Sunday, September 18, 2011

Kinsley Anne @ 11 months!!!

Kinsley Anne,
Today you are 11 months old. When did this happen? How is it that in 1 short month you will no longer be a baby, but you will be a toddler? You will always be my baby. But each day, you lose that baby look and gain more toddler. At 11 months, here is what you do...

  • You are wearing size 3 Pampers cruisers. I have tried Huggies, Target, and various others. But I just can't do it. I am a Pampers mom.
  • You're wearing size 12 month pants. You still can wear some 6-9 month onesies because you have a shortish torso with long legs (hello, you are your mother's frame...). You can wear 9 month onesies OK as well but all of your 12 month onesies need to have the sleeves rolled & look as though you have swallowed an elephant...ok, not really, but they're large on you.
  • Wave "hey" & "bye bye." You even have said "hey" several times. It's rather funny. You don't necessarily do it appropriately, but it's still awesome.
  • Sign "all done." You do this when you're finished eating, are ready for bed because you're tired, or any other appropriate time to tell us you're done.
  • Drinking out of a sippy cup!! This is major as we have had "suck" problems. You did not like straws, so we found you the take 'n' toss cups and you love them. I thought we were going to have to go back to the occupational therapist. But, you did it! Just on your own schedule. You can, for the record, suck out of a straw now too, though.
  • Say dada, mama, nana, & have started to form "no." When you say "no," you hit your hand down. You don't have a temper or anything.
  • Call all animals "sisses." You caught onto us saying horses and you've now named every moving thing that. Dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, hamsters, bunnies, you name it.
  • Feed the horses with Nonie (Kyle's mom) anytime you go over there. You love it. You call to the horses too. Nonie whistles & you growl at them.
  • Read books. You, of course, love animal books most right now. But you are very into flipping pages and talking to the books. The other night, while skyping with my mom, we were reading a book while you sat in your adirondack chair. There was a bee house that you flip down & anytime you flipped it down, I would say "bzzzzz" and tickle you. You just about fell out of your chair with laughter. You are one ticklish little girl.
  • Standing for as long as you please, unassisted. You can stoop & recover without help as well.
  • Taking up to 4 steps independently. But, of course, only on her terms. When she wants to.
  • Becoming very attached to those you know. You get very upset if someone walks out of the room. You must say bye to them, love on them, then get redirected in order for them to be able to leave.
  • Getting 3 more teeth. You have your bottom left tooth & your top right just poked through. Your top left & bottom right are right under the gum. You've had a little bit of a hard time with this.
  • Most definitely have allergies. You take 1/2 of a benedryl dose mixed with a full Zyrtec dose each night. You were doing awesome with significantly reduced secretions, less snots, less coughing, etc. We missed 1 dose Thursday night & we are paying the price. You've got green snot and you're coughing again. BAD MOMMY!
  • You've just turned into your very own person. You are so alive with personality. You show your feelings on your face much more. We all know when you are happy, upset, excited, etc just by looking at your face. We love being with you and it's hard to make you go to bed at night.
Kinsley Anne,
Each night these days, I have rocked you to sleep. Not because you want me to, but mainly because I've been shedding a few tears. Tears of joy, tears of sadness, tears of heartache. I am so overwhelmed with God's graciousness. He has provided us with a little girl that has grown into such a joy of an 11 month old. You are developing on time & even sometimes ahead of schedule! Despite the hurdles you have had to jump. I am joyful because of these things. Your laughter, your smiles, your pure love of life fill my heart with an elation that I wasn't aware existed. However, you change daily & it is a constant reminder that before I turn aruond you will be running ahead of me, begging me to hurry up. Then, you will be starting school, then extracurricular activities, and on and on. My mind sometimes races ahead & I have to beg it to slow down. I am trying my best to savor every.single.sweet.moment. And these days, I must say, I am doing better at that. I love you so much that it sometimes hurts. That is where my heartache comes from. I heard this quote from Elizabeth Stone & it is oh so true: "Making the decision to have a child - It's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body." I pray for your regularly. I pray that the Lord would guide you in all that you do. That your mommy & daddy would help direct you on the right path in life & give you wings that allow you to fly and soar. Kinsley Anne, I have faith in you. I know that you are going to be a happy little girl. A happy young woman. A happy wife & mother one day. I have faith that you will be strong. Independent. Courageous. Optimistic. Caring. Wise. I have faith that you will love deeply. Laugh often. Live fully. Both your mommy & daddy love you to the moon & back. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS. & FOREVER.

1 comment:

Katie W. said...

That first pic of her is so great!! Love seeing her little personality!! Can't wait for the Big "1"!! Kiss her for me!