Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Annabeth at 12 Months



Dear Annabeth,
The craziness of your birthday week has passed and now I am left with a one-year-old. I can hardly believe it every time I have to write "12 mos" on the check-in sheet in the church nursery. My heart is severely conflicted, as part of me would like to keep you tiny and dependent and another part of me is thrilled to see you learning and growing.

When I lay you down in your crib, you suck your thumb for a few seconds but then pop right back up and stand at the rail. A couple of weeks ago you loved sleeping but right now you do everything you can to resist. In the event that I do catch you laying down, like when you're having your bottle, it astounds me how long your sweet legs are getting. But then when I see you standing at the edge of the bathtub in your birthday suit, you still look so tiny!

Mommy is so happy that you finally like your dolls. A couple of weeks ago you learned to say "love you." It started out as "muh myoo" but this week you're saying "I love you" pretty clearly. You love to say it to your dolls and to your Baby Minnie Mouse and give them big, open-mouth kisses. You like to hand me your baby doll and watch me love it, then take it back and do the same. You also bang their heads on the floor but I can see the love growing. You got a stroller push toy for Christmas and you love it. It's hilarious how you haul buns down the hall with that thing.



This is a glorious time for feeding you. You're at a wonderful stage where you will eat anything I put in front of you and you eat a ton of it. I remember Jackson doing the same thing until he got his first stomach virus, after which he developed some opinions about food. I know you're done eating when you start dropping pieces on the floor and leaning over the high chair to see how they landed. I switched you over to whole milk about 5 days before your birthday. Your formula had run out and I didn't really want to buy another can. Thank God we're done with that! Except to get rid of what I have in the pantry, you're done with baby food and completely on table food. You have oatmeal mixed with yogurt for breakfast, and things like ravioli, carrots, peas, green beans, bananas, strawberries, grapes, and cheese for lunch or dinner. You love chicken - especially fajita meat. I'll be glad when you can be trusted with a plate because I have no idea how to feed you in a restaurant without those sticky placemats.

Your sleep schedule is currently in flux, but you have been waking up at 7:30 and going down for your first nap from 9-11. Then you sleep from about 1-2:30 in the afternoon. You've just started waking up closer to 8 and I can't figure out your ideal naptimes. You've been crying a lot more before you go to sleep, which I hate. You are very schedule dependent right now. If something gets thrown off, it's not pretty. That makes our church days a bit difficult.



Your developing speech continues to blow my mind. I love it! You say uh oh, bye bye, love you, dada, and hi. What really gets me is how you try to mimic things I say and it's always so close! You're very eager to learn words and that's so thrilling. Mama was your first word but you've put that one in storage for some reason. You also used to blow kisses. We need Nana to come down here and remind you how to do it! When I say "Where's Annabeth?" you point to yourself and when I say "Where's Mommy?" you point to me. You love to clap and wave. When you stand at your toy table and the music comes on, you bend your knees up and down. You look like a little deejay and it makes me laugh so hard.

You still think your brother hung the moon. He makes you laugh and you're very interested in what he's doing. I love seeing you two play in the same vicinity. I know you're not really playing together, but it's still sweet. I'll never forget when we were sitting at the breakfast table and he looked over at you and yelled, "She's growing! SHE'S GROWING! What's she gonna be, Mommy? A doctor?" It was so adorable. I said, "I don't know buddy. Maybe so! What are you going to be?" He said, "A Daddy!" You have a great daddy, Annabeth. He loves you so much.

Your nicknames at 12 months are Beauty, Beaut (only Daddy says that), Princess, Annabee, Annabear, and AB. For some reason I cannot stop calling you Punky Dewhurst. Please do not ask me why! It probably stems from my great love for Punky Brewster.

We are going through an interesting phase with your hair. It can go in tiny pigtails in the back, but the rubber bands don't really stay in. I also try to sweep your bangs to the side with a bow but it gets ripped out as soon as you realize it's there. You hand it to me like you're doing me a favor. I have retired some of the bows you used to wear simply because I would be so sad if they got lost. When your hair is wet or newly washed it curls a little at the bottom. But as time passes it straightens out and gets the mullet effect. We are persevering for the greater hair glory. If it never comes, we'll have it cut in a bob and you'll be precious! Your hair is light brown and fairly fine and straight. Jackson's started this way and ended up fairly wavy. We'll see if yours does that, too.



You have four little teeth in your mouth and you enjoy grinding them. Mommy cannot stand that, sweet precious angel, and I beg you not to do it.

You took about four steps in the last month or so. We had been working on fingertip walking, and then Mommy and Daddy pretty much coerced you into taking these steps. We counted the first one since we were both there to see it. You started standing independently four days ago. We are so proud! Now I know that your real first step will probably be from that position. So far you're content to just stand there. I've caught you bear crawling a few times, so I know walking isn't too far off.



You just figured out how to climb into your little blue rocking chair. When we're in your room, you crawl to it as fast as you can, throw the teddy bear on the ground, and climb up. Then you try to rock yourself, which is hilarious to watch. Another thing you love to do in your room is open up the dresser drawers and pull out all your clothes.

Baby girl, I love you so much. You are just the sweetest and happiest little thing I've ever seen. The sound of your babbling is the best music I know. I feel incredibly blessed to be your mommy. I'm still scratching my head and wondering why God would want to bless me with the two cutest, neatest kids He ever made. Daddy and I can't imagine our lives without either one of you.

27 comments:

Deirdre said...

I love these letters to your kids. It is such a good idea.

and it makes me think back (waaaay back 6 whole months) to when my baby girl was just turning 1. feels like forever ago...and only yesterday.

I can't believe I met you and didn't force you to look at photos of my baby girl. she's one of the happy ones too. She laughs all the time and it is just like music.

CAROL LIVIN FOR GOD said...

That is so sweet at the end about how God has blessed you with 2 wonderful kids your post touched my heart. Your babies our adorable and little miss Annabeth is growing so fast. Hope you have a good day
Love you all Carol

Tabaitha Kaye said...

Such a sweet post. I love her outfit in the first picture. Don't you just love dressing little girls?

Deirdre said...

She is so precious! Amanda I love these letters you write to the kids. Such a great idea.
It reminds me of all the stuff my baby girl was doing when she turned one (back 6 months ago, which seems like just yesterday now)

I can't believe I met you and didn't make you look at photos of my Ginny. She is a laughing baby too. Loves everyone and everything and has never met a food that she didn't like.

Marla Taviano said...

This is my new favorite letter to Annabeth! She is sooooo sweet. And sooooo beautiful!!

Amy said...

It does my heart good to read these letters. :) I read them back when Jackson was an only child, and now they're all the more poignant to me since I'm three months pregnant. Despite the overwhelming prospect of raising such a gift from God...your updates are truly one of the things that encourage me the most.

Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

The Reardon's said...

SO sweet Amanda. She is a doll!

Lauren Kelly said...

Amanda, that was one of the sweetest thing I’ve read!!!! She is so loved and she is such a beautiful little girl!! :)

shana said...

sweet post . . . my 5-year-old grinds his teeth like crazy. his room is across the hall from our and sometimes i can hear it in the middle of the night. IT. MAKES. ME. INSANE. i really can't stand it. our anna doesn't do it {that i've noticed} and neither do any of the big kids, but joe does it almost constantly in his sleep. way worse than nails on a chalkboard.
have a blessed weekend!
shana from minnesota!

Heather said...

Precious! I love reading this, but every time I read about an "Annabeth" milestone (or b-day in this case!) my heart aches because I know my Avery Kate is right behind her. I am trying to focus more on the fun and celebration of all she is doing and growing and less on the fact that my baby girl is not going to be a "baby" much longer! But it is going too fast for me!! :)

Kelli said...

Reading this made me remember how much changes in a year! You are entering such a FUN baby girl stage!

kittyhox said...

She looks like a very happy little girl! Both of your kids seem to radiate joy. (I know, you're probably thinking "well, most of the time...")

We're going through a similar hair stage... My daughter's hair curls, so I make the top a 1950s spit curl kinda thing (without the spit) or like you, use bows. I'd like to do that little Pebbles ponytail on the top - do you ever do that? But my daughter hates those little tiny rubber bands and the hair pulling involved with that look.

I, too are persevering (sp?) because every time I see the girls in my three-year-old son's class with the long, naturally highlighted no-bang locks (gorgeous!!) I know it will be worth the current awkwardness... Here's hoping...

R said...

oh, yes...the teeth grinding! my baby boy (9 mos) grinds his five teeth, and so did his sisters at that age. i always read to just ignore it and they'll stop, but it's so so so hard not to try to make them stop! the sound kills me. :0)

Hattie said...

What a sweet post! She is too cute! They grow up so fast!

Sarah said...

Love this post!!!! So precious!!! Yes, persevere for greater hair glory! :) :)

Yankee Mama said...

How sweet!! She is so adorable!

I forgot all about Punkey Brewster! I remember how sad I was when my mom told me that it went off the air!

Momuv2 said...

Oh my goodness, my baby girls are seventeen and almost twenty. Yet in my mind and heart I can still see them at Annabeth's age as if it were yesterday.

Enjoy Amanda!

Allison said...

Amanda, have you tried the little clear Goody rubberbands? My daughter had SUPER fine hair as a toddler, and they worked great and stayed put. She's six now and I still use them. They don't pull hair out either.

Such a sweet post!

Marc and Charity said...

Annabeth and Addison are a lot alike at this stage. I love her little outfit, so cute! I am about to the bottom of Addie's formula can and once it's gone, it's gone. I'm a bit sad too. The end of an era! :)

Heather said...

Annabeth's smile just melts my heart and I loved giving her squeezes the other night. She is such a beautiful little girl. I love reading your letters to your kids. Happy 12 months Annabeth!

kim said...

Loved reading this! She is absolutely precious (:

PS I LOVED Punky Brewster too! I wore my hair in a "Punky" (high ponytail onthe side) to school every day in 4th grade. I always wanted mismatching socks/shoes like her (:

TDM Wendy said...

Dear Annabeth,
Are those ruffles on your socks or at the bottom of your pants. Because I think I want them. My mom would probably think I'm really cute in them and a lot of times she doesn't really dress me all cute. She just throws something on me. But I'm only 19 months old so I don't really have a fashion voice yet. But I do read blogs.
Thanks,
Jordis

Lindsee Lou said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, these posts are always so great. It really is an online scapbook! And she'll treasure these forever.

Erica said...

She is absolutely precious and is going to adore reading all the letters you have written her. My Brooke got that first dress for her birthday. Too cute!

Mare said...

Amanda...That is so sweet!!! Such a precious letter to Annabeth that she can read when she is older :) Meredith

katiegfromtennessee said...

Hey Little Momma, I've have got to go feed my child but I wanted to post real quick! No french fries is a serious undertaking, and you have a prayer partner in me, just saying. Good to know I'm not alone in the pregnancy weight thing, I have lots of company, lots of post partum women out there, sigh...the walk in the woods post was fun, Houston sounds somewhat like Knoxville, a mixture of city and A LOT of country. Annabeth is so cute:) I can get an idea of what to look forward to reading your posts:)

Love in Him, Blessings, ((HUGS)),

katiegfromtennessee

Lori at The Davidson Den said...

What a sweet post! So much love and joy behind these words. And that outfit she's wearing!! LOVE it!