Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Baby!

My beautiful 1 year old!

Bella is 1 year old! I absolutely can't believe it! We have been so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends to help us celebrate! She is on whole milk now, which she is NOT a fan of. I tried giving it to her cold, and from a sippy.. not happening. She thinks juice should come from her sippy. So we are warming the milk and in a bottle, but I am slowly decreasing the temperature of the milk. At this point, it is just below room temperature, which is good. Once she is used to it cold, then I will work on transitioning her to a sippy. I find myself wanting to rush this process, but I know it will happen, and she is only a year old.

"Where's your nose?"

Bella is able to take steps from me to daddy, and vice versa. She has also taken a couple of steps to furniture, or from it to me, but she has yet to realize she can just go on her own. She loves to walk though, and if you let her, she will walk you all over the house, all day long! Loves to hold both hands, and will only walk holding both hands! I love doing it, but my back hurts after a few minutes, and then she gets mad because I stop. I have a very strong willed little girl. She knows what she wants, and when she wants it, and that is usually NOW! She throws fits, screams, and arches her back. I've never heard such a high pitch before.. I'm sure she's hit octaves that even Mariah Carey can hit!

Bella has 9 teeth now! 4 top front, 3 bottom front, her right 1yr molar is pretty much through now, and her left 1 year molar has just cut through. This teething stuff is insane though! She wakes up screaming and crying in pain, and she is so super fussy and cranky. Right before a tooth cuts through, she clings to me like a baby lemur to its' mama! I'm lucky to get to go to the bathroom alone!
Bella's Christmas gift from her Uncle & Godfather, Scott. He got it in Little Italy in NYC.

She has become pretty reliable in terms of routine.. she wakes up between 6am and 7:30am (although lately has been 6:30am!) She either nurses or has a bottle.. She is weaning from her morning nursing.. bittersweet for me. Then breakfast about 30-45 minutes after she nurses/bottle. Nap is *usually* anywhere between 9:15 and 10am, for anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour and a half. Typically on the shorter side though. Lunch is at 11:30am, and I better not be late for that! Then a bottle of milk around 12:30 or 1pm, nap again between 1:30 and 2:30pm, for at least an hour, sometimes longer. Then a snack if she gets up early.. Dinner is at 5pm (and again, don't you dare be late!) Then straight into the tub after she's done eating, then playtime for a bit, bottle again at 6:40pm or 6:45pm, and into bed at 7pm (no later that 7:15pm).

Bella decided to re-organize my tupperware cabinet (the only one without a lock). She does this daily. Multiple times.

We have ZERO issues putting her to bed at night, and when she isn't dealing with teething pain, she usually sleeps all night. Nap times are a bit of a struggle. I've darkened her room, which had helped, but she's just not a napper. She isn't ready to drop her morning nap yet, but at the same time, she doesn't want to nap. Afternoons are a bit better, but still a struggle. Hopefully it will get easier soon! We were doing really well before the holidays, but with all the traveling we did, schedules just got messed up, then we were sick, but now we are going to get back on schedule! (I HOPE!)
Bella's birthday party at home, Jan 10th, 2009.

Bella got her pictures taken, and they came out beautifully! I've include a few, I hope you like them, and if you do, and ever need great pictures done, please check out Rebekah Gonzalez of R. Gonzalez Photos. Tell her I sent you!

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