Zoe Grace – 11 months..2 weeks ago

So, I’m two weeks late on this post, and I never got around to a 10 month photo shoot. For whatever reason, I have thought about that every single day since I did Zoe’s 10 month update. I feel like I missed something that I can never get back. It’s not true, of course, I definitely have pictures of her in her 10th month of life…but I can’t shake that feeling. I suppose I’ll just have to let go of it…I’m sure this won’t be the last time I have to just let go of guilt as a mom. Anyways, on to WAY more important things.

Zoe,

My dear, sweet, little baby…you are going to be a year old in 3 weeks. Today I came home from running errands and you were sleeping. I snuck into your room while you were sleeping, picked you up and rocked you for a while. You curled into me just like you did when you were a newborn, knees tucked up underneath you, jutting out like a frog, and your hands curled up under your chin. I couldn’t stop the tears that came to my eyes. The whole month after I brought you home from the hospital you fit between my boobs and my hips…now your head was by my collarbone, and you filled up my lap. What a difference 11 months makes at this stage in life. Years down the road 11 months won’t be significant at all…but now, at this stage, the changes are monumental.

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This month we’ve seen an incredible change in your develop, you are becoming a toddler before our eyes. Every day is a race to keep up with you. There’s nothing in this house that is off limits to your curiosity, but thankfully, you’re really quite obedient. That’s not to say that you don’t ever do your own thing {read: the exact opposite of what we’ve asked}, but at least you do it with the cutest little mischievous smile on your face. Honestly, at this stage, I really love watching your curiosity at work. I love that you know what you want, and you go get it. I hope you always have that quality. You learned how to share this month. You’ve probably been sharing for a while, but you really perfected it this month. Your favorite thing to share? Your pacifier. And you’re not satisfied unless it’s in my mouth. I’ve watched you learn how to share with strangers too. When we go to the gym, you carry my keys inside, we walk right up to the counter and you hand my keys to the receptionist. I would be concerned, except you watched me do it for a few weeks before you took over that routine.

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The other day we had our first real toddler moment. I was on the phone {therefore occupied} and you found the wipes. your eyes sparked with joy as you realized there was nobody to stop you from taking them out one.by.one, you snuck a peek at me, I didn’t stop you and then you continued with a frenzied energy. You made it your goal to get every single wipe out of the package, balled up in your hands, and then you threw them up in the air. Honestly, even if I hadn’t been on the phone I wouldn’t have stopped you. You were having entirely too much fun, and the wipes only cost $1.79…it wouldn’t have been worth it.

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After that “project” you helped yourself into the kitchen. You love the bottom drawer where we keep the cookie sheets. That entertained you for 2 seconds and then {during our picnic on the floor} you discovered that the pantry was open. You’ve never seen the inside of the pantry before. It was a whole new playground!

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Five minutes later I was looking for something in the refrigerator, and what do you know…you were right there too! Surprise, surprise. But, this is our new life. It’s fun. It’s adventurous. It’s literally a complete mess. And, we both love it.

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Let’s get to specifics:

– You’re weighing in at around 19lbs and really really long! You wear mostly 9-12 months, but can wear some 12 months. You still refuse to wear shoes, but when I can get them on your feet you’re in between a 3 and 4.

-You’re still crawling, and I couldn’t be happier. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times, take your time on this one…we’re not in any rush!

{Yes, that is a box of wine. Don’t judge.}
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– You have said, but do not say on a regular basis, “mama”, “dadda”, “bye” and “hi”

-You talk all the time, but it’s mostly just babble, except you have the same babble for certain things..it’s becoming more specific. The other day you tried to say “Hemmi”, you try his name pretty often, and you have the inflection right but not the actual word.

{Watch the progress of the coffee filters in the next few pictures}
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-While we’re talking about communication, you sign on a regular basis “all done”, “more”, “hi”, and “bye” AND you’ve made up your own sign. I have no idea what it means…but you most certainly do =)

– You’re infatuated with faces, to be more specific, noses.

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– Your favorite games are: peek-a-boo {you know how to do the hand motions yourself, or you hide behind something and then pop out}, share the pacifier, crawl upstairs, remove all books from the bookshelf, dance parties, patty cake, flying like an airplane, tickle fests, and any other game you can think of. Oh, and helping mommy “type” her blogs.

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– Your most favorite thing is to read. You crawl back and forth to the bookshelf all day long choosing books to read. {It’s so fun watching your favorites change} If I’m busy you read to yourself. I watched you with your peek-a-boo book {a long-time favorite} and it brought tears to my eyes. You are growing up!

– You recently started rejecting food {it’s hilarious and ridiculously cute}. You’d rather have a bottle for breakfast and lunch, so that’s what you get. If you think I’m giving you a “filler” food it’s immediately rejected, and if the temperature or seasoning of the food is even slightly off, it’s also immediately rejected. I hope this is just a stage…

{See…a master “sharer”}
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-My favorite development is that you’re becoming very verbal about your opinion. I love love love learning about you every single day.

– I might have lied. My favorite favorite development is how affectionate you’re becoming. It’s completely common for you to be in the middle of the room playing with toys, stop what you’re doing, crawl over to me and give me a kiss, or even better…a hug! You learned how to hug this month. You don’t know how to do it on command, but you hug your Daddy and me all day long. We can’t get enough of you!

{And, our solution to chasing after an exceedingly mobile child…give her a bottle and snuggle on the couch}
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You are the coolest girl on the face of the planet…and it’s an honor and a joy to be your mother. Now, how do you feel about turning 1? It’s quite a milestone birthday. Are you nervous? ‘Cause I am!

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I love you with all my heart,
Mom

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7 responses to “Zoe Grace – 11 months..2 weeks ago

  1. That is so sweet! My kids wouldn’t stop and eat either at that age. They were too busy, but I worried so much that they weren’t eating enough. I don’t know what it is about the wipes, but my niece, Ella (almost 2), loves them too!

  2. Can you believe how close you are to a year!? We’re only almost up to 10 months, but it’s wild to think that a whole year is about to end. Best. Year. Ever. 🙂

    • it’s been the most amazing year. It’s weird…I can believe that SHE’S a year old…I can’t believe that I have a one year old!

  3. Aw! And now all I want to do is go home and cuddle with my baby because this post reminded me so much of everything she’s learned in the past couple months. 🙂

  4. Awww…this made me cry. Zoe is very blessed to have you for a Mom Rebecca. 🙂

  5. PS-Pics of Zoebear are adorable….just like she is. 🙂

  6. Oh my heart…I love reading the updates and I just love the progress they make but…please time…don’t do this to me! I cannot believe that she is going to be 1!!!!! What a little girl she is

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