Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I'll never forget the moment our doctor announced "It's a girl!" and how excited I felt. She was gorgeous, and very vocal right from the start! She weighed 8lbs 4oz, and was 19.5 inches long. She had a full head of dark hair...most of which she lost over the next couple months! Her hair has come back in pretty thick now (in the back anyway!), but it's much lighter in color. She has grown A LOT too. She's always been a pretty healthy-sized baby, and has gotten pretty tall recently also. Her 12 month appointment is next week, so we'll find out how much she has grown!
We are so lucky and so blessed...she is such a happy baby and you can't help but smile when she flashes you that toothy grin! The year has flown by, and before we know it, another year will have passed. We're trying to enjoy every minute!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Jay made an awesome DVD of Mara's first year (photos and videos), so we watched that - it's crazy to see how much she has grown and changed, and how quickly! She is such a little PERSON now!
She was interested on and off with opening presents. She had a lot, so it took awhile! She got so many nice things - toys, books, clothing...what a spoiled little girl! She is loving all her new toys! I'm excited for her to wear some of her new summer clothing too!
She wasn't interested in the cake at all, but we weren't surprised. She got it all over herself and wasn't happy about that. We didn't make her suffer too long, and got her cleaned up. Maybe next year she'll actually want to eat it!
Overall, it was a great day! Mara was such a good girl, even when she was a little sleepy. She seemed to really enjoy herself, and knew that everyone was there for HER...so she took full advantage of everyone's attention!
I can't believe my baby turns ONE tomorrow! It really does seem like she was just born. The year has flown by, and I'm sure the next year will fly by too!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Looking at these pictures, it's so hard for me to believe that a year ago, she was still in my belly!! Things have changed SO MUCH in one year!!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Also, notice the hand on the hip in the second picture? Total attitude!!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Mara has a great time playing with them, and of course, doesn't even notice that I'm gone until I get back!
Mara had to show off her tractor shirt to Grandpa! I'm sure he was impressed. Too bad it wasn't a red tractor...those are his favorites. :)
Sunday, April 5, 2009
There were a lot of people at the shower. Jenna got lots of nice gifts, and we played some really hard games! (No prizes for me!) There was also lots of good food!
Mara was pretty exhausted by the end of the day. After we got home she ate, played a little, and went to sleep as soon as she got in her crib!! I'm now enjoying some nice quiet time! I can't believe it's already Sunday night!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Eating is a big issue for us. Mara has always been a determined eater. As in - determined to eat WHAT she wants, WHEN she wants it. And she wants it NOW! My breastfeeding plans didn't work like we had hoped, but she didn't have any issues with breastmilk in a bottle, or eventually formula. She loved cereal and baby food when we introduced that, which was great! She eats from a spoon really well. But now the issue is that she ONLY wants baby food. She doesn't want to venture out and try 'table food' - although we keep offering it to her. In the long run, I know this isn't a major issue at 11 months, but it's hard to not get frustrated about it sometimes when I offer her different things every day, and she turns them all down. She has no interest in feeding herself or picking food up. She's eating more and more, but we have to spoon-feed every bite to her.
Diaper changes are a bigger battle than ever now too. Most of the time she does ok on her changing table, and tolerates having her diaper and clothing changed. But get her out somewhere else, and she screams bloody murder, and rolls away or kicks and hits. Fun! Obviously normal behavior for her age, but it can get to you after awhile. The girl can scream like no other!!
And then there are the days when she decides she doesn't need to nap. Or that she wants to be clinging to me all day. Or when she's just really LOUD all day long.
But, I wouldn't trade any of it. In a few years, I'll miss the days when she wanted to be with me or have me hold her all day and read her books. When she starts eating on her own, I'm sure I'll barely remember the frustration of her not doing it. When she's out of diapers....naw, nevermind - I probably won't miss that!
Every day she changes more and more. Her personality is really starting to come through, and it's amazing to watch. (I think we will have quite an outspoken child on our hands!). I can handle the small frustrations -- I'm sure there will be many more to come! Luckily there will also be lots of wonderful moments that make it all worth it!