11.17.2012

you're eleven (and a half!) months old, wattsie!

My big, big girl-- you are eleven (and a half!) months old! I cannot believe that you will be a year old in just a few days.

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You have grown up so much over the past month. You are starting to really be independent. You are so good at crawling on all fours now. You can really go! You are also really good at walking when someone is helping you. I think you'll be walking on your own very soon. You've taken a few steps, and you've stood on your own. It's just a matter of time now!

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You are still nursing four times per day (when you first wake up, 10:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.). You are still sleeping through the night from 7:30 p.m. until about 7:30-8:00 a.m.

You love every single food we put in front of you. You really love cheese toast, crackers, turnip greens, peas and beans, and mac-and-cheese. You love food, and that makes me so happy.

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You also love bathtime. The other day, we visited a church member in the hospital, and you saw a fountain outside. You went berserk. You love water. I often have to let you play in the sink just to satisfy your need for water play. Silly girl.

You are definitely getting bigger and taller, too. I think you weigh about 24 pounds. You wear 18 months clothes (more for the length and not for the width), and you wear 6-12 months socks and a size 2-3 shoe.

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You can say a few words, too: DaDa (your favorite), Nonna (Momma), Ni-ni (night-night), Bye-bye, and no. You aren't one to be put on display, so to say, so it's hard to get you to say lots of stuff.

You are also kind of shy around strangers, but you love to stare people down, too. You always have something to investigate.

You still only have four teeth, but they are good, strong teeth that can do lots of chewing.

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You really love to "pat-a-cake", and your favorite part is the "roll him up" part. But I can't ever get you to "throw him in the pan."

You are definitely a grinner. You grin all the time now, which is something kind of new for you. You always haven't been the easiest little girl to impress, so your affluence of grinning makes me so happy now.

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Wattsie, you mean so much to your daddy and me. We love you so much, and we are so very proud of you. I cannot wait to watch you grow during these last few weeks of your first year and during all the years to come.

I love you, little girl.

Love,
Momma

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