Colette - 12 Month Update

Kind of unbelievable to me, but this post comes over a month late! It's crazy how much more difficult it's been to get these up!

Naps: Two naps a day. One, one hour in the morning; one two to four hour in the afternoon.
Feeding: Formula. Four, 1 - 4 oz. bottles every four hours during the day.
Clothing: Nine and twelve month.
Bedtime: 7 - 7:30 p.m.

Eating: This month, I introduced Colette to cow's milk and while she loved it, I have to limit it. At her 12 month well-check she came in at the 10th percentile again (a trend for the past few checks) and the doctor recommended we that while we still offer cow's milk, we also still keep her on formula for a bit longer, simply for the calories. In addition, when I first gave milk to her, she was chugging half a sippy cup at every meal, but she very quickly started to get some pretty bad diapers. Since the same thing happened with Eli, I knew it was from her body adjusting to cow's milk. So for now, while I offer cow's milk, I definitely monitor her intake, and make sure she's getting mostly formula to keep weight on her tiny body. 

This month, she definitely started showing more preferences for food. If she sees bread/carbs on the table, she starts fussing for them, which is so difficult to know how to manage! I don't remember it starting this early with Eli, but she is definitely letting us know what she would like to eat! She's still a great eater, so it's not too bad, but I do have to encourage her quite a bit to go for the good stuff even if she sees bread on my plate. She still loves meat and veggies - chicken and roasted broccoli are her favorites. 

Sleeping: Sleeping was better this month, when we went to my in-laws for Christmas, she would sleep in until 10 a.m.! It was nuts! She was taking two, two to four hour naps and still sleeping 15 hours a night. It was crazy. I still don't really know why - she started crawling when we were there, so maybe it was just a developmental milestone? Suffice it to say, it has not stayed that way, though she was a lot better than last month. In general, she sleeps about 12-13 hour nights, straight through, and takes a morning and afternoon nap for anywhere from 1 - 4 hours, she's a little spotty. But I'm just thankful she's still sleeping when it really counts - at night.
Development:
We drove the 7+ hours back to the Twin Cities a week before Christmas, and the moment we set her down in my mother-in-law's living room she took off crawling. Well, "took off" is a strong word, but she did start forward motion! Throughout the week she got stronger and stronger, and it was fun to see her be able to move around and attempt to keep up with her cousin (Who is four weeks older than her and quite the mover!) and her brother. By the end of the month she was great at crawling anywhere she wanted. She also started to be really into walking with assistance, she's been attempting to do this for a while, but usually we're just kinda bouncing her around, now she's finally taking steps as we help her. 

She's also trying to pull up on things, but generally just falls back down or tips whatever she's pulling on over. She'll get there. She had her first words this month, "Dada," "Momma," (Though she only really says it when she's crying at my feet and has a need. Yay.) and "Bye, bye!" (More like "Bua, Bua"). Bye is super cute because she says it while waving anytime people start putting on coats or heading to the door. 

Likes / Dislikes: 
Her biggest like right now is probably walking with assistance. She'll constantly come over to me and try to hold my hands while walking away - adorable. But it's not so adorable when you've been walking around with her for 10 minutes and she scream-cries when you stop because you have to keep dinner from burning. She still loves anything dangerous and her latest kick is wrestling with Eli before nap times. She LOVES to be crushed. It weird, but so funny. Her favorite place to be is with Eli laying on top of her - and he doesn't know his own weight so he is literally crushing her. Good thing I'm there to referee. 

I have noticed her being a lot more interested in what Eli's doing, sometimes she'll get lucky and she's able to pull herself up on the train table and then she goes into destroyer mode - much to Eli's dismay. She constantly wants to be around him and I'll find her crawling all over the house to be with him. She still loves to pick through baskets, baths, being tossed in the air, getting tickled, playing peek-a-boo - all the usual stuff. 

As far as dislikes it's all the same as last month - not getting her needs meet asap. Diaper changes, food, drink, naps - you are gonna know when that girl has a need and it'd better be met lickity-split.

Momma / Daddy Update:
We can't believe Colette is one! It's so crazy to think that she came into our lives a year ago since so much has happened! With her being born on NYE, there's an element for me of it truly being a "new year," more than ever before. A birthday really makes you reflect on the past year and while it was so difficult in so many ways, Colette is such a bright spot among all the changes. I feel so bonded to her in a way that I can't describe, maybe it's partly the mother-daughter bond, but I think much of it is just the insanity we went through with the move, the renovation, the temp housing, her colic and reflux, etc. She and I have been through so, so much in her short little life and as cheesy as it sounds, it feels like there's just some deep understanding between us that we'll always be able to get through hard things together, you know? I love her so crazy-much!

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