. . . for Lauren and Lauren: Three more months

September 29, 2014

Three more months

Dear Addilyn, 

Somehow almost three months have passed since you turned one.  Time is going fast, and it's hard to believe that you are a one year old.  A toddler! 

This last month you have changed so much.  You look older, you're bigger and you learn something new all the time.  It amazes me how many words you know.  It's like one day you decided you were going to start saying real words.  You'll repeat most words we say if you're in the right mood.  But you have a long list of words you say all on your own.  Your daddy and I made a list the other night and here they are:  

mama, dada, up, more, ball, tractor, Molly, grandpa, bubbles, balloon, no, yea, on, banana, bye-bye, down, fish, jump, doggy, swing, brrrrr (when it's cold), water, apple, cookie, slide, eye

You love to say "up and down" over and over.  You'll walk around standing up and squatting, saying it over and over.  You also love to spin in circles when we say round and round, like the Wheels on the Bus song.  You love to dance, especially when you are holding our phones when the music is playing.

This summer we had so much fun.  You love going to parks, beaches, walks (thankfully you like your stroller now most of the time), anything that is outside.  We went to a beach in Wisconsin in August and you loved it.  The water was freezing but you didn't care.  You would've stayed there for hours! 

 You are getting more and more affectionate, but are still kind of stingy with your hugs and kisses. You started giving more kisses to your grandma and grandpas and they love it!  Your sleeping is still inconsistent, but you were doing pretty well with one early morning wake up around 5, then back to sleep till 6:30 or 7. But the last few weeks have been rough! I think it's your molars, but whatever it is you are waking up at least twice a night and I'm anxious for your old schedule to return!

You're still nursing about three times a day (and once during the night).  I have mixed feelings about you being done nursing and am not sure when that will happen.  I think part of me still loves it because you still feel like my baby!  Although I'd love for you to sleep all night long.

(your first pigtails)
(baking with mama)

Your favorite things are grandpa's tractor and horses, playing outside, being naked, taking baths, playing chase, wearing mama's necklaces, Molly, parks, throwing rocks in the water, weekend breakfasts with daddy while mama runs, and animals. 

You are not a fan of being away from me or your daddy.  You do not like the church nursery, but we are working on being consistent and are determined to teach you to love it and hope you do soon! You started throwing some real fits these days and it makes me not so excited about the toddler days. You usually do this when I take something away from you that you can't have or pick you up to do something you don't want to do.  Thankfully you snap out of it pretty quickly.  You're quite stubborn and get upset when you don't get your way.  

(You still love eating Molly's dog food)

We have lots of playdates with your friends and you see Vinny, Ellie,and Ella at least once a week. You love Thursdays when we babysit Aaliyah. 

We finally got you on medicine for acid reflux.  It was a challenge to get you to take it at first.  You now take it so easily and get a chocolate chip right after.  Turns out you were pretty easy to bribe! Since you've been taking the medicine you are now eating so much better.  You actually say "more" to eat and sometimes walk to the fridge wanting more food.  You never wanted more food before!  You've gained almost a pound this last month, which is more than you gained the last five! 

You are the cutest little girl.  You are silly and funny and have the funniest little giggle that I love.  You get so excited when someone comes over and flail your arms and kick your legs and let out this little squeal and laugh.  You're favorite sound is probably the garage door opening because you know daddy is home.  I'm so thankful I get to spend my days at home with you.  You are getting more and more fun all the time and I think you are the best thing ever.  

I love you so much Addilyn Jane. 


your mama 

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Kelly said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

She's getting so big and I love those pigtails!

two birds said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

She is so cute. Those pigtails! And it's so great that she is taking the acid reflux meds and is eating more! YAY!

Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

She's so beautiful. Her whole face just lights up with a smile.

Sarah said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Love the pigtails and those cute glitter bows. It's the best when they get excited and kick their legs and their whole face lights up.

Kayla MKOY said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

That headband? I think I need it in MY life haha so cute. It always amazes me how babies learn to say banana...you'd think that would be a really tough word to grasp! Go her!! :)

amanda mccool said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

These posts are so sweet and I so wish I had done something like this when my kids were little. Enjoy these days! They really do go by too fast!

Kelly Fulkerson said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

They grow up so fast... She is absolutely precious!

J and A said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I just love her!! Her expressions are a riot! LOVE them. And her in that bathing suit is just the best! Oh and in those headbands.

heckyeshotmess said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

aw this is really cute!
Thanks for sharing her little journey with us!

PolkaDottyPlace said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

What a cutie!! I'm glad we aren't the only ones working through the church nursery adjustment. Olive is making progress, but it definitely gives me anxiety. I'm hopeful that our consistent routine will pay off. I had a friend tell me that if the worst thing we are working on right now is that Olive wants to be with us 24/7, we are doing something right. I'm sure we'll both look back on these toddler years and laugh at all the big issues.