Weight + Height: 22 pounds and 30 inches long.
Routine: Michaela wakes up between 6:30 and 7:00. She eats breakfast, gets dressed, plays, and then we are out the door for the gym or gymnastics. I started taking her to the Y because there’s an amazing facility here and they offer 2.5 hours of childcare per day, so I’m able to get a little work done before/after working out, and she’s slowly getting used to being away from me. She naps at noon, eats dinner around 5:30, then it’s time for a tub or shower, books, songs and sleep by 6-6:30.
Sleeping: It hasn’t been perfect … she’s been teething (molars!) but we’re well rested. She starts the night in her Pack ‘N Play, and then she comes into bed with me when I go to sleep around midnight.
Eating: She has a fantastic appetite and eats better than I do (haha). She eats absolutely everything and really loves green beans, black olives and strawberries. She’s still a boob monster and nursing every few hours.
Sizes: She’s wearing size 18 month clothes, and she’s in size 4 diapers.
Likes: She loves playing in her mini ball pit, caring for her babies and taking them for stroller walks, taking Brutty for walks, having tea parties with me, dancing, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, being upside down, climbing up onto everything, and practicing forward and backward rolls.
Dislikes: She’s a pretty chill little bub, the only thing that comes to mind that she doesn’t like is when I put a blanket on her, and she doesn’t like avocado.
Milestones: Michaela is talking SO much – she says mom, dad, goodbye, boob (haha), titty (kitty, haha), cat, pup, no, yes, cock (a doodle do, she got a farm set for Christmas that has a rooster hahahahaha), bath, baby, Bru Bru, ta-da (after she finishes her gymnastics tricks), goal, stinky, poop, diaper, block, baby … probably a few more. She’s also stringing words together like “Hi Mom” and “Buh-bye Bru Bru” She has four teeth up top and four on the bottom, plus all four molars. She’s basically running now, has incredible balance, and moo’s, rawr’s and says ooo ooo ahh ahh when you show her a cow, lion or monkey and ask what they say. So cute.
Things That I Don’t Want To Forget: She had her one year follow up with the NICU team and I was filled with anxiety being back in that hospital knowing that they were looking for anything that raised a red flag or was wrong with her, but the team was beyond impressed and said she’s developmentally an 18-20 month old!! I’m not one to gloat about feeling #blessed, but I truly do feel blessed that I’ve been able to be home with Michaela, teaching her and helping her grow. I remember when I found out that I was pregnant with a girl I was NOT looking forward to girly things like tea parties and baby dolls, but now I sit back and watch her hug and kiss her babies, put blankies on them and put bottles in their mouths, and it’s pretty heart warming that she’s mimicking what she’s been shown. This past year was NOT easy, but we did it. I can’t believe that her infant baby phase is over, but life with my sweet girl is so much fun and I’m looking forward to what the next year has in store for us.