Saturday, June 22, 2013

12 Months! We made it!

Well my sweet girl, we made it. 
A whole year. 

I know this is totally cliche and every parent says this, but I am not sure how you are already a year. 
It feels like I was just pregnant, that we just brought you home,  I just took you to school for the first time, that you just started crawling, that you just started eating big girl foods.
This year has been the one of the hardest and one of THE best years of our lives. 
The hard part being not having enough time with you :). 
You have spoiled us, sweet Monkey. 
You make us think this parenting thing is easy! 
I have no doubt that we will pay for it...either when you are 16 or if and when we are blessed with another little miracle. HA! But thank you, thank you for teaching us as we go!
You are with out a doubt, one of the happiest babies I have ever seen. We may be a little partial... :). 
You are curious, loving, strong-willed, silly, adventurous, and you can sleep like a champ!
This past month you have grown even more. You are like a grown toddler these days. 
Your Daddy and I keep asking ourselves when you got this big?
You look so grown riding your toys, walking with your walker and walking up the steps! 
(yes, we had a slight heart attack.....but you were so proud of yourself!)
You are officially done with bottles (tear) as of this week. 
I don't think you are going to miss it too much as you eat such big girl meals (seriously, you are like a bottomless pit)! 
You weigh a whopping 24 pounds!
We give you ALL kinds of food, I mean everything. And so far, the only thing you don't like is melon or honeydew...which neither your Daddy or I like either so we are okay with that! :) 
Your most favorite these days are avocado and blueberries....and of course your puffs. You can spot them from a mile away! 
You are in 12 months with some 18 months working in there. 
We have offically started putting you in "big girl" PJs more than not. And you know it, you definitely have more sass in them! 
Your latest obsession is Baby Einstein.
We don't do it much, but when you have hit your limit in your carseat or when Momma can't watch you for 15 minutes or, so we put it is amazing. You get so zoned in! I have tried other shows, you get bored in about 5-10 mins. This one, zoned in. Every time.
You are talking a ton these days too, and I think you think you are making sense, ha! It is so sweet to watch you talk to your toys...and possibly yourself...
Words we can understand are Mama (sweet sigh), Dada (very rarely, but he dies when you do! :)), ba, and most recently....Hi! And I am pretty sure you are trying to say Pa (Papa) and May (Maylie).

You have become quite attached to me these days 
and you are also starting to cling to your Daddy.
 If you are around new people or new surroundings, your arms and legs have a death grip on me or Daddy. It is actually really sweet, I know you feel safe with us and that makes my heart very very full.

We got to celebrate you Daddy's very first Father's Day. 
We hand brunch with Mimi and Papa and then lunch with Nana and Papa and Uncle J at the farm!
Your Daddy had the best day! :) 
You are definitely your Daddy's daughter! And much to his dismay (he wants you to be a doctor I think... :)), I think you are going to be musically inclined just like him! 
You love to beat on things like drums and you love love love music. When certain songs play, you stop what you are doing and zone in!
And you love The Beatles! :)

You are loving all these pups in the house (there are 4 - our two dogs, Maylie and Otto & my parent's dogs, Baxter and Skipper). They are your bestest friends! :)
We are loving being in the burbs with you. This is such a fun new chapter in our lives and we are so happy to be taking it all on with you and your sweet intrigue!
We can go to the parks,
the pools,
friend's parties,
summer festivals, 
long walks,
so much fun stuff!!
I am so happy to be able to give you such an amazing place to grow up. I get giddy just thinking about it all! 
Monkey, this last month of your first year has been very bittersweet for us. 
It went by as fast as that first month! 
You will officially be ONE in a couple days...I get a pit in my stomach just thinking about it.
You are such a spirited and fun little girl and your Daddy and I beam with pride at everything you do.  
We are so very blessed, and we thank God for our biggest blessing every day! 
Happy First Birthday, Elise Kelly Bellar. 
Momma and Daddy



Ashley Brickner said...

Happiest first bday to your sweet, adorable girl!

Emily Marie said...

Wishing Elise a very happy 1st birthday... Enjoy her special day! She looks cute as ever:)

Anna & Kirby said...

Yay! Happy birthday! Kaden likes to wear his dads headphones and listen to music too!