I thought I knew who you would be. Maybe the girl version of your brother, or at least a prissy, fussy, girly girl. But you showed me! You are your own person, the most unique little chubby person I’ve ever met!
Speaking of chubby, you weigh 24 pounds and some change. I’m guessing you’re maybe 28-28.5″ tall but I’m not sure because I haven’t taken you to the pediatrician yet and I haven’t improved my baby measuring skills whatsoever. You have chubby hands, chubby feet, 6 chins, and cheeks for days. You have a belly that hangs over your pants, and you’re pretty much limited to wearing leggings because nothing else fits. I never knew how much I love baby chub! You even have little wide, chubby feet and I have the hardest time finding shoes to fit you because you only wear a size 3, and your feet are thick and wide. It’s pretty much moccasins all day, every day. But I’m ok with that, because you and I have about 10 sets of matching leggings and I love matching with you!
You don’t walk yet, but you do crawl. Sometimes you do the one knee crawl that your brother did, but you crawl like a regular baby a lot of the time. You’re super, super fast at crawling! You pull up and cruise and can walk behind a walker, or if someone holds your hands.
You can wave, and it is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. You wave at everybody – people in the Walmart parking lot, people driving by in cars, if you hear a boat pass at the lake, if you hear anybody at all say “hey” or “bye.” You are such a social animal! You also say, “Heeey” sometimes when you wave, which is adorable. Speaking of what you say, you sign “all done,” but I can’t get you to sign or say “more.” You say Mama, Dada, Ira, Poppa, Nana, and “no no.”
For a long, long time you were an awful sleeper. You haven’t napped while being worn since you were a newborn, you kept me up half the night and never napped and would only sleep in my bed, while nursing. When you started crawling I had to put you in your crib and we had some painful naps (like 2 hours of crying and then finally napping) and a few painful nights. But once you figured out that you needed to sleep in your crib, you started doing it like a champ. Sometimes naps are still hit and miss but at night, you sleep really well. All night long!
You still nurse 5-6 times a day probably, and you love to nurse. You’re really easygoing, so it isn’t necessarily so much about comfort, I think you just love milk. You do NOT love whole milk though – I started offering it with meals and you make a face like you might throw up and then you toss the cup at me. But that’s about the only thing I’ve ever found that you won’t eat. You love fruit – blueberries and strawberries are especially your favorite. You love chicken, green beans, macaroni and cheese, waffles…okay who am I kidding, really anything. I truly don’t think you’ve ever refused any food I’ve offered. You’ll typically eat for as long as I’ll feed you!
You like to be worn but you’re not going to nap while being worn, under any circumstance. I wear the Tula with you most of all, and you like to ride on my back for greenway walks or maybe at the grocery store. Your favorite things to do at home are to dump out the play kitchen food and put some of it back in the container and then dump it again; getting in your little rocking chair and rocking yourself; walking behind your walker; dancing to music (you do a sweet head nod); and patting the dogs on the head.
On your actual birthday, we were home alone because Mimi and Poppa were at the lake and Daddy worked, so we all loaded up and had birthday supper at Chick-fil-a. You cruised around the play area, ate a ton of chicken nuggets, even more ice cream, and generally had a lovely time. We had your party this weekend at the lake – nothing fancy, just family and our close friends. Food Lion cake with whipped cream icing (that said “Happy Birtday Francie” in the most atrocious penmanship I’ve ever seen) and a chocolate smash cake. I still don’t believe in doing big Pinterest parties for a first birthday, because you know what one year olds care about? Cake. You loved it, you smeared it everywhere, and it was a good day.
We love you so much, my big sweet baby girl! Happy first birthday!