18 Months

Dear Lucy,
It’s hard to believe my little baby girl is now 1 1/2 years old. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. You had your 18-month checkup last week, and you weighed 20 pounds and measured 31 inches long. You are still SUCH a tiny girl. You are wearing 12-month pants, 12-to-18-month shirts, a size 3/4 shoe depending on the brand, and we’ve been putting you in 18-month dresses so you can wear them longer.

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You have QUITE the personality. You normally have a sunny disposition, and your laughter is infectious. It makes my heart smile. But, for the last couple of months, you have been throwing temper tantrums. We’ve learned that the best way to deal with those is to ignore you because you tend to throw them as a way to get attention. You’ve also reached the stage where you ask for something, and when we give it to you, you decide you do NOT, in fact, want it. That’s fun, too.

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You LOVE to talk. You jibber jabber ALL the time. Among the words you say are ball, bubble, bath, book, dog, more, back, Dizzy, AJ, Elmo, Abby, nana (yogurt), abba (applesauce), yum yum, bye bye, hi, hi there, night night, uh oh, oh no, and hot. Daddy taught you to point at yourself when you say hot, which is adorable. You know all your body parts now. We recently taught you where your tush is, and it is SO cute when we ask you where it is and you point right to it. Your newest obsession is Elmo. You LOVE him!

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We have FINALLY gotten you off the bottle, which we are so happy about. You now drink everything, including milk, from a straw cup, which you HAVE to open and close on your own. Your favorite foods are animal crackers, yogurt and applesauce. You’d be perfectly happy if that was all you ate for the rest of your life. You also have to eat EVERYTHING with a fork, including pizza, grilled cheese and donuts.

We’ve been told it’s too early to tell which hand will be your dominant, but it’s looking like you’re going to be a lefty. You eat and color with your left hand, which is odd to us since no one in our families is left-handed.

You are OBSESSED with balls and bubbles. If that was all you had to play with, you would be perfectly content. You are constantly throwing balls around the house, and when you are upset, you want bubbles to comfort you. It’s adorable. You also LOVE bath time. OK, love isn’t strong enough of a word. You would sit in the bathtub every day, all day if we would let you. You have SO much fun pouring water on your head, playing with your squirt toys and “reading” your bath books. When Daddy turns the water off, you stop what you’re doing, reach toward the faucet and say, “More!” You’re our little fish.

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For the last few months now, you have been following directions. If we tell you to get something, you go pick it up and bring it to us. If I tell you to put the green ball in your bus, you pick out the green ball and put it in your bus. When it’s bath time or time to brush your teeth, you run right to the bathroom. You know where your room is, and you run into it when we tell you to. You LOVE playing by yourself, and you spend hours playing and reading in your room.

You have had two firsts in your 18th month: your first trip to the zoo and your first pool party. You loved both, even though it was WAY too hot at the zoo and you were scared of the water at the pool party (probably because when we first put you in you slipped and went under the water; but, you stood yourself right back up!). You just enjoyed being with your friends (and we did get you to go into the pool a little!)

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Lucy, I can’t even begin to put into words what you mean to us. You are our sunshine and our beautiful little princess. I love you so much. I just wish time would slow down just a little bit.

Love,
Mommy

Spoon time!

We’ve been trying to work with Lucy on learning how to use a fork/spoon, but she’s got the the whole “why would I do it when you can do it for me?” attitude going on. And, after a few unsuccessful tries, we’d go ahead and feed her ourselves.

Today, I thought I’d give it another go. She knows how to hold the spoon, so instead of having her hold it with me while I put food on it (which really pisses her off for some reason), I put food on it and handed it to her. This is what she did:

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Yes, that’s my baby girl FEEDING herself! Like she does it all the time. I cheered and told her what a BIG girl she is, and she clapped and smiled. Because she’s awesome. Now, we just have to fine tune her skills with putting food onto her spoon herself. Baby steps.

A Tiggerific Time

Lucy celebrated her first birthday on Sunday with a Tigger bash. We had the party at my former church, and the fellowship hall was the perfect space. There was plenty of room for all the tables plus space for the kids to play, and play they did! They had a blast being pulled around in Lucy’s new wagon, courtesy of Granana.

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We also brought a bunch of Lucy’s toys for the kids to enjoy.

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My princess wore the tutu I made her and a t-shirt that said “Happy 1st Birthday Lucy”. It also had a Tigger on it, of course. Her former babysitter made her the cutest corkscrew bow, but it didn’t last long as Lucy HATES having things on her head.

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The decor was simple, but it turned out exactly how I had envisioned it. Most of the decorations were hand-made, which is something I really wanted. I ordered a Tigger banner that spelled out Lucy’s name off Etsy. I looked EVERYWHERE for a “Happy Birthday” banner in orange but couldn’t find one. It was amazing how hard it was to find items in orange, especially since I started looking around before Halloween. I was a little disappointed that the one I found didn’t match the Tigger colors, but it was OK.

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I made the centerpieces myself. I was going to have Tigger faces sticking out of the top, but I actually thought they looked good without that.

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And, I found Tiger stripe ballons, so we used those along with black balloons.

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I set up a table with a signature mat for everyone to sign, and I decorated it with two pictures of Lucy — one from the day she was born and a recent picture — and with a bouquet of flowers. I loved how it turned out.

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And, we had a coloring table for the older kids.

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The food was simple — hot dogs, chips, potato salad, pasta salad, fruit and veggies. And, of course, there was cake. The main event was a Tigger cake.

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There also was a second sheet cake because we were expecting more than actually came, and Lucy had TWO smash cakes. All the cakes were made by one of our coworkers and were delicious!

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Lucy was a little hesitant at first when we put her cakes in front of her.

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Then, she got the hang of it and really started to go to town.

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After the cake was sufficiently destroyed, we got Lucy cleaned up and helped her open her presents. She was getting tired by then and wasn’t too into it, although she did love the tea set she got!

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Harrison had fun pushing Lucy around on her new little vehicle.

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The party was a huge success, and Lucy was so worn out afterward that she took a 1 1/2 hour nap, woke up for about 45 minutes and then went down again for the night! It’s still hard to believe that I’m the mommy of a one year old!

Happy 1st Birthday, Lucy!

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday Dear Lucy!
Happy Birthday to you.

Dear Lucy,
Today you are one year old. One year. It’s still hard for me to believe that a year has already gone by. You are such a joy to be around. You constantly make me laugh, and I love all the time we get to spend together. Yesterday, we celebrated your birthday at Sabbath School, and you were very interested in the plastic cake with the flaming candle that were put in front of you. You were very well-behaved, though, and didn’t try to touch the candle!

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You’ve started doing high-fives. We hold up our hands and say, “High five!” and you respond by touching our hands and saying, “I fi”. It is the cutest thing EVER. You never get tired of doing it, and you look so proud of yourself.

You are still completely and totally obsessed with Tigger. And, of course, you had a Tigger birthday party! Every night after we read to you, we show you Tigger, and you go CRAZY with excitement. You wave your hands and squeal like you’re a teenage girl at a boy band concert. It’s hilarious.

You love to eat. It’s your favorite thing besides Tigger, yet you don’t gain a lot of weight. Mommy sure wishes she had that problem! You’re still wearing mainly 9 month clothes with some 12 month clothes sprinkled in. Your 9 month jeans are starting to get a little snug on you. Maybe you’ll be out of them by the time you turn 13 months old. :)

This last month, you finished your first ultramarathon. Of course, you didn’t START the race, but you did cross the finish line with your Daddy. It was the one thing he’s always wanted to do with you, and it made him so happy to run across the finish with you. You were really proud of it, too.

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Lucy Jane, you are the light of my life. You make every day so much happier (even when you frustrate me!), and I can’t imagine my life without you. This first year has been such a great year, and I know year two will be even better. I love you more than life itself.

Love,
Mommy

One Proud Mama

Lucy doesn’t walk much on her own at home. We can usually get her to take a few steps if we hold up our phones or iPods as bait, but she’s pretty content to crawl. I guess she realizes it’s faster than walking and won’t cause her to fall on her booty.

On Thursday, we met up with my mom’s group at the mall for play time at the mall’s soft play area. I was standing to the side chatting with one of my friends when I looked over and saw this:

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That would be my daughter standing up on her own and walking. And, see that slide in the last picture? Yeah, she also climbed up the stairs to the top. Once I got over the initial shock of seeing Lucy walking around like it’s second nature to her (because she DOESN’T walk around like it’s second nature to her), I ran after her, telling her what a good job she was doing and how proud I was of her. Because I was totally the proudest mom ever.

Last night, we went outside after work and I stood her up in the yard to let her walk around a bit. She promptly sat down and started to crawl. I guess she only walks when there are other kids around to impress. I think we’ll be making more trips to the soft play area at the mall to give Lucy more practice with walking.

First Steps!

Lucy took her first steps tonight! She was standing up holding onto the couch, and out of no where let go and walked a couple of steps over to Joe! I told Joe she really needs to let us know when she’s going to hit a milestone so I can have the video camera ready. :)

I did, however, manage to get a short video of her taking more steps tonight.

Coincidentally, Rivka took her first steps today, too! How funny that she and Lucy hit this milestone at the same time.