Analiese: 12 Months

Dear Analiese,

Twelve months is quite a milestone, dear. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since we brought you home all bundled up, swallowed by the giant infant car seat. You were so tiny! And now you’re…well, still tiny…but also so grown up! At your 12 month appointment, you weighed 16 pounds, 12 ounces and were 28 inches long.

Preparing for your party helped me to cope with the fact that my little baby is growing up. I think this is a process moms (and dads) go through constantly. Of course, we want you to develop and grow into the person God created you to be. But as we’re rejoicing in your growth, we’re mourning the loss of your baby phase. It went by so fast! I’ve heard it said that the days go by slowly, but the years so quickly. It’s so true! I read through the past 11 monthly updates just to be sure. You’ve had a full first year, my darling. So many things to be thankful for.

This month was full of kisses. You started to offer kisses without being prompted. It was so sweet to watch you lean over your toy basket one evening to give your baby doll a kiss on the cheek.

We did some traveling this month and you continue to be quite pleasant in the car. I hope you never grow out of that! On our way home from Ohio we listened to some music when you were awake. With every new song, you’d start clapping!

Something you have grown out of…being carefree and content while shopping. You get that from your dad. I’ve learned to bring toys, non-toys and snacks to pacify you while we’re in and out of stores.

You seem to be a little bored with your toys lately and have taken more interest in non-toys like tupperware, keys, and pretty much anything else that isn’t a toy. Hopefully, the fun new toys you got for your birthday will hold your attention for a while.

You’ve taken a few chances at balancing on your own by letting go of whatever you’re holding on to. No steps just yet, but you’re willing to “walk” as long as you’re holding on to a push toy or someone’s hand. I think you’re ready to try, but for now, crawling gets you where you want to go faster.

You’re mimicking sounds and movements–pointing, swaying from side to side, clapping, clicking your tongue and blowing raspberries are your favorite.

We’ve expanded your diet to include almost everything we eat. You love food–especially clementines, bread and cheese! Perhaps a growth spurt is the reason for your recent increased interest in food.

I started weaning you this month, which is something I had always planned to do around this time. The two feedings in the middle of the day were easily substituted with whole cows milk and lunch. But I just love our time in the mornings and evenings, so those are hanging around a little longer than anticipated.  I don’t think either of us mind!

We’re excited to see what the next year holds!

Love, Mama and Daddy

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  1. I can’t believe she is one. Didn’t I just visit you all in the hospital a few weeks ago? Faster year ever.

    I’m constantly telling the boys, “Stop growing” but they just won’t listen. A likes to taunt me, “Mommy, I gwoing!”

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