Caroline: 12 Months

I’m not upset about my teeny tiny baby girl turning one. I understand it had to happen eventually. And really, she is still so TEENY TINY I can pretend she’s a baby when we rock in the glider or when I creep into her room to take pictures of her while she sleeps. (Creeeeeeeeepy!)  But mostly I’m ok with her being one because she is super duper awesome and cool. She is way cooler at 12 months old than I have ever been in my life. I mean, she can TOTALLY wear knit leggings.

Caroline still loves food – all food, any food, all day – but especially chicken nuggets and cheese. She learned how to use a sippy cup (today!) but is having some trouble with not letting all the milk/water fall out of her face. I’m going to have to find something REALLY delicious to convince her it’s worth swallowing. Maybe she’d like some hot cocoa and schnapps.

As much as she eats, she has definitely cut back on her nursing schedule, although she refuses to drop the midnight feeding. I KNOW she doesn’t need it – sometimes she goes from midnight until noon the next day without nursing – but she wakes up every single night and is so much easier just to pop a boob in her mouth than to argue. In case you didn’t know, arguing with toddlers almost never works. We are leaving her with my parents (more on THAT later) in March, so my goal is to have her sleeping through the night by then, if only because I don’t want them to refuse to babysit ever again. I’m also debating weaning her before then, or at least mostly weaning her, so I don’t have to do much pumping while I’m gone. (I have SUCH. MIXED. FEELINGS. I think I need a whole separate post for them.) But for now, she’s still a nursing champ.

But besides the waking up, she is an awesome sleeper. If she doesn’t fall asleep when we rock I can leave her in the crib with a book or a toy and she’ll play herself to sleep. Oh my God, do you hate me SO MUCH right now? Seriously, she is at an insanely easy age, so even when she’s having a clingy day she is still a darling child. Today at Target a woman literally couldn’t stop herself from trying to hug her, although when I looked alarmed she was like “Oh no! That was inappropriate! I’m so sorry, she’s just so gorgeous and she’s SMILING at me!”

It’s true. It’s impossible not to love her when she smiles at you. I love her so much I forgave her for breaking my iPhone.

Favorite things include: iPhones, the dog, the cats, her brother, putting trash in her mouth, cheese, cookies, spaghetti with meat sauce, boobs, her fancy patent leather shoes, blankies, forts, sleeping, bath time, dinosaurs, biting things, giving huge slobbery open mouth kisses and throwing herself head first off the couch.

Least favorite things are falling on her face, diaper changes, the vacuum cleaner, watching me leave the house, being buckled in the shopping cart and when I fish the trash out of her mouth so she doesn’t choke to death. Such a TERRIBLE MOTHER.

I don't like this sticker, Mom.

No, seriously, get it off me or I will CUT YOU.

Ha ha, just kidding. *BABY GANG SIGNS*

C'mon, do you want YOUR age in giant numbers on your chest?

Ok, FINE, if you won't help I'll do it myself.

Here you go! I fixed it!

Showing off the baby gun show

OH FOR THE LOVE. Now the tutu AND the sticker?

Dude, do YOU know what's wrong with this woman? --- Just smile and nod, kid, smile and nod and plot our takeover.

12 Month Milestones (from BabyCenter, as usual)

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)
Imitates others’ activities – Her new favorite game is taking very important phone calls on my iPhone. I’m expecting a year’s supply of cheese to show up on my doorstep any minute.
Indicates wants with gestures – Gestures, screeching pterodactyl noises, same difference.

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)
Takes a few steps – Runs, climbs, roundhouse kick’s me in the face.
Says one word besides “mama” or “daddy” – She can say “mama”, “daddy”, “kitty”, “hi”, and things that sound like “I got it” and “all done!” but I wouldn’t swear those last two weren’t my imagination. She also puts words together and says “Hi daddy!!” in the absolute cutest way ever.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
Walks alone – See above
Scribbles with a crayon – She still put too much stuff her in mouth to let her have crayons…unless I want rainbow-colored poop in the morning.
Says two words besides “mama” or “dada” – See above. I sort of think I’m imagining ALL the talking, but since BabyCenter assures me it IS possible she’s talking I like to believe I just have a super genius baby.

 

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13 Responses to “Caroline: 12 Months”

  1. Amy says:

    I totally understand the feelings on weaning. And I would love to read a post about it. :)

  2. Elle says:

    In that last photo, Caroline really looks like Evan! Though it’s slightly misleading because she’s kinda upside down… but they look really similar there!

  3. Noelle says:

    I went through a similar kind of should-I-or-shouldn’t-I weaning situation. My son wasn’t waking up to nurse, but he was nursing to sleep in the evenings and first thing in the morning. I ended up going on a trip (brought my little manual pump), and he did just fine. It was SUCH a big deal for me, though!

  4. molly says:

    Awww, 12 months little Caroline. Already? I mean, it feels like yesterday I was on twitter with the #babywatch something or other. Wasn’t that what it was? Snap your fingers and the first year is over in a flash!

  5. Erin says:

    Awww! So sweet!!! I can’t help but hug her when I see her too!!! But I think that’s different cause I’m not a random stranger in the store. But those are not just Mommy goggles talking. She really is pretty amazing!!!!

  6. Erin says:

    I might have fake-aunt goggles though, just saying.

  7. Hooray for super genius baby!

  8. merin says:

    Camille and I were at Target today too! I hope you went to Lisbon because Waterford was full of screaming children and negligent parents.

    Happy Birthday Caroline!! She is the cutest. I just love that she’s so little but so full of personality. Cora keeps talking about “Evan’s party” and then says “Caroline’s little” and then goes to find the little donkey from her unfinished snow globe. Clearly the whole event made quite an impression :)

  9. Cole says:

    “OH FOR THE LOVE. Now the tutu AND the sticker?” Snort!

  10. Leah says:

    I just love her round little head. That is all.

  11. she really is the MOST delightful little human! the thing about the lady trying to hug her at target totally made me crack up out loud!! i can definitely imagine getting incapacitated by caroline’s gorgeous smile. in fact, while i was looking at this post, poppy glanced over and gasped “wow! look at that cute little baby! she’s sooooo cay-ooot, mommy! i wuv her!!” heehee!

  12. barbra says:

    She is super cute! And I think you may have a genius – my kid is 6 weeks older than Caroline and doesn’t do half the stuff she does!

  13. Krista says:

    So adorable, that kiddo of yours. & so funny, your captions. :)

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