12 1/2ish Months!

Sorry this post is a couple of weeks late, but it’s been more than just a little busy around here with Bailey’s birthday, Christmas, and now New Year’s… Anyway, here we go…

Wow!  I can’t believe I’m writing this post!  The year has truly flown by!

My sweet little baby has grown from this…


…to this…


The past 12 months have been awesome!  I am so amazed at the many changes we’ve seen in Bailey in her first year… I know this is the year when we’re supposed to see the most changes… but even knowing that I’m still amazed to think of it!

So here are the 12 month stats…

  • She now weighs 18 lbs. 12 oz. (15th percentile)  Yep… her percentile dropped again… from 25th at 9 months down to 15th at 12 (what the heck?!?).  But Dr. Marlow says that it’s noting to worry about since she had a nearly 2 lb. gain over the last 3 months.  She said that growth starts to level out at this point as babies become even more mobile… and Bailey’s definitely become more mobile!
  • She now measures 29 1/2 in. long (50th percentile)

Some other changes from the last month or so include…

  • More teeth… she now has 9!
  • Eating even more table foods.  We’ve basically given up the jarred stuff… except for the occasional vegetable.  She’d much rather play with her whole peas and green bean pieces than eat them, so we have a jar every so often to get in our greens!
  • Saying a few more words… such as “baby” and “Nana”
  • Blowing kisses!  She’s given up waving bye-bye and now strictly blows good bye kisses!  So sweet!
  • Figuring out other fun sounds to make with her mouth… “Indian noises” (a.k.a. patting her hand over her mouth as she makes different sounds)… clicking her tongue… popping her lips… and even a semi-whistle at times!  She’s definitely more vocal than ever!
  • Last, but certainly not least, she’s begun WALKING!!! (She started the day before her 1st birthday!  What a gift!)  Don’t get me wrong… she’s not running around like mad just yet… more like a Frankenstein walk (slow, stiff steps with arms outstretched) across the room.  But she’s certainly letting go and on the move! 

Some challenges we’ve been experiencing include…

  • Sleep!  Bailey’s struggled with this off and on since she began teething around 4 or 5 months old… and, I hate to admit it, but we’re still struggling with it off and on.  The last month and a half has been difficult with all of the traveling for the holidays and sleeping in unfamiliar places.  But we’ll work through it… and we’re looking forward to being home for a while (now that the holidays are over) to get her back in her routine!
  • Bath time troubles… not sure what happened… but, a little over a month ago Bailey began to hate bath time!  I don’t mean dislike… I mean full-fledged HATE!   We’ve tried everything… bathing her at a different time of day (hoping we’d just caught her when she was tired/cranky)… bathing her at other houses (nope… still screamed)… adding bubbles or different toys (to make bath time more fun!  apparently, bubbles and different toys aren’t as much fun as I thought)… bathing her in the sink (slightly better, but still ended up screaming, trembling, and trying to climb out)… anyway, Dr. Marlow says from what she can tell it’s nothing physical… it’s just an emotional reaction (to what?… we’ll probably never figure out) that we’re just going to have to push through.  So, armed with some suggestions from Dr. Marlow, we’re ready to work on tackling this challenge!
  • Tantrums!  Oh my!  Bailey really has begun to let you know what she wants or what she dislikes!  She’s far from being “that kid” who throws herself to the floor in the middle of the grocery aisle kicking and screaming… but, she is definitely getting more and more vocal when you tell her “no” to something she wants.  The good thing is that she understands “no” and typically won’t do whatever it is you’ve told her “no” to… she just sits there and screams with displeasure at not being able to do what she wants!  We’re very careful not to laugh at her when she’s like this (don’t want to send her mixed signals), but it really is funny to see!

Anyway, what an exciting year it has been!  I’m sure the next year won’t disappoint either!


A Clover Christmas

We spent Christmas in Clover with both of the families.  Christmas Eve we got all dressed up for church in the adorable dress we bought at Craig’s boss’ store.  Too bad we couldn’t keep our hair bow in for more than 5 seconds!


After church we went back to my parents’ house where we eagerly awaited Santa’s arrival!



After a few minutes of waiting at the window our short attention span gave in and we decided to just play with the toys already at Nanny and PoPo’s house instead.




Christmas morning we headed over to my sister Erin’s house for presents and an early dinner.







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From Erin’s we headed to my mother-in-law’s house for yet another meal.  Apparently we were so busy with all of the presents and food that we forgot to take out our camera.

Christmas night it began to snow (which hadn’t happened on Christmas Day in almost 50 years)… and it continued most of the day Sunday.  The snow was so pretty and really made it feel like Christmas!



Unfortunately, we had to head back to Tennessee Sunday afternoon so we didn’t get to play in the snow very much.  We were a little nervous about what the roads would be like… especially in the high mountains around the NC/TN border!  Thankfully, in spite of a couple dicey moments around Buckner Gap and Sam’s Gap, we made it home!

What a busy, fun-filled holiday weekend!  Now… it’s time to rest up for the New Year! 


A Seuss-tastic 1st Birthday!

Yesterday was Bailey’s 1st birthday!  We decided to have a Dr. Seuss party to mark the occasion. 
Oh my!  There were so many fun things to do with this theme… Oh, the Places We Could Go!
Of course, any good party must start with a great invitation!  Here’s the invite I whipped up…
…filled with Seuss-style rhymes and characters!
On to the decorations! (which are so super easy to do for this theme!!!)
The entryway, where guests were greeted by Fish from Cat in the Hat
…the living room, which was filled with lots of fun things to look at and explore…
…such as the mantle covered with characters (Thanks so much Jordan for letting us borrow them!) and books (Courtesy of the Greater Kingsport Public Library!)
…the TV area where we played Horton Hears a Who and other Cat in the Hat cartoons!
…and the My Many Colored Days coffee table coloring station!
We even created a little retreat in the kitchen for the Grandparents to eat and escape the chaos of the kids in the living room!
Now… let’s talk about the food!
Guests were invited to enjoy the spread with a modified rhyme from Dr. Seuss’ Happy Birthday to You!
We served Green Eggs and Ham sandwiches…
Sneetches PB&J star sandwiches…
…One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish crackers and cheese…
…ABC Cheez-It crackers…
…Seuss juice…
…and, of course, a wonky Seuss-style cake complete with the rhyme “I am what I am!  That’s a great thing to be!  If I say so myself, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!” from Dr. Seuss’ Happy Birthday to Me!
The kids (and adults) all seemed to have a lot of fun!
There were lots of wonderful presents…
…which had to be tested… immediately!
And, of course, no party would be complete without ice cream and cake!
Each child at the party was presented with a Dr. Seuss book and character as their favor so that they wouldn’t leave the party empty handed!
We had so much fun!  And although it makes me a little sad to think that Bailey’s already 1 year old, I certainly had a blast celebrating with her!