Thank you so much to everyone who has helped welcome her into the world. If you have a favorite picture of you with Alice please email it to me. I’ve not kept up with my photos and it would be wonderful to include all our friends in her baby book.
Alice had her one year check up with the doctor and tipped the scales at 18.75 pounds and and 30 inches tall. She’s loving her brothers and is always keeping an eye on what they’re up to. Alice is definitely a Daddy’s girl. She starts her mornings calling out “da da da da” waiting to see Joel come through her door for her morning diaper change while I get her bottle ready and a highlight of her day is when Daddy gets home from work.
Once we were out of the sleep deprived colic-y months this last year has sure flown by. We’ve enjoyed countless hours and visits with friends and family and even managed a few family pictures together. We’re not always all looking at the camera but at least we’re all in the shot!
Before heading out to Easter brunch with family above and below enjoying a fourth of July parade in the hot sun.
Alice has been the joy in our days. She wakes up with a bubbly smile and has developed several games with the people in her life. Peek-a-boo, bucket time, touching fingers, find it box and “passing” toys back and forth are her favorites.
I do my best to capture milestones as I can. I bought a baby book for her first year but I have yet to crack it open and formally document anything. I hope my use of Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and the phone app Moment Garden will help me fill in the blanks.
Here she is at her very first restaurant visit using a high chair and our stick on table mats. … At a Dairy Queen.
She’s been such a patient baby these last six months. Her first non-family word was “Go” which she probably learned sitting in her car seat watching me scramble around getting Graham and Miles ready “It’s time to go” “Let’s go get in the car” “We need to go” “Get yourself ready to go” I’ll say to them while Alice hangs out quietly chanting “go, go, go, go”
At six months we dove right in to solid foods, blasted through home made purees and now we’re on to self feeding and enjoying the foods the rest of the family is eating. I’ve recently weaned from breastfeeding (which I’ll have to post about separately) but we had such a wonderful journey through that time in our lives.
We have daily visits to parks and playdates with her bros and we’ve made some new friends from our twin club so Alice will have buddies her age as everyone grows into toddlerhood. It’s wonderful seeing things a second time around. I think I appreciate more how fast this phase passes.
Alice loves books, opening and closing them and emptying her book case and bringing books to you when you sit on the floor.
Alice is cruising and will be ready for walking sooner than we’ll have our house ready. She loves to explore anything she can get into and is always on the look out for a “security breach” in our gates to make a run for it.
Our August calendar page was so full of family members with Alice. Alice has four grandparents and a slew of family and friends we call aunties and uncles. I like to think I’ve done better this time around with using my friends for moral support. Things seem much more manageable this time but I’ve also been more in the moment of talking to friends and asking for help.