18 lbs 5 oz (10th percentile)
28.5 inches (30th percentile)
Size: 12 months
Tooth Count: 4 top, 2 bottom
Nicknames: LoveBug, Liv, Little Bit
Park play dates! Our favorite parks right now: Lake Cliff Park in Oak Cliff, The Children’s Park at Scottish Rite Hospital, A recent fav – Exall Park in East Dallas and of course, Klyde Warren Park downtown. Doesn’t matter if it’s 20 minutes or an hour… this lil gal LOVES to be outside.
Music: Especially loves listening to Dad play guitar and piano. Loves to dance and/or head-bang when she hears music. Likes to wiggle along with the dancing giraffes that Poppa G gave her for Valentine’s Day! Loves her new musical instruments (especially the drum and shakers!) – a special birthday gift from her Great God Mother Peri. Even though it’s hard to admit… because it means admitting that we’ve been re watching the series… I’ll say it, she LOVES the Theme song from “The OC”
Books: Loves to read more and more everyday! (I’ll take a little bit of credit here… we’ve been reading nightly since she was 4 months old) Favorite Books right now are: “Let’s Look Baby Einstein” – she loves to point out the “BAHHHH” (Balls). Also loves to imitate the “Reach Up high” and “Peek-a-boo” babies in “My First Body Book”. Still in rotation: Where’s Spot?, Rainforest Discoveries and all of the touch and feel animal books.
Baby Dolls: ever since Christmas (Mamaw gave Olivia her first baby baby) she’s been obsessed with “Bay-Bos”… we’re totally confident she knows what she’s talking about when she refers to “Bay-Bo” or “Bay-Bah”… even if it includes anything/everything with a face.
Balls: Another recent obsession… (Also stemming from a Mamaw Christmas gift!) This girl loves her Balls. Perhaps just another object she can identify “BAAAAAAH” (Very rarely we get the LL’s at the end.. but usually the first syllable). I think we’re up to 6 Balls ranging in color, size and elasticity. The best part? Her favorite (green with a strobe light in it) cost $.99 from Target.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: We try to limit the amount of TV we watch but occasionally when I desperately need a distraction so I can get a 3 min shower… or on Saturday morning when Liv decides to wake up at 5:15AM and we are just not quite ready to really focus… we’ll put on an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS. She loves it. The music is catchy and honestly not half as terrible as YO GABBA GABBA…. and I generally approve of the message, etc. I’m also guilty of downloading the PBS Video App on my iphone.
Loves to practice walking
Wednesdays with Paden
Favorites Foods: Blueberries, Peas, Black Beans, Tomatoes.
Water: A new obsession with sippy cups (as long as it’s not breast milk… she only wants that from the source.) or from mommy’s glass, from a straw like a baby birdie.
Sleeping with Mom and Dad. We have completely embraced co-sleeping and I can honestly say… Once I stopped expecting something “normal” from my baby… I felt much better, even if sometimes it means sharing my bed space.
Nursing. This. Girl. Loves. To. Nurse. How will
I even wean her? she ever wean herself? Still nursing every 4 hours or so during the day. More often/predictable when we’re at home. Less often/predictable when we’re out and distracted.
Eating whatever is on Mommy/Daddy’s plate (Especially if it’s french fries – Yes, I have, on occasion, shared a fry or two. No judgement please.)
The Dallas World Aquarium
“Popsicles” – diluted (70/30 water/juice) organic apple or orange juice… great for teething.
sleeping in footed jammies (these are our current favs – footless by Carters)
In general, the 5-6pm hour… but 6-8…. she’s golden
Not being allowed to have/hold something she wants. (Basically, if it’s round… it’s a ball. and if it’s a ball.. she wants to hold it – especially it it’s a pile of
oranges balls at the grocery store)
Long, lingering meals out. Gone are the days when we make it through 3 courses.
Being in the car for longer than about 20 minutes… unless it’s nap time.
Words: Mama, Dada, Baby (Bay-Bo or Bay-Bah), Dog (Duh), Ball (Bah)
Walking with her push cart thing, standing alone.
Kisses (not so much the BLOWING of kisses… but definitely lip-smacking)
Can tell you what sound a Snake makes and identify it in a book.
Can identify babies/balls in real life and pictures/books.
Putting things in a cup, taking them out, repeat. (This mostly happens with food – especially peas)
Tried Meat/Cheese for the first time. Not really a fan…but hey… girlfriend loves her veggies so I can’t complain.
More effective at expressing her desire to nurse… read: undressing me when she’s ready.
First trip to DeLeon to visit Great Memaw & Pa and Great Great Granny and to say goodbye to Great Great Grandpa
First Birthday! (But… that’s an entire post on its own.)
Some Cute new sounds…