Emerson @ One Year

Dear Emerson,
The day you were born you changed me. Before- I was a woman, but I wasn't a mother. And then they placed you in my arms and I was instantly transformed. My role in this world was changed forever and I immediately felt more content than I ever had before. This last year with you has been the very best year of my life and I am quite certain that the title of Momma is the most important one I will ever hold. I am so proud of you and so lucky to be your Momma. You are beautiful and smart and you have the sweetest little heart. I know you are going to do so many amazing things in your life and we are so blessed that we get to watch it all happen. We love you more and more with each passing day, precious baby!

12 Month Stats:
Weight: 20 lbs 4 ozs (40th percentile)
Height: 29 inches  (50th percentile)

You are wearing Size 4 diapers and mostly 12-18 months clothes. You wear Size 3 shoes. You nurse about 4 times a day but you will be trying cow's milk very soon. I sure hope you like it! You eat 3 meals a day plus snacks. Right now your favorite foods are chicken, bananas, apples, broccoli, strawberries, and yogurt. You are obsessed with minestrone soup and whine until I give you a bite at lunch everyday. You love the heads of asparagus and can eat a whole bunch by yourself and you are still not a fan of avocado.  You love to drink water! This month you have been practicing drinking out of a cup without a lid. You do pretty well with it but you do pour it all over yourself quite often.
You go to bed around 7:30 and wake up around 6:30 AM.  For the last 6 weeks or so you have been waking up once a night but this last week you have gone back to sleeping through the night. Woohoo! Let's hope it continues! You are still taking two naps a day- one at 9:00 and one at 1:00. They range anywhere from an hour to two hours.
I would have to say that this has been the biggest month of growth for you. I am simply amazed at all of the new things you have learned. You started really walking 2 days after your 11 month birthday. Crawling is now a thing of the past- and so is any chance of keeping you still!
You have developed a new love for for stuffed animals and baby dolls and are rarely seen without at least one in your hand. Your favorites are your baby doll and your little stuff dog that looks like Oscar and Grace.
You are obsessed with phones! If we say the word phone or hear the phone ring you will immediately do the sign or hold whatever you have in your hand up to your ear. I gave you an old cell phone without a battery and you carry it around everywhere and "talk" on it. It cracks me up.

I let you watch a few minutes of Elmo at the beginning of the month and you were immediately hooked. Now we usually watch about 15 minutes of Elmo or Baby Signing Time each day and it is the only time that you will sit absolutely still. You are definitely a fan!

You love to dance. Anytime music is on you are dancing. You kind of sway your hips and move your arms. It is so adorable! You also love to run with a pillow and throw yourself down on it. You make me a nervous wreck!

You love to be tossed in the air and flipped upside down. We're still thinking gymnastics is in your future.
You are still very social and love to wave to people but you are starting to get a little bit shy when they talk to you. You will hide your eyes or bury your face in my chest. You have become picky about who holds you and will only go to me, Daddy, our neighbors Sam and Jeff, and Tye.

You are really starting to use your signs to communicate with us. You now know more, milk, eat, water, all done, Momma, Daddy, potty, hat, phone, dog, cat, bird, teddy bear, monkey, ball, please, cheese, light, shoes, banana, night night, wash hands, and brush teeth. You do most of these consistently but a few of them you only do now and then.

You can point out your belly button, head, hair, ears, nose, eyes, and hands.
You will hold up a 1 when I ask you how old you are, you blow kisses, give high five and you play patty cake. You recently learned to hide your eyes when I say peek a boo! It is so sweet.

You say mama, dada, bird, ball, belly button, bye bye, and hi and can tell us the animal noises for snake, tiger, lion, and cat.

You shocked us this month when you started throwing little tantrums when you don't get your way or we tell you no. You scowl and clap your hands once very quickly. Sometimes you will cry and sit down on the floor but you usually just do the clapping. I try not to laugh because I don't want to encourage you but it is pretty funny to see you mad. If you are giving me these looks now I can't even imagine what we are in store for during your teenage years.
Now that you are walking, you get into EVERYTHING! I put locks on all of the cabinets except one. You know it is your play cabinet and go straight to it every time we are in the kitchen.

You love the water! You will spend hours in the pool, at the beach, or the splash park. You are definitely our water baby!
You have become very interested in books this month. You bring me books to read to you all day long and will sign more when I finish one and you want me to read it again. Your absolute favorite book right now is Dear Zoo. You love when I make the noises for each animal.
Baby girl- it has been so awesome watching you learn so much this month. You have become such an independent little thing and you love to do things on your own. But you still love being held by your Momma and Daddy and we are more than happy to oblige. We love you so much and we look forward to many more years of joy with you!

Mom said...

Our sweet baby girl. She is growing and learning so many things. She is fortunate to have a Mommy and Daddy who are crazy about her. Her Mimi and Pa adore her. Love you.

J and A said...

What a great post!! 1 year - wow!! She is just so sweet!'

Michelle said...

Happy first birthday Emerson!!! The year has gone by so fast! I really wish I would have had the patience to teach Ellie sign language...maybe for the next one! Sometimes I have such a hard time not laughing when E throws a temper tantrum. The first time she did it I about died haha. This was such a sweet post :) I hope you had a great weekend celebrating!!

Lyndsey said...

Well hello, genius baby! I am so impressed with her signing and talking skills! That's hilarious that she runs around with a pillow - its like her own built in safety net...although it would totally give me a panic attack too! :) I read Dear Zoo to Liam tonight and he looves opening and closing all the flaps, I could barely turn each page!

Rebekah said...

This was so sweet to ready! Happy Birthday Emerson!

Joeylee said...

Her hair is getting long, so cute! She is adorable

Andrea @ Life in Dawleywood said...

She is so beautiful! Isn't it amazing how one little baby can transform your life in ways you never even imagined. I understand about the tantrums, we are battling that now too, and it's really hard for me not to laugh at them because to me even her tantrums are cute. You are a great momma and Emerson is so lucky to have you!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

She is so smart! Happy birthday E!

Natalie said...

Awww such a big girl...they grow and learn so quickly! It's such fun watching them experience new things!

Kelly said...

So smart!!! She sounds like she and Maggie are doing most of the same things. The tantrums are hilarious. I'm sure I'll feel otherwise soon though. :) Sweet post as always. :)

Kelli Kegley said...

Such a sweet post! I feel the same way about the title of momma. Best one in the world!!! Girl, wait until she is two! Connor cuts his eyes at me and I have to bite my tongue not to laugh!

Amber said...

Happy Birthday! Its amazing to see how much a child grows in a year for sure.

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