One of my favorite posts has come to be this one, the one I wrote about Leah last year on her first day of 2011.
It's so incredible to me that she's changed this much in one little year. I can't even fathom that a year ago at this time, she was still nursing. It seems like an eternity has passed since those days!
So, I thought I'd do a little side-by-side comparison of what I wrote last year, and add a few things that need adding for our beautiful big girl.
2011: Leah is 9 months and 3 weeks old
2012: Leah is 21 months and 3 weeks old
2011: Has no teeth
2012: Has top four and bottom four, plus several molars (five or six, I think?). She also has a full head of very short, slightly curly and always crazy hair.
2011: Pulls herself up on furniture pretty much everywhere she can
2012: Walks, runs, jumps and wiggles. Climbs onto the couch, up the stairs and anywhere else she can get all by herself. Climbed up into her high chair all by herself for the first time two days ago. Hasn't climbed out of her crib yet, but loves to jump on her bed.
2011: Says only one word: "Daddy" (although I've caught a few "Hi"s as well)
2012: Says more words than I could possibly count, and is working diligently on her sentences. She's mastered at least two dozen simple sentences.
2011: Beebops along to any music you put on and absolutely LOVES to dance!
2012: Yeah, this is the same. What can I say? The girl loves music.
2011: Favorite song: "If you're happy and you know it" (clap your hands!)
2012: Hard to say. She's been really into Christmas music (I wonder where she got that?). Also likes Itsy-Bitsy Spider and several others from Music Together. She randomly breaks out into song and knows enough of the words that we know what she's getting at.
2011: Wears size 2 diapers
2012: Wears size 4 diapers
2011: Fits in most of her 6 month clothing, all of her 9 month clothing and wears 12 months, even though they're pretty big.
2012: Has outgrown absolutely everything except 2Ts. She wears size 5 and 6 shoes, which I can't compare to last year 'cause she hadn't started wearing shoes yet. No walking = no shoes.
2011: Has started on solid pieces of food, and eats organic puffs like they're going out of style.
2012: Nothing is off-limits at this point. She prefers fruit to vegetables, loves cookies and candy even though she doesn't get them very often, will eat chicken on occassion and that's about it for the meats, asks for oatmeal and raisins every day for breakfast and prefers mommy's mac and cheese above all else. Except maybe hot cocoa.
2011: Her favorite game is dumping out all of her toys and sorting through them.
2012: No doubt about it, she loves the stove Santa brought her for Christmas. Auntie Kelsey bought her the coolest cooking stuff from IKEA, and it has gone to good use already.
Other things about Leah on the first day of 2012:
*She loves to read and will fill in any word we leave out while reading her books. Her favorites are Curious George, The Grinch and Are You My Mother? She's also into "reading" by herself and can tell you the most important words/simple ideas on just about any page she comes to.
*She is fiercely independent, and likes to do everything by herself.
*She can count to five independently and can get all the way to twelve with help.
*She knows ALL the letters in the alphabet that rhyme with C, as well as quite a few random others, but only if you sing the alphabet song and let her fill in.
*She applauds herself when she does something challenging, puts her hands up in the air and exclaims, "DID IT!" to show you she's proud of herself.
*She says what she is thankful for each night when we say our prayers.
I've said it each step of the way and I'm sure I'll say it again, but this phase is my favorite. I can't believe how much I grow in love with her each day, and how much she grows and learns and knows. I know we'll have a totally different child on our hands in another year, and I can't wait to watch her take on her new adventures.