Last Saturday (the 17th), we celebrated Madelyn’s 1 year birthday with family, friends and lots of food. Instead of trying to manuver Madelyn to sit still and smile with the 12 month sticker, we decided to have one year pictures taken with an old friend of mine from high school who has started her own photography business. We were really happy with how they turned out and I’m looking forward to having her take our family pictures in the future. It’s nice to take professional pictures with someone you know on a personal level and are really comfortable with.
So, we have a one year old. Every stage that we’ve gone through with her has had its likes and dislikes, but regardless of what stage we’re in, it’s been amazing and so much fun watching her grow and discover the world around her.
Sleep. We’re back to waking up a little later on the weekends (between 6-7am) and naps are becoming more consistent and routine so we plan our days around that-I have become that mom. However, if we have something planned, like a playdate at the pool, and it’s during her naptime, I’ll wake her up, put her in the car and away we go.
Eat. Within the month we have gone from whole milk to organic soy milk. At her 1 year appointment her doctor recommended that we try no dairy for a month because she’s always had congestion in her nose. We are hoping it’s no dairy so that we can avoid tubes, surgery or whatever else. On Friday, I gave her her last bottle feeding. We were in the process of weaning her off, but the doctor said to just cut it out all together for fluid in the ear reasons. Monday night she cried for about 30 minutes on and off (torture for everyone involved) so I was nervous about daycare on Tuesday, but they said she went down for a nap with no problems. Last night, we did bath, jammys and bedtime routine and she went down with no problems. She’s eating all table foods and so far we haven’t had any problems with her not liking something. We’ve been avoiding peanut butter up until this point, but I think we might try it out this weekend. I’m a little nervous
Play. We are still walking with assistance over here. She has gone from holding both of our hands, to walking with just holding one hand. She got a few push toys for her birthday, so hopefully that will help her gain some confidence to go it alone. She will notice that she’s standing on her own, get nervous and sit down. I’m happy to say that she is starting to imitate sounds that I make. I was starting to get nervous that all she was going to do was scream 🙂 She can now clearly say and identify, “Daddy”, “Duck”, “Hi”, and “Uh-Oh.” When she imititates me saying “Uh-Oh”, she adds an extra “oh” at the end and she ends up saying “Uh-oh oh” kind of like she’s trying to sing Beyonce’s “Single ladies” 🙂 Very cute. Today, she threw her first little tantrum in the car. She was drinking water from her sippy cup and she let out a huge scream and threw it to the other side of the backseat and continued to arch her back and let out a few more screams. Instead of turning around to see what was going on, I just kept driving and paid her zero attention. I’m hoping she realizes that this sort of behavior will get her nowhere.
Now that we’ve reached the one year mark, I think the monthly Madelyn updates will come to an end and I’ll post toddler things as they come up. I can’t get over how quickly time has gone and like I said with my pregnancy updates, I’m glad I have these posts to reference back to one day.
I’ll be back later to talk about the details on her birthday party including some DIY projects.