Gulp. My baby girl is 1 month away from being ONE. I don’t know where time has gone. I say that every month but seriously every second is fleeting. These last eleven months have gone by in a blink. I can’t believe I am sending out invites to Emmalyne’s First Birthday. I need a hug. If you’re new to Em’s journey, here’s where you can catch up:
HOW IS EMMALYNE MEASURING?
Your guess is as good as mine! We will get a full update at her 1-year well visit next month. She is still fitting in 6-12 month clothes but they are starting to get a tad snug. 6-12 month jeans are definitely too short though for her! She is still long and relatively lean … minus her chunky thighs 😉
Holy cow does this little girl have a BIG personality. She cracks me up every single day. She gets a mischievous glint in her eye when she knows she’s doing something she isn’t supposed to. Emmalyne cocks her head to the side, clasps her hands, and squeaks at you when she is trying to be cute. She loves to throw her head into my chest for a morning snuggle and kiss with her mouth wide open and drool hanging. At eleven months old her huge heart shows and her love for her family is unmistakable. She is the funniest, sweetest, and liveliest person I know.
STILL GOING. It’s crazy for me to think I am one month away from reaching my goal of breastfeeding for a year. She is currently nursing 3-4 times a day with a bottle of formula before bed. The formula is so Chris can give her a bottle and have that special time with her and I just don’t want to pump anymore. This month I plan on slowly introducing whole, organic cow’s milk into Emmalyne’s diet. Our weaning plans are still coming together but as soon as they do I will be sharing them here 🙂
BABY LED WEANING
Emmalyne’s attention to food is amazing to me. The girl seriously LOVES to eat. A couple funny stories involving food. The other day my mom, step-dad and I were out at breakfast. I shared my scrambled eggs with Emmalyne and cut up some banana for her to munch on. Both the eggs and banana were on the same plate. Well, baby girl decided she didn’t want the banana. SO she periodically picked every piece of banana off her plate, and put it on the table. While I am shamed that my daughter doesn’t like bananas (I LOVE them), I am impressed that she can sort?
I seriously LOVE playing with Em. Who would think playing with such a little person would be SO MUCH FUN? She loves to put things into containers and take them out. I want to get her some stacking cups for her birthday. Her favorite toy however is a stuffed soccer ball Chris bought from Ikea when I was pregnant. She gets SO excited when it comes out and loves to roll it or throw it to us. Emmalyne also loves anything that has to do with music and tends to shake her behind. Baby girl is SO busy and the entire world is her playground. She was pretty fascinated with the leaves she found during our photo shoot too 😉
Em’s vocabulary is slowly but surely increasing and I am learning pretty quickly what words she is associating with things. Her words include: mommy, daddy, Bailey, doggie, ball, bottle, penguin (seriously, pen-gin), hi, bye, and bottle. Some of the sounds are similar to each other and her articulation isn’t the greatest, but hey, she’s only 11 months! 😉 Either way, she is communicating with us which is tons of fun.
Our teeth count holds steady at four. She is gnawing on her fingers 24/7 though so maybe some more are around the corner. I feel like babies are constantly teething until they are 24.
Sleep is awesome around here. Em is still going to bed promptly at 7PM and wakes up around 7AM. We have been a little off since switching time zones twice but overall things are pretty consistent. She is taking two naps a day. A mid-morning snoozer and a mid-afternoon normally averaging about 1 1/2 hours each … sometimes a little less.
Oh Emmalyne … I love you more than words could ever do justice. You are the light of my world, my everything. Every single day you teach me something new and how to love a little more. I am so beyond blessed to be your mother. I can’t believe we are one short month away from celebrating your first year of life.
I love you baby girl, you are my sunshine.
**A HUGE Happy Anniversary to my sister Heather and her husband Mark on their 16th year of marriage. You guys have set an incredible example of what a great and lasting marriage is … one full of trust, love, and laughter. I love you both SO much 🙂