August 22, 2013

lily :: 11 months

Nicknames: Lil, Pumpkin, Peanut, Lala

This summer has been bittersweet. You're getting so big. You're getting more sassy. You're becoming a toddler. You're almost a year old.

I have been soaking up all the snuggles I can get when you want them, because you've been more and more pushing away, wanting to be on the floor playing, cruising around the apartment, exploring everything. I know I "shouldn't", but I still love rocking you and singing you to sleep. Let's face it, we don't get as much time together anymore. I need those quiet moments to close out the day. They give me peace.

You are not walking independently yet, but we keep saying "any day now". You are growing more and more sturdy, and will even walk holding just one of our hands, or one finger. But you won't let go yet. I'm so ok with that. Whenever you're ready, you'll let go, and then there'll be no stopping you!

When you're mad, you scrunch your mouth and nose up into this quasi-duck face and nasally say "noo noo noo". It reminds me of the Snorks. I know that reference will be totally lost on you.

You're eating more solids and less formula. We'll switch to milk soon, but in the past week along you've really started rejecting anything pureed or on a spoon. You just want to feed yourself.You've been eating a lot of blueberries, peas, turkey lunchmeat, Cheerios, pancakes, corn and mixed veggies, salmon, ground turkey, pasta sauce, sausage, bananas, banana bread, yogurt, carrots, strawberries, and black beans. You are not a fan of broccoli, green beans, or hot dogs. You will gladly take a bite of our ice cream or popsicles, but those a treat.

Your 10th month was crazy - we traveled almost every weekend. It exhausted all of us. We're finally getting you back on a sleep schedule and we're all better off because of it. We also pushed your bedtime an hour earlier and you seem much more eager to go to sleep. I feel terrible that you were probably overtired the past couple months, which made bedtime so hard. We're constantly learning and adjusting.

You are a crazy little firecracker. Your tongue hangs out of your mouth while you explore and play and laugh. You still love to blow raspberries. You shriek and giggle and love playing peekaboo. You laugh while you practice walking. You're so excited to get wherever you're going.

Seriously, though. The tongue is always sticking out.

You can clap now. Cutest. Thing. Ever. I love the sound of your little hands patting together. Another adorable thing? You blow kisses.

You and your Da watched Sleeping Beauty this week, and apparently your favorite character was Maleficent. You clapped when she turned into a demonic dragon. Yikes?

You attended your first convention! We went to Boston Comicon and you wore your Wonder Woman onesie and charmed the socks off everyone we passed by. Your Da was so proud to show you off and share a slice of the crazy world of being a geek family.

You went to your first wedding! Uncle Jim and Auntie Jen got married, and it was a beautiful day on the harbor. Everyone wanted to hold you and love you and take pictures of you. It was rough trying to get you to sleep, and Mimi and Papa came and rescued you so Da and I could dance and socialize.

You make a lot of different babbling noises. I wish I could understand what you're saying. I have a feeling you'll be a chatty one. I mean, you pretty much already are.

First official word: "dada". You know your Dada and you know how to get his attention now. I think you may have said "mama" this week, but it might have been random coincidence. You also sort of say "ah duh" for "all done".

Other shenanigans you like to play...trying to stand in the bathtub...throwing anything hard and plastic on the wood floor with purpose...banging on the balcony door and yelling at the squirrels...riding on me or your Da's shoulders and you lean over to peek at us..."sorting" anything that you can put in or pull out of a bag...giggling whenever we leave the apartment to go're a silly monster.

and finally....

DANCING! You love to bounce and dance to music. I can't even stand it.

Baby Girl, I hope you know how much we love you. This year has been amazing, and we can't wait to celebrate your first birthday in a couple short weeks!

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