Penny: Eleven Months

Well, it’s hard for me to admit, let alone say aloud, but today you are eleven months old, Penny! We are officially counting down towards your very first birthday — the mark of us successfully having kept you alive for an entire year. Suffice it to say, I have a lot of feelings about it.

 
Cliche though it sounds (especially because I say it every single month, lol), the past eleven months have flown by in a total blur. Every day you continue to delight and awe us — even if sometimes it’s that we’re in awe at just how strong your will has already become or how loud you’re capable of being. 😉

You clock in at 29.5″ tall and 20 lbs, 13 oz (the 82nd and 74th percentiles). You’ve moved into 12-18 month clothing and we’ve got your big ol’ baby booty rocking size 4 diapers. You might be starting to lose some of that baby chub (cry!) but are definitely still our big girl!

One of the most exciting developments from the past month is that you finally (finallyyyyy!) have teeth! Both of your bottom ones, in fact, even though you only got your first a few weeks ago. And I’m pretty sure you’re working on your first top tooth now (or at least I hope that’s what’s been making the past two days so brutal!)

You’ve still got those beautiful light eyes, though more often than not, it’s hard to tell exactly what color they are! Blue, green, gray? A kaleidoscope of beautiful color, regardless. And they perfectly complement that head of flyaway red hair you’ve got going there. Man, I still just marvel at how unexpected and awesome your coloring is, my little ginger Whasian princess.

While you have yet to stand without leaning on something, you are a climbing, cruising, moving machine. You’re always in motion (as you have been for the past several months), and are fast as the dickens! Daddy thinks you’ll be walking by 1 but I’m not in any rush — you’re hard enough to keep up with as is!

Your latest talents include climbing up stairs, clapping, dancing, mimicking our words and actions, and trying to feed us everything you’re eating (thank you for sharing!). You’re SO verbal  — always chattering and babbling away, and your vocabulary just continues to grow and grow! You now regularly say: Mama, Dada, Bottle (Ba-ba), Dog (Daw), Hi, Bye, Puff (Puh) and More (Mo).

Is it any wonder that my chatty girl is also such a social butterfly? You make my life so easy since you’re basically the chillest baby ever anytime you meet someone new. You are totally fine whenever I drop you at daycare, bring you to a new playdate, or at the kid’s club at the gym. We’re so lucky!

 
I can’t wait for you to be able to meet and become besties with your brand new baby cousin Marjorie. I know that since you love other babies so much, you’re just going to be smitten with her — as we all are!

Speaking of being smitten, you are pretty much obsessed with your doggy brothers… although they’re still pretty much indifferent to you unless you’ve got food in your hands (which, granted, is often these days!) You’re an expert at extracting snacks from your snack cup these days, which has made life about 100 times easier. In general, you’re still just an awesome little eater. You seem to like pretty much everything and are always down to try new things. I hope it lasts!

Alas, your fervor for real food and zest for life in general has finally outmatched me in terms of breastfeeding. We had what I believe was our last nursing session three days ago. It’s obviously an incredible bittersweet thing — I’m so glad that you’re growing and so excited to explore the world and becoming such a big girl, but it is sad not to have you “need me” in that way any longer.

 
It is a freeing feeling, to be sure, but I’m just still feeling a bit mixed about it all. I’m trying not to feel disappointed that we didn’t quite make it to a full year (which I do realize was a relatively arbitrary goal anyway), instead trying to focus on how wonderful and full our breastfeeding journey was together. I mean, you really did some pretty great growing on mama’s milk, if I do say so myself.

We love you so much, baby girl!