I’ve had a few days now for the reality that I have a toddler now to sink in. Regardless, I still am in slight denial that I am writing Emmalyne’s 12 month update. Wow. This last year has been the most amazing year of my entire life. I have learned so much about myself, and more importantly, about Emmalyne. I can’t believe I have known this sweet little person for a year but at the same time I feel as if I have known her forever. If you’re brand new to Emmalyne’s updates you can catch up via the following links:
HOW IS EMMALYNE MEASURING?
HEIGHT: 31 inches (95%)
WEIGHT: 22 lbs 9 ounces (50%)
CLOTHES: 12-18 months, 18 months, and some 18-24 months
DIAPERS: Size 3
SHOES: 4.5 wide
Emmalyne is taking after both Chris and I … long and lean. Her thighs are still chunky but she is pretty lanky too. I get comments a lot about “how tall” she is. I can tell because many of her 12-18 month pants are too short but too big in the waist. Sigh.
Every month Emmalyne’s personality becomes more and more pronounced. Overall she is SO incredibly happy. Emmie loves to laugh and totally gets jokes and humor. She is a little imp and arches her eye brows at me as she goes in to do something naughty. She doesn’t cry for no reason and as soon as the cause is determined and fixed she is all smiles. She is such a loving little girl and gives kisses, hugs, and rubs my back. One con is that she has fully figured out how to throw legitimate tantrums. She spreads her legs into a middle splits, throws her body forward, and cries into the carpet. Don’t try to soothe her … She will just throw whatever you’re giving her. It’s hilarious and annoying at the same time.
I wrote recently that we have started the weaning process. So far things are still going incredibly smoothly and it has honestly been a really easy experience for both of us. She is still nursing two times a day … in the morning and late afternoon. The other two times she is getting cow’s milk. I am unsure at this point when I will drop the morning feeding. I am not in a rush for that one and may just let her decide when enough is enough.
Meal times are Emmie’s favorite time of the day. She is all about her food and I try to mix it up daily for her. Right now she is eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner with about two snacks a day thrown into the mix. I let her try peanut butter yesterday and success! No allergies (yet). It amazes me how she will pretty much eat anything and everything. She loves fish and broccoli … such a heart healthy girl 😉 My biggest downfall is figuring out good snacks for her. Moms feel free to chime in on the comments!
One of my favorite parts of Emmalyne getting older is that she is playing with us more and more. Chris and I bought her a shape sorter box for her birthday and it is her favorite thing to do with us. She puts shapes in, takes them out, hands them to us, takes them back, and starts over. She will walk across the room carrying her box, sit in my lap, and start playing. My heart melts. She still loves playing with balls and bath time is the highlight of her evening. Half of her toys aren’t really toys but she is starting to interact with her actual toys more and more.
Sleep is an area I am thankful has never been a problem. Emmalyne goes down to sleep like a dream. She may cry for a second but then she stuffs her blanket into her mouth and goes right to sleep. She sleeps from 7PM – 7:30AM now with 2 naps a day. I am not sure when she will drop a nap but right now it is pretty clear that she needs and wants 2. I am not going to complain 😉
It’s official. Emmalyne is completely walking. It was an overnight transformation and as soon as she figured out she was capable of walking her confidence soared and crawling became so last month. She barely crawls now and walks everywhere. When she falls she stands right back up and keeps going. She is almost running now. Save me.
I thank God every single day for the privilege of being Emmalyne Grace’s mother. She is the most incredible, loving, kind, and funny child. I am so lucky that I get to spend each and every day hanging out with her because she’s awesome.
I love you baby girl. You are my sunshine.