My oh my! I can hardly believe you are 12 months old! It seems like just yesterday your daddy and I were overjoyed at our first sight of you in our arms. You truly have fit right in to our family with such ease. Your daddy and I tell everyone that we think going from one to two children is so much easier than zero to one. Part of that is because we just know what to expect and our world is already geared around children, but the other part is because of you and your personality. Your daddy and I joke all the time that if we knew every baby would be as easy as you, we would have several more very quickly. You are so laid back and easy going. You rarely cry unless you are hungry or sleepy. You are so content and calm-- especially if you are in our arms. Molly you are one happy baby. You smile often and your smile lights up a room. You like to scrunch your nose up with your big toothy grin. Speaking of teeth, you have 8 of them-- 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom.
I am not sure of your measurements exactly. I know you are roughly 24-25 pounds because we had to take you to the doctor recently due to an ear infection. I'm not sure about your length, but you are very tall for your age! You are wearing mostly 18 month clothes and even some 24 month things. You wear a size 4 diaper and are wearing size 3 or 4 in shoes. You have one pair that is a 3 and one that is a 4 so I'm not sure which is the "correct" size.
With the exception of a few random nights due to illness, you are sleeping great. You usually go to sleep around 8 or 8:30 and sleep until 7 or 7:30. Usually when you start waking up in the middle of the night, your daddy and I know that you are getting an ear infection. You have literally had 6 ear infections since October, and we are pretty sure you have another one as I write this. You will more than likely be getting tubes soon.
You absolutely love being outside and being in your stroller. It doesn't matter where we are you will ride in your stroller for hours. Your big sister wasn't quite like that. She always wanted to get out of the stroller and be on the go, but you are quite content to just ride.
You are a great eater and have quite the appetite! Your daddy and I joke that you eat almost as much as we do! You love all of your veggies (green beans, peas, carrots, broccoli, potatoes), most fruits (bananas, apples, strawberries inconsistently, grapes), but most of all you love your meats (chicken, turkey, beef, steak). We have to cut it up in to small pieces but you devour it. You also love oatmeal and greek yogurt and eat one of the two for breakfast every morning. Cheerios and graham crackers have become your favorite snack and you also like to eat applesauce or the little pureed pouches for snacks. You can now drink from a cup with a straw and you think you are so big when do. You grin every single time you take a sip. You mostly drink water, but we have given you a little juice at times. You are still drinking about 3-4 bottles (6 ounces) each day. We did switch you over to whole milk and you had no problem at all. We hope to decrease the bottles in the next couple of weeks but for now we aren't going to worry about it because you are still in a class at school with babies who are much younger than you that take bottles, and we think it would be too hard for you to go without a bottle at school. We plan to work on that when school is out in May.
We have recently discovered your love for stuffed animals. Specifically you have a soft giraffe that if we hold it up to you, you grab it and immediately squeeze it and rub your head on it. You love to cuddle it as we rock you to sleep and you rub on its fur. It's pretty cute.
You have absolutely no desire to walk at this point. You will pull up on furniture and cruise around it, but that's it. If we even try to stand you up by yourself, you make your legs turn to jello and you collapse on the floor. You will walk as long as one of us is holding both of your hands. If we try to take one hand away, you will turn and look and reach for the other hand before taking a step. Part of me truly doesn't mind a bit because you still seem like a baby crawling around and walking is just one more step of you becoming less like a baby and more like a toddler.
You don't have too many words at this point. You say "da" for daddy all the time and you recently started saying "uh oh" when you drop something. You have said "ma" a few times but it's really inconsistent. We laugh all the time because we often say "Molly say mmmmma" and you say "da" and then laugh. You also love to clap which is absolutely adorable and you have started doing a little backwards wave with your fingers.
You have such a bashful personality. You don't want to try anything new without me or daddy being there with you and you look at us to make sure that its ok. For example, Nana was trying to get you to reach into a bag to pull out a snack for you. You would put your hand to the bag then look at me and pull your hand back really fast and put your face in to my chest as if you were too embarrassed to get it yourself. You also have such a tender spirit. The other day you kept dropping your sippy cup off the table on purpose (its your new game that you love to play :)) so that we would pick it up. Your daddy said "Molly no no" in a sort of firm tone and you lost it. You let out the biggest cry and then couldn't recover until we picked you up and bounced you and told you that you weren't in trouble.
Molly you truly are such a gift to our family. I can't even imagine what life would be like without you and I am so thankful every day and every minute that God sent you to us. You truly make my heart swell with joy and pride, and I feel so honored to be your mother.
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