Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sabah had her one year well baby check up today, and it went....WELL! She charmed the pants off of the new doctor (our regular doctor wasn't there today). He said she is very healthy and seems to be like any normal one year old. She weighed in at a whoppin 22 1/2 pounds (up from 19 1/2 pounds from last visit), putting her 50-75 percentile for weight. This girl is also going to be TALL....she measured at 31 inches...up from 27 1/2 inches. This puts her at 90-95 percentile for height!!!! That's my girl (I'm 5'9).
I had made a little wager (with myself), that Sabah would be walking by her first birthday. Well, I lost. HOWEVER, this evening, one day AFTER her birthday, she finally took her first step. It was just one step, but it is the first time she has actually figured out that she needs to move her feet and not just her upper body. It was so cute, and the excitement on her face was priceless. I think that since she made that first step, the rest will come very soon.
Sabah has been off formula and on whole milk for two weeks now. She pretty much made the change herself, as she just decided to stop drinking her formula. Then, yesterday, I took away the bottle (except for her bottle just before bed....I (not her), can't seem to part with that yet). She had absolutely no problems giving up the bottle and LOVES drinking out of her sippy cup....such a big girl.
I also turned the car seat around......she can now see where we are going, and we both enjoy the ride a lot more.
Sabah continues to be a very content, even-tempered baby. She rarely fusses. The things that actually make her cry: 1. If I leave the room 2. If I say "no" to her too sternly...she HATES when I am upset with her. 3. If she sees her food and I don't give it to her fast enough (Yep, she still LOVES to eat) 4. When she hurts herself. Really, other than that, she doesn't cry much. Sure, there are other things that make her cry, but they are not on a regular basis. There is another 1 year old (14 months) in her 'day care' that just is always crying when I pick Sabah up. I don't know how the babysitter can stand it. She says that the child cries whenever she puts her down. YIKES! I'm so thankful that Sabah is such a content baby.
I'm so blessed to have this little one in my life. I had kind of a hard transition to motherhood, but after six months, I am finally starting to really enjoy her....I mean, REALLY enjoy her. She is a bundle of fun, and I have even gotten her to laugh out loud on several occassions now. We have finally molded into a family of two. And with that being said.....I'm already thinking about making us a family of three.
Below are Sabah's one year photos....enjoy.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Pics of the day:
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Then, she somehow got on the internet and ordered me a beautiful pendant that says ENAT, which means MOM in Amharic.
I love both my necklaces, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE my beautiful daughter. What a fantastic Mother's Day.
Here are a few pictures of the day (sorry for those of you on facebook....they are pretty much the same pictures).
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Being a single mom, I had no one to take pictures of her in the pool, but I did get one of her in the locker room (actually, you aren’t supposed to take pictures in the locker room, but no one was around, so I snuck one in). I’m going to ask the parents of the other baby in the class if they can take pictures and e-mail me some (they were taking TONS of their daughter).
Other happenings worth noting:
Sabah is getting her top two front teeth. One is coming in faster than the other, so she has a lopsided smile. It’s so cute. She had a rough time cutting these two teeth…..runny nose, diaper rash (her first one ever), crabbiness. It was not fun. But, once they cut through the gums, she was much much happier….and so was I.
She is also starting to want to stand on her own, and will let go of whatever she is holding onto, to see how long she can balance. It is all of about 2-3 seconds at this point, but it is so exciting for both of us. She gets so excited that she actually GIGGLES! And for anyone who keeps up on this blog, you know that Sabah does not giggle. Oh, she is a happy, smiley baby, but she does not giggle. So it is really exciting to see her laughing. Her 1st birthday is in three weeks and I am betting that she will be walking by then….she is soooooo close.
This girl still continues to eat like a horse. She is hardly interested in her bottle anymore, and I have a tough time getting her to drink all her formula. I even dropped her from three 8 oz bottles down to three 6 oz bottles and she STILL does not want to finish them. As soon as she turns one, she is getting switched to whole milk, and we will start switching her to a sippy cup. I can’t believe how fast she is growing up and how much she is changing.
We are going to Great Wolf Lodge in Olympia, WA this weekend to celebrate my nephews 6th birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIJAH), and I am really looking forward to it. Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor water park, and since I now know Sabah LOVES the water, I think it is going to be a blast. I’m not looking forward to parading around in my swimming suite all weekend, but will suck it up to enjoy the time with Sabah and nephews. Oh the things we do for our children.
On Mother’s Day (my first mother’s day), my parents will be in Portland and we will celebrate Sabah’s birthday, Elijah’s birthday, and of course Mother’s Day. It is going to be one busy weekend. I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures.
I don’t know yet what I will do on Sabah’s actual birthday. It’s a workday, so we will probably just celebrate with an Ethiopian dinner and a small cake.