Saturday, July 11, 2015

Lyla Ellen Turns One!

She's ONE!  My little girl officially turned one on June 30th, 2015!  This year has been such a whirlwind that I just can't comprehend that a year has gone by.  Having two children has definitely been a lot different than having just one.  It is harder to spread the love around and make sure that you take as many photographs as the first child and mark all of the milestones just like the first. 

But, I think we've made it, survived with two, and are enjoying this new stage in our lives - two kids walking and playing with each other!  YES!

*Weight: 18.6 pounds (tiny thing)
*Clothes: 12 months

*You are still that cute little shy thing around strangers

*You are babbling and talking like CRAZY ever since you turned one!

*Words: Dada, Mama, Baby, Bro Bro (Brody), Ni Ni (Night Night), Ball, Hi, and you can nod your head for "yes" and shake your head for "no".

*You have found your smile and laugh a lot more since you've turned one.  You are happy, funny, giggly, and smiley almost all the time.  I adore it!

*You are walking full time now, wanting to run, but can't do that just yet.

*You love laying down on the floor.  It's the cutest thing.  You also love your beanbag chair and getting comfy and cozy in it.

*You are quite the snuggle bug.

*You've decided that you don't like pacifiers anymore.  Thanks for doing that one on your own ;)

*You really love shoes and get excited when I point out clothes to you that you are going to wear that day.  Makes me excited to take you shopping when you are older :)

*You are a little bit of a daredevil.  You love climbing on everything - making this mama extremely nervous!  You are also a very mischievous little thing.  You think it's hilarious to do something you know you aren't supposed putting your hand/feet/body/sippy cup in the dog's water.  

*You love a good game of chase.  If I look at you and say: "I'm gonna get you!" you immediately run the opposite direction with the biggest smile on your face.  It's my favorite.

*Girlfriend, you can hold your own when it comes to Preston.  Remember how I said you were happy and giggly almost all the time?  The times that you are not are when you are yelling/screaming at your brother because he took something of yours.  Of course I try to break up the issue, but deep down inside I'm cheering you on because you have to be able to stand up for yourself!

You go girl!

*You just finished your first episode of real sickness with hand, foot, and mouth.  You had a fairly mild case of it, but got through it like a champ - fever and all!

*You officially have 6 teeth (Thank goodness!) and are getting two more on the bottom right now to make eight. 

*You eat like you weigh thirty pounds.  I don't know where it all goes, but you are still so tiny and only weigh 18 pounds.

*Food: Grilled Cheese, Applesauce, Puffs, Goldfish, Crackers, Black Beans, Green Beans, Bread, Toast, Spaghetti, fruit flavored yogurt, Pancake, Strawberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Cantaloupe, Oatmeal, Noodles, Chicken, Cupcake (for her birthday), Blackberry, Raspberry, Mac & Cheese, baked beans, avocado, fish, banana, sweet potato, rice, carrots, tortilla, cheese, cucumber, zuchini, yellow squash, acorn squash, butternut squash, parsnips, pumpkin, Peas....Lord honey, the list goes on and on. 

You have some foods that you don't enjoy, but for right now, I am enjoying putting anything and everything on your plate and watching you eat.  Keep it up!

*Your eating schedule is finally the same as us!  This is such a wonderful change for our family :)  We can all eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the same time with snacks in between.

*You are no longer using bottles or drinking formula!  Only sippy cups now and you mostly drink Whole Milk and Water.  The transition from bottle to sippy cup was AMAZINGLY EASY.  I just gave it to you and you drank from it.  Seriously - thank you!

*You love anything having to do with water.  The tub, the big waterslide, the water table, the slip n' slide, the pool.  You love splashing, kicking, and getting soaked!

*You still love giving hugs to all of us and your baby dolls/stuffed animals.  You've really found some of your favorites with those.  You also enjoy putting your baby dolls in their stroller and pushing them around the house. 

And Preston loves pushing YOU around in the baby doll stroller.  You are so small that you fit!

*You love anything your big brother does - he is learning how to play with you really well and both of you come up with some fun games throughout the day.  I hope you all grow an awesome bond!

*You are taking two naps a day.  One in the morning for about an hour and one in the afternoon for anywhere between 2 and 3 hours. 

*We have found you a new sitter for next year that we are SO EXCITED about and I think you will really flourish there :)  I can not wait to see what you learn in this new environment! 

*Gosh you are beautiful.  I look at you every day and think how gorgeous you are.  Always remember that you are beautiful from the inside and out and that your family will always love you, no matter what!

Today this beautiful, sweet, shy, funny, cuddly, and out-spoken when she needs to be, little girl is officially one!  You have completed our family and we are beyond blessed to have you in our lives.   I have always dreamt of being a Mommy to a little girl.  Thank you for making one of my dreams come true. 

Happy Birthday, Lyla Ellen!!
We love you!!


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