Saturday, May 2, 2015

Eleven Months: A Letter

April 28, 2015

Dear Molly,

I cannot believe you are eleven months old!  It is just crazy to me!  I remember this time last year…we had only been in our new house for a few weeks and we were anxiously awaiting your arrival.  We were having baby showers and painting your room and getting everything ready for you!  This year has just flown by!  You are here and you are almost 1!!!

You are so much fun!  You started to wrinkle your nose when you grin and it's so cute!  You are silly and sneaky:)  You cry when things are taken away from you (like when I take my pen from you at the grocery store because I need to mark something off my list!), you love to play in Jovie's water bowl, you love to slide your hands across your tray and knock food on the floor (and when I give you a little slap on the hand and tell you "no", you slap the tray as if to tell me "no"), and you crawl faster when you know you're going somewhere you shouldn't be.  But, you always smile and reach for us when you see us, you give great kisses, you pat our backs when we are patting yours, you love to be rocked to sleep, you always want to see us in the house so you follow us wherever we go, and you will let us hold you for a long time without wanting to get down!  Like I said before, you are so much fun!

Your big events this month were Easter, staying the night with Mimi and Poppy, two big family events (with each of Mama's side of the family), your 4th double ear-infection, and going to several of Daddy's baseball games.  You were a little doll at Easter, it was fun having you and a lot of your second-cousins together and you have loved watching Daddy at his games:)  With this ear-infection, we had a harder time deciding to take you to the doctor.  You had a lot of the signs, but they are also the same signs as the common cold.  We didn't take you until you had a high fever.  In a few days we are taking you to an ENT to talk about our options.  I think one of the big events of your 12th month will be tubes?!

When we went to the doctor for your ear infection, you weighed 19 lbs 6 oz.  You are no longer eating baby food!  You love anything and everything that's put in front of you, even eating more than your brother sometimes!  One big surprise is that you love coleslaw!  I couldn't believe when you took it off my plate at Raising Cane's, but you loved it!  We are going to start transitioning to cow's milk this week, but we are still having a hard time with a cup.  I've tried cups with straws, but you only chew on the straw.  There are a few sippy cups you like, but you still won't tip them by yourself.  Only if we help you lay back will you drink out of them.  Hopefully we'll get there soon!

You are still sleeping great and taking 2 naps during the day.  You are still in 12 month clothes and size 3 diapers and you still have 3 teeth.  Your hair is growing a little in the back, but still not long enough for any kind of pony tail.  You absolutely love being outside and laughing at your brother.  The older you get, the more he interacts with you.  It's so fun to watch you together.  He absolutely loves to make you laugh!  I think he gets you to laugh the hardest!  You love to climb over us when we are on the floor.  You love crawling across the couch and up into Lucas' chair.  Don't worry, you're getting one for your birthday!  You have started saying "mamamama" recently and you consistently say "daddy".  Sometimes when you see him and sometimes when you are looking at the table:) 

Each month you get more fun!  You interact more, laugh more, grow more, learn more and, I don't know how, but we love you more and more!  You are special and such a gift.  We are thankful for you and your life and we are thrilled to be a part of it:)

We love you!

Mama and Daddy

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