(Photo by Amy Dye Photography)
(Better late than never, right?)
I was so sad about Hadley turning one that I obviously put this post on the back burner. Then, I got so busy with work that I just straight up forgot about it…and this poor blog altogether. Whoops. So here’s the month-late post to chronicle our sweet girl’s stats upon her first birthday.
Hadley’s new discoveries as she reached the end of her first year: signing milk, signing more & all done, the deliciousness of cookies, saying “Uh oh” whenever she drops things on purpose, exclaiming “BOOM” whenever she falls on her butt, giving out kisses to her favorite boys at day care. (It’s already starting…)
Things that suck about having a one-year-old: getting sad whenever I see tiny babies in public, tantrums, that sleeping schedules still involve several night time awakenings, weaning that isn’t happening, and having to spoon feed veggies and fruits to a child fully capable of chewing them, but refuses to eat them whole.
Mommy’s favorite things about her new toddler: watching her learn something new in just a matter of minutes, reading her books and having her not only pay attention, but also love it, seeing the glee spread across her face after a bite of ice cream, having a child that very happily dived into all three birthday cakes we had to celebrate her big day, and the curls that keep on popping up all over her sweet, blonde head.
For the record, the only time I cried was when I had to leave my birthday girl and go to work on her actual birthday. Thank you, Mom for not only listening to me boo hoo, but for reminding me that this year is the easy one.
Jane, you’re the best girl. I’m so glad you’re ours. Happy (belated) birthday, Baby girl.
Allow me a moment to be incredibly sad that this is the last month that we have a baby in the house. How can she be almost one, already? While I love seeing her hit each milestone, it makes me so sad to see her grow up so quickly. Soon she’ll be in school, and driving, and going to college, and leaving me forever. Dramatic? Yes. Accurate? Pretty damn close.
Hadley’s new discoveries during month eleven: repeating words and phrases, WALKING(!!!), interactive play, Cheez-its, drinking out of a straw, blowing kisses, making people laugh with silly faces, fake laughter, and “gentle touches” when petting Oscar, the jerk.
Things that suck about month eleven: getting food spit on my work clothes five minutes before we have to leave, seeing the word “toddler” on my baby’s clothing tags, remembering to keep all cups out of HJ’s reach, forgetting to keep all cups out of HJ’s reach, and the constant tumbles that come with learning to walk.
Mommy’s favorite things about month eleven: seeing how excited she gets when she walks an especially long distance, play time after work, having HJ start to really communicate with us, a baby that still loves to snuggle, and the curls that have started to show up at the ends of her blonde hair.
Next month, prepare for a sob fest.
Be a good sport and pretend that this was posted about three weeks ago. Thanks.
Hadley’s new discoveries during month ten: real crawling, pulling up to stand, standing unassisted, drinking from a straw, grilled cheese sandwiches, clapping, and making new friends at her sitter’s house.
Things that suck about month ten: the flood of milestones that keep reminding me of how quickly she’s becoming a non-baby, baby proofing the house, grabby hands at restaurants, grabby hands that wander under shirts of other people, and constantly picking that dumb sippy cup off of the floor.
Mommy’s favorite things about month ten: she said Mama!!!! That is all.
Hey, I waited a long time for that.
Fans flocked to Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kan. after the Kansas Jayhawks defeated Ohio State to advance to the NCAA National Championship.
And we had a babysitter.
Things have been quiet around here, right?
I know. I’m so sorry.
A lot is going on around here:
- I went back to working away from home. WHAT?! I know.
- Hadley started crawling, pulling up and standing solo all in the same week.
- The girl said “Mama”. On my 1st day back to work. My life is now complete. That girl is GOOD.
- She’s started daycare at a place that she loves and with someone who is absolutely awesome.
- KU made it to the Final Four and I have no room for much else as work has consumed me…but I love my job so it’s quite alright.
I’ll make legit updates later. I’m blogging from my phone and desperately need sleep.
(For the record, I cannot believe that she’s officially been out as long as she was in. I feel like she was just born last month.)
Hadley’s new discoveries during month nine: the “Army man” crawl technique, the local indoor swimming pool, hearing the word “no” when trying to get into the trash can or Daddy’s Wii storage drawer, pulling up to her knees on things, making b sounds, p sounds and t sounds (still no Mama), and mastering the sippy cup
Things that suck about month nine: the word “no” has little to no affect on changing current behavior, a baby that’s currently terrified of being left alone to sleep in her Pack n’ Play, a baby that bites while nursing, and a baby that eats like a truck driver (great for growing, bad for Mommy’s free time away from making baby food)
Mommy’s favorite things about month nine: watching Hadley hit all of her developmental milestones, seeing the look of glee spread across her face when she finally gets one of our phones, having a baby that now dances to music, finding enough hair on her head for hairbows (HOORAY!), and having a girl who really loves her Mama.
I love you too, Jane. You’re the best adventure ever.
Hadley had some new friends show up at the house today. The girl pretty much lost it. Luckily, I captured it on the trusty phone.
Allow me to narrate this situation:
HJ: Foofa?! What are you doing here?!
HJ: Brobee? Is that really you?
HJ: DID YOU SEE WHO’S HERE?!!!!