What a fun and fast month this has been. I can’t believe that in just a few short weeks we will be celebrating Brynlee’s first birthday! I was looking at pictures of her as a newborn the other day and it’s hard to believe how small she was. I remember her sleeping on my chest and not even taking up the whole space, now her head comes all the way to my neck while her legs hang over my sides. I am still in awe at how much I love this little lady. It is impossible to even put it into words, but I am so thankful she is mine.
She is getting more and more personality each day and is becoming more independent as she tries to figure things out. She isn’t walking on her own yet, but she goes all over the place holding on to one thing or another. She has found something in almost every room that she can hold as she shuffles around the room. She’s also started dancing anytime she hears music and it is the cutest thing ever!!! Sometimes I will dance around the room while holding her and she thinks it is the greatest thing in the world and will laugh and squeal in delight. It is so fun watching her learn new things and get so excited when she does them. She recently learned how to clap and will do that while she is dancing or anytime we do. She is always so proud of herself when she learns something we’ve been trying to teach her and the smile on her face when she does it makes my heart melt.
Weight: I am going to guess that she is around 21 maybe 22 pounds. I will find out for sure at her Well Check next month.
Health: Her health has been great since leaving day care. She hasn’t even had a runny nose. It has been wonderful. She is so much happier when she isn’t sick and Landon and I benefit too because she isn’t passing anything to us anymore. All in all (knock on wood) we have been a fairly healthy household this past month.
Sleep: We have been having sleep issues all month long. Not only does she fight sleep with everything she’s got, but she also wakes up at least once, if not more, almost every night. It has been a hard adjustment for me since I had gotten so used to sleeping all night. Some nights I feel like I have a newborn again. I’m really hoping that she will grow out of this soon.
Social: She has gotten a little better since last month with being more social again. When I first started staying home she turned into a complete mama’s girl, but now, as soon as she becomes comfortable with her environment she wants to explore and meet everyone there again. This is a relief for me because I was starting to worry that she was getting to dependent on me since I was with her pretty much all of the time.
Diet: She is completely off purees and on solid food and formula. Her favorites are eggs (which she used to hate, but now loves), cucumbers, green beans and butternut squash. I found butternut squash ravioli at Sprouts and she absolutely loves it!! She will gobble it up any time I make it for her. One other thing we’ve been working on it teaching her to use sippy cups. Our pediatrician told us to start giving them to her here and there so she can start transitioning from the bottle. I will be glad when we don’t have to wash a million bottles anymore, but I’ll be sad when she moves on from them too. My little baby is growing up so fast, I really wish time would slow down a little.
Clothes: I just recently washed all of her 12 month clothes, so she is wearing those, as well as, her 9 month clothes and some 6-9 month clothes.
Crying: She has been having some very dramatic crying sessions lately. Basically anytime she doesn’t get what she wants she will go from being perfectly fine to a full blown wail in .5 seconds. She’s also started a very high pitch scream at the top of her lungs scream that isn’t fun for anyone around. Hopefully she will get passed this soon, but we are just trying to not give in to her when she is having her “demand” temper tantrum. We’ve gotten pretty good at deciphering between when it’s a real cry or a fake cry.
Likes: This girl loves to dance!!! Anytime music starts playing, doesn’t matter what it is, she starts dancing. It is so cute!! Of course she still loves Lola and is always trying to pet her. She also loves bubbles, balls and getting into our kitchen cabinets.
Milestones: We’ve been trying to teach her things like clapping and high fiving and she picks them up really quickly. The downside is that she picks up bad habits too. Like I said above, she is constantly trying to get into our kitchen cabinets and if she see us doing something she will copy us so we have to be really careful of what we do in front of her. Once she learns it she just wants to do it again and again… She still isn’t walking by herself, but she moves so quickly when she is holding on to something that I am thinking someday soon she will just surprise us by letting go and continuing on by herself.
Well, I’m off now to work on some birthday party preparations for the way to soon to be one year old!!
P.S.- these photo shoots are get harder and harder. She never wants to sit still and always wants to play with the sign.