Sunday, May 27, 2012

11 months, almost made it to "1"!

Another whole month has passed, I feel as if I was just typing up Whitney's "milestones" and here is another month of new ones. We've stayed pretty busy in the last month, heading on our first family vacation (to Amelia Island, FL) and Whitney and I made another trip back to WI. We had a few really busy weeks, so it feels great to be back at home and getting back into our normal routines.

Whitney is so close to taking her first steps I can hardly believe it. She moves along furniture with ease and lets go of things and stands on her own for a few seconds before plopping down. She just needs some more confidence to take those first steps on her own. We also figured out she can climb stairs no problem either. Luckily she isn't too interested in the steps at our house...yet. I'm sure we'll be investing in a baby gate sometime in the near future.

While on vacation we got to celebrate my very first Mother's Day, what a special day Andy made for us. My girlfriends and I (also Mom's) were treated to a spa day with manicures and pedicures. Whitney also made me a I love Mom mug with the babysitter, a new coffee favorite. And as for Whitney, she enjoyed her first time on the beach, much sand was eaten, and she was dunked twice in the pool. She's becoming quite the water baby.

Babbling away and generally being a really happy baby, we couldn't be more proud. She brings me to tears on an almost daily basis. She has overcome so many odds, done so much more than I ever would have imagined in this short time. Every movement, every breath, every smile, I am delighted. Of course as we are nearing a year it just causes you to reflect even more on her life thus far. I'm sure I'll write more on that next month, but as for now, we are bursting with love.

Milestones include: Eating most everything / letting go of furniture / crawling up stairs / I give kisses / I get a bath at 8 and bottle at 8:30 I sleep until 7:30 / I went on my first vacation / I flew to WI again, this makes 5 times / I am curious!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

10 months old

As I am typing this I realize I am a little late on this post, so let's call it 10 months and a week.
Whitney is changing so much, almost on a daily basis. She is getting such a personality and is constantly learning to do new things and turning into quite the explorer. The days of her sitting on her butt and playing quietly are now in the past, as she scurries to one toy to the next, pulls herself up and moving along furniture and is amusing herself with Tilly, possibly her new best friend.

She's standing up in her crib in the morning when I come to get her and I cant help but giggle. She plays tug with Tilly and is learning how to follow him around the house, it's quite possibly the most endearing thing I have seen her do. And when she giggles and smiles at me, that's when I thank God.

My parents have been watching her on Skype lately and I think they find her pretty funny. She's crawling all over (one foot on the ground, one knee on the ground) digging in her toy box and then chasing Tilly...I love to see them laughing at her and her antics. They may be far away, but Skype brings us so much closer. As they wave and smile at her and she attacks the computer, that's when I thank God.

The love I feel for her, this true, raw, heart wrenching love, is a love people told me about but I could never understand. I get it now. I know I'm not alone on this feeling, and I'm sure many can relate, but man it feels incredible. I've had 10 months of this precious baby and when I think back to her coming into this world and how far she's come, that's when I thank God.

Milestones include:
*Starting to eat grinded up adult food / * Like to pull myself up on everything and walk along furniture / * I can walk behind a push toy / * I generally like to go to thinkgs I'm not supposed to / * Bat at 8:00 and sleep until 7:30 / * I crawl with one foot on the ground / * I flew to WI again, this makes 4 times / * I have 5 teeth / * Mom heard me say "Tilly"...could this by my first word??