Kimberly Peil

Ella’s First Year

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I was waiting until Ella had her One Year check up before I gave the official update on where she is and how it has all been.  We had to see a new doctor today, and our visit was less than satisfactory.    I won’t get into all the annoying details… chances are you have already read them on Facebook.  The important info is that she is 22 lbs 7oz (about 55%), and 31″ tall (about 80%), and healthy.

I feel like I have done a lot of complaining.  Mostly about my birthing story and then Ella when she was a newborn.  But really, after about the 6 month mark, the fog lifted.  And I love having a One year old!  Seriously, why can’t children just be born at this stage?  I know, I don’t want to give birth to a 22lb baby either… maybe someone could raise them for the first 6 months?  No, then we wouldn’t have that attachment and bonding and breastfeeding.  Oh well, at least if the next ones are hard, I will always know there is something to look forward to!

So here are just a few of the highlights and milestones that we have reached at one year’s old!

  • Sleeping through the night… 11-12 hours straight.  Hallelujah!  This didn’t start happening around 10 1/2 months, so it is a relatively new milestone.  I really need to learn to go to bed earlier though, because she gets up at about 5am each morning.
  • She is kind of a picky eater, but as long as you feed her something she likes she will eat a ton of it.
  • The whole sign language thing finally started clicking a few weeks ago.  She has mastered the signs for eat, drink, more, all done, bath, please, thank you, nurse, and again.  It is so nice that she can communicate with us this way, because it means a whole lot less crying!
  • She nods and shakes her head most of the time, if you ask her a question.  It is amazing how much they understand at this age!
  • She is getting pretty good with pointing out body parts.  So far we have the eye, nose, ear, teeth, tummy and belly button down.
  • Her vocabulary is growing!  She says, Momma, Dada, hi, uh-oh, ouch!, coo-coo (referring to a coo-coo clock), and dog.
  • She definitely has a little attitude.  Her newest thing is furrowing her brow.  It’s pretty funny, unless she is doing it to some stranger in the grocery store.  Then they suddenly don’t think my little baby is so cute anymore.  And I swear it is even more intense than the Evil Eye Baby… now if we could just get her to do it on cue!
  • She is walking.  She took her first steps at 10 months, but didn’t really start walking until 11 months.  She is a fearless walker though, never watching where she is going.  She ends up with a lot of bumps and bruises, but at least she is pretty tough and rarely cries.
  • She has 6 teeth, four of which just came in all in the last month.  Thankfully she is not a bad teether.  I think it was God’s grace for enduring such a difficult newborn.
  • She LOVES dogs.  No seriously.  Every morning she wakes up, we go out into the living room, and she starts pointing at the sliding glass door and barking (our neighbor has two little dogs).  I often hear her wake up from her nap barking.  And when we go to the park, she will chase any little, unassuming dog all while barking at it and pointing.  I find that dog owners don’t seem to appreciate the cuteness in this.  The looks on their faces tend to be more like, “get your dirty child away from my precious pup!”

I know I might have scared off a few of my childless friends with my early stories of pregnancy and child rearing, but trust me, it gets better… a whole lot better.  We still have rough days, but there is just so much good to counteract the bad.  Now that we have Ella, Hunter and I both wonder how people can wait to have children (we only say that because we waited 5 years).  Happy 1st birthday my sweet little girl!

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  1. Oh no, I just posted about not being ready to have a baby yet. One day, one day.

    That’s so weird that people will get their dog away from Ella. It’s the other way around with me. There are two ladies in our neighborhood who have babies who seem to be really into dogs. When I go over to say hi and the baby reaches for either Bams or Nora, the lady pulls the little girl away.

    See, if you lived closer we could so have play dates. : )

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