One year old! Wow! That went by fast (I know, that’s cliché to say). But it did. It has been so amazing to watch her grow and learn over the past 12 months and I know it’s going to continue to happen quickly.
Last Monday, August 4th, was her birthday.
We had a great day celebrating as a family. We went to the toy store in the morning to pick out a few things and then in the afternoon we went to a local park and Charlotte got to experience her first splash pad/wading pool! She was a little hesitant at first, but she warmed up quickly to the water fountains.
We ended the day with dinner and a dairy-free cupcake for her! We also practiced blowing out candles, but all she really wanted to do was grab at it.
Because her birthday was on a Monday, we decided to have her party this past weekend on August 9th.
I’ll tell you what, I probably spent too much time planning this party (thank you Pinterest) and I have learned a lot, but it all turned out great! Next year’s theme will be birthday on a budget :)!
I didn’t want to go with a “themed” party since I know we’ll have many of those in our future, so I tried to keep it simple and sweet (ok, that’s probably a theme).
I tried to buy things that I would use again some other time. So I bought small mason jars for drinks with paper straws, I bought two barn wood frames that I will be reusing in her room for pictures and paper bows that can be used again for decorations. I couldn’t find cupcake toppers I liked, so I ended up making my own by buying scrapbook embellishments and gluing them to toothpicks! I think they turned out great.
For the kiddos at the party we got some outdoor games (inflatable bowling set and horseshoes) and we bought small plastic balls for a ball pit in the kiddie pool – everyone’s favorite!
Because we had to plan it around her nap times, we ended up having the party over lunch time (11 – 1) and had picnic food. For desserts we had cupcakes, rice krispie treats, cookies and a candy bar! I made her smash cake because of her milk protein allergy and it was a hit! It was a dairy-free, egg-free recipe for an applesauce spice cake (or muffins). They also had a recipe for a dairy-free frosting that I used. I did add some strawberry jam to the cake to add a little more flavor.
For goodie bags, I decided to get small gifts that the kids would enjoy more than candy. So each child received a small gift with bubbles and a little clapper/noise-maker toy. I used brown lunch bags, stamps and ribbon to make these instead of buying bags. Genius!
Of course our little girl is spoiled! She received a lot of really nice gifts. Her Aunt Vered even crocheted Hobbes from the Calvin and Hobbes comic series (one of her mommies favorites!).
We got her a chair and have since found out that her favorite thing to do is climb and stand on it, so I may be having a heart attack before I’m 31. So we’re learning to sit nicely.
On Saturday, August 2nd, we went and took one year photos. It was a rough day with teething, but she was a trooper (although the balloons I bought were not and deflated in the car). We had a friend of ours, Melissa Jackson Photography, take the photos and they turned out awesome! Here are just a few.
I wanted to have the chalkboard in the photos, but we hadn’t had her 12-month checkup yet, so we attempted to measure her and we found out at her appointment yesterday that we were a little off. We were under on her weight and over on her height :) Not by much, but have you ever tried to measure a baby that doesn’t want to sit still? It’s not easy.
So what has the last month been like?
She’s been attempting steps on her own without assistance. She can do about 4 steps before she sits down. But she walks very well along walls, furniture, holding hands, etc. so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. Her scooting has been really efficient for her so I think that’s why she hasn’t walked earlier! She’s really fast scooting, pushing things and walking along things.
She loves to sit on the highest vantage point. On chairs, toys, etc. Her favorite thing to push around and sit on is a plastic container that we keep bottle parts in.
She can say “mama” and “dada”, but no other “real” words yet. But she babbles all the time and is close to dog, I think. She definitely picks up on tone and inflection. She also knows the signs for “eat” and we’re working on “more”. She also knows what a lot of objects are like dogs, ball, blocks, etc.
She loves stacking toys and LOVES balls and anything she can palm with one hand. We got her a little sports activity center with a tiny slide, basketball hoop and baseball and bat and she loves climbing and going down the slide.
We have basically weaned her from breastfeeding and are now attempting to drop the morning and night bottle feedings. It is definitely an emotional thing to stop breastfeeding and having that special time with her, but I also would like to eat a little dairy again and not feel like I’m hurting my child. We started her on rice milk last month to get her used to the taste and she takes it really well, so we’re giving her that with her table foods, along with water. She’s a good eater, so I’m not too worried about her not getting what she needs. The doctor stated to keep her on the vitamin D drops though.
Charlotte Mae – Twelve Month Update
2 Weeks = 9 lbs., 2 oz. – 75th percentile
2 Months = 13 lbs., 11 oz. – 97th percentile
4 Months = 15 lbs., 15 oz. – 90th percentile
6 months = 17 lbs., 10 oz. – 78th percentile
9 months = 19 lbs., 3 oz. – 55th percentile
12 months = 21 lbs., 12 oz. – 60th percentile
2 Weeks = 21.3″ – 81st percentile
2 Months = 24.5″ – 97th percentile
4 Months = 26.5″ – 97th percentile
6 months = 27″ – 86th percentile
9 months = 29.8″ – 97th percentile
12 months = 30″ – 77th percentile
2 Weeks = 36.5 cm – 61st percentile
2 Months = 40.5 cm – 86th percentile
4 Months = 41 cm – 48th percentile
6 months = 43.4 cm – 74th percentile
9 months = 44 cm – 49th percentile
12 months = 44 cm – 20th percentile
Charlotte Mae – Twelve Months
Likes: Animals, bath time, water, the dogs, balls, stacking, climbing, talking/babbling, being outside, standing, walking with assistance, reading, turning the pages of books, sitting on books, yelling, going to the park, swinging, going for walks, watching people, dancing, music, eating, playing with toys, sitting on steps
Dislikes: Getting her diaper changed, being told “no”, sitting for long periods
Clothes: 12 month clothes and size 3 diapers (except at night when she’s in size 4 overnight)
Looking Forward To: Having a little down time. It’s been crazy between my birthday, her birthday and life in general, so I’m looking forward to just getting back to normal for a bit.
Check it out! A whole year!
And now a little comparison between mommy and Charlotte at one year!