A mere 365 days after her arrival (and 367 after her due date 🙂 ) — and here we are. It doesn’t seem like a very long period of time when I think about it, but a lot has certainly happened in the past 12 months.
Most importantly, Genevieve has gone from a soft and tiny lump of sweetness to . . . well, this!
Happy birthday, G!!!! You are an incredibly sweet, gorgeous, addictive, charismatic, and (I’m probably biased here, but . . . ) brilliant baby. You bring smiles to all of our faces. You are the delicious strawberry icing on our family cake – the best bonus I can possibly think of. You make our family feel complete. I am so glad you are here with us, Genevieve.
We celebrated over the weekend with a party (held at Josh’s parents!), attended by family and friends. It was a lovely and meaningful event as it may be our last held here, and nearly all of our favorite locals were in attendance.
Poor C was not in the only family picture below – but here is proof that he was there (and looking very cute!)
80% of our family!!!
pink frothy deliciousness
Sleeping: Mostly all night! She goes to bed at 7 most nights and is up between 5 and 6. Sometimes she makes some noise in the middle of the night, but it doesn’t last long and she goes back to sleep without intervention. She’ll usually play in her crib until 6. We did do some mild sleep training for a few nights (honestly mostly just being too tired to get up and letting her go a little longer and self-soothe, and I guess it paid off).
Eating: Everything, though I’d say she’s the least voracious infant of the 3 so far and a little bit pickier. We have started some cow’s milk in the past 2 weeks and she tolerates it at times but isn’t a huge fan (the other 2 dove right in).
Favorites: cheese, plain yogurt, berries, raisin bread
Size: No official stats yet! But I think she has maintained her >75% status. She was 21 lb at 9 months. I’m going to guess 23-24 lbs – we’ll find out for sure at her PCP visit next week. She is in 12-18 month clothing and size 4 shoes. Size 4 diapers (I always find size 4 diapers are worn for an entire year for my kids!).
Motor: She crawls like a champion and pulls to stand and cruises. She’ll balance occasionally for a second or two but has not shown much interest in walking (even when you hold her hands). I’m in NO HURRY!!!
“Na Na Na” (I think this is her version of No)
Doggie (also: Dog)
This (her first word)
Allda (occasionally used for “All Done”) or “Da” (Done)
Cheese (I think)
Toys/play: Her favorites include the play kitchen (she’ll stand next to that thing for quite a while!), trying to draw with crayons or colored pencils (seriously – she stands up at A&C’s table, holds one in her hand — usually right — and tries to draw, emulating them. It’s the cutest thing).
I owe you all 3 more planner reviews, but I think I’ll take the rest of this week to write more about life 1 year into being a family of 5. A post-baby series, if you will. Future installments:
– Me (and Josh), one year out
– Day in the Life
– The 3rd Kid — what is different?
For the record:
– C’s 1 year post (sadly done 3 days late – it sounds as if it were a rough week!)