|I made a mistake I didn't discover til later: she was born at 01:54|
Amarys is pretty amazing. She's wonderful and smart and strong willed and firey. She's spicy. I love it.
This month she leaped forward in many ways. She left crawling behind and walks full time now, including standing, squatting, plunking down and getting up again, and turning mid step. She loves to be carried and is constantly asking to come "up," with this princess version of the sign language for 'up:'
|Generally with as sad a face as possible. It totally works.|
Generally accompanied by an urgent "Uh, uh, uh," grunt. Alternately sweet and annoying.
She has expanded her baby sign vocabulary: she has used the "milk" sign since November and has recently added "all done" after meals, "up" as mentioned, and "bye bye," and her first word aside from mamamama and dadadadada was "hot!" in reference to a cup of coffee. Which she was verrrry tempted to touch anyways. It is quite funny to watch the physically obvious push-pull between desire and very basic impulse control when it comes to a hot cup of coffee and a one year old.
She likes kisses and will offer open mouthed smooches out of the blue numerous times a day, and she gets kissed so frequently that often when we lift her up, she smacks her lips because she knows a kiss is coming. When you are one and being lifted "up," a kiss is a foregone conclusion.
She is not our most flexible child, so changes in routine, visitors, playdates, and trips take her awhile to adjust to. She asserts her opinions strongly and I do believe her first temper tantrum was in utero. She used to kick me fiercely if anything was resting on my belly, or if I kneeled down and smushed her a bit. We like that she is ferocious and opinionated, but I must say that I'm very grateful she's #4. We have been well mollified by years of parenting various personalities. =)
It takes her awhile to wind down at night, even with a predictable routine and regular nap and bedtimes, and I think this is the hardest parenting task for me at the moment. It regularly takes me approximately 45 minutes of nursing and singing and back patting and putting up with being stomped on, scratched, bit, and head butted before she will very abruptly fall asleep. She still sleeps well the majority of the time, waking once to nurse and sleeping long and hard. A minority of the time, however, she will wake at night and decide playtime is fantastic and proceed to beat us up, screech, laugh, and head butt for an hour or two. It doesn't happen frequently enough to render us non functional, but when it does happen it is pretty debilitating. She's keeping us on our toes.
She taught herself how to descend stairs in the past few weeks. I didn't realize this until one day when I was standing at the front door talking to a friend, and Amarys simply appeared at my side when I thought she was at the top of the stairs on the other side of the (as it happened, unlocked) safety gate. Well, hello, little girl! Where did you come from? She sits on the top step, slides down one step, stands, walks carefully forward, sits down, slides down another step, and repeats until she gets to the bottom. Creative. And cute.
|G C photography|
She loves food. She will eat anything except lettuce. And she is not very keen on rice. I love that she is an easy eater and credit baby led weaning for her tolerant palate. We now don't limit her diet at all, and she eats cheese and nuts as well as all the other foods we love and tolerates them well.
|Also by G C Photography|
Brent made a slideshow of her first year, as a surprise for me. It is so beautiful! ♥ I will try and post it separately, as it is taking forever to upload and I would like to publish this post today!