Monday, May 28, 2012


Ella Grace, 

WOW! All I can say it Wow. How on earth are you 1 YEAR old!? 12 months. A toddler!? It just does not seem possible. Everyone always warns you about how fast your babies grow up, and well...that is most definitely true. I LOVE watching you grow everyday. Watching you learn all about this fascinating world around us. It is so mesmerizing to see you blossom into such a beautiful human being, every single day. It only makes me sad that you are getting older, because one day, which will be here much sooner than I am ready for, you will be all grown up and leaving your Mommy. That brings tears to my eyes. I know that is the way life goes, but I still will never want to be away from you. No matter what. 

However, let's focus on the happy times this month. You are WALKING! You will take about 4-5 steps at a time, then get in a hurry and start crawling. You will be running in no time! We celebrated your first birthday party a week after your actual birthday and you had a blast! Most of our family were there with several close friends. You loved playing with all the other kids and getting lots of attention from all your grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins : ) We had the party in our backyard, decorated with LOTS of pink! You got to drink punch for the first time and of course loved your birthday cake! It was tons if fun. Mommy will make a separate post for you with all the details and pictures. You have, without a doubt, made this past year the best, most amazing, exciting, and fulfilling year of mine and your Daddy's lives. You have taught us what true, unconditional is. This year has definitely flown by, but on the other hand it is hard to imagine not ever having you in our lives. That seems so long ago that is was just us two. You bring SO much love and joy into our lives and our home. You are a sweet and very special child who I can already tell will have a very strong-willed personality! Which I LOVE! Because you also are very tender and loving. I can see you in the future using your strong personality for wonderful causes. I know you will do great things! And I am SO grateful and blessed to be your Mommy and be able to watch you grow into the amazing person you already are and will mature into throughout the upcoming years. I can only hope that your first year was as amazing and memorable as it was for me and Daddy. I pray that will will experience many, MANY more happy and blessed years! I love you more than you will ever understand and more than I will ever be able to express. Happy 1st Birthday sweet baby girl! Mommy loves you!!!!

12 Month Stats

Weight: 20 pounds 11 ounces (either you lost a few ounces since last month, or our scale at home is just a little different from the doctor's)

Length: 30 inches

Clothes size:  12 months, 12-18 months

Diaper size:  4

Daily Routine: You wake up around 7:30 A.M. Occasionally, you will sleep in until closer to 8, but not regularly. Unfortunately. At the beginning of this month, you were still nursing right after waking up, but since then we have cut out your morning nursing session and you have milk in a cup/bottle. You are still obsessed with cheerios, and we still eat lots of scrambled eggs and oatmeal. We either play until your morning nap or sometimes you watch "Baby Einstein." Depends on the day and your mood. You still take your first nap around 9:30-10:00 A.M. On a good day you sleep about 1 1/2 hours. On a bad day, only about 30 minutes. On a really bad day, no nap at all : / Those are always fun... Usually you will take some sort of morning nap. If you skip a nap, it is usually your afternoon one. You take a second nap (hopefully!) around 2-2:30 P.M. Then we play, have dinner and begin our bedtime routine around 6:30 P.M. You are in bed by 7-7:30 P.M.

Feeding: The weaning is going pretty well. We started out the month with you nursing twice a day, once in the mornings and once at bedtime. After a few weeks of that, we are down to only bedtime feedings. I'm really not sure how long this will continue, but I'm not stressing about it. We will get there. You are still loving all your table foods. Your favorites are cottage cheese, fruit, and cheese. Mommy let you try peanut butter and honey for the first time and you LOVED it! Also, Mommy made you heart-shaped greek yogurt pancakes for you 1st birthday breakfast. They were a big hit!

Sleep: Still sleeping like an angel, around 12 hours a night! Thank you!!!

Hair Color: Light brown

Eye color:  Light brown

Milestones: This month you started walking! YAY! You are also really starting to jabber a lot : ) Most of the time I have no clue what you are saying, but you do and that's all that matters. You now say "fish", "shoe," and "outside." You started giving "high five" when asked and we began brushing you two little toothies : )

Your favorite toy: BOOKS! You have always loved books (YAY!) but this month it seems you are always looking through books alone in your room or you want Mommy and/or Daddy to read to you. This is awesome and I love it! I will take full credit for this also, because unfortunately your Daddy is not a book work like Mommy. You also love to swing! Daddy built you your very own swing right in our backyard! We already use it quite a bit, and I know we will continue to throughout the summer : )

12 Month Pictures


  1. So precious! Happy Birthday to her!

    1. Thank you Allison : ) Very sweet of you!

  2. She is adorable!! happy 1st birthday Ella Greace. can't wait to see the birthday pictures. My little girl will be one in a 2 weeks.. where does the time go? It looks like we have the same creme chair too. I got mine at Once Upon a Time. It looks like the same fabric but I can't seem to keep my clean. Yours looks so clean. Have you had it cleaned before and what do you use on it?

    1. Hey Katy! Thanks for your sweet comment! As far as the chair goes, I got mine at Buy Buy Baby, but I think I've seen it other places also. I haven't cleaned it really, except for spot cleaning when needed. I feel like it needs a "real" cleaning so badly. I'm happy to know it looks clean in the pics though, ha!

  3. I can't believe she's already a year old! She's beautiful!! Happy Birthday Ella Grace!

    1. Thanks Lacey! I can't believe she is 1 year already either!!! Time flies!