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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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The day we did nothing, literally

**This post was originally written at 12:30 Sunday night. I was writing it for Monday’s post. Then there was a MASSIVE thunderstorm and my power went out…for hours. So, “yesterday” = Sunday, even though you’re probably reading this Tuesday. K…now that we’re all on the same page…happy reading. Oh, and fair warning, this post is picture/video heavy…but keep going till the end, it’s totally worth it, you’ll see!**

Yesterday was the most perfect of perfect days….wanna know why? Because we did nothing all.day.long. We had plans, they changed. We had an “obligation” or two sprung on us, we declined. We thought of things to do, but we never really got the motivation to do them. Wanna know why? Because sometimes it’s really important to just do nothing. Sometimes that’s exactly what your soul needs. Not the beach {although, that’s certainly nice}, not an outing {although they can be fun}, not friends and family {even though they make life interesting and so worth living}…no, just you, your immediate family, some cozy pajamas, maybe a good book, some background noise on the good ole tv, a few dogs trampling on your feet {ok, that’s DEFINITELY NOT needed in the equation…but such is life}, and if you’re us…diet coke.

In all actuality, our schedule yesterday happened mostly because of Zoe. Saturday kinda got away from us {in the “leave your house at 11am and come back at 9pm kinda day. The kinda day where at 3pm when you’re swimming in a pool you realize that you FORGOT to feed your child lunch {AGAIN} so you make a quick bottle and feed it to her in the shallow end sitting on the steps. That kind of day} So, because we were busy Zoe didn’t get a nap. Which translates too she slept in 45 extra minutes but still woke up tired, so we tried to put her back to sleep, but she screamed bloody murder, so we fed her more instead, and then tried to put her back to sleep, and she screamed some more, but fell asleep, and then woke up crying after 30 minutes, but was happy the moment we took her out of the crib. So, it was vital for our sanity, and the sake of our child, that we not go anywhere or do anything so that at 2pm on.the.dot. we could put her BACK IN HER CRIB for round 3 of “please child won’t you go to sleep so that I don’t feel so guilty for you missing your nap yesterday”. And, guess what, our plan worked!

The wonderful side-effect of this masterfully crafted plan is that I got to stay in my pj’s until 5pm. Brad got a little antsy around noon and left to go get a haircut, came home, cooked up lunch from scratch, vacuumed the living room {got pretty upset when the vacuum died}, and then paced for a while. Me? Oh, I was on the couch, sipping a Diet Coke, reading a book, and reading decorating blog, after decorating blog, after decorating blog. Man! There are some REALLY good ones out there! For a brief moment, I almost felt a little guilty for just sitting and doing nothing, so I joined him in the kitchen while he was making lunch…but he kicked me out. Well, he didn’t officially kick me out, he just huffed and puffed and sighed until I left. He’s weird about his kitchen space. Anyways. Back to my point. We did {practically} nothing all day long. And it was deliciously wonderful.

Actually, that’s not entirely true. We did do a few things…like..take a random photo shoot where we were determined to get Zoe’s “pouty” face…because it’s the most adorable face you’ve ever seen in.your.entire.life…

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Ah ha! There it is! I LOVE her pouty face. God, I love it. Then, the photo shoot continued but with the whole family.

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Another thing that we did Sunday {and by “we” I mean “Zoe”} is learn to climb the stairs. We were sitting in the living room, one of the dogs went running down the hall, Zoe followed, and then when the dog went upstairs she gave the stairs a good hard look, sat and thought about it for a second…and then…

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After all that crazy activity around here we needed to get some food in our bodies. And, due to the fact that we had an Olive Garden gift card from our birthdays PLUS a coupon for $4 off {heck yes}, we loaded up the car and took off. Now, I’m going to sound like a crazy mom here…but we got to see a side of Zoe that we rarely get to see. Here’s the deal..Zoe loves her puffs. I love her puffs. I put her in her highchair, sprinkle puffs in front of her and I just bought myself a SOLID 5 minutes. Except, yesterday she was just done with them. D-O-N-E, done. Because she knew she was getting the short end of the stick. She wanted BEEF!

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And PASTA
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So, instead of being enamored by the puffs like she normally is, she very deliberately threw them on the ground. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This kid has known what she wanted from the day she was born. She’s incredibly laid back about it…but she stays her course when she’s made up her mind about something. Here, you can see for yourself.

Then it was time to come home and go to bed. But, as we all know, before bed you get to read a few books. Yesterday’s special was “Itsy Bitsy Spider”. And, again, because I love you {and because Brad said it was ok for me to put this on the blog} I have a video for you. Prior to getting this caught on camera we had already done it about 7 times. Enjoy.

So, that’s what “doing nothing all day” looks like around here. It was the most perfect of perfect days. I loved it from start to finish.

What about you? What did you do this weekend?