Well, Matt and I made it! We’ve been parents for a whole year and Jamie is still living and breathing. Except, did you check out that bruiser on Jamie’s cheek in those pictures? Well, Jamie had a little fall in all the excitement of her birthday presents and fell right on top of the corner of one. Oopsie!
Jamie is still growing so fast. The biggest news this month is that Jamie is a full on walker! She barely crawls anymore. It’s so funny to watch her little body toddling around now. Actually, it’s kind of unreal how much she toddles around now. I can’t believe it.
Jamie continues to wear size 18 month clothes and size 4 diapers. I did, however, purchase some size 5 nighttime diapers. I think it’s only a matter of time before we transition her to those, but she’s slowing down in growth, so I may be wrong on that one.
Food-wise, Jamie is still a great eater. She continues to love blueberry waffles and pancakes. We are SO lucky that she’s not picky! She pretty much eats any veggies we give her. She even ate some yellow peppers, yellow squash and mushrooms the other day. Her favorite veggies are peas and green beans, and she’s still a huge mandarin orange and peach lover. She also LOVES cheese! Jamie’s not a snacker these days, but she eats three nice big meals with a milk sippy cup. I started her on organic whole cow’s milk about a week before she turned one to get her used to the flavor and coldness of it. At first she wasn’t too excited about it, but she’s drinking it up now. I think I’ll have her completely off formula in a week or two.
One thing I am a little worried about now that she’s one is her pacifier addiction. There are so many changes now that she’s one, so I don’t want to overwhelm her with these transitions. I’m going to let her keep the paci for now, but only for nap time, nighttime, and the car. Then I’ll slowly take it away for good before she’s two.
Jamie’s vocabulary also continues to grow. I now hear her say, “Boo” regularly as well as “Nana,” and she also started saying, “Hi.” Except, it’s not a short , “Hi.” It’s more like a valley girl, “Hiiiiiiieee.” Mostly though, Jamie has her own language going on. Besides the 10 or so words she says, she blabbers on all day long. She’s definitely trying to tell us things, but we have no idea what. She never stops talking really. Never. (unless she’s asleep). Gee, I wonder where she gets that from. *cough*
Jamie also continues to be a book lover. I love seeing her pull out her books and flip the pages. It’s so cute, and I’m so proud we’ve instilled the love of books in her. I hope it continues on as she grows up.
Playing has taken on a whole new dimension around here. She loves toys so much more now. Just the other day I noticed her putting items in and out of a box. It’s neat to watch her play and figure things out. She’s having a blast with her new birthday toys, too. They keep her occupied for almost an hour now, which is nice when you need to get things done! One of her favorites these days is the plastic imitation food I bought her to go with her new kitchen Grandma Tow got her. Wow! That’s the best $10 I’ve spent on her so far.
Overall, I am proud to say that we have a super happy healthy adorable little girl. Matt and I have enjoyed being parents so much and can’t imagine our lives without Jamie. It’s like she’s always been with us and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I remember on the infertility chat boards how the women who finally had their babies would say, “It’s so worth it in the end.” It always made me cringe, but I realize now they were right. Infertility isn’t something I wish on anybody, but I will say that I also wouldn’t take back anything we went through to get Jamie. Is was SO worth it and it has made me appreciate every moment that I may have otherwise taken for granted.
I love being a mom and I love Jamie! Now let’s hope we make it through another year without any glitches!