In less than a month, we’ll be singing happy birthday to my sweet girl. Although in some ways it seems unreal that a year has passed, in other ways, it’s obvious in how much Hailey has changed.
She’s no longer a helpless, sleepy infant. She’s busy, opinionated and most importantly, happy. But man, is she into things!
When she isn’t opening and emptying drawers, Hailey is busy climbing up and down stairs (up is much more graceful than the belly flop down)
Sometimes when she is crawling away, we’ll pull her knees out from under her, pulling her backwards on her tummy. That always gets us the biggest belly laughs!
She’ll also crawl over and lay her head on me, or lay her head on mine and David’s shoulder when we hold her. It melts my heart. She loves her play room (in progress) and will sit for quite a while turning pages in a book and babbling to herself.
Speaking of babbling, she’s starting to pay closer attention to grown up talk. She copies the inflection I use when I speak. Her favorite word is dada. She rarely, if ever, says mama. Tear. I’ve heard her say nigh nigh (night night) a couple times and when she gets overly tired she says knee knee knee. I have no idea why.
She points at everything and will point to my nose when I say Noooooooooose. She has waving mastered and waves hi and bye. When we drive in the car, I’ll catch her eye in the mirror and she’ll burst into a smile and wave to me. Makes my day. And Koda? Pup doesn’t stand a chance. Hailey loves her!
Flattering picture, no?
She has some stranger anxiety when it comes to people holding her, but at the grocery store she laughs and smiles at everyone. She also prefers to sit sideways in the cart.
We recently made the switch from four nursing sessions a day to three. Luckily, it was seamless. Now she gets an afternoon snack instead. She is eating 3 hearty meals a day, too. Her favorite food is what I affectionately call “bright”. Whether it’s tomatoes or sweet potatoes or carrots- whatever is brightly colored is always the first to go. She hasn’t met a food she doesn’t like yet. Hope it stays that way.
She goes to bed at 7pm and sleeps until 7-8am. We tried to switch to 1 nap, but it was too much. Now we’re stuck in this odd in-between area where her nap timings are off. I’m just along for the ride.
She’s currently cutting FIVE teeth. At once. It hasn’t messed with her nighttime sleep at all, though I imagine it’s what started the nap mix ups. After these 5 pop through, she’ll have 4 upper and 3 lower teeth.
I vow to take more pictures with a real camera this month and not as many with my iphone.
Ok, down to my final two notes (I know these get long; I’m sorry!) Hailey hates getting her diaper changed. I’m not sure if it’s the break in playtime or having to sit still, but boy, does she scream!
Also, I need to figure out what to do with all her hair. Is there a mommy and me class to learn how to style toddler hair? And heck, mommy hair, too, while we’re at it?
Hailey keeps me busy and I find myself wondering what I used to do with all my time, but I’ve never had more fun than I do chasing our sweet girl around. Her slobbery, open mouthed kisses on my nose are my favorite thing in the whole wide world. Love you, baby girl!