Monday, December 14, 2009

Morgan at 12 Months!

Every time Morgan turns a month older, I always give little updates on her personality, favorite things, etc.  Well, this time, since she's the Big 12 Months, I'll try to be a little more detailed! :) Now this won't be all peachy & cute -- I'm posting it ALL so we can look back on this and laugh!
  • Apple-banana oatmeal is still her favorite food.  She eats it every morning for breakfast. (Though this morning I had to be a little creative.  We ran out of oatmeal yesterday, so she had rice cereal with fruit juice mixed in.  Haha!)
  • She loves the toddler pasta meals from Gerber -- mac and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken and stars, carrot and chicken ravioli, etc. 
  • She loves to snack on cereal bars, and she'll still eat Puffs. 
  • She really likes cheese toast.
  • She's still not a huge fan of meat.  Speaking of meat, I thought I'd be obsessive about her eating certain foods.  And I am to an extent -- but I've relaxed a little.  Like the other day, I did something I said I'd "never" do (a word used by so many of us young, naive first-time mamas):  I gave her one of my McDonald's chicken nuggets. *gasp*  And the child LOVED it. She was NOT happy when I took it from her halfway through (I did that long enough to take the breaded part off and gave it back to her).  I have always been a bad eater, and I don't want my children to be (which is the reason I've cooked more in the past couple of months that I have in my entire 27 years).  It will be a long time before she eats a McDonald's chicken nugget again.  I have some very easy (and healthy) recipes for homemade (baked) chicken nuggets that I'll introduce to her a little later.  Speaking of which, another reason I said "What the heck" and let her taste that nugget is because she's had it before -- but not from me.  I went to her little Fall Festival at school, and the toddlers were eating popcorn chicken!  I wasn't very happy about that -- there are lots of healthier foods toddlers can eat.  So guess what I signed up to bring for her school's Christmas party (they have this list of stuff they want to be served at the party and you just have to choose from the list what your child will bring).  WE'RE bringing the chicken this time!  And it won't be fried!  If I wasn't so afraid of making somebody's kid sick, I'd  try the homemade chicken nuggets recipe.  With my luck, they'll all go home with tummy aches.  Haha! So I'll be asking my mother-in-law what restaurant she gets the grilled chicken fingers she sometimes brings to tailgate.  (And honestly, those aren't much better because restaurants just don't magically make 'em taste good, but they will do for that day.)
  • Morgan started drinking whole milk the other day after we got the okay from the doc.  She seems to like it just fine.  I'm not ashamed to say Mama and Daddy are THRILLED about not having to buy formula anymore! :)
  • Speaking of her doctor's appointment, I haven't done a great job of posting her weight, height, head circumference, and all the percentile stuff to the blog (which are the very things that go in traditional baby books).  Though she was barely a six pound baby, she's pretty much been in the 50th and 75th percentile for height and weight since her two month appointment.  But her head is enormous.  I have to admit I was a little concerned at first.  I mean, we're talking 90th-ish percentile.  But since she was born with a big head (90th percentile at birth), and has continued on the growth curve, the doctor isn't the least bit concerned.  She said big heads are hereditary. Neither me nor her dad have the smallest noggin, so I stopped worrying after that.  Anyway, as of her 12-month appointment, she's in the 55th percentile for weight, 65th percentile for height, and 97th percentile for head circumference. 
  • She loves to mimic beats and has her favorites.  She loves anything music-related and still likes to dance.
  • She loves to walk around the house and insists on going in the kitchen over and over.  She's particulary attracted to the stove and dishwasher (bad, I know) and, of course, loves the cabinets.  I wasn't planning on buying a gate, but I'm reconsidering now that she moves so quickly.
  • Danny calls her "Fred" (as in Sanford) because of the way she walks.  HILARIOUS!
  • She likes to have little conversations with her self -- you know, that foreign language-baby talk.  I usually join in on the conversation -- and we talk about everything! :)
  • She tries to count!  And she even tries to use her fingers for the numbers.  Instead of sounding like, "Oooonnnnne, Twwooooo, Threeeeee..." it sounds more like "Ohhhnnnnn, Oooooohhhh,  Uuuuuhhhhh,  Eeeeeeeeh..." Just a bunch of sounds that make the "counting game" sounds. 
  • She can show you where your nose is, but doesn't point to her own, LOL.
  • She says MaMa and DaDa a lot, though I'm still not totally convinced she's saying it TO us. 
  • She loves to handle and push big things.  Like there's this little box with a handle that holds all her mini-board books.  She likes to carry that box around.  She looks like a little old lady with a suitcase when she carries it. LOL! She also likes to push the pack 'n play (from the outside) until it moves.  And I sometimes use her pony as a homemade gate to keep her out of the kitchen.  Well, she moves it out of the way now.  LOL.  Strong girl.
  • (This isn't new to being 12-months -- she's always done this...) She has a very intense stare.  If she's never met you or hasn't seen you in a while, you could find yourself on the receiving end of it.  LOL.   Just like most babies, she has to check you out before she even thinks about coming close to you.  She warms up eventually, though, and will pretty much sit with anybody once she does.
  • Her Mama is her favorite person in the world!  You're probably saying, "And this is special because...??"  Well, I'm trying to cherish the days when she cries and reaches for me because I know very soon she'll learn that Daddy's "nicer" than Mama -- and she'll be a total Daddy's Girl.  And then I know in those teen years, I'll be the worst person in the world, so I'm trying to take it all in while I can! Haha! 
  • She's been sleeping with us for about a month, now, but we're moving her back to her room soon.  My mom said we went backwards by going that whole time with her in her own room, and then allowing her to sleep with us.  And I know she's right.
  • She's still on the bottle!  I know you old-school mamas (and maybe a few of you new-school mamas) are like "What?", but we're waiting 'til we're out for the holidays to get her off (bottle and paci) -- so that we can be with her 24-7 as she goes through that transition.  Two of my fellow toddler mamas weren't done with the bottle at one (yes, you always feel better when people in your situation have done the same thing, LOL), so I don't feel like such a weirdo! :)  She does use the sippy cup sometimes, but she's not a huge fan of it.  So the transition should be interesting.  Wish us luck! :)
  • She's started taking her shoes off in the car seat, stores, and restaurants, so I'm sure we'll soon have our first case of a lost-forever shoe.
  • She makes it known when she's not happy about something (and I've blogged about this before).  She sometimes "falls out" -- for example, when she has to stop playing to get her diaper changed.  I DO NOT like that.  Experts, however, say the tantrums are "normal"  because they have no other way to express their frustrations -- and that absolutely makes sense to me -- but it is still not something I like seeing my child do.  I am awaiting the days when she can express her frustration another way, for sure.  In the meantime, I'm not reacting to the tantrums.  I just let her do her thing (I'll often pretend I'm doing something else when I'm really watching her LOL)..and then when she's done, I act like it never happened.  Sort of like the "okay - moving on!" attitude. 
  • The other 99% of the time, she's just a happy, fun, loving, hilarious, adorable little toddler! 
It's just so hard to believe that our baby is ONE!  This has been the absolute best year of my life, and I am so grateful God chose us to take care of her!


  1. I love reading all the things Morgan is doing! These are my favorite kind of posts! Were in the not off the bottle category and she still takes one in the morning although she is starting to not want that one and she has one at night.. I'm not stressing because not like in the big scheme of life its going to hurt them to have them a month longer than they should! Anyway keep me posted on how she is doing with the transition!!

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