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Happy birthday, Pumpkin!

Grace is one. Even tough she’s been looking and acting like a toddler for a couple of months, my weekly emails now say “Your Toddler,” and she’s aged out of the “Your baby week by week book.” It is thrilling and sad and fun, all at the same time.

Here’s what one looks like in our house:

  • Grace has a very feisty, energetic, silly personality. She laughs a lot, and she is strong-willed. Everyone says she’s a lot like me.
  • Grace rarely crawls these days, only when she’s trying to get over an obstacle (like the threshold to the patio, which is often too hot to walk on). Most of the time, she walks, toddles, or runs from one place to another.
  • Grace dances, which is possibly the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. I’m trying to get video of this, but it usually happens in short spurts and, by the time I get the video camera out, she’s done already.
  • Grace climbs onto and off of the couch, our living room chairs, the steps, and everything else low enough to get her chubby little leg up on. She was up on a stool at Nana and PopPop’s house last weekend. She loves to climb.
  • Grace’s hands are always moving. She claps when she likes something or is proud of herself. Or when I laugh and clap and say “Yeah Gracie!” 🙂 She waves a lot. She high fives over and over.
  • Grace is a communicator. When she wants something, she grunts and points. She also shakes her head vigorously for no and yes.
  • If you ask Grace where her nose is, she points to it. She also points to the noses of other people and the cats. (Poor cats don’t appreciate this skill.)
  • Grace makes “the Indian noise.” You know, the noise the Indians made in old Western movies by tapping their hands over their open mouths? She does that. It really makes me laugh, too.
  • Grace kisses me all the time. She’s not yet perfected the pucker, so most of them are sloppy, open-mouth jobs. I love it when she grabs my face and pulls me in for a kiss. She kisses other people, too, though not quite as frequently. She blows kisses.
  • She gives hugs now and then.
  • Grace has lots of toys (probably too many!), and she doesn’t seem to show a preference for any one over the others.
  • When we’re outside, Grace loves to be pushed around in her Little Tykes coupe. She would sit in that coupe all day if someone is willing to push her around.
  • Grace loves to play “I’m gonna get you!” (where we chase her) and “Where’s Momma?” (our version of Peekaboo) games. She also likes to bounce and jump up and down.
  • Grace still has two separate, distinct laughs – a growly chuckle and a hearty belly laugh. I love them both, but her dad really dislikes the chuckle.
  • Grace headbutts people.
  • Grace puts things together. She can put the shapes into her shape sorter Tupperware ball if you show her where they go. She can stack legos and the rings on her stacker toy. She can also put the lens cap on my camera and the lid on a bottle. She seems to enjoy doing that.
  • Grace is drinking mostly whole milk these days. In fact, we have just enough formula for tomorrow’s bottle, and then we’re out. We’re not going to buy any more.
  • Until this weekend, Grace was drinking four bottles a day. This past Saturday, the whole day went by, and she never asked for a bottle. What luck! We had been really worried about how we were going to wean her off of the bottles, but she did it for us. She hasn’t asked since, so we’re just giving her whole milk in a sippy cup at the times when she’d normally get a bottle.
  • However, the bedtime routine doesn’t work without a bottle, so we’re still doing that one. I don’t know when or how we’ll get rid of it.
  • Grace holds her own sippy cup most of the time, but still refuses to hold her bottle. She’s recently become interested in pouring the sippy out onto the floor.
  • Grace can feed herself almost entirely, although she’ll allow me to feed her, too. We still have the issue of stuffing her mouth until she chokes, so I ration her portions carefully.
  • This week, Grace became interested in using a spoon to eat. She clinks the spoon on the plate, pushes the food around, and brings the spoon up to her mouth, though not necessarily in that order. She hasn’t managed to feed herself anything yet.
  • Grace still has 7 teeth, 4 on the top and 3 on the bottom. There are two more on the top that are large and “in,” but not yet through the skin on her gums.
  • Grace has had several new ear infections. One warranted a trip to the ER and caused her ear to swell shut. We’ve had two good, healthy weeks, and I hope this trend continues!
  • Grace babbles all the time. I love listening to it. Joe and I can usually locate her by sound before we see her. She’s saying mama, dada, buhbuh (bottle), ithy (kitty), dat (that), hi, hey, and nuhnuh (Aunt Amanda), plus a lot of things I don’t understand. She also moos if you ask her what a cow says and repeats va-va-va-voom if you say that in front of her.
  • Grace yells and throws little tantrums now and then.
  • Grace uses a little sign language. She learned the sign for “all done” at day care and does it at every meal. We’re working on eat, drink, and help. I’m not sure what else I’ll teach her.
  • Grace eats everything that we eat. She especially likes (and asks for) bananas, colby jack and cheddar cheese, yogurt, almost all fruit, jello, and iced tea. She also adores every food that comes in a yellow Gerber Graduates package.
  • I am ashamed to say that Grace loves pop. I mean, if she sees a can or a glass with bubbles in it, she goes crazy until she gets some.
  • Grace sleeps through the night almost every night, from 8 pm until 6 am. She rarely naps during the day.
  • At her one year well baby appointment, Grace was 32 inches tall and 27 pounds, 5 ounces. She’s a very big girl. She wears a 2T or 24 month outfit and a size 5 diaper.


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10 thoughts on “Happy birthday, Pumpkin!”

  1. She’s adorable, Tara! I love the photo of Grace and her laptop. Noah does the same thing in his armchair with his remote control. Kids are like mirrors, aren’t they??? It’s almost scary. I loved reading the list and learning more about Grace. I should try to do the same thing for Noah soon.

  2. She’s adorable, Tara! I love the photo of Grace and her laptop. Noah does the same thing in his armchair with his remote control. Kids are like mirrors, aren’t they??? It’s almost scary. I loved reading the list and learning more about Grace. I should try to do the same thing for Noah soon.

  3. Where did you find that laptop?!? Ladybug definitely needs one of her own so Mommy and Daddy don’t have to use the “n” word all the time.

    Question: do you have problems with Grace wanting to carry things in her mouth while she walking about? Scares me to death that Ladybug will fall and hurt herself!

  4. Where did you find that laptop?!? Ladybug definitely needs one of her own so Mommy and Daddy don’t have to use the “n” word all the time. Question: do you have problems with Grace wanting to carry things in her mouth while she walking about? Scares me to death that Ladybug will fall and hurt herself!

  5. I love this post. I enjoyed reading all the things that Grace can do. Can you believe that our little ladies are already one? It has been a bit emotional for me. (If you look at my lastest post you will see that I went back and watched all the videos from her first week….it all went so fast!)

    Grace has grown so much! Such the cutie!

  6. I love this post. I enjoyed reading all the things that Grace can do. Can you believe that our little ladies are already one? It has been a bit emotional for me. (If you look at my lastest post you will see that I went back and watched all the videos from her first week….it all went so fast!)Grace has grown so much! Such the cutie!

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