Adelaide Harper You Are 12 Months Old!

We finally reached your first birthday! And it didn’t make me as sad as I thought it would. We love the sweet little girl you’re becoming and so look forward to watching you grow up!

* Daddy often sings you the Skinnamarink song to calm you down when you are upset. This month you starting trying to sing along with him! We’ve caught you a couple other times singing to yourself and it’s so sweet!

* New words this month were “thank you” and “I love you”.

* You have learned to point when you want something! I love that you are able to communicate in that way and I don’t have to guess what it is that you want!

* Speaking of pointing; every morning when I eat my breakfast of peanut butter crackers, you crawl over as fast as you can and ask for one. You love them and if I don’t give you one fast enough you get so mad.

* Almost every day lately, when we go to get you out of your crib, you will bring your bunny with you. Morning time, nap time, no matter what. You’ve done this in the past, but not this frequent. It’s so cute how much you love your bunny!

* This month brought your 8th tooth! You have at least 3 more coming soon and you have been really cranky lately because of them! Poor baby!

* You have learned to pretend talk on the phone! You will hold anything rectangle shaped up to your ear and answer it. Ha!

* Music and dancing has been the funnest thing for you lately! You will just dance and dance and sometimes squeal when music comes on. And you love for me and Daddy to dance with you!

* You have become really clingy this month. I think it’s because you haven’t felt well with your teeth hurting. You love to be held, or if you’re playing you love for us to be right in the floor with you. You also have been so sweet by patting our backs, when we pat yours. It’s hard seeing you upset all the time, but I’ve been loving all the extra snuggles from an otherwise very independent girl!

* I have a few IPad apps that you like to play with and you’ve learned how to push the buttons to make them do stuff. You think it’s really fun! You also like to use my IPad as a mirror and talk to the baby that you see! Ha!

* One of the sweetest things that I’ve watched you do lately, is be a good Mama to your baby dolls. You will say “Awwww” and pat them, kiss them and hug them. I know that you are going to be a wonderful Mama someday!

Adelaide Harper, you are the most precious little person I have ever met. Your Daddy and I love you more than you will ever know! Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

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Adelaide Harper You Are 11 Months Old!

How can you be 11 months old? And where did my little baby go? You are such a big, independent girl these days and I can’t believe a year ago you were still in my belly!

* We have been cloth diapering this month and it’s going great! I wanted to cloth diaper when you were first born, but was too intimidated by it all to start. I finally decided to try it and am so glad I did!

* You are so confident in your legs these days. You have been pulling up on furniture for a while, but I have recently caught you letting go for a couple seconds before deciding to sit down. You are crawling underneath chairs and getting into everything. You have also figured out how to scoot safely off the couch feet first (but I don’t trust you yet so I still help you)!

* A new game that we love to play together is “Where did Mommy/Daddy/Adelaide go?”. It’s not much different from peekaboo, except for you are now covering up our faces yourself. You think it’s so funny!

* A not so fun development this month is that you have been waking up once a night again. I’m pretty sure it’s because your teeth are bothering you. I can feel 3 swollen places in your mouth and know that must hurt! I wish those teeth would pop through and stop hurting you!

* One day when you raised both your arms above your head I said “Hallelujah” and it stuck. Now you do it all the time and when we say “Hallelujah” you always raise your arms up!

* You learned to wave early on this month and love to do it! One night we laid you down for bedtime and you waved bye bye to us. We wanted to just scoop you up and skip bedtime. Ha! We didn’t. You are also pointing when you want something.

* You have had a word explosion recently! You say Hi, Good Girl, Meow, and Uh Oh, and sort of PeekaBoo (you kind of hum it, instead of say it). The other day we took you to a puppet show at the library and you were saying “Hi” to everyone around us. It was so cute!

We are so blessed to have you in our lives. You are so smart and so sweet. You make our family feel full and complete! We love you more than we’ll ever be able to tell you!

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Adelaide Harper You Are 10 Months Old!

Wow! TEN months old! You are such an independent big girl now, that it’s hard to believe you were ever a little baby!

* You are definitely using “Mamamama” and “Dadadada” in reference to us now. Before it was just babbling. We LOVE it! Sometimes when you get mad if I walk away from you, you will squeal at me in this high-pitched voice “Mamamamama”. It’s so funny!

* You have really been facinated with my face lately. You will touch my eyelashes, nose, eyebrows, lips, etc., and I will tell you the names of everything, trying to teach you. You also love to play with my hair, but I am trying to teach you not to do that because it hurts! Ha!

* You are in size 12 month clothes (which are starting to get snug!) and size 4 diapers. You eat 3 bottles, baby food twice, and lots of snacks throughout the day. I cannot get you to drink out of a sippy cup at all! I’ve tried water, juice, formula, different cups; nothing works! You love to bang the cup on your highchair tray and get your hair all wet though!

* Your 7th tooth arrived this month! You are getting to be a pro at this teething stuff! Besides being drooley, you really don’t seem to mind all that much! Your smile is so cute with all those teeth!

* Whenever music comes on now, you like to dance to it. You will kind of just bop up and down and smile and wave your arms. It is the cutest and funniest thing ever!

* I think you are starting to become somewhat of a Daddy’s Girl. Whenever he gets home from work you get so excited and yell until he picks you up. Also, at night when we are putting you to bed, I get like 1 kiss for every 5 you give him! You love your Daddy!

* You are now pulling up on things and trying to stand! You’re still wobbly at it, but I think you love the new perspective!

* Most mornings when we get you out of bed, you latch onto something that’s in your crib and bring it with you. Often, its your little bunny friend, which you still love more than any of your other toys!

* We had to take your bumper off, because you figured out how to take off the clips we used to attach it to your crib. Now your pacifier falls out all the time and you are not liking that! The other day after about 30 minutes of fussing at naptime, you yelled “Mamaaaa!” and when I went into your room you were sobbing and gave me so many kisses when I picked you up to comfort you. It broke this Mama’s heart! You didn’t have to take a nap that day!

It is an absolute joy to watch your life unfold! We cannot imagine our lives without you in it! You make our hearts so full, sweet girl!

Adelaide Harper You Are 8 Months Old!

It was so hard to get good pictures of you this month! You are so busy these days and have no time to stop and pose for the camera! Also your teeth are bothering you and between the drool and your tongue exploring those new teeth, your smiles were hard to come by.

* You have been so much more cuddly this month. You like to lay your head on our shoulders and give us kisses all the time! In fact, when we lean in to kiss you on your lips, you are leaning in too and kissing back! It’s so sweet and we are loving all the good snuggles!

* You are finally on a good schedule! You have four bottles, eat baby food twice, and have two naps a day. You wake up typically around 6:30am and go to bed around 7pm every night. It’s so easy now to plan things because I know when you will need to eat and sleep!

* You have cut two new teeth this month. The top two front ones. You have been drooling so much and chewing on your fingers; working hard on those new teeth!

* You have been babbling and talking so much! We have heard “Mama” and “Dada”, but are pretty sure you are not talking about us yet. You also say “bababa” and “wawawa” alot. You have also learned to cluck your tongue this month! It’s so cute!

* You are officially scooting! You are much better at backwards than forwards, which is frusterating to you sometimes when you are trying to get something in front of you and only seem to get farther away from it! Ha!

* It seems like your hair has grown so much this month! It’s getting much thicker and starting to touch your ears and neckline. I can’t wait until I can play with it and put bows in your hair!

* Speaking of hairbows, you have discovered the headbands I put on your head and are taking them off. I can’t keep headbands, hats, socks, or shoes on you. When we go out strangers comment about your cold feet and I think they must think you’re neglected! Ha!

* We have had to lower your crib because you were scaring us by putting your legs and arms over the sides. With all the moving you do these days, it feels much safer to have your crib set at the bottom.

* You are still in a size 3 diaper and wear 6-9 month and 12 month clothing. Our scale says you weight about 19.8 lbs.

* You are getting better at working those fingers to pick up finger food. I have tried giving you little pieces of cereal and blueberries, but you still gag alot and aren’t quite ready for it. You love baby mum mums though! And you are loving your baby food and eat about 2-2.5 jars per day!

It is so hard to believe you are this old! I am just soaking up all these last baby months, because soon you will be toddling around and talking! We love you so much Adelaide Harper!

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