Sunday, December 22, 2013

Our baby is ONE!

Happy Birthday sweet girl!
I can't believe you are a year old. I am happy and sad at the same time! I'm happy that you are growing so well and are so much fun and I'm sad that time has gone by so quickly and I know it will only start to go faster!
This doesn't seem like a year ago...
But here we are...celebrating your first year! It has been far more amazing than I ever imagined. I thank God for you every single day. I have done my best to cherish each moment with you and we have made a lot of sweet memories with you!

Just this week, you got really good at taking steps! You are still a bit wobbly but you get better every day! I can't believe you are walking now! Your record steps in a row is 10 steps! 
You are getting to be quite the talker. You have also picked up several signs which has made things easier figuring out what you want. You sign "eat", "more", "milk", "no", "please", and "all done". .
Your new word this month is "this". You say "this" like 100 times a day as you point at things you want or like. It's pretty cute! Sometimes you just clap your hands and giggle for no apparent reason. I'm glad you are such a happy little thing!
You can also say hi, bye, mama, dada, tickle tickle, moo, dog, woof woof, roar, bath, as well as a bunch of babbly words we can't make out yet. 

One of my favorite things is when you sing and dance with your dad. When he sings to you, you sing a long in the sweetest little voice I've ever heard. You also love to dance with him...or anyone for that matter! You've still got your moves!

You have 5 teeth now and are working on your 6th! Teething is not a fun process. I feel so bad for you when you are in pain!

When you are hungry, you smack your mouth together or make the "eat" sign. We have learned that we are not allowed to eat around you without sharing. You just will not tolerate that nonsense! So we have become really great at sneaking food when you can't see haha!
You started using a spoon to feed yourself this month. I was seriously standing in front of you thinking...."how long is she going to eat everything with her hands?" and then you picked up your spoon like a big girl and ate your mashed potatoes with the spoon. Well your face ate them at least...and your mouth got some too:)
You are still breastfeeding 4 times a day and twice a night. You also have 3 meals a day and 2 snacks. Even still, you always seem to be hungry. You are a bottomless pit!

Enough said, right? You are adorable when you sleep. Getting you there is still a process though! We think you may have a sleep issue as you still aren't sleeping through the night and we have a really hard time getting you to nap. 
You get up anywhere from 2-5 times a night, going to sleep around 8 and waking up for good around 7. We still try to get you to take 3 little naps every day because it seems you need them to be in a good mood. I'm hoping your sleep habits improve as you get older though!

Snow day! You had your first experience in the snow. The Minnesota girl in your mama was thrilled to have all this snow. This was your face when I showed you the snow out the window. Priceless!
 So we went out to play in it of course, but not for long because it was pretty cold!
We had a baby sled that our friend Amanda so sweetly gave you and we went for lots of rides in the snow before it finally melted. It was so much fun!

You have a lot of fun in the kitchen while mama is cooking or doing dishes. Look what I found in the cupboard the other day...cutest sack of flour there ever was!

Uncle Abe came to visit the day after Thanksgiving and you had a blast with him. He automatically became your favorite when he read you a book! You love to read!

Your favorite books are the ones with animals in them. You love lions and cows! Here's a video of you as a lion. Pretty scary huh?

Your newest favorite thing to do is to draw whether it's on your chalkboard, or all over mama's newly painted cabinets. Yep, I guess that's one of the telltale signs that there's a toddler in the house! Who knows, your daddy thinks you may be the next Picasso!

You also visited the Children's museum for your cousin's birthday party. While we were there, a random man came up and wiped your nose with his handkerchief. I couldn't believe it, but he was gone before I knew what to say. I was mortified! Who does that, I mean really! But regardless, you had a blast playing with all of your cousins.

You have told us in not so many words...or rather in a lot of babbly words that you think you are old enough to have a cell phone so you can talk to your friends. You like to chat it up on any sort of phone shaped device. Don't worry, we are getting you a phone for Christmas...a fake one anyways :)

You went to your first baby shower this month. It was for my best friend Nicole. We are so excited that she's having a little boy in February! We can't wait to meet him!

If you weren't a daddy's girl before, you sure are now! You cry when he hands you back to me and get so excited when he gets home from work. You are so sweet to him and always give him lots of hugs and kisses which he loves!

We took you shopping the other day for your Christmas and Birthday gifts and we found out that bringing you along was a big mistake. You wanted EVERYTHING you saw and you kept saying "dis, dis, dis" and then pointing at yourself so we were sure to know that you wanted what was on those shelves. You were so crazy that we didn't get much shopping done at all! We are leaving you with Aunt Natalie next time we go shopping in the toy section!

It's been fun reflecting on last year around this time. How amazing it was getting to meet you just before Christmas and then bringing you home on Christmas day. Christmas will always be extra special to us because of that! I love making Christmas memories with you!

Your first birthday card came in the mail this week from your abuela and I wish I had captured your face when I handed you the envelope. You always want the mail so it was sweet to see how excited you got that you had your own card. 

My Letter To You:

Our sweet miss K,
What an amazing year this has been. It seems like yesterday I was holding you in my arms for the very first time and filled with a new, powerful kind of love. I remember how excited your dad and I got about your first smile, and how we bragged about how well you were holding your head up. I can still hear those first baby giggles, oh how they made us smile! I remember watching you try so hard to roll over for the first time and how proud I was of you when you finally mastered it. I thought it would be forever before I would hear you call me mama until one day you said it and melted my heart! Then I blinked and you were crawling...everywhere...and getting into everything. It's been a whirlwind from there as you learned to talk and then took your very first steps. What an exciting life this has been with you in it! Over the past year you have learned to smile, laugh, roll, sit up, crawl, eat, drink, talk, walk, give hugs and kisses, and best of all, how to love. You are definitely a one-of-a-kind girl. You are so very special to us and I can't wait to get to know you more as your little sassy personality develops. I still refuse to call you a will always be my baby girl. I love you so much! Happy 1 year!
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  1. I love that you do this! And she is going to love and treasure it so much when she's older.

  2. Hi! I found your blog on the Mommy Moments blog hop. I'm a new follower of yours on bloglovin. Your daughter is adorable, and Happy 1st Birthday to her! I look forward to reading more and following your blog!!!


  3. Wow, I. Can't believe it's been a year!! She is so adorable. Happy birthday to your baby!!!

  4. Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl! The time really does fly, doesn't it? She is adorable and I especially love the picture of her sledding. I hope for your sake that her sleeping improves. My daughter started sleeping through the night at 6.5 weeks, but then regressed when she turned a year old, so I think that one you have kids, you can just never count on sleeping again!

    Enjoy Christmas with her. The time really does go by too quickly!

  5. So sweet!! Happy birthday Kaleigh! :)

    My daughter is the same way with sleep. I cut down her naps, which makes her sleep better. But also makes her more cranky, especially in the evenings when she wants another nap. It's a trade off, but I prefer the better sleep at night.


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