Baby Kate: One Year!

I can’t believe our little girl is ONE! Man, this year has flown by yet also crept by slowly at the same time. I think that’s because I’m honestly slowing down a LOT and taking time to enjoy the sweet, simple moments more.  It’s so hard for Brian and I to imagine our lives without Kate in it now.  We truly couldn’t have asked for a better guinea pig baby, and I can honestly say she and Brian are my two favorite people to hang with.  She is a perfect mixture of me and Brian, in both personality and looks…and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

 

Weight & Height: Our little peanut clocked in at 17 lbs. 14 oz. at her one year appointment (21st percentile).  She dropped in percentile for weight, but the doctor didn’t seem concerned about it.  She is 29″tall (45%) and her head measures 45 cm (53%).

Eating:  She is getting SO much better with food!  This makes me very, very happy.  She loves deli meat (ham and turkey), cheese, yogurt, bananas (she’ll squeal if she sees one), and we are still giving her a jar of fruit and veggies (usually sweet potatoes) a day.  She’s taking 4 bottles a day, about 5-6 oz. each.  The doctor said that’s right on track with what she should be getting: between 20-24 oz. of milk a day.  As of her first birthday, we were completely weaned and she’s loving cow’s milk!

Sleeping (naps):  Still the same for now; 2 naps during the day, ranging from 1-2 hours each.  Sometimes one of her naps is shorter (like 30-45 minutes), so we’ll see how long she keeps two.

Sleeping (at night):  Going to bed a little later these days, between 8-9 p.m.  Which is just fine by me!  That means I get a solid 3-4 hours with my buddy every night.  I do feel guilty because I’ve been waking her up in the mornings, which I HATE.  But I think her naps during the day help.  And she’s happy, so that’s what matters!

Clothing:  Mostly 12 month size and some 12-18 month things.

New this month:  She’s starting to hit us a few times, so we’ve had to tell her “NO” very sternly.  Of course we get the lower lip pout and cry, which breaks my heart.  But we can’t have a hitter!  She’s also started to say “dog.”  Still no “mama,” but I’ll continue to wait patiently.  She’s been standing on her own like a CHAMP, so I know those steps aren’t too far away.

Nicknames:  Kate Kate, Peanut, Peanut Pumpkin, Sweet Girl, and Pooh Butt

Kate likes:

-Her dog.  Or any dog, for that matter!  She’s started to say “dog” (kiiiind of), and she squeals whenever we come home for the day and see him.

-Elmo!  And music.  She loves to do the “sit dance” if you sing one of her favorite songs.

-Ice cream.  Smart girl.

Kate dislikes:  

-Having her face wiped.  I don’t see this changing ANYtime soon.  And with her eating more now….well, you just gotta suck it up, kid!

-When Montana licks her face.

She is such a joy in our lives.  Even though that spunky side is slowly showing itself (I knew it was only a matter of time!), life with her is just more fun.  Plain and simple.

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For the Last Time

I nursed Kate last night for the last time.  We’ve been in the weaning process for a few weeks now, and since we leave on our trip in a week, I knew it had to be sooner than later.

I sat on the couch with her and she tried to “get” my nose, as usual.  I just enjoyed our sweet time together and looking at my baby, who is turning slowly into a toddler.  Breastfeeding has been such a journey for us….many ups and many downs.  Aside from balancing work and being a mom, it was the hardest part of motherhood for me this past year.  But I am so thankful I’ve been able to nurse her for this long.  It really was such a bonding experience, and it feels good to know that I’ve helped nourish her for the past year.

Before she went to bed, I took her over to Brian to say good night.  I told him that was the last time I’d nurse her, and tears immediately welled up in my eyes.  I’ve been an emotional wreck of sorts lately, anyway, with leaving Kate for our trip next week.  Brian, always one to make me see the best when I’m feeling down, immediately lifted up his palm for a “high five.”  I gave him a high five and he told me congratulations on making it a year.  And just as tears fell down my cheek, I looked over at sweet Kate (with that adorable little smile that could melt the hardest of hearts), and she held up her palm to give me a “high five”, too.

We’ve done good, kid.

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Baby Kate: 11 Months

Weight & Height: Not sure, but anxious to find out at her one year appointment!

Eating:  Still pretty picky with table food.  It’s frustrating, but I plan to talk about it with the doctor at her appointment.  She is eating yogurt and baby food, though, so I’m thankful for that!  I’m planning to start weaning her soon, but for now she’s nursing in the morning and evening, and gets 3 bottles/day (or on the weekends we’ll nurse 3 times during the day).  I just started having to give her one bottle of formula a day in addition to what I’m pumping, because I’m just not pumping enough.  I felt sad about that at first, like it was a failure of some kind on my part.  Now I realize that’s silly….she’s getting fed, and that’s the most important thing!

Sleeping (naps):  Still the same for now; 2 naps during the day, ranging from 1-2 hours each.

Sleeping (at night):  Between 7 and 8 p.m.  She’s started waking up a couple of times at night, and usually she’ll cry for a couple of minutes and fall back asleep.  I think more teeth might be headed our way?

Clothing:  Mostly 12 month size, but still wearing some 9 month things.

New this month:  She started clapping, which might be the cutest thing ever.  We were visiting Brian’s family in New York, and his cousin’s baby (who’s a month older than Kate) kept clapping all weekend.  Everyone would laugh and cheer, and I think Kate quickly caught on that she could get attention this way. 😉  Not close to walking yet, but standing on her own a little bit (without holding onto something)!

Nicknames:  Kate Kate, Peanut, Peanut Pumpkin, Sweet Girl, and Pooh Butt

Kate likes:

-Elmo!  She LOVES listening to “Elmo’s song”, and just hearing his voice will get a huge smile from her.

-Songs…she especially loves the Leap Pad musical barn on our fridge (thanks, Kel!).  She’ll press the button and immediately look at me because I usually go into some sort of funky dance.

-Her dog!  She can’t get enough of him.

Kate dislikes:  

 

-Having her face wiped.  This is her least favorite part of meal time!

-When Montana licks her face.  Nothing upsets her more!

-When people don’t pay enough attention to her.  How dare they, right?

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