Baby Stuff Recommendations: Months 8 – 12

Weellps, now that Penny is officially a whole year old, I figured it’s time for me to round out my recommendations in case you need more stuff to clutter up your house (no? only me?). Below is a list of some of the things Penny has loved most, I’ve loved most, or have just been really great (or really necessary!) as this little girl has continued to grow! I tried to find photos showcasing most of the items listed, but I have literally 18,000 photos on my phone at this point so I couldn’t dig out a good one for everything.

Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I get a couple of cents thrown my way if you decide to purchase something. Feel free to check out my previous posts for recommendations for Months 1 – 3 and Months 3 – 8 too!

 

Large Nod Chair: Our 1st birthday gift to Penny was a soft foam toddler chair from Crate & Kids (formerly Land of Nod). She freaking LOVES it, and I think it’s pretty great except for the fact that she looks super grown up half the time she’s sitting in it. ::sob::

  

GB Pockit Stroller: I was in the market for a lightweight travel stroller, and picked up the GB Pockit on Prime Day. It’s more expensive than your average umbrella stroller, but it was worth every penny (pun absolutely intended)! It accommodates kids up to 55 lbs, but weighs only 9 lbs and folds up into this crazy small little cube. It’s so small, it easily fits in the overhead compartment on an airplane! The last time I traveled to Atlanta, I was able to wheel Penny directly onto the plane and to our seats — no more awkward shuffling, balancing, and trying to fold it down at the plane door before boarding! It does require two hands to collapse, but that will become much less annoying once Penny can stand up on her own.

 

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Max Convertible Car Seat: Another great online find, Maxi-Cosi was having a sale and I managed to get this carseat at sale price AND used a 20% off coupon at Buy Buy Baby. It’s really plush, and I love the magnetic chest clip that I can release with one hand. Installation was really easy too — I did it myself! — and it fits rear-facing in my little Ford Focus (and I can still fit in the passenger seat up front… it’s just a bit of a tight squeeze, lol.) The only negative is that the straps can be a little challenging to tighten.

 

That’s Not My… Book Series (Usborne Books): We admittedly don’t read to Penny as much as we probably should right now, but that’s because she has basically no attention for books at the moment… except these ones! The That’s Not My…” books from Usborne Books are interactive, short, and sweet. We have three of them: That’s Not My Unicorn, Puppy, and Fox.

V Tech Baby Babble and Rattle Microphone: If the way she uses this toy is any kind of predictor for the future, I think Penny’s destined to be a singer! She loves “singing” into the top of this fun microphone toy, which also comes with a ton of various sounds and songs thanks to the buttons. My only gripe? It has this wheel around the top that has a different animal sound each time you click it. Well, it makes animal sounds for all of the animals… except for the cat! Instead of making an actual cat-like sound, the toy actually says the WORD “meow!” It’s so random and inconsistent and, yes, I know, extremely inconsequential but it bothers me sooooo much for some reason.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy’s Remote: Another in the world of toys that make lots of sounds and drive you bananas is this toy remote. Penny loves clicking the buttons, and I will have this toy’s version of the ABC song stuck in my head for all eternity.

Sassy Wonder Wheel Activity Center: I stole this toy from my sister because Penny was so into it — it’s got a little suction thing on the bottom so it sticks to the ground or the tray of her high chair, which makes it perfect for distracting her while I’m, say, finishing preparing her lunch.

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Playskool Play Favorites Busy Poppin’ Pals: Penny fell in LOVE with this toy when visiting my sister, and was lucky enough to be gifted one for her birthday! She thinks that shutting the little animal thingies down on this toy is the best thing ever, and is just starting to make the connection on how to press the buttons and flip the switches to open them back up again so hopefully that means she’ll still enjoy it for a while yet.

  

Silicon Bibs and the Bumkins Silicone Suction Plate: Mealtime with babies is a messy, messy affair (even when you’ve got a squadron of miniature schnauzer vacuums on constant patrol). When we were feeding her mostly purees, I liked the thin, flimsy, velcro-style bibs, but now that she’s dropping food down her front like she’s getting paid for it, silicon bibs with a much stiffer little area to catch food are a must for us. I also love this Bumkins plate because it suctions to the table so she can’t mess with it as easily, and is a divided plate which helps remind me to make sure her meals are balanced and varied.

 

Summer Infant Pop N’ Sit Booster: Perfect for taking to the grandparents’ place, when visiting a friend, and even just to set up outdoors on a picnic. The tray it comes with is quite narrow, but the whole thing is really compact when folded and comes in a little carrying case, making it perfectly portable.

 

Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon: So I don’t actually own this myself YET, but my sister does and I gotta say it is basically the best thing you can get for yourself if you like to go to the pool, park, or beach with your kiddo. We all know that kids require like 28453485 things anytime you go anywhere for any period of time, and you can load up so much stuff into this wagon — including your kid — but it doesn’t take up every molecule of space in your trunk. I’ll 100% be getting one for next summer.

 

Baby Bling Bows: Baby Bling Bows have turned me into a total bow snob. Nothing else compares to the softness, the stretchiness, the doesn’t-leave-a-dent-in-her-head-ness (and the stays-on-her-head-ness, for that matter!) Their “thing” is that they’re so stretchy, anyone can wear them from newborn babes to adults! I can personally attest to this being true, haha. And if they get stretched out? Just toss ’em in the dryer and they shrink right back down. I’m a big, big fan and we’ve amassed quite a collection now.

Philips AVENT Powder Formula Dispenser and Snack Cup: Once we started giving Penny formula, I quickly found how annoying it was to either have to pack a plastic baggy + measuring scoop, or pre-make her formula when out and about. So I picked up this little formula dispenser, and it solved all my problems! It has 3 separate compartments and a lid with a small opening that easily rotates to whichever compartment you need to access. You pre-measure your formula powder, then just pop the lid and pour out when you need to. I was able to make bottles one-handed on airplanes this way! And the nice thing is that the 3-part compartment part is removable, so even though Penny no longer needs formula, it can still be used as a cereal or snack cup.

Baby Care Play Mat: Seen in basically every photo shown above, this play mat has been a great investment. It’s incredibly, incredibly cushy, and has protected our clumsy little princess’s perfect face after many a cringeworthy faceplant. Hat tip to my friend Anna for introducing me to it!

Skip Hop & Munchkin Snack Cups: Snack cups are a must for us since Penny doesn’t have the dexterity or coordination yet to reliably take snacks out of a ziplock bag or anything like that without making a colossal mess. We have two different kinds, and I like them both. Skip Hop’s is great because it comes with a lid, which makes tossing it your bag and taking it on the go very easy and practical. However, the Munchkin ones are much easier for her to use, as the flaps are much bigger and thus Penny was able to master it much more quickly.

And in case you don’t want to have to read all the way through my previous baby product reccommendations, here are some MVP items that I think are worth mentioning again:

 

Munchkin Weighted Straw Sippy Cup: Penny took to straws super quickly thanks to this great cup. It’s still her sippy of choice! They really are spill-proof for the most part (although I did have an issue on a plane once of water coming up and out of the straw due to the pressure change), and they prevent her from gunning her water or milk too quickly (and thus just spitting it all right out, haha.)

Hatch Baby Rest Night Light and Sound Machine: Just get it. Even if you already have a sound machine. It’s so great, so easy to set up, you can control it physically on the unit or from your phone via Bluetooth, and it just works soooo well for her. When Penny is in a toddler bed I am 100% planning on utilizing it as an Okay to Wake light, too!

 

Fisher Price Crawl Around Car: Penny seems to go through phases of being obsessed with this car and pretty much ignoring it, lol, but it was still a great investment because as she continues to grow, she finds new ways to play with it and get enjoyment from it. When we first got it, Penny was all about the horn and radio buttons, and right now she’s really into the ball maze thing that’s built into the side. It’s also been great for her to cruise on, and my nieces and nephew (5, 3, and 1) were also obsessed with it when they were visiting!

V Tech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker: She’s been into playing with this from the day we got it and it’s a great height for her to use to stand, push, and practice walking. I just wish we had more open space in our house for her to really charge ahead with it! It’s also pretty annoying for anyone who isn’t a baby or toddler, because Old McDonald is not exactly an earworm I love having stuck in my head, but if she loves it, hey, who am I to stop her?

The First Years Stack Up Cups: These cups continue to be the MMMMMVP of baby toys. They cost like, $4 and yet even after months and months and months she still pulls these suckers out of her toy bin first!

 

Freshly Picked Soft Soled Baby Moccasins: If you see a photo of Penny, more than likely she has these moccs on her tootsies. Don’t come at me with how ridiculous it is to put shoes on a non-walking baby, believe me, I am ohhhhh so fully aware. I just can’t bring myself to stop — they’re my favorite! They’re always coming out with new patterns and colors, and they’re soft and fully flexible so she still has full range of motion and can feel & grip the ground with her little tootsies. This is especially great for when we practice walking outside (or anywhere that I wouldn’t want her to be barefoot.) Plus, now that she IS standing and cruising and ugh-she’s-just-so-very-close-to-walking, she’s starting to make the cutest little imprint of her foot on the leather on the bottom of some of her pairs — I dieeeee!

Cuddle + Kind Knit Dolls: Penny’s greatest love in this world is not, in fact, Sean or myself, but her stuffed unicorn, Zoe. She falls asleep stroking her mane every night and tries to drag her out of her crib every morning. She loves her so much, I had a panic attack thinking that we might one day lose or damage her, so I had to buy another one as a backup! Cuddle + Kind dolls are quite pricey, but they are individually handmade, fully knit (no buttons, eyes, or small parts to come off in little mouths) and the company has a wonderful mission where every purchase provides meals for children in need. They are well-made (Zoe goes through quite a lot with Penny, haha), but if there ever is any issue, the company’s customer service is also outstanding. I had gotten another one of their dolls for Penny that ended up having part of its ear unravel, and they replaced it tout suite, no questions asked.

All right! I think that just about covers everything I can think of at the moment, but if there are any types of things that I haven’t mentioned here or in my previous posts and you have questions, let me know! My entire life is just one gigantic overflowing pile of Penny’s junk at this point, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Question: Did you have a security item / lovey as a kid? I was pretty traditional and had a good ol’ fashioned security blanket… that I’m pretty sure just ended up disintegrating from overuse.

Penny’s Birthday Weekend: Part 3 (Baptism & Beyond!)

I bet you thought that the neverending tale of Penny’s Birthday Weekend had ended with the conclusion of her birthday party, didn’t ya? Well, you thought WRONG. Because this weekend had one final special family event to give before it would be over, and a doubly-special one at that: Penny’s and her new baby cousin Marjorie’s baptisms!

Hot dang, these family photos just get harder and harder to nail, don’t they? Ahahahahaha.

 

We took full advantage of the fact that my sister and her family were in town for the long weekend and had both babies baptized while they were here. Quite necessary, actually, since my sister and brother-in-law are both Penny’s AND Marnie’s godparents! We couldn’t let the fact that Marjorie and my sister share their birthday pass us by, after all!

I was lucky enough to have an old friend from middle school and a family friend catch some action shots of Penny’s baptism. She was a super wiggly squirmy worm during the church service (which took place exactly during when she would have normally been having her morning nap), but was a total champ as soon as we got up there for her actual christening. You can see me getting choked up (surprise, surprise) in the third picture below, haha:

  

After the service concluded, we headed with some family friends to a different part of the church for a really nice post-baptism brunch that my mom put together. The church even had set up a kid’s table with kid-sized chairs and everything! It was super cute, and Penny looooooved feeling like a big girl next to her cousins (with some bracing from Grandpa for security, hahaha.)

 

There was a spread of mediterranean food, a ham, some mom also got cakes for both Marnie and Penny from Whole Foods — they were so good! Marnie’s was vanilla with strawberries in between the layers of cake, and Penny’s was chocolate. We were able to repurpose a few of the leftover cookies from Penny’s party at the brunch as well, hehe.

 

My family all went back to my parents’ house after brunch and just hung out for the rest of the day (Penny & Alex took some seriously epic naps) and then Sean cooked us all a big Korean feast for dinner that night.

 

I was certainly glad to be able to just chill out and decompress for the rest of the day — all of the emotional and significant events of weekend definitely depleted some of my energy stores. But I rallied enough to head back to Falls Church the following day, since my sister and her family were flying home Monday evening.

  

Rolling 5 adults, 2 kids, and 2 babies deep, we descended upon our favorite sushi restaurant and was finally able to introduce Penny to my favorite food! Even better, she loved it! She ate like 4 entire pieces out of a variety of rolls, tasting a bunch of brand new flavors and textures. I was absolutely thrilled! I know that it’s entirely likely she will end up becoming super picky like most toddlers, but I’m definitely going to take advantage of what a great eater she is for as long as I can!

 

It was so much fun eating out with all the kiddos, but admittedly pretty stressful, too. I was glad that A) we were at a family-friendly place, B) they know us well (we are frequent patrons of Koi Koi, heh) and C) we ate so early that nobody else was there when we got there, because we brought with us not a small amount of chaos. I was totally that mom sweeping up piles of rice and smooshed avocado with my napkin, lol.

 

Finally, after we said goodbye to my sister’s contingent of the family (sniff!), Penny and I headed back home where I finally had to start organizing and cleaning up all of the post-party pandemonium. My entire house had just become like a landing zone for semi-deflated balloons and donut-shaped party paraphernalia. One fun thing we got to do, however, was open up all of Penny’s birthday presents! Our friends were definitely all waaaaaay too generous, and she now has a huge collection of new books, clothes, and toys that will bring her (and her mommy, lol) lots of enjoyment for a loooong time.

 

Multiple folks have advised not to open all of her new toys right away, so as to stretch them out (swapping out toys for new ones to maintain interest and excitement, etc.) So I was actually able to exercise a modicum of uncharacteristic self-restraint here, and have put aside a pile of her new goodies to bring out in the future. Couldn’t resist ripping open a few though, including the Little People Disney Princess Wheelies Castle set that Penny’s Grandma got her though — she loves them and has already figured out that the little cars are supposed to go at the top of the castle! My smart little cookie.

And that really does bring us up to the end of our fantastic, crazy, amazing Labor Day Weekend! And as you can see, labor there was, haha. But it was all 1000% worth it to celebrate our equally fantastic, crazy, amazing little Penny.

Penny’s Birthday Weekend: Part 2 (Her Party!)

All right, and we’re back! Last we left off, my family and I all had a fun, busy day together for Penny’s birthday last Thursday, and then Friday was spent deep in prep mode for her big birthday bash. Now, most of you are aware, I think, that my job with Yelp involves not a small amount of event planning and hosting. So it should come as no surprise to you that I wanted to put in a, er, bit of effort for Penny’s big bash.

Which, fine, I fully admit was really more of a party for Sean and myself than for her, as she the memory of an canary. And okay, okay, the party wasn’t even really that much for Sean, since he would have probably been happy if we’d hung out in our pajamas, given her a cupcake, and watched Mother Good Club with her for an hour to celebrate. BUT I DIGRESS.

The theme for Penny’s birthday was “Donut Grow Up,” which was incredibly fun and made it entirely too easy for me to go overboard with. Donuts are the new cupcakes, what can I say!?

I tried to infuse some special Penny-related touches wherever I could, including having photos from her donut smash photoshoot on each table, a photo mosaic of all the Outfit of the Day photos I’ve taken of her over the past year as her guestbook, and a fun little game that honored our “Lucky Penny” where guests could take a guess at how many pennies were stuffed inside a big ol’ mason jar (the winner won a donut-shaped pool float).

 

The party was from 3 – 5, so we didn’t serve up a full meal, but had a big spread of various snacks: veggies, popcorn, Pirate’s Booty, watermelon, chicken nuggets (dino shaped ones, natch), spanakopita, cheese & crackers, chips & salsa, and, of course, a kazillion donuts!

I got these cute milk bottles from Oriental Trading Company and dipped the tops in frosting and sprinkles — this was one party prep task that was actually really fun, and that my 5-year-old niece Mia was able to help with, too. 🙂

I ordered savory Everything Bagel donuts from a local company, B Doughnut, and they were absolutely one of the biggest hits of the party! They come stuffed with lox, chives, or bacon, and are amaaaazing.

 

For the sweet donuts & donut holes I just hit up our local Dunkin Donuts, and to complete our offering of “hole foods” (get it?), I also set out some plain Cheerios as well as Kellogg’s Donut Shoppe cereals.

Penny’s smash cake was done by the same lovely bakery that made Sean’s and my wedding cake, Simply Desserts! It was adorable and really tasty — as you’ll see further down in this post, Penny was an extremely dainty cake eater, haha, so I definitely still got to enjoy a slice later.

And finally, I ordered cookies from this fantastic local cookie decorator, Tiny Tudor Cookies, who did the most INCREDIBLE job. She made cookies that said “Penny” and “Donut Grow Up” in a beautiful calligraphy, “1” cookies with icing and sprinkles at the top, donut cookies, and a totally amazing cake-shaped cookie that had a banner on top that said “One.” They were seriously SO beautiful, it was almost a shame to eat them. These were also the favors for guests to take home as they left the party (and luckily I still have several leftover sitting in their packaging for me to lovingly stare at every time I go into the kitchen.)

We held the party at the community center located near my house, so it wasn’t too terrible carting everything over for the party. One of my more brilliant ideas was bringing Penny’s Crawl Around Car and inflatable pool, the latter of which I turned into a small ball pit for the party.

 

It was the best thing EVER! There were a ton of babies and young kids in attendance — this party really highlighted how many mommy friends I have, for which I’m insanely grateful! Between local Facebook groups, the Peanut app (it’s like Tinder for moms!), and just the fact that I’m 30 and am squarely in this season of life, Penny has so many little friends out there. The kiddos all pretty much hung out near the ball pit area, playing and socializing for most of the party. It made me so happy!

 

 

Another fun element was the digital photobooth that my brother was able to set up for us.

And, of course, the main event for the party was our little Princess Penny digging into her cake. Well, okay, she didn’t really dig in as much as kind of, er, delicately nibble. I had to get in there and break a piece of the cake off for her before she really started nomming away, haha.

I also got a little emotional right beforehand (who, me?), as this whole party really did feel like the culmination of what has been the most beautiful and most disruptive year of our lives. Penny turning a year old just felt, you know, significant. And I was really floored by all the love and support I received from all our wonderful friends and family members — throughout the entire year, of course, but in particular during the party.

 

So, yes, Penny’s birthday party was indeed a rousing success! It was really fun and really special and really memorable… and really a LOT of work, haha. There are so many people to thank for helping it all come together, especially my brother-in-law Dan for being the MVP who helped me set up all of the tables and chairs, my siblings and my friend Courtney for helping me decorate, my mom and my friend Ratanak for helping cook and replenish food throughout the party, and all the people who helped clean up, including my Uncle Allan, his girlfriend Lyuba, my cousin Sidney, and our friends Bre & Lance.

I’m really, really glad I did it up big and bold for our gorgeous girl’s first bash, but it’s not something I’m terribly eager to repeat next year, I must admit. We’ll see how I feel a year from now, but at this moment I’m thinking that paying for a play place to let a gaggle of crazy 2-year-olds run around for a couple hours sounds just about right, hahaha.

I know she won’t remember any of this, but I will carry around the memories of this day for the rest of my life. And I like to think about how one day Penny will be able to look back on these great photos that Ben & Taylor took, see how much fun and happiness she inspired, and see how very loved she has always been.

Penny’s Birthday Weekend: Part 1 (Her Birthday!)

HOLY MOLY. What a weekend!

Between all the fun we had on Penny’s actual birthday, her party, and her baptism the day after that, we really packed a LOT into this Labor Day Weekend, I tell you what. And yes, it probably goes without saying that I am absolutely, thoroughly, completely exhausted. But, it should also go without saying that, yes, it was worth it. My sister and her whole family came into town for the weekend festivities, and we just had a whole lot of awesome family togetherness in celebration of our little Princess Penny.

Let’s dive in, shall we?

On Thursday morning, Sean and I both went in to greet the birthday girl with balloons and lots of cheer. She was definitely thrown off a bit by the morning greeting (normally, Sean has already left at work by the time she wakes up), but got into the spirit very quickly!

I’m so ridiculous, I even made a conscious effort to ensure I was wearing my own donut jammies to match hers. And I’m going to go ahead and say I was approximately 1084% more excited about the fact that it was her birthday than she was… she did like playing with the balloons tho.

 

Sean left for work, and I fed Penny breakfast, got her changed, and then we headed into Falls Church to meet up with the rest of my family (minus my brother-in-law and Mia, who flew in Friday evening because Mia’s in — gasp! — real school now.)

 

Then my dad, my sister, and I (plus Penny, Kira, and Alex) all hopped on the Metro and took a jaunt into the city to visit the National Building Museum! They had a really cool exhibit called Fun House going on this summer (sadly its last day was September 3rd), and it was a total kiddo paradise.

 

Penny and Alex were definitely on the young side to be able to appreciate all of the element of Fun House, but they still had a great time — and Kira had the time of her life!

 

The whole exhibit was kind of like a cool, architectural, playhouse twist on the idea of house and home, with different rooms and different fun spins on the things that exist in a house.

One of the biggest draws of the Fun House exhibit was the giant pool in the “backyard,” which was like 5 feet deep and filled with thousands and thousands of ball pit balls. I tried not to think about all of the thousands of people who had been in that ball pit prior to us, and jumped in with both feet (literally).

 
Instagram vs. Reality

And there’s some kind of metaphor for motherhood here, I can feel it:

 

After our time at the Fun House (which already left me feeling pretty wiped — getting out of an adult-sized ballpit is no small feat!), we had a quick lunch nearby at Bantam King and then headed home.

We got the babies down for an epic nap (and even Kira fell asleep!), hung out for a bit, and eventually saddled everyone up to head back out. This time, to the mall!

Build-A-Bear Workshops has a promotion where if you bring your child in during the month of their birthday, you can pay their age (!) for a special birthday bear! Hey, a $1 bear? Sign me up! My whole family and I (including Ben, Taylor, and Marjorie this time) met up with Sean at Tysons Corner, and then all went together to get Penny’s first Build-A-Bear together! (I think when the whole Powell-Robinson-Fox clan rolled up into the BAB, three strollers deep, I think the girls behind the register got a little panicked, hahahaha.)

 

I was planning on just getting her the plain $1 birthday bear, but Penny’s PoPo (the Chinese term for Maternal Grandmother, pronounced “Paw Paw”) wanted to trick out her bear, so this bear went home with some unicorn jammies and a song inside! Thanks PoPo!

  

Finally, we ended the already epic day with a family dinner at the Nordstrom Cafe, where Penny feasted on a birthday dinner of grilled salmon, green beans, roasted potatoes, and the fluffy insides of all my bread rolls. And we all slept hard that night!

Much of Friday was spent running errands and prepping for the party that would be happening the next day. I was feeling pretty anxious about all the things I wanted to get done, but managed to sneak in a very quick (and lazy, lol) workout at the gym and also slipped away to enjoy a ladies’ night out with my sister and our friends Anne & Lara!

I’d been looking for an occasion to check out Cheesetique’s newest location in Mosaic, and this was the perfect night for it! Four baby-free mamas out on the town? Hot diggity dog! My cocktail & the food we shared (which was like, twice as much as what’s even pictured below, hahahaha) was all excellent — if you’re local and looking for a great spot, I definitely recommend. Get the tot poutine and thank me later!

 

And that brings us up to Saturday which, of course, was party day! But since Penny’s birthday party comes with a whole truckload of photos and details in and of itself, and this post has already turned into quite a lengthy one, I think I’ll save it for tomorrow. Hope everyone has had a somewhat smooth transition back into the week after the long weekend! See you on the flipside!

Penny: Twelve Months Old

Okay, now that I’ve gotten the sappy emotional post out of the way, I think it’s time we round off one amazing year of Penny updates, don’t you?

Today, my little bean is twelve months old. This is sometimes referred to as ONE YEAR OLD! Gah!!!!

That’s right, kiddo. Throw those hands in the air like you just don’t care. We have successfully kept an actual human child alive for 365 days. 365 sunrises and 365 sunsets and 365 sleeps and 365 wakes and holy crap, if that isn’t just the coolest, craziest thing!

I know, kid. Believe me, I’m just as shocked as you.

Penny stands 30″ tall and weighs 21 lbs, 14 oz. That puts here in the 86th and 82nd percentiles for height and weight, respectively. She’s in 12-18 month clothing, size 4 diapers, and is just about to grow out of a size 3 shoe. Looks like I’m gonna be allowed to buy more baby shoes soon! Hehe.

While she has taken her first unassisted step (!!), she’s not really walking yet, but she certainly doesn’t let that stop her from getting into all sorts of trouble! 😉 I thought our friendly nugget would be a Hufflepuff like mama, but this little daredevil definitely has a Gryffindor spirit. Climbing up sofa backs, cruising and crawling into and under and around every piece of furniture, descending from armchairs without hesitation… she’s fearless!

We have officially transitioned her from formula to whole cow’s milk, and she hasn’t had any issues with the change, so we remain as lucky as ever when it comes to our great little eater! She’s still got just the two teeth, and her current favorite foods are french toast, bananas, meatballs, tomatoes, and, to no one’s surprise, DONUTS!

She’ll finally pay attention to the TV for a hot second, but really only if Mother Goose Club is playing, hehe. Her favorite songs are “Wheels on the Bus,” “Hey, Mister Sun,” “Baby Shark,” and “Freight Train,” which of course means I am slowly being driven insane because once these songs enter your ear, THEY NEVER LEAVE. My brain’s lullaby to me every night is “Mommy SHARK DOO DOO DOO-DOO DOO-DOO.” -_-

Regardless, I think it’s pretty clear that Penny continues to thrive, and we just couldn’t be prouder or happier with the beautiful, sociable, happy, kind, smart little TODDLER she is becoming. Happy birthday, Princess! We love you!!!

Feeling nostalgic? You can see all her previous growth updates here: 1 week, 4 weeks1 month2 months11 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months, 6 months, 7 months, 8 months, 9 months, 10 months, and 11 months. Whew!