12 months old

12 months old

dear eleanor,

my baby girl, you turned 1 a few weeks ago! i can't believe that our first year is already behind us. as i've said before, time has flown by and at the same time it feels like you've always been with us.

12 month stats: height-32 inches (100th percentile!)
weight-21 lbs. 7 oz. (9.7 kilos) and (72nd percentile)
teeth-11!

food:
you're such a good eater! you'll eat almost anything and you really like to try to feed yourself with the spoon. it can be quite messy as you have the spoon in one hand and your other hand in the bowl with food covering our hands and face but i enjoy letting you explore and learn. and well that's what paper towels are for. your favorite food is still any type of fruit and cheese. you would eat both all day if i would let you. you love indian food and you eat it quite spicy. we took you to my favorite sichuan restaurant and gave you tripe and all kinds of other crazy foods and you ate them all up. i love that you are such an adventurous eater! we started weaning a bit, introducing cows milk and going down to two breastmilk feedings a day. you seem to be fine with it and i am still enjoying those two times a day when it's just you and mama feeding quietly.

12 months old

doings:
you are such a lover. you give kisses and hugs that make this mama's heart melt. when i first lift you out of your crib you always snuggle into my neck and hold on tight. those moments are some of my favorites.
you love animals. any book with animals in it is your favorite. when we ask you how a lion goes you let out a big growl that is so cute. we're working on the other animals too but for now whenever we ask you about a cow or a dog or a pig you growl...we'll get there.
you're mimicking everything. you often pick up my phone, hold it up to you ear, and begin fake talking (mouthing words that only you know). when i put my makeup on you love to pick up a brush and rub your face with it. you're a long way from the days of makeup but i think it's so fun that you want to do what mama does.
you are fearless! you explore your world with no reservations. and you my dear are a little monkey climbing on everything! yesterday you pulled one of your big blocks over to the desk to stand on it to get up higher. these moments are always a bit difficult for me as i want you to be safe and understand that certain things are dangerous but i don't want to hinder your adventurous spirit or stop you from being creative.

as with every other stage and milestone we have hit in this first year this is such a fun time and i love watching you become the little person that you are. you have such a strong will and yet such a loving, friendly personality. we're looking forward to the next year and all that it holds for you, our dear first born.
12 months old