July 9, 2009
My Little Sweet Pea,
Happy 1st Birthday, PJ! You are such a blessing from God and a child I treasure mothering. Daddy and I truly believe this year went by extra fast - the memory of your birth is so vivid in our hearts and minds.
You had your big doctor appointment yesterday and seem to have a bit of the skepticism of both your parents. Though you didn't cry at all (of course, you didn't get any shots though!) you made it clear you did not trust the kind nurse or doctor. Thankfully you didn't smack either of them in the face and only pushed their medical instruments away. You are FIESTY indeed. I wonder if your great, great-grandmother, Linette Carby, was like that as a child. They called her Pepper and I wouldn't be surprised if that name caught on for you as well.
Want to know your stats? You weighed in at a whooping 16 pounds and 10 ounces! You're certainly a Whitney Kiddo because your siblings never reached 20 pounds by their 1st bithday either. Your Daddy, the rebel, already turned around your carseat anyway (a few weeks ago to be honest) as we knew you'd be no where near the 20 pound marker. Oh well! You love riding like a big girl. (And Kadin loves riding beside you! That will change when Baby #5 arrives though!) As for height, you are 26.5 inches long.
What does all this mean? Supposedly, you're in the 3rd percentile for weight and 50th for height.
Some special things you do are:
~ smile with those 2 big teeth showing
~ smile letting your big cheeks hang low, especially when we come in to get you out of your crib
~ walk!!!! Okay, you take about 5 quick steps and then crash on your padded bottom! But you're the first Whitney Kiddo to do that before 12 months!
~ eat, eat, eat, and eat more noodles, peas, and strawberries
~ throw food off your highchair to get our attention
~ responding to "No, Ma'am," "No touch, Paloma," and lots of other verbal reprimands and directives.
~ suck that little dirty thumb like it's the best thing around and then use your other hand to show you are ready for Night Night or a nap
~ sleep very well
~ use a sippy cup (since you never took a bottle)
~ scream and cry LOUDLY when stranger anxiety hits (generally at church in the nursery or when Daddy and I leave on a date)
~ fight for stolen toys! I wouldn't be surprised if you end up making Kadin cry one day soon!
Other sweet things I love about you are your love of music and how your face lights up when we sing songs to the Savior. I also love that you tend to be a Mama's girl right now. I am not in a rush for that "phase" to end. I love to be with you and watch you explore, learn, and take delight in watching your siblings.
I'm excited to see you as a big sister... one day soon!
Happy, happy, 1st birthday, my Sweetie Pie, Paloma! As we prayed over a year ago when we decided on the name Paloma, may your life be characterized by the peace which passes all understanding and that comes only from the One, True God. May God continue His work in you for His glory!
I love you precious girl,