My baby is 13 months today! It’s hard to believe her first birthday was only a month ago. This past month has been insanely busy – both at home and at work. I won’t bore you with details from work, though. Instead, I’ll just give you an update on Guinevere.
Guinevere is now almost 17 lbs. and 28 inches long, which means she’s 10th percentile for both height and weight (i.e. 90 percent of kids her age are bigger than her). She may be small, but she’s adorable . . . and really, I think I would be more surprised if my baby were a big kid! When the doctor told me that she was 10th percentile, I turned to Guinevere and said, “That’s bigger than mommy ever was!” (I was 5th percentile for most of my childhood). Her 12-month check up went well – aside from the shots. I’m not sure who cried more – her or me! The nurses handed me tissues when it was all over, but Guinevere recovered very quickly. We had blood drawn for general tests and to see if she’s allergic to cats. Guinevere has pretty bad eczema and we just wanted to make sure there wasn’t an underlying cat allergy. Fortunately, we don’t have to find a new home for the cat because the test came back negative. (Whew!)
|Fussy, but fine after shots.|
Guinevere’s not walking unassisted yet, but she’s very close! She can walk very well while holding your hands, and often walks around the house with us while holding onto just one hand. When she’s not “walking,” Guinevere has become a pro at crawling. Our daycare lady told us that Guinevere will be sitting with a group of other babies, size up her competition and see a toy that she wants to play with. Then, before the other babies have a chance to realize what’s happened, she’s grabbed the toy and crawled away with it. You should see her crawling after the cat! She’ll be playing in the living room and then spot the cat and immediately spring into a bounding, joyful crawl trying to get to the cat . . . fortunately our cat is fast enough that I’m not worried about G cornering her and getting her nose swiped by a paw or anything like the.
Here's a quick video of G the first day she walked 1-handed:
Her current list of words and short phrases includes (in order of frequency): uh oh, I dropped it, kitty, yeah, daddy, oh dear, no, hi, bye, yes, mama (only when she’s super tired and fussy and wants something), and oh. Often I will say something and then it sounds like she tries to repeat it, but then she won’t repeat it again on command. Even without saying actual words, it’s often easy to figure out what she wants. She’s very good at speaking in gibberish, but being able to indicate through inflection and hand gestures what she needs.
Guinevere also loves to sing! The other day I was singing “Row Your Boat” and she started singing along. Then for the rest of the day, I would occasionally hear, “row row row row row” coming from wherever she was playing.
She’s just now starting to play pretend. She has a little toy cell phone and the other day, she kept holding it to her ear and saying, “Hi! Yeah, yeah, yeah.” Tonight when I was getting her ready for bed, I was brushing her hair and she grabbed the brush out of my hand and tried to brush her own hair. Then she tried to brush my hair! I was very proud. She also has a little tea set and she likes to pretend to drink out of the teacups. I don’t think she’s quite figured out how to “pour” from the teapot yet, though – but that’s ok because I quite enjoy pouring it for her.
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