I cannot believe I am typing my last monthly post. To be honest, I put off taking her last monthly chalkboard picture because well it was exactly that her last one! But the picture had to be taken and the post has to be written, because Londyn Grace is twelve months old She spent the last month growing and changing, looking more and more like a big girl every single day. She has officially tripled her birth weight!!! She weighs in at 18 pounds 15 ounces. She is still 28 inches long though so she hasn't grown much length wise recently. I am so thankful that most of her growth can be attributed to nursing! There were so many moments in those early days when I wondered if we'd make it to our goal, but we did!
She is fitting nicely (with room to grow!) into the 12 month clothes she received for her birthday and we are still cloth diapering. Up until the last few days, she has still nursed frequently throughout the day. Currently, she is seeming a little less interested especially when we are around other people and she doesn't want to miss what's going on, but is still nursing well in the morning, at bedtime and once during the night. New foods this month included cheese and yogurt! She also has quite the sweet tooth as she enjoyed all of her birthday treats. As far as sleep goes, she still isn't sleeping through the night. Only once in her twelve months has she done so and that was back in the beginning of December! She's usually up once aroundmidnight, nurses and then goes back to sleep with us in our bed. Her new wake up time is usually always around7:20-7:30when Daddy leaves for church, but if she goes to bed really late like she has over the last two weeks with all of the birthday celebrations, she will sleep in a little later. Depending on the day and her wake up time, she usually forgoes a morning nap for a longer early afternoon nap that usually lasts about an hour and a half. Typically she also takes a short early evening nap when Daddy comes home at4:00and wakes up around dinner time. We thought she would be walking by one, but she is still content to cruise around holding onto the furniture or walls for support! She has mastered the stairs at church and finds them quite entertaining! I always make sure she only does them when I'm right behind her. She can now climb off my lap when I'm sitting in the recliner. Her favorite thing to do is to wave and say "Hi!" She greets anyone and everyone! It's the cutest thing and usually receives quite the response from people when we are out and about. She is so friendly!
She still loves her baby dolls and is so sweet with them. She is obsessed with talking on the phone and pretends just about any toy is a phone! She loves little kids and other babies, too! I can tell that Goosey is starting to comprehend more and more. If I ask her if she wants to eat breakfast or lunch she will point to the kitchen. If you ask her where the baby is, she will point to the pictures of her on the wall. She can also show you where her nose is! She absolutely loves going to the park and swinging on the swings! She has shown a bigger interest in looking at books, pointing to the pictures and turning the pages. She is so vocal and is clearly trying to express herself, but we have a hard time deciphering what most of her jibber jabber means! She is still only saying Mama, Dada, and Hi on a regular basis. Her sweet little giggle is so precious and if anyone is laughing she laughs, too! She dislikes diaper changes and often rolls over and crawls away mid-change! She also isn't a fan of being put in the carseat, but is okay with it once she's strapped in and the car is moving. This month she moved up to her big girl seat which makes napping in the car a bit more challenging. Lovey Lou is still super attached to me, and I am totally okay with it! It makes for long days, but days I wouldn't trade for anything!!
She is super sweet but such a stinker. She likes to pull everything out of the cabinets while I work in the kitchen. In the past few days she has found and dumped the cocoa powder all over the kitchen floor TWICE even after I hid it in the very back!
In some ways it is so hard to believe that this is my twelfth update, that she has been with us for a whole year while in others it's hard to remember what life was like without her! What a year it has been, truly the best year of our lives!
I can't believe that this time last year you had only been in our arms for four days! What did we ever do without you? You have grown so much and bring us more joy with each passing day! You are no longer that tiny little newborn wearing preemie clothes! What a blessing it has been to watch you grow and learn new things. We only wish the last year hadn't passed so quickly! Thank you for bringing sunshine on that rainy October evening and for brightening up each day since. We praise the Lord for giving us an entire year with you and are looking forward to all that the year to come holds!
Daddy and Mama
**If you missed any of LG's birthday posts, be sure to check them out!**