One Month Till One Year

When did my baby start turning into a toddler? Maybe it was when she started getting her two bottom teeth. Or maybe it was when she started walking at almost 10 months old. But today for sure when she started saying “Ugh-oh” and “Oh yeah” while walking around the living room and kitchen only stopping to see me for the occasional bite of our shared banana.

Not only is Abbey turning into a toddler but she is becoming so independent during the journey out of “babyhood.” She has such a great mix of George and my personality. Outgoing, talkative, independent, spoiled and a bit stubborn (you can decide which character trait belongs to who). She is trying new foods, loves to hear herself sing (or screech), gives herself kisses in the mirror, gives great kisses to mommy, daddy and the occasional stranger, loves her dog, boy cousins and all her care-givers, keeps us entertained and keeps herself entertained by reading books, playing with wooden spoons or hugging one of her baby dolls. I’m ready for my baby to turn one but I’m going to cherish every little moment of “babyhood” for the next 30 days!

Here are a few pictures of Abbey at 11 months old:

10 Months Old and Walking

{Abbey is 10 Months Old}

The first year of a baby’s life is quite far the most exciting (so I’ve heard) with many new things happening ALL-THE-TIME! You read about the first year developments and of course you are reminded of each stage at each pediatrician check up but experiencing it all is quite mind-blowing. Abbey has always been “on-track” with development but it literally seems like she went from being completely non-mobile to sitting up on her own, crawling, standing and now walking in about three short months. How does that happen? How can it go so fast?

Here is Abbey walking (toddling) the other night. I stopped the video short because she started to grab dog hair, which is a never ending battle at the house.

{What else at 10 months?}

Abbey still only has the two bottom teeth but she is constantly putting objects in her mouth to gnaw on so perhaps more teeth are on the way. Items on Abbey’s favorite chew-toy list include;  her binki, teether ring, and her crib! OY, that child has been grinding and sharpening her teeth on the crib for weeks now and I really just don’t know how to get her to stop. Any ideas? It is so bad that I’m actively looking for bits of wood in her diapers! George thinks that she is part beaver and uses the crib to sharpen her teeth. I hope she isn’t planning to create a dam in the house.

Kisses by Abbey are pretty much the best thing in my world right now but they are pretty scary for George because he is already thinking of Abbey and boys! She gives a kiss with her mouth wide open and occasionally sticks out her tongue. George has already threatened 5-year old Owen who lives up the street. George told Owen (after he was playing with Abbey one night) that he wasn’t allowed to be near our house and that George was watching him. Owen of course wasn’t thinking about Abbey the way George was eluding so Owen responded with, “you aren’t being very nice.” Too funny!

Now that Abbey’s interest in crawling has decreased and the interest in walking has increased there is now way socks are lasting on her feet for long periods of time. When she is home I don’t mind as much and love watching her toddle around barefoot but what do you do when you are out? I don’t want her to be barefoot at a restaurant or other public places but do you just use socks and if she wants to get down and walk you let her do it in just the socks? The germ-a-phobe in me is slightly freaking out about that thought right now. Any ideas here would also be helpful.

9 Month Old Abbey Road

P.S. this is the best toy EVER and a great grab at a local garage sale for 8 bucks.

{Check up on Abbey}

Abbey had her 9 month well check up today with our amazing pediatrician, Dr. Somsak. We had a great appointment and of course have all the latest stats on our baby girl. Abbey is weighing in at 19.5 lbs and is 28 inches long and as I’m typing this I’m realizing how much she’s going to hate me for having all this information and pictures online for all her future boyfriends and husband to see. OH how I love technology!

{What’s up with Abbey}

  • Finally two bottom teeth are peaking their way out (discovery credit to my Aunt Sue Martin!!).
  • Loves having raspberry wars with daddy.
  • Saying “dada” and “momo” and something that resembles “dog”
  • walks when you hold her hands.
  • Her favorite toy is the Fisher Price one shown in the picture above but she also loves her mirror and wooden spoons.
  • She’s eating chunky foods and snacks and recently tried avocado (she thought it was okay) and has bites of mommy’s banana each morning.

    Peeking around the corner after climbing up to stand, so proud of herself

  • Crawling has now turned into complete mobility all around the house.
  • She is pulling herself up on kitchen chairs, the couch and pretty much anything that is stable enough within her reach (yes, that includes the dog who is no longer safe).
  • Balancing herself in a crouched position,
  • Abbey gives the best kisses, of course it is completely open-mouthed and super slobbery (beware future boyfriends and husband).
  • Abbey gives her two older boy cousins a run for their money as she lovingly attacks their hair whenever she sees them. George calls this “aggressive love.” Future boyfriends and husband don’t need to read this part!

{Coming soon}

Since Abbey has great role models that are walking or beginning to walk, I’m thinking that she will pick up on it quickly. Her ability to fall gracefully (something her mother never learned) will come in handy as she starts to practice walking by herself. Once she gets her balance we’ll be adding  bubble wrap all over the house as our new decor.

Lastly, her ONE YEAR birthday party is now just around the corner! I have already started thinking about the theme and what I’m going to do for this amazing day. I just need to find a place big enough for family and friends to celebrate, Beatles themed of course!

Here are a few more pictures of Abbey at 9 months old, getting her still was quite a challenge!

My little froggie using her sippy cup like a big girl

Checking out one of her favorite books with Aunt Sarah, Uncle CJ and cousin Henry

One of my favorite Abbey pics at my favorite spot to see sunflowers. Beautiful picture taken by my talented photographer cousin, Gayle Rothmeeler.