on pillows now, too. You are a crazy one, my dear, but you are such a joy to be around. 

You continue to be a great eater too - usually eating whatever we put in front of you. I'm impressed with your willingness to try new things and I do hope that continues! I especially know your dad would appreciate if you took after his adventurous eating side rather than my more picky side...  

Sleeping is generally pretty good but we've had our rough nights, too. You're still taking two naps pretty consistently and while we had a couple days of only one nap, I think we both figured out that you aren't ready to drop that second nap yet! 

One other thing you've learned this month is how to get down from the couch. You don't know how to climb up on to it yet (which is good because as soon as you can climb all of our defenses will be breached!), but you now know how to turn around and put your legs down to slide off of it. I love seeing how you figure out how to solve whatever problems are in your way!

Your first snow! It was kind of pitiful to be honest and melted by noon, but still, it's snow!! 

There's something pretty amazing about a baby's first Christmas.

And yes, technically Christmas fell one day into your 12th month, but I'm still adding some of the pictures here as I don't want to wait to share these! Your dad and I gifted each other a new lens for Christmas and had a blast playing with it. (You are of course our favorite subject!) Your dad and I tried not to go too crazy with presents for you, and for the most part I think we did a good job. You were certainly spoiled by all of your grandparents and aunts and uncles (though for the most part they respected our wishes for not too many noisy light-up toys!). I hope you know how much they love you and wish they could play with you every day!

We had a family photo shoot on the Sunday before Christmas with Kat of Persimmon Images (our wonderful wedding photographer!). It was a little crazy with both you and your cousin at times, but overall you guys did great and I think we'll end up with some pretty great shots (though let's be honest - we all just wanted pictures of you two babies and your grandparents! But, given that we were all in the same spot your grandparents insisted we all be in a few of the pictures). Plus you had a chance to wear your Christmas dress again!

Playing with toys and watching the ferry go by. Not too shabby! 

It was a little tough having presents under the tree for 3 days that we made you look at before we let you rip them open. But with only a few redirections you did a pretty good job of leaving them alone.

One of the best presents that you and your cousin got were these great rocking chairs that are just your size! They actually belonged to me and your aunt when we were kids, presents from your great-grandparents a long time ago. I love that these are being passed on to you both now.

It was pretty magical getting to see your first Christmas and celebrate with so many family members. You have been such a joy to us this past year, my little lady.

I love you so very much, my heart is overflowing.

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