Dear Evelyn Morgan,
My little one, my baby girl, my princess, my sweetheart. How is it that you are already a year old? It was just barely Christmas and I blinked and now it is Christmas again. How have you grown up so fast? I swear, you turned a year old faster than your brother did. Although I am so happy you are growing up, part of me wants you to stay my baby girl forever.
One look at your sweet smile, and I melt. You are so precious to. I admit, I wasn’t the best mother the first few months of your life. I suffered pretty deep postpartum depression and anxiety. To be honest, I hardly remember from Christmas until Easter. But, whenever I look at you know, I feel nothing but love–pure, unadulterated love.
You are already emerging into a wonderful girl. You love to cuddle, which is the exact opposite of how your brother was at this age. I relish anytime you give me a hug and lay your head on my shoulder. That is a little piece of heaven for me. You are very social, just like your Daddy, with a smile always on your face. I can tell you are already getting stubborn just like your Mama and I fear for us come your teenage years.
Evelyn, you mean so much to me. I feel our family is complete with you. You fit in so well, but you definitely round out our family. We are whole because of you.
Weight | 19 pounds 12 ounces
Height | We’ll find out in a few days.
Eating | You have 3-4 bottles of 6 ounces of formula. But, now, we get to switch you to whole milk! Yaay! No more buying expensive formula! Rejoice! You are still a picky, picky eater and somewhat of a grazer. But, you are more and more aware of when you are hungry or thirsty, and we are beginning to catch onto those cues as well.
Sleeping | You sleep through the night about 75% of the time. Otherwise, you’ll wake up between 3-6 am. We will give you a bottle to have in your crib and expect you to fall back asleep until at least 6 am. Unlike your brother, who had to be rocked to sleep completely for naps, if you don’t fall asleep in the rocking chair, you do pretty well on your own. If I give you a pacy, a doll, a blanket, turn on the music machine and tell you to go to sleep, you do within a few minutes. Sometimes you take forever to go to sleep for nap time, instead, preferring to play quietly in your crib. But, you are content. You still take two naps about an hour or two each. However, lately, your morning nap schedule is getting rearranged because Rhys’s 25 minute speech therapy sessions are a half hour at the beginning of your nap time. And, now that we are on vacation, your sleep sucks.
Milestones | Movement: You are still running. You love to climb up stairs, but you have absolutely no idea how to get down. You love to climb on everything. You have also started to bounce up and down to dance or show your excitement.
Communication: Just recently, you have started a screech/grunt to show your disapproval or disgust. You are learning you have a say and you don’t have to like or enjoy everything. You can say “Mama” and “mamee” (Lamby–your favorite doll). Daddy is still trying to get you to say “daddy” but without success. I’m trying to get you to say “uh oh”, but no tries. You wave goodbye, hi, and night-night. You understand when and why to clap.
Playing: You want to do whatever Rhys is doing and play with whatever he is playing. You love it when he pushes or pulls you around in a box or blanket. Chase is a new favorite game and you understand when to be chased and when to chase us. You love taking things out of containers and putting them back in. Blocks and stacking rings are another favorite of yours.
Personality | You are really beginning to be a Mama’s girl. You love Daddy, but sometimes, you just want Mama. If I even head toward the door, or leave a room, you start to fuss. But, besides separation anxiety, your stubbornness is starting to become apparent. You are still our happy, smiley girl, but you are becoming more aware of your other emotions as well.
- drinking out of sippy cups and water bottles
- playing with Mama and/or Rhys
- Little Baby Bum nursery songs
- meal time
- people touching your face or mouth
- Rhys taking things away from you or not letting you play with a specific toy
- Mama and Daddy leaving
Continue to grow into a wonderful, bright, loving, cheerful girl, Evelyn Morgan. You are the sunshine in our lives. We love and adore you. Happy birthday baby girl.