Wowee! Here we are at the end of our Little Miss’ first year of life! In the early days the weeks seemed to last forever but in reality the past year has absolutely flown by. We have all come such a long way in the past year and no-one more so than the little lady herself. From a teeny wee thing who struggled so badly with colic, temporary lactose intolerance and reflux… to our beaming, happy, gorgeous little toddler.
I honestly just adore her 100% and she is such a Mummy’s girl which is lovely but obviously a tad infuriating at times when she does not want me to move from her side. I do feel for Daddy too when she is writhing out of his arms to try and get to me. Thankfully though this isn’t all the time and she is a generally a smily happy girl, she is so sociable, she loves people and is just a quite contented little thing really.
The last month has seen her take the huge leap from baby to fully fledged toddler as she now walks everywhere and I have to admit I love it. At home she is constantly pottering about finding things to inspect and she loves running and throwing herself onto the beanbag, which is hilarious.
Unfortunately it also means a lot of falling over so she constantly has bruises and scratches on her face from face-planting the floor or a piece of furniture poor thing. I also have to keep a close eye on her as she likes picking things up and putting them in her mouth. At home it isn’t too bad (though she has a penchant for crayons at the moment, joy) but out and about is a nightmare and I am constantly saying no and running when I see a fistful of mud or stones heading to her mouth. Sadly I don’t spot it in time every time, so try to convince myself that a little mud never killed anyone! She also likes to find manky puddles of water, splash her hands in them then put her fingers in her mouth… noooo!
She does understand “no” but rarely obeys and generally gives a huge cheeky grin and shakes her head before carrying on what she was.doing… grrr! There are other times when she does listen but they are few and far between… so I sound like a bit of a stuck record but I know repetition is all I can do at the moment, that and picking her up and moving her away from dangerous things such as radiators or the oven!
In terms of food she is still really good for the most part but there are signs of fussiness showing…. sadly BLW hasn’t completely staved this off… she definitely doesn’t like broccoli anymore and I don’t think she is too keen on potato. But even though her Daddy adores potato I have never been a huge fan of potato so maybe it is hereditary? Who knows, we shall see how this progresses though and we don’t have any of the problems we had with her brother as she scoffs curry and anything with pasta and she adores fruit which is great. She also eats a ridiculous amount – easily an adult portion at mealtimes and WAY more than her big brother eats. I have no idea where she puts it all!
She is also a very different baby to her brother in terms of routine. Whereas he was in a fab routine from 4 months and then was always so much happier in a routine, she is so different. We struggled massively to ever get her to settle in a routine for more than a few days at a time, BUT, and here’s the thing, now she is much more flexible which is actually handy. She now is best when she has one nap in the afternoon. She has a long sleep, is happier and sleeps in later the next morning (till nearly 7am, wahoo!). But on days when we are in the car a lot she sometimes dozes off in the morning then either doesn’t nap in the afternoon or has a shorter sleep. And do you know what? She is still fine. She wakes up earlier the next morning (between 530-6) but is still pretty contended on it so I really can’t complain. Monkey was always a nightmare if you shifted his routine even slightly so it is a nice change and a relief after the struggles of trying to get her to settle in a routine all year!
Now that she is awake more though we are getting out and about a bit more too. I take her to tumbletots on a Monday morning when Monkey is at playgroup, which she loves. She loves the other people most of all I think but also has a lot of fun exploring all of the equipment. Then on a Tuesday my parents take her to rhyme time at the local library while Monkey and I have a Mummy and Monkey morning. Apparently she loves going and is getting more and more confident as the weeks go by, which is lovely. I hope it will also do her good to be away from me for a little while every week too. She adores her Nanny & Pops and is very comfortable being with them and they love having her which is great.
She has always been an incredibly loud baby and she knows how to make her feelings well and truly known. We are very much getting a lot of whining and she makes the Marge Simpson noise when she wants something (you know, closed mouth, mmmmmgrh hehe). We do also have the start of words too which is really lovely. She occasionally makes an almost “tickle tickle” sound – much more joined together and unclear, but she has also been known to accompany this with grabbing Monkey in a tickly way… and obviously we say it a lot to both of them so we think she is trying to copy us. She also definitely says “uh oh” and copies us whenever we say it (and hubs now says it a LOT to make her say it) and whenever she drops something, which is massively adorable!! I feel like I am constantly comparing her to her big brother but I can’t help it as this is another way she is very different to him as he didn’t say his first word until he was 2!
So there we have it, our gorgeous little lady as she approaches her first birthday! I love the determined happy little person she is growing into and am looking forward to what the next year will bring.
The first year passes so quickly doesn’t it. It looks like your little lady is doing just fine and it’s a big achievement to be walking before she’s one. #SSAmazingAchievements
Aww happy birthday little m!!! The year has flown I can’t believe it.
The photos are adorable. Next dry day, I’m going searching for a pile of leaves 😉
Love the monthly sequence of photos – she always has such a beautiful big happy smile. It’s lovely when they’re toddling about everywhere but the face-planting is a challenge too and I remember the stage of them putting everything in their mouths! Her saying “uh-oh” sounds so adorable. Happy first birthday to your gorgeous Little Miss x
Wow, she’s come so far! What a lovely post. She sounds like an adorable little girl and you must be so proud of her 🙂
That first year is amazing, so many changes.
She seems like such a smiley happy girl, and has achieved so much in such a short time, no wonder you are proud.
Such a massive milestone! Congrats for surviving the first year with two kids 😉 and a bit happy one to Little Miss, such a gorgeous girl xx
Aww she is a wee dote. Can’t believe she is up and walking about! Congrats on getting through the first year!
Wonderful photographs Caroline. This is such a great age isn’t it? If a little messy! Happy Birthday little one. x
Aww I saw this post the other day! Happy Birthday LM. After seeing her at the weekend all of this is true. This is truely a delight. So cute, an amazing walker and eater. So funny how different she is to monkey but maybe that is the perks of a second child! hehe xx #wotw
Happy Birthday Little Miss! Such a happy, smiley, cheeky little one, you are so blessed having her in your family. Enjoy the next year with all the challenges it will bring xx
Oh, she is so gorgeous! I always find it amazing how different my two are, too. Hope she has a lovely birthday x Thanks for sharing with #WotW
I can’t believe she’s 1 already-where has that time gone?! She is adorable-and I found my son (who was the send baby) exactly the same in terms of a routine-barely ever got one but it means he was and is more easy going generally. Although saying that, when he sets his mind to something, nothing will change it, at all!
What a glorious celebration of her first year. Her personality shines through beautifully and those photos are fab! 🙂
Happy birthday Little Miss! Doesn’t time fly? I think she looks more and more like her big brother every day x
Hasn’t this year gone fast! Our little lady’s are really like two peas in a pod sometimes too. Little E does the diving thing too put pulls cushions off of the sofa! Love all the photos, Happy Birthday little girl #WotW x x
Aww! She is such a sweetheart….I can’t believe she is a year already though! Time flies….Gorgeous photos x
Aww happy birthday LM!! She’s growing so fast. 🙂 #WotW
What a beautiful post.
Happy 1st birthday LM 🙂 xx #WotW
Happy Birthday to her 🙂 she’s lovely
I can really relate with the ‘no’ don’t do that etc. My daughter is nearly 9 months! She’s into everything already including the cupboard in the living room that has a lot of my craft stuff! #wotw
What a cutey! And what an adventure. That first year is so special. Looks like she’s had fun too! #maternitymondays
Ahhh lovely post and beautiful pictures. Happy Birthday Miss M. #maternityMondays
Awww Happy Birthday little one! She is so so cute! Her little steps, and excitement are so evident in your pics and the video, a fab reminder of her as she turns one. My little H is just a month younger, so your post really strikes a chord with me, I was apprehensive that one was sneaking up on us so quickly, but one looks like such an exciting age too 🙂 #maternitymondays
Meant to ask, where is her little coat from? It’s super cute! X
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Happy birthday Little Miss, I cant believe it’s been a year already! She is just gorgeous x #LoudnProud
Happy birthday Little Miss, this year has flown by and I have read all of it! I love the beanbag dive and that pic at the top in her coat on the leaves is just lovely x