Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Our Pearle of Great Price

Here she is! One year old.
What she says: dad, dog, duck, deer, diaper, hi, uh-oh, no, mama, tickle-tickle, and ball.
What she signs: bye-bye/hi, fan, light/star, milk/water, fish, flower, potty (I use the word sign loosely because she is a verrrry sloppy signer...)
What makes her laugh: Hold her up and rub her tummy with your head, she giggles every time!
What she likes: dogs & cats, balloons, peek-a-boo, patty-cake, hugs & kisses, clapping, Daddy, sling rides, toys that play songs, and stuffed animals.
What makes her mad: if we don’t share our candy, of course!
No fear: she isn’t scared of anything--vacuum (she chases it down), mixer/blender/wheat grinder, fireworks, baths, showers, darkness, huge trucks, large bald, bearded men with hats, or scary music.
Toys she likes: stuffed animals make her giggle and toys that play songs entertain her
Things she hates: the baby saucer and crib (she sleeps in a Pack n Play instead)
Favorite mischief: unrolling toilet paper, fishing in toilet, pulling every diaper wipe or tissue out of the box all at once, unloading mommy’s nightstand or daddy’s bookshelf.
Things she’s eaten: Dirt, paper, sequin, pencil eraser, popcorn kernel, stickers, tape, poster tacky, BBs, beads (I do try to prevent this believe it or not)
Gross motor skills: goes up and down stairs, crawls on knees or toes, can pull herself up to standing, not able to stand alone yet.
Number of teeth: 4 upper, 3 lower

Favorite comfort item: She was totally a pacifier baby until 10 months, then after we took it away for 24 hours she would never touch one again, if we gave it to her she would launch it into the air, instead she fell in love with a fleece Eyore blanket with fringe. She likes to chew on the fringe and twiddle it with her fingers. Yesterday she pinched her fingers and while I was trying to calm her down, she crawled off my lap, crawled over to where her blanket was, collapsed in a heap on top, sighed in relief, and didn’t make another sound.
Favorite songs: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Patty Cake.
Books: Doesn’t really have one unless perhaps it has real cat and dog pictures. She spends a large amount of time each day pulling books off the shelf and practicing opening and closing them though.
Favorite foods: buttered saltines, pasta, frozen peas and corn,artichoke hearts, chili, fruit snacks, raisins, chocolate chip cookies (birthday dinner chili-macaroni).
Disliked foods: she’s a bit burnt out on cheerios and graham cracker type foods.

How she celebrated her first birthday: A Merry-Go-Round ride, Pizza Factory for dinner with Mom and brother and sister, we bought her a giant breadstick twist on a stick. It was cute watching her try to eat it, but she really preferred the artichoke hearts from mom’s pasta, there were a lot and she ate almost every single one! Calls and love from Grandparents and Daddy. Her homemade birthday dinner last night was Chili-Macaroni, what a mess! She’s getting a chocolate cake with pink, purple, and orange polka dots and rainbow sherbet for dessert (the cake matches the sherbet, lol). She got a Jammin’ Piano Band toy and she loved it. She also got a giant squishy ball, but it couldn't compete with the noisy toy.

Interesting to note: Colic lasted for FIVE months, currently she is still pretty bald on top-just baby fuzz, her hair is about an inch long in the back. She’s never been left with a babysitter except in the church nursery a few times during choir and enrichment, maybe that is why she is so fearless (the colic and poor sleeping habits are why we gave up on leaving her). She is a horrible sleeper, she finally started sleeping ten hours (instead of 2 hours or less) a few weeks ago, but she still cries a lot during the night and wakes up multiple times during the last two hours before morning (aargh, I probably caused that), also, she didn’t start solid foods for real until nine months old. I started pottying her at 4 1/2 months, and we use cloth diapers. She actually stops when you say "no" and will remember "no-no's" still the next day. Middle name is Pearle after great grandma.

1 comment:

Becky and the Boys said...

What a smart, interesting little girl! I'm glad she's getting over the colic!