I cannot believe that my baby is already a year (13 months actually) old! I also can’t believe I haven’t posted anything on my blog since June! This year was a lot harder than I thought and it honestly took me a loooong time to figure out my new normal. I spent the bulk of the year focusing only on Harper and not enough on my husband or myself. But I finally snapped out of it and I’m happy to report that we’re all thriving now that I’ve figured out the balance. But let’s get back to Harper…
In case you forgot or are new to my blog, Harper was born six weeks early on December 27, 2015. She was a little less than 5 pounds and spent the first week of her life in the NICU. When my labor started, I had no idea about premature birth or what to expect and the only information I got while I was in the hospital was terrifying. Thankfully, Harper forgot that she was a preemie the moment we walked out of the hospital doors and today people are shocked when I tell them her story. I could literally write for days about Harper, but I’ll try to hit all of the main points without making this too long.
Weight: 20lbs 13 oz (35th Percentile) – 4lbs 14.9oz at birth
Length: 30.25 inches (71st Percentile) – 19.25 inches at birth
Teeth: 2 on the top, 2 on the bottom and FOUR more coming in right now
Diaper Size: 4
Clothing Size: 12-18 months (but mostly 18 months)
Eating & Sleeping: Chicky Girl can eat! She may look like me, but she has the appetite of her daddy. She’s very particular about the way she eats though. If you give her a plate of finger foods and let her do it herself, she will eat every single thing on her plate and then ask for more. If you try to feed her, you’re looking for a fight. In a way, this is a good thing, but it also requires more work on my part to find finger foods that she can safely and efficiently chew (because she’s a major gagger). Her favorite foods are fruit (especially raspberries, strawberries and bananas), yogurt and cheese. I used to use purees in order to ensure that she got enough veggies in her diet, but she’s really picky about when she’ll eat those now so my goal right now is to make sure that I prepare more veggies for her. As far as milk goes, she gets three 6oz bottles of whole milk per day. I’m working on transitioning her off of the bottle, but she is adamant about drinking water from a straw cup and milk from a bottle. If I give her milk in a straw cup, she will either take two sips and leave it alone or throw it across the room. Any suggestions about helping her make that transition would be greatly appreciated!
Harper is a fantastic sleeper. She takes one nap during the day (two when she’s at school) and she sleeps for about 12 hours each night. Her bedtime is between 7:30 and 8pm and she wakes up between 7:30 and 8am. I’m a firm believer in establishing a solid bedtime routine and staying consistent with it. We have dinner around 6:30, then she goes upstairs for a bath and/or jammies. We read a book while she drinks her bottle and then I pray with her before laying her down and walking out. She didn’t start sleeping through the night consistently until she was about 8 or 9 months old, but I never gave up. Getting my nights back to hang out with Sam or watch tv or just go to bed early has made me a much happier, healthier mom. Of course we’ve had nights where she was teething or fighting a cold and didn’t sleep as well, but they have been few and far between. She loves her sleep and so do I!
Likes: Sesame Street, music, dancing, eating, reading books, crawling as fast as she can, baths, getting her hair washed, yelling and her new car seat.
Dislikes: The NoseFrida Snotsucker, brushing her teeth (all of a sudden!), getting her hair combed, and being spoon-fed.
Harper is capable of walking (you can see her taking a few steps on my instagram), but still only does it when she really feels like it. She is an incredibly fast crawler and can cruise around the furniture so well that I guess she doesn’t feel the need to take the risk of walking and falling just yet. She can say “Dada” and “Nana” (her cousin, Alana) and “uh oh,” but still refuses to say “Mama.” She loves to play peekaboo and she will clap and celebrate any little thing. She is such a happy and friendly baby and, aside from the fact that she is always on the move, she is incredibly easy to handle. I am so in love with her and I absolutely love being her mommy!
all photos by Reggie Green