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!

Penny: Eleven Months Old

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!

Penny: Ten Months Old

We’ve hit double digits!!!!!

Happy 10 months, Penelope! Okay, well, technically your 10-month birthday is tomorrow, but we’ll go ahead and count this one a day early. You love to clap, can officially cruise along the furniture, and you’re still our little chatterbox. You mostly still babble incoherently, but you can say “mama,” “dada,” “hi,” “bye,” and “more” when you want to! And you’ve just recently started saying “da” while pointing at Daxter, so I’m pretty sure that’s you either trying to say “dog” or even call him by his name!

You are just the happiest, most wonderful, most sociable bundle of energy these days. Somehow, you seem to have skipped straight over the very idea of stranger danger, and seem to make new friends wherever we go! Always on the move, you’re crawling everywhere, pulling up on anything, and cruising along everything. The whole world is just so interesting to you, and you’ve just got to explore it all!

Being such a busy little bee, you don’t really have the patience to breastfeed much during the day anymore. You’re still nursing first thing in the morning, but most days that’s just about all I can get with you these days. You’re just too distracted and way too busy to bother with the boob anymore! You simply refuse to be contained, hehe — exhibit A:

 
Anyway, while I’m still pumping to try and keep up with your milk needs, it’s been a bit of a challenge these past few weeks. Between the decrease in nursing, my tendency to lose track of time between pumps (my own fault, I know), and the way that traveling to San Francisco messed with our stress and rhythm, my supply has unfortunately tanked again. It’s looking like we might be headed towards the end of our breastfeeding journey together, and I admit, I have very mixed feelings about it.

On the one hand, I still cherish our nursing time together so much, even if it is only once, maaaaaybe twice, a day now. And I want to keep that going as long as possible. On the other, I have grown so resentful of pumping and I’m so over stressing over my milk supply and just all of the anxiety that goes along with that. And logically I’m totally aware of the fact that formula is nutritionally great, you do fine on it, and it’s sooo easy to prepare. (I even shell out extra dough for the fancy organic stuff, haha!) But for whatever reason, I am still really attached to the idea that I’m “supposed” to breastfeed — or at least give you breastmilk — for a full year. I think it’s mostly social pressure that’s made me so fixated on this relatively arbitrary length of time, though. I mean, you’re already the size of most one-year-olds, so I’m not really sure what has me so worried about switching to formula. Ah well, I’m not sure whether I’m going to have much control over how things play out soon anyway, so I’m trying to maintain a c’est la vie attitude about it. It’s just still a bit emotional.

While we’re on the topic of eating, though, it bears mentioning that we certainly don’t seem to have any problems when it comes to the real stuff! You must be your mama & papa’s girl, because you loooove to eat. You’re amazing at feeding yourself now, and can take down anything from chicken to pasta to veggies with ease. Eggs, peas, and naturally, bread, remain particular favorites of yours, and lately yogurt, cheese, and chicken have been topping the list too.

You actually haven’t gained any weight since your checkup last month, so I guess all your rapidfire growing has finally — officially — slowed down. But as much as I might protest against you growing up too fast, I definitely still want you to keep getting big & strong, baby girl, so eat up!

I can’t believe we’re just two short months away from celebrating your birthday! Good thing I’ve already been planning your party for 4 months, eh? Hahahahaha. You are the very best thing that has ever happened to anyone, ever. I call you my Lucky Penny, but goodness knows that we’re the lucky ones!

Penny: Nine Months Old

Today you are NINE MONTHS OLD, Penelope Spencer!

I can’t believe we’re 3/4 of the way through your first year of life! Nine months just sounds so… monumental! It’s bittersweet, but that there really is no stopping you growing up, sweet pea. You weigh nineteen pounds, ten ounces and are 28.5″ long (75th and 84th percentiles!). You’re stretching out and starting to lose some of your sweet, squishy rolls. Thankfully, your delicious cheeks remain!

As my last humblebrag post detailed, you’ve reached some seriously incredible achievements this past month. This period between your 8-month and 9-month birthdays has honestly been jaw-dropping! You’re now crawling for-reals-for-reals, you’re pulling yourself up to standing, trying to cruise (!!), pushing yourself up from laying down, reaching for toys, trying to kill yourself by rolling off of every surface I try to change your diaper on… you’re just always on the move! Which certainly made trying to get these photos a bit of a challenge. This was my view most of the time:

My milk supply has gotten back to normal after the severe dip I struggled with last month, and you’re back to nursing & eating like a total champ. We’re working on self-feeding techniques — you’ve got your pincer grasp down, and even get your food into her mouth like a solid 75% percent of the time! You’re a meat-lover like your daddy right now. Protein!

Napping has gotten much longer and more predictable (when you’re at home, that is; it’s a total roll of the dice at daycare, lol). You’ve been giving us pretty solid 1.5 – 2 hour naps more often than not! You also do a very solid 11 – 12 hours overnight, so I’ve actually gotten to the point where I’m Googling “is my baby sleeping too much?”. I know some babies just need more sleep than others though, and that a lot of other parents would kill for a baby that sleeps as much as you do right now, lol. I’m chalking it up to the fact that your little brain is doing SO MUCH right now, and that it’ll probably lessen as you master all of these brand new skills.

It’s really fun to see you play with toys so much more purposefully and intently. Your current favorite toys are your Sit-to-Stand Walker and your Rock ‘n’ Glow Unicorn, and your favorite way to play with every other toy you own is to pull them out of your toy bins and throw them all across the living room, hehe.

You also finally (FINALLY!) seem to really like the dogs. And since you keep tossing your food down to them when you’re done eating, not to mention just straight up feeding them your teething crackers, they’re finally starting to really like you too. 😉

We love you so incredibly much, you funny, sweet, wonderful little thing, you!

Penny: Eight Months Old

Our little Lucky Penny is eight months old today! And I gotta say, she is certainly not seeming quite so little anymore! She weighs in at 19 lbs, 3 oz, and is 27 3/4 inches long (78th percentile for both!). Eyes are still blue and hair is still red!

Penelope continues to bring such joy and light to our lives! She’s a little lovebug, giving us pats on the back and lots of super gross and amazing open-mouth “kisses” all the time. She loves music (especially “The Happy Song” by Imogen Heap!), her new Crawl-Around-Car toy, and looking at herself in the mirror (she really must be my child.) Naps are still pretty unpredictable (girl loves her 40 minute power naps), but she sleeps aaaaall night long (usually 7 – 7) in her crib, so we’re certainly not complaining!

She’s total chatterbox, has her “Ma,” “Da,” “Ba,” “Na,” and “La” sounds down pat, and has recently discovered how fun it is to GASP super loudly without warning (making it seem like she can’t breathe and not freaking me out at all NO SIRREE). She does say “Mama” and “Dada” all the time now! Which is, of course, made slightly less special when you consider that she says “Mamamamama” to everything from Daxter to her sippy cup… but you know what, once in a while she’s GOTTA BE referring to me, so I’ll take it.

Despite the issues I’ve been having with my milk supply lately, Penny is still a very good little eater. She’s getting better and better at feeding herself little bits and pieces, and her favorite foods right now include scrambled eggs, peas, rice, and bread. (What can I say, girl loves her carbs.) And she can drink out of both a sippy cup and a straw cup now!

She also continues teething like a little fiend, but despite the drool, rosy cheeks, and chewing on ERRRRVERYTHING, she still has no teeth to show for it! I think I can feel one of her bottom teeth juuuust below the surface though, so it could make its appearance pretty much any day.

And speaking of any day now, this little mover and shaker definitely seems like she’ll be crawling at any moment as well! She spends most of her time flipping onto her tummy these days (such a difference from those days of whining through tummy time!), getting up on her knees, rocking back and forth, and scootching herself backwards (until she gets half-stuck under the couch or coffee table, that is!)

She’s always wants to be on the go — reaching for toys and silverware, wanting to see all around her, rolling and flipping and twisting. Having her be so interested in moving and grooving is amazing, but admittedly it’s already putting a crimp in our previously non-mobile style, haha. You just have to be so much more on the ball in terms of where you put her down — she 100% cannot be left on the bed or couch anymore — and I’m always on the lookout for things she can bonk into. Also, trying to change her diaper these days…

…well, it’s a challenge. And I know this is just the veeeeeery beginning, too. She’ll only get more mobile — and faster! — from here. In fact, I’m researching top-of-stair baby gates and babyproofing as we speak, haha.

Of course, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It makes me so, so happy seeing her learn and grow and develop. It’s already hard to imagine that she’s the same scrawny little lump of a babe that popped out 8 months ago!

We love you to the moon and back (and then back again), Penelope!