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Baby Likes Watching Babies on TV

We finally watched that new movie Babies the other day, and our little 1 year old seemed to enjoy it more than mommy and daddy did. She was totally enthralled by the babies cooing and crying on the TV. Usually she only watches TV for a few minutes in the beginning and every now and then when an upbeat song plays or animals show up. But she watched Babies all the way through!

For us, it was okay. A little National Geographic-ish. Some parts were interesting, some were boring, some a little bit gross. I guess you have to be in the mood for a documentary.

Definitely Walking

Today, she walked around the kitchen and dining area quite a bit, on her own and for longer stretches. This time she took the initiative herself each time to walk. She just stood up and walked. She even stood up when we said "stand up". I guess she understands that!

Her walking is still a bit labored and wobbly, but she really enjoys doing. She seems to concentrate while she's doing it, but she smiles and laughs about it as well. Dad had offered to hold her hand as she walked, but she shook her head and wanted to do it all by herself! I think her walking was inspired by watching the little walkers at Kids Quest Children's Museum yesterday.

On a side note, she still loves the song Hey Soul Sister, as she does her little baby boogie to it whenever it plays. 

Walking, teething

She finally started doing a little walking again today. Seems like she boycotted it for a little while. But tonight, she walked around a little with a ball in hand.

Her appetite seemed to return a little today as well. She ate the spaghetti I made for dinner, and some chicken for breakfast this morning. It seems like she's a meat lover like her dad, rather than a sweet tooth like her mom. Maybe her teeth are not bothering her as much. One of her molars have poked through as well as another bottom tooth.

12 Month Well Baby Check-up

Bel just had her 12 month well baby checkup the other day. It went pretty well, considering all the shots she had to get! She cried hard when she got the shots, but she stopped pretty quickly after it was over and I held her. She didn't even asked to be nursed!

She seems pretty height-weight proportional. She's about 50th percentile on everything. So she seems to be growing just fine.

Our 1 Year Old

Year two with our baby girl is a new adventure for us. The first year was a whirlwind of new and exciting experiences that I will always remember. The second year will be filled with walking, running, talking, and a whole lot more.

Her newest milestone, thankfully, is learning how to go down the stairs safely. She learned this just about on her birthday, or maybe even the night before. She's not an expert at it yet, but she is pretty consistent in coming down backwards, feet first. She loves to climb up everything and anything. And now she knows how to get down safely. I tried her on a small flight of stairs, spotting her from behind. But she almost fell backwards on one step, just because she ended up sitting down backwards on the step, and there's not much room to sit and hang out there.

She is still not quite walking on her own yet, although she spends a lot of time on her feet, cruising. She also likes holding our hands and walking around that way. Everyone says that once she gets walking, I'll be chasing her around everywhere. (Maybe I'll lose some weight doing that). I'm partially looking forward to her walking because I don't like her crawling around the floor in stores and restaurants. But then again, I wouldn't want her wandering off on her feet either... I thought about getting one of those leash things, but not sure yet. Some people say they look bad, but for safety's sake, it sounds like a good idea.

She hasn't weaned from nursing yet. From the looks of it, it doesn't seem like it's going to happen soon, either. It seems kinda weird nursing a toddler, but so many of our friends still do it. So I guess I don't feel too out-of-the-norm. I've tried giving her more solid foods and whole milk. But in the end, she still wants to nurse. I've been told it's a comfort thing. But coddling and snuggling doesn't seem to do the trick either. I figure it's a matter of time. I think she senses me trying to wean her, and it's only making her want it more.

Today she went to her first Halloween party of the year. There are a few more coming up this week. She dressed up as a... I don't really know... a fairy butterfly??? It was just a pretty costume that looked like just a fancy dress. Something I thought she could tolerate wearing for a while, which she did quite well. Then I just added some butterfly wings that I had bought separately. It worked, it was cute.


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