Thursday, April 23, 2015

Preslee is ONE!!

I mean, I can't even.  Is it really THE day?  I can't believe this day has already come!  My baby girl is ONE.... O.N.E.!! I feel like with each of my babies the time just goes quicker and quicker!  I guess the old saying is true-- "Time flies when you are having fun!"  And fun is what we have surely been having.  This month marked some big milestones and I completely watched my baby start turning into a little {almost, but not really-- because I can't admit it} toddler.

Little Ray:

- Well you did it!  You just up and started walking on me!  I knew after posting your 11 month blog last month that this whole walking thing was going to catch on sooner rather than later.  You definitely beat your sisters to the punch on this milestone.  You took your first step a few days after being 11 months old and then about a week and a half later you took a few steps with a little more intentionality.  Within the last few days you have just been walking around the house like you own it.  You definitely walk now more than crawl, and to me that means you are growing up WAY too fast!  I'm so impressed with how easily you caught on once you started.  You are so talented!
- This month you also started using your sign language much more!  You sign more and done regularly and you also started signing "please." You have also learned that pointing and grunting can help you get what you want as well.
- As far as verbal communication you are still only saying "Ma-ma-ma" and "Da-da-da."  Although, you have started jibber-jabbering much more this month. I think you are going to be a talker like your Momma!
-  You are still breastfeeding 5 times day.  At this point I would normally start weaning you, but I am trying to keep my milk in to breastfeed our baby that we will hopefully be adopting over the next year or so.  I don't mind though-- I still like the idea of being your provider & the bond that we have. I know some will think I'm crazy, but that's okay.  I feel this is best not only for you, but also your future sibling.
- On top of your breastmilk, you are quickly devouring solids!  You are so over baby food and you just want whatever we are eating.  So... my momma bird skills have set in!  I will squish the food and mash the food as best as I can to get you little bits that you can "chew."  You will still take some baby food when the rest of us aren't eating, but if we all sit down together, you will have none of that baby food-- just what we are having!
- Speaking of solids you tried your first round of feeding yourself.  You attempted using a spoon all by yourself to eat your oatmeal the other day.  To say everything was a mess would be an understatement.
- You laugh is coming out more and more lately!  It cracks me up!  You laugh with your whole face and I feel like it's so loud!  I love it!
- As far as napping, you will for sure take one long nap each day (about 2-2 & 1/2 hours) and one shorter one (45 minutes to 1 & 1/2 hours) depending on what's going on that day.  You are flexible, and we all appreciate that one!
- You are wearing 12 month clothes & size 4 shoes.
- No new teeth-- just those same top 4 and same bottom 2.  You still look snaggle toothed & I think it's precious!  You did however bite Sawyer two days ago and that was not nice.
- You are into EVERYTHING!!  Drawers in the kitchen, rocks in the fireplace, toys in the toy room, in the dishwasher-- and pretty much everything you can find!  Your favorite thing to do is to take your sisters clean panties out of their panty box and throw them in the trash can in your room.  You will just go back and forth in the closet throwing them away.  You think it's so funny!  We have to check the trash before we take it out to make sure we don't throw away any panties!  Ha!
- You do love being outside and playing in the water.  Every day you seem to remind us in some way that you love these things!
- You have gotten to the point where keeping you in worship with us is getting harder and harder.  You get so fussy after class.  We've had to take you to the nursery the last few weeks during worship.
- Sometimes when you get so excited you will flail your head back and just move from side to side.  You think it's so funny, but it's kinda crazy because you have no concept of something being behind you.
- This month also marked a big event for you.  You started playing baby dolls with your sisters.  You will hold your baby and walk around with her, or you will lay her in a bed.  It's so sweet, but also SO big of you too.  It's like you get it... it's like your not a baby any more.... but you are, because you are my baby.

Sweet baby girl.  It's true.  You are one today.  I can't believe it.  I am so excited about this milestone you have come to, but also a little sad to say goodbye to those sweet little baby moments.  I am so thankful everyday for you.  I truly can't imagine life without you.  You have completely lived up to your name-- for you really our our "Ray" of sunshine.  You seem to be so joyful and you light up a room with your presence.  I thank God every day that HE entrusted me to be your Mommy.  How blessed I am!  My prayer is that as you grow up you will truly learn what it means to be a light in this dark world and that you will continue to shine, but shine with a deeper purpose of bringing others to know Jesus.  You are my daughter but you are HIS child and I pray that the LORD would guide your steps and your heart closer to HIM each day and that HE would use me as a tool in this process.  You are a joy in my life & I feel so humbled and grateful that I get to be your Mommy.  I love you more than any words could ever do justice.  Happy birthday Preslee Ray! 

Here are a few pictures from when we got to meet you a year ago in the hospital :

Here are a few from this past month:

The next two are of Preslee in my bonnet and gown from when I was a baby.  She may be in my dress, but she sure is a spitting image of her Daddy.