Monday, March 31, 2014

Month 6 Day 31

This weekend we drove up to Kansas to see John's brother and his family, including their new baby Colbie. Willa was her sweet self and loved giving hugs and kisses to her new baby cousin. That's my sweet girl.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Month 6 Day 30

Such a happy face. Until she decides she wants you to pick her up. And then put her down. And then pick her up. And then put her down. A never ending cycle.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Nugget Month 12

Dear Willa,

When we were dealing with late night feedings, learning how to latch, counting how many pee and poop diapers every day, and tracking how long you nursed, today felt like a long way off. And yet here we are. No longer a baby but a toddler with opinions and places to go.

Last week I had a horrible day. But that night you took your first steps unassisted, and like that it became the happiest day of the month. I've been expecting you to start walking for a while now. You had the ability but lacked the confidence. Well, you finally found it, and I couldn't be prouder. My favorite part of you walking is how you giggle while you walk. You are clearly having fun, and that brings a smile to my face.

As your confidence in your walking continues to grow, we get closer to the transition from the infant room at daycare to the toddler room. 

Last Saturday we had your first birthday party at our house. The guest list was kept small to just grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. But there was no lack of love for you in the room. You loved showing off your new walking ability and had so much fun watching the older girls play. When we present you with your cake, you only just played with it at first sticking your fingers into the icing. It was only after I put a small piece in your mouth that you figured out you were supposed to eat the cake, and then you went at it. Eventually you had enough and just started throwing it on the floor, which made Cooper's day.

One of our favorite things to do right now is to crawl into our room and shut the door on us so you can make faces at yourself in our full-length mirror. You've also become fascinated with Cooper's tail. Luckily, he doesn't mind it too much though he's pretty quick to move once you grab hold.

12 months is a time of big transition. You've already transitioned from baby food to table food and given up the paci. Next up is formula and bottles. Once we finish our current stock, we'll transition to cow's milk in sippy cups. Luckily, we already introduced you to the sippy cup a few months ago so I'm not worried about you having any trouble with it. Of course, I probably just jinxed myself.

Happy birthday, baby girl! May you have many, many more.


Month 6 Day 27

I bought some flowers for Willa's birthday party. Last night I was passing the table when I noticed how beautifully this rose had opened up. So I immediately turned around to grab my camera to get a shot of it.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Nugget's Year in Numbers (Month 6 Day 26)

A year ago today she wasn't here (at least not outside my huge belly). A year ago tomorrow she was. 

Sometimes I reflect on the last 12 months and wonder how can the year go so fast. And the next moment I'm skeptical that it's only been 12. How can it possibly not have been longer given how much change has happened in those months?

A year ago I was admitted to the hospital for her arrival. And now she's walking. It's possible and impossible at the same time.

Where did the year go? This is where it went.

3,541 diaper changes
7 months breast feeding
4,760 ounces of formula
8 teeth
30 inches
23 pounds
2 sorta words
Countless sounds and babbles
3 doctor visits, not counting wellness checkups
2 sonograms checking breech-y hips
1 case of mastitis (her, not me)
1 stomach virus
1 case of croup
3 cases of diarrhea
0 ear infections (how did that happen?)
1 funeral
3 out-of-state trips (Kansas City, Denver, Boston)
4 airplane rides (Denver, Boston) 
99 loads of baby laundry
4 days away from her
1 favorite book (Where's Baby's Belly Button?)
2 favorite games (patty cake and peek a boo)
2,032 pictures and videos taken
185 baths
10 days of walking short distances unassisted
1 cesarean section scar
1000s of smiles, giggles and hugs
1 beautiful girl

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Month 6 Day 25

Oh the traditional smash cake. At first, Willa was just having fun playing in the icing and digging her hands into her cake. We had to put a bit in her mouth so she would realize she was supposed to eat it. And then destruction happened. Good job, baby girl.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Month 6 Day 24

Willa's cousins came over for her birthday party. We decided to try to get a picture of all of them together. It was impossible to get one picture with all of them looking in the same direction while sitting still. I actually love this one with them looking in different directions because they had about 10 adults calling their names from different sides. No wonder we couldn't get them to all look in one direction.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Month 6 Day 23

Even though her birthday is not for a few more days, we had Willa's birthday party yesterday. I had so much fun planning it and getting all craftsy. I chose a ladybug theme because I thought it would be so fun. (I was right. It was fun.) I love this dress I found on Etsy for Willa to wear to her party. She looked adorable.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Month 6 Day 22

This picture is from a couple weeks ago. I had to post it today because today is my dad's birthday. A girl couldn't ask for a better dad. He's taught me so many lessons about life, love, and how if you want something, you have to work for it. He taught me how to change a tire and change the oil in my car. He taught me how to waltz. Happy birthday, Daddy!