One Year Old

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Wow – turns out, one year goes by REALLY fast! Our baby girl is a whole year old! To celebrate, we decided to take Bella on her first trip to the zoo. She really enjoyed it, and in fact, we decided to get a membership, so that we can go back anytime we want over the next year and really explore. There were two big highlights of the day. 1> the polar bear: It was playing with a big ball in the water – dribbling it, actually…and we got right up close to the glass. His paw was SO big – Bella was in awe (as well as everyone else watching…you really couldn’t help but be fascinated) 2> A baby gorilla: I love the chimpanzees, and in my quest to find them, we came up the the gorilla viewing area (which is equally entertaining) There happened to be a baby gorilla goofing around in the camp, and it came right up to the window to take a peek at all the people looking in. It was strolling along, not really paying all that much attention to anyone, but when it got to Bella, it stopped right in its tracks as if to say hello! It was really cool. There happened to be a zoo volunteer nearby, and she told me that the gorilla always stops to look at the babies. What a treat for us!! We only spent a few hours at the zoo, but we saw lots of primates, zebras, polar bears, elephants, condors and even meerkats. We came home and ate cake with the neighbors and Bella opened her presents. Overall – it was a great day!

Bella went to the Dr. this week for her one year well checkup. Here are her stats:
Height: 32.25 in (off the charts)
Weight: 19 lb 12 oz (25%)

Dr says she is doing great and right on track. I started the weaning process last week, and she likes whole milk well enough, so hopefully it won’t be to painful for her. Here is an example of our current routine:

7am- wake & nurse
11am-big morning snack
 2:30-big afternoon snack
6:45-bath/bedtime routine

We are in the transition phase for naps right now, so sometimes we have a short one at 11 am and another around 4 – but I am really working on one long nap per day so that we can stick to a 7:30 bedtime. Bella is having some separation anxiety at night right now, and seems to want to be held a bit more to be calmed to go to bed, but that is ok – I figure it is just part of the weaning process. It is quite an exciting time, as we are trying new foods (tried eggs this morning – she seemed to like them), she is becoming more independent (for the good and the bad – sometime it would be so much easier if mommy could just do it – especially around mealtimes…but I guess that they have to learn somehow), and she is understanding and responding so much more. It seems she learn a new word every week (this week was car…), and her favorite thing to do right now is blow kisses (at everyone and everything). I gave her a baby doll for her birthday that she can feed with a bottle and it makes a sucking sound – and she LOVES to do that (as well as feed every other stuffed animal in the room, even though they don’t respond!) 

I created a (psuedo) baby book for her for her birthday (it doesn’t have all the stats- those are here, but there are lots of fun pictures) – please feel free to take a look – click here!

More adventures coming soon….

Bella’s First Words

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I’ve been meaning to write these down as they happen, but of course, time flies when you are having fun…

Bella’s started saying a few words…I think her first ones were DaDa and Home. She also says Hi, Up, Down, MaMa and this morning I got a Bye-Bye 🙂 She loves making animal sounds, especially quacking like a duck (although it is more like CLACK, CLACK when she says it…), for a fish she smacks her lips together and for a cow, she blows (or more like spits through her lips with a BBBB sound (not really sure why? we always say moo – but this is the sound she has decided a cow makes…) She also recently tried to oink and cheep to a book we have with Daddy, but these sounds are few and far between at the moment.

She is definitely getting into “toddlerhood” – and gets very frustrated and angry when she doesn’t get her way. She will point and scream when she wants something, and continue doing so until you either give it to her or distract her with something else. She is also learning to test our boundaries. She knows that certain areas of the house are off-limits, but will go up to the stairs and climb the first step, look at you and shake her head “no”…but we still have to go get her and bring her down. I guess after the millionth time it might sink in. 🙂

She is still trying very hard to walk. She will stand up, so proud, and take about 7 steps and then crash to her knees. She loves walking all over holding onto an adult finger, but is still pretty iffy about going more than a few steps on her own.

Her first Birthday is coming up this week (I can’t believe it!!! This year has gone by SO fast!) I think we are going to either go to the beach or make a trip to the zoo for a small family celebration.

Summer Vacation: Austin, TX

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img_2039Since Jeremy had a conference in Austin this summer, we decided to take advantage and go and visit Aunt Sissy, Uncle Charlton and the kids for a week. We had SO much fun!! Bella really enjoys “playing” with her cousins – they even taught her how to play peek-a-boo with her hands. img_20541We went to the pool, and to a indoor play area (it is 100 degrees here, so water or A/C are pretty key…) but I think everyone’s favorite was hanging out on Chrissie and Charlton’s boat on Lake Travis. We spent two glorious afternoons on the water. The boys tubed and Connor skied and we swam in a cove with the kids and friends (Lie Hao, Lisa and Mandy joined on Sunday!). The Lake is sooooo relaxing, and Bella LOVES the water. She didn’t even mind it when I dunked her a couple of times on Monday. (Of course, I counted with her to warn her…it was hot, I was trying to cool her off, not be mean 🙂  The breeze and whirring of the boat motor along with the img_20611gentle vibrations of the boat skipping over the water put her to sleep for a nice long nap both afternoons.  She has really taken to the bath tub during this trip as well (we still bathe her in the sink at home…but I think that is going to have to change…) Every time we go into Chandler’s bathroom, she crawls to the tub and points and grunts. It is so funny – one day we took two baths, and she was thrilled. On Tuesday, Grammy and Go-Go came in from Houston to visit as well. We all went to Going Bananas (an indoor playground), and the kids loved it. Chrissie was so kind to open up her house and we cooked a big family dinner on Wednesday night with everyone, even Paul & Taruko joined. All in all, it was a great trip, despite the crazy July Texas heat (I think I have been totally Californified to weather – I had forgotten how insanely hot it can be in TX in the summer :).