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Last Baby Blog

This is my last baby blog, and I thought I would list all the unexpected little surprises that I encountered in the first year of raising a baby. I will continue to add more of these as comments as I think of them.

I have also started a Toddler Blog to continue tracking baby's milestones and my ramblings about her. So you can read more about her there.

You can often distract a crying baby with a toy or talking to them to get them to stop crying. I always thought there wasn't much you can do about a crying baby other than feed them or rock them.

I didn't know they hated getting their diaper changed. The newborn and 1yo age seem to be especially so. I didn't realize that they wriggle so much during the change. I heard that newborns hate it because they get cold. But maybe the 1 yo hates it because they don't want to lie there.

They are fascinated by seeing themselves and their loved ones in the mirror. This trick can be a great distraction from crying, too.

Happy 1st Birthday, Baby!

Her birthday party was a blast. She had one of the best days of her life so far. Her friends were there, and they played all afternoon. It was definitely a memorable day.

She didn't like her personal cake very well, but she did manage to get icing all over herself and Mommy.  So that was good enough :-)

She didn't nap all day but somehow found energy to play until bedtime. After her friends went home, I thought she'd turn in, but she continued to play with family (especially her uncle who flew in from out of town) and all her new toys!

Now that she is officially a toddler, I'm starting a Tod Blog. My friend said that when they turn 1 year old, it feels different. And it really does. Somehow, when I look at her now, I don't see a baby anymore. I see a tiny kid, a toddler.

Last Day of Babyhood

We spent the past two days putting up decorations and getting ready for her birthday party. I think her favorite part was going to the Party Store and looking at all the balloons, then riding home with a car full of balloons, and then playing with all the balloons at home. She shrieked with excitement as she batted at the balloons. Luckily, we got it on video :-) Her least favorite thing was sitting by herself while we put up the decorations.

But she loves all the decorations up. She enjoys looking up at all the balloons and at the butterfly pinata and all the butterflies dangling from the ceiling. It should be a fun party. We've got the ball pit all set up and everything. The cake is a gigantic butterfly to go with the theme of her party. I know it's not spring or summer, but it's been butterflies for her since before she was born.

As far as anything new today, I tried to teach her to come down the steps again. I haven't done it in a few months because she wasn't really catching on. But today she seemed to pick it up better than before.

I still can hardly believe that a whole year has gone by already. Babyhood just flies by. I knew it would. They are babies a lot shorter time than they are kids. It's been a lot of hard work, but with so much reward. Watching her grow and learn so quickly, more quickly than she ever will again, has been such a miraculous experience. She seemed to hit new milestones every week. Suddenly she could smile, then coo, then sit up, then crawl, understand words, start talking, and soon she'll be walking.

I know I will miss cradling her as a little infant. I cherish these last few months of doing that as she nurses. She's getting bigger and bigger, so I know it will soon be time. I wish I could do this year over and over. But I know I have many more years of exciting and wonderful memories to cherish.

Goodbye my baby, hello my toddler...


Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes

The end of babyhood is closing in on me. I'm a little sad, but the idea of Baby having more independence is a bit comforting. I've debated about whether or not to continue this Baby Blog after Baby turns one or if I should start a new one. Not sure yet.

Today's new tricks were identifying more body parts and putting things back into my purse (after taking them all out). I heard that by 12 months, most babies can identify two of their body parts when you ask where it is. And by 18 months, they usually can point out six. We know she already knows her foot and her nose. Today, we discovered that she knows her hair, teeth, mouth, and maybe even eyes.

putting on lipstickShe's getting good at imitating, too. She took my brush out of my purse and brushed her hair. She even took my lipstick out and rubbed it on her mouth (with the cap closed). And of course, she always tries to put my sunglasses on, even though she hates wearing hers.

After she took everything out of my purse and played with it, she surprised me by starting to put them all back in. She tried to put other things in my purse that were obviously (at least to me) too big. She didn't get everything back into my purse, but it was a good effort, until she got distracted by something else.

Back at home, getting a diaper change, Daddy asked "Where's the butterfly?", and she pointed to the butterfly wall applique over her changing table. I guess she was paying attention whenever I pointed that out to her while changing.

She did her little sing-song thing again today. I yawned, and that started the singing. She hummed a note "aaaaah" to imitate my yawn. Then Daddy chimed in, and she continued to sing with him for a while. I've got to get it on video, it's so pretty.

Book attention span is improving still. Not only did she sit through the whole "Goodnight Moon" tonight, she had me read it a second time, and sat through that as well. How did I know she wanted me to read it again? After I closed the book, she took it from me, acted like she was going to read it herself, and then handed it to me. I wondered if she'd have me read it a third time, but she was done.

I bought her a couple of books from the Scholastic Books order form this month. Hubby says I'm living vicariously her because I always wanted books from that growing up and never got to get them. I got "How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Dogs?" because she loves dogs, and I figured I could ask her as we go through the book, "where's the doggie?" I also bought "Big Red Barn" because she loves me making animal sounds, and this would be a perfect excuse to do so.

Sleep patterns haven't changed much. She fights bedtime about half the time. I guess it depends on the activities of the day. Speaking of which, I think I'll call it a night, too.

Pumpkin Patch

Yesterday, Baby enjoyed humming along with me for a while as I hummed some long soft notes. It was like a little duet. I wish I recorded it!

I took her to a pumpkin patch. She enjoyed that very much. She climbed all over the pumpkins. They had farm animals there, too. She enjoyed seeing the cow, donkey, calf, chickens, goats, and sheep dogs. Petting the donkey was a special treat for her!

She's getting more adept at putting things into containers. She put balls in a tissue box and through the round holes in the ball pit. She also started putting the little food shapes into the garbage in her Laugh and Learn Kitchen.

She took a few more steps on her own today!


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