Wow. I can't believe we're here. I can't believe that next month's post will be about her first year birthday celebrations. A year ago at this point in time I was waddling around the school and dreading track season. I was frantically unwrapping, washing and putting away every single baby item we lovingly received at any one of our four baby showers. Yes. FOUR. Craig was on high alert at school as I had given him strict instructions to HAVE YOUR CELL PHONE ON AT EVERY POSSIBLE MOMENT. You know. Just in case. By this time last year Craig had already been kicked out of our bedroom because I had to sleep directly in front of the fan on his side of the bed and surrounded by seventeen different pillows plus one Angie dog.
And now we have an active, healthy and independent little almost one-year-old zooming around the house trying desperately to get into anything and everything that she can. She is still a pretty good sleeper - nights like Sunday evening when she was up from 1:00 to 5:00 are very few and far between. Her bedtime is around 8:30 and she wakes up anywhere between 6:30 and 7:30. She takes two solid naps a day and is a VERY enthusiastic eater. No joke. Natalie will eat just about anything that you put in front of her - last night's dinner was breaded tilapia, broccoli, cheese and mandarin oranges.
Her disposition is pretty average, I suppose. I know that sounds weird. An average disposition for an 11 month old. But what I mean is that she smiles, plays and giggles with those who are familiar to her but she is still a little leery of strangers and takes a while to warm up to people. She is adventurous and curious about the world around her and she loves to be in the stroller just looking at everything and taking it all in. Unfortunately she has began throwing mini temper tantrums when she does not get her way, as is the case when we pull her away from the stairs - she arches that back and squeals at the top of her lungs. The good news is that she is slowly but surely learning the word NO and the boundaries that she has in our home and out in public.
Checking out the ducks at the pond and park near our house. We might not have the largest backyard for her to run around in but we have the most fantastic playground just a few blocks from our home.
Handmade puppy dog hat. Best Etsy purchase ever.
Such a look of determination and joy on that little face.
Always busy, busy, busy. Unloading the tupperware cabinet in the kitchen.
Helping Nonna read the birthday card we bought for her, signed of course by all three grandchildren - Natalie, Ajax and Angie.
Making friends with the newest member of our family, Ajax.
Reading that birthday card with Nonna.
Hey there Ajax.