Happy 1st Birthday Aubrey Joy!

One year ago today, they placed you in my arms for the first time.  I was in love with you the day I found out we were expecting, but the day I held you for the first time that love multiplied more than I could have ever imagined.  My heart was going to burst it was so full of joy.

Now you look totally different than the day we brought you home.  You’re 24.2lbs (95th percentile) and 30.5inches (85th percentile).  You have 8 teeth, and your hair is getting so much thicker and lighter.

You eat anything, and watching you eat is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.  You truly enjoy food, and it’s adorable.  We successfully made it to our goal to nurse for 1 year, and now that we’ve made it I honestly don’t see you weaning anytime soon.  If you do, I won’t know how to get you to bed at night.

You take 2 great naps a day, and if only bedtime was as simple as nap time.  Every week changes and you go through a new bedtime phase.  It takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours to get you to sleep at night and that’s when I put you to sleep.  Sometimes you wake up 1-2 times and sometimes we wake up in the morning surprised that it’s morning and you slept through the night.

You’re on the go constantly.  You took those first steps at 10 months, and for a few weeks that was the most you would do.  Then overnight you got the courage to walk, and you haven’t slowed down since.

You love playing in the kitchen cabinets, with the dog crate and the dogs (much to their dismay), and you love cords and outlets (much to our dismay and now Paul calls you Sparky).   Absolutely EVERYTHING goes in your mouth.  You love biting fuzz off blankets and stuffed animals.  You dance all the time to music.  You look peek a boo and when we chase you.

You say “mom” and “dad”, and we are pretty sure you’ve tried to say “hi”, “ya” and “amen”.  You have learned how to shake your head “yes” and it cracks us up.  You answer our questions with a head nod, and 90% of the time I feel like you really know what we are asking you.

You started signing “all done” at 11 months, and now you tell us when you’re all done with everything. All done in the stroller or all done with bath time.  I’m trying to be more consistent with other signs (like more, eat and milk) so you will learn those too.

Here we are one year later, and that love has continued to multiply. Your smile is infectious, and your laugh is contagious.  Your kisses are sloppy and sweet, and your snuggles are my favorite.  You’re dramatic and determined.  You’re curious and strong.  You’re smart and sweet.  You’re active and stubborn.  You’re the most perfect gift from God.  Happy 1st Birthday Aubrey Joy!

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Happy 10 Months Aubrey Joy!

Each month I feel like I am literally seeing you grow right in front of my eyes.  I absolutely love it, and then I break down and cry about it because you’re my baby and I think I tell you everyday you’re almost 1 and I just can’t handle that! (How’s that for a run on sentence?! Don’t read my blog for grammar… I suck at it)


LOVES

  • Dancing to music
  • Putting EVERYTHING in your mouth
  • Playing in water
  • Walker
  • Food

HATES

  • When mom or dad walk away
  • Car rides exceeding 30 minutes or around bed time

You’re wearing 12-18 month clothes right now… leaves me a little curious as to what size you’ll be wearing when you’re actually 12 – 18 months.

  
The teeth count is holding steady at 6, but I am pretty sure tooth number 7 will be coming in pretty soon.

  
You LOVE music!  As soon as you hear it you start bouncing and dancing.  It doesn’t matter how many times we see it, it brings huge smiles to our faces.  My favorite is when you’re mid crawl and you hear music… you dance by wiggling your whole body.  Just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

  
You’re solid as a rock when you’re standing and you take 1 step, but we are working on taking multiple steps.  I’m pretty sure you will tie your daddy and be walking when you’re 10 months.  You’ve mastered your walker.  Before you got angry when you used it, because you only knew how to go backwards and it was not the direction you wanted.  Now you’ve got it mastered, and you fly around the house.  You can follow us anywhere we go and you think it is the greatest thing.

  

You officially cry when Mom/Dad walk away.  Even if you’re with one of us.  If I’m holding you and Dad walks out of sight you cry for him, and vice versa.  You just love us so much 🙂

  
You are an excellent napper, but we are still working on that night time sleep.  You’re typically up 1 – 2 times a night, but more often than not you’re up twice.  If I bring you into our bed, you think it’s time for a dance party, and then none of us get any sleep.  Sometimes I can’t do it and out of sheer laziness, I ask Daddy to just bring you into our bed so I can nurse you back to sleep while I sleep.  Selective co-sleeping.

  
You are babbling up a storm and working on talking.  You are saying “Da-Da” and “na-na” and other random consonant noises… still working on “ma-ma”.

  
We celebrated our first Easter together, and you were just as cute as could be.  I am a sucker for little girl dresses… they make up a good chunk of your wardrobe.  Good thing we go to church every week to give you a chance to wear them.  (I’ve officially cut myself off from buying anymore… unless they are size 2T and up.  Good thing I plan ahead).

  

  
 You LOVE LOVE LOVE the water!  You went in our pool for the first time, and you had the biggest smile, despite the fact that the water was still a little chilly.  We also crashed a Disney hotel to hang out with your cousin, and you loved the little kid pool.  You stuck your face in the water a couple times, and now it is a nightly occurrence during bath time.

   
   
You love food, and you crack us up while you eat.  Our meal times often turn into a happy screaming war.  You scream/squeal to hear your voice, and then I copy you.  You laugh and tilt your head sideways, and then the process begins again.  Your favorite things to eat are oranges and grapes, but you pretty much eat any meal we make.

   
  
 Those newborn snuggles passed way too quickly.  You don’t snuggle but for a millisecond.  We joke every time you lay your head on our shoulders to enjoy it, because it is the most fleeting snuggle sesh ever.  The only time I get to snuggle you for real is when I put you to sleep.

  
You are just the sweetest thing.  Watching you grow up is so bittersweet.  As much as I love seeing you master new skills and your personality continue to come out, I am so sad it’s going to quickly!  We love you more than you can ever possibly imagine Aubrey!

Happy 10 Months Aubrey Joy!

 

 

Happy 8 Months Aubrey Joy!

I started this blog post early (at the same time I did your 7 month post) in attempts to get this one done on time and apparently I’m successful!  Today Aubrey is 8 months old!

 

These pictures were easier to take before you could move around everywhere!
 
You are just the most entertaining little chunk!

  
We brought you to the doctor this month, and you were 27 inches long (70th percentile) and wait for it… 20lbs 8oz! Which puts you in the 95th percentile for weight!

Your top two teeth have cut through, and while I was changing your diaper this morning I discovered another top tooth cut through.. which means you now have 5 teeth and I had no idea.  Teething does not seem to bother you.  You don’t drool (like at all which most people think is really weird), you don’t get super fussy all day, you don’t wake up a ton at night…I’m not complaining.  You started grinding your teeth, which I’m hoping is just because you’re getting used to the new ones that have come in.

  
This month was a developmental whirlwind!  Last month you crawled a little bit before you plopped onto your belly.  Now you’re crawling all over the place!  There is no keeping you in one place.  You pull yourself up to stand like it’s nothing.  Occasionally when you stand you’re already letting go to try and balance. I’m pretty sure you’re going to be an early walker… which is slightly terrifying for me.  Grandma walked at 8.5 months, and your dad walked at 10 months.  Apparently you’re going to take after them, because you’re already trying to walk.  You walk along the couch, your crib and if we hold your hands.

  

  
You figured out how to blow air out, and you are always blowing air.  You LOVE knocking down block towers.  Any time I stack them, I rarely get past 3-4 blocks before you knock them over.

  
You make a bee line for bags/backpacks and shoes.  Zippers and laces are right up your alley, right there with remotes and phones.

  
You crack us up when you see yourself in the mirror.  You always turn your head completely sideways and hang there looking at yourself.

  
Right now you’re a momma’s girl and you love being close to me.  You’ll go to other people for a few seconds (maybe minutes) before you’re reaching for me again.  (I’d be lying if it didn’t give a little bit of joy every time you reach for me… but just so you know I won’t pass you off to anyone who doesn’t love you so it is okay to be with other people).  We are working on getting you adjusted to being away from me for little periods of time.  You successfully made it in the church nursery today without getting kicked out! (we dropped you off after the worship, so that may have helped).

  
You dropped from 3 naps a day to 2 naps a day this week, and it has actually been a very smooth transition.  We had to move your bedtime up to compensate for the lost nap, but you seem to be handling it well.  You go to sleep around 6:45 and wake up around 7.  You wake up 1-2 times a night, but the last few days it has only been 1 time and you slept through the night.

  
You are currently battling eczema, and none of the things we are using seem to be helping.  We have you on a prescription from the doctor, but it doesn’t seem to be helping much It’s taking over the back of your legs, and your back.  Hopefully it goes away soon, but fortunately it doesn’t seem to be bothering you.

  
We took you to the park and let you play on the swings, and you LOVED it!  You had such a big smile, and you were bouncing up and down.  It’s your new favorite thing to do.

   
   
You are so serious, but you’re laughing more often.  You laugh at things that I don’t plan on you laughing at.  When we actually try to make you laugh, you stare at us.  Then we do something random (like throwing a block up to catch, and when I miss it bounces off the wall and you die laughing).  I LOVE hearing you laugh, and I love that you’re laughing more often.

  
I love watching you grow up, but it is so bittersweet. Happy 8 Months to my favorite girl!