Better late than never, right?
And in lieu of the usual 12-month sticker on a onesie ordeal -getting Liv to stay still and smile at the same time is a near-impossible feat- we went to the professionals for this one.
It was nice for Tom and myself to focus on dancing around and making crazy faces without having to snap the photos, too 😉
Here are 12 things about 12 months:
1. Liv has officially transitioned from baby to toddler! As much as I loved the cuddly newborn stage and evolving infant stage, the theme continues on that each month is more fun than the last. I love getting glimpses of her beautiful personality each day.
2. Livi has been chatting up a storm and her little voice is the cutest sound I’v ever heard (not biased, of course). She’s always been amazing at copying pitches and sounds, but now she uses the words she knows and can repeat most two-syllable words. Some of the new ones: baby, agua, ouch, bye-bye, bubbles, giraffe, dada, mama, ear, rabbit, bella, dog, Elmo and turtle. It’s apparent how much she’s taking in from her surroundings (as soon as the bottle warmer beeps, she says, “Baba? Baba?” until I get it for her) and it’s so much easier to communicate. On the same note, I’ve officially had to retire my use of the F-bomb while driving.
3. She’s getting her one-year shots today, and each time I see that lip tremble before the high-pitched screams erupt, my heart shatters to pieces on the floor. I always have to give myself the mental “don’t cry” pep talk as I snuggle her afterwards.
4. I was planning on doing a little list of her favorite toys, but really, there are two main things she’s crazy about right now: babies and Elmo. She has an arsenal of baby dolls and takes great care of them- talking to them, hugging and patting them on the back, covering them with kisses and arranging them together. When she sees something Elmo-related, like the banner I ordered for her birthday, she points up and says “Elmo! Elmo!” I’m convinced that many scientific studies went into the development of Elmo… she looooooooves him.
5. Some favorite foods: this month has been the month to try lots of new things. She’s had Indian food, pizza, Annie’s cheddar bunnies, lasagna and cake with frosting, and loved all of them. Since she’s joined in with all of our meals and snacks, it’s been fun to give her bits of whatever we’re eating. At first, she wasn’t crazy about the cake with frosting (we actually had to convince her she could eat her smash cake and the one in the photos above), but this past weekend, she shared a piece of cake with me at a friend’s birthday party and kept doing to sign for “more,” so I’m thinking she liked it.
6. She’s pretty much “over” purees. We’ve done a mix of Baby Led Weaning and purees since she’s first tried solids, and it’s interesting to see how her preferences have veered more towards the solid side. She won’t usually eat purees with a spoon anymore, and a pouch is slammed like a fruity drink or smoothie. I have a ton of purees in the freezer if any Tucson friends with babies would like them.
7. She can walk, but crawling is still the preferred mode of travel.
8. Baby class is still a lot of fun, and at home, she’s started to sing along to songs with us. Little miss adores music, especially when there are live performances at events and restaurants. At brunch on Sunday, she wanted me to take her up front so she could jump/dance to the blues band. She’d only stop to clap her hands and snap her fingers (she does the snap motion but no sound.. yet)- everyone got a kick out of the tiny dancer.
9. We’re trying to plan a summer vacation and I’m really excited about it. Last year, I thought our family trip to San Diego would be stressful, but it ended up being the most relaxing one we’ve taken. It definitely requires more planning and organization, but it’s totally worth it.
10. Likes: petting the dogs, ABCs, saying “uh oh” before dropping something, baths, shoes, clementines, her Twilight Turtle, blowing kisses
11. Dislikes: always the same, even though she likes yogurt this month
12. As Liv’s second year begins, the monthly updates on the blog will end. I’ve loved writing them and know we’ll love looking back to read them. From now on, I’m going to keep writing away in her baby book and the family page will focus more on toddler and family-friendly recipes, toys, books/music, parenting tools, and any topics that come up along the way- hope that’s cool with ya 🙂
Thank you so much for reading over here and if you have anything else you’d like to see on the Family page, please let me know! <3
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