Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday!!

I’m late, but she’s still one! I can’t believe it’s been a year since the day my life changed beyond what I could have ever imagined. What a year it’s been. Kenleigh has taught me so much. Things I couldn’t put down on paper. She’s just amazing. I’ve changed because of her in so many ways. I relate to people differently and so much more deeply. Anyway, the last year in our household has been a blast. I watch in amazement as she shows me something new every day. I laugh because she’s hilarious and I cry when she cries. Sometimes just inside but I’m crying none-the-less. I think it’s taken me this entire year to learn that people at my work don’t care to watch yet another video of Kenleigh eating, walking, sleeping, talking, laughing, etc. I can’t count the number of videos on my phone I’ve walked around the office to show my co-workers. They’ve all been so patient! I think even Zach is ready to kill me. Although, he’d never say it. I can’t imagine how he loves hearing me reminisce on a daily basis. “Hey Zach, do you remember when….we used to have Kenleigh sleeping in the bassinet next to our bed and I fed her 4+ times a night because I didn’t know differently…we used to comb her hair in a mow hawk because it was only an inch high…the first time we fed her solid baby food…her first laugh...oh do you remember the first video we made of the day she cried actual tears….” Yes, he remembers it all just like I do. I could go on and on. I could vocalize it non-stop. I LOVE talking about the many events in this last year. Kenleigh is so smart (like all our kids of course). She says, Mama, Dada, Nana, Hi, Uh-Oh, Baby, No (as she shakes her head no, it’s cute), More, and Shit (I’m convinced – Zach, not so much. It’s denial though I think). She waves hello and bye-bye, she gives kisses and loves, she blows kisses, she gives high fives, she started walking about a week before her birthday…ish. She still loves her baths but hates getting washed. Makes it so much fun! She still isn’t the greatest eater. Right now she’s going through a stage where she’ll eat something one day and wants nothing to do with it the next. At her one year check-up she weighed 18.12 pounds (20th percentile) and was 29.2 inches (60th percentile). She’s completely off her bottle and formula. That part was easy considering she hardly drank a bottle to begin with. A few ounces here and there weren’t missed. She transitioned to her sippy cup really well! She, by far, favors her daddy still. This has been a source of contention in our household. I’ve always been happy she loves her daddy but I’m not going to lie it makes me really sad to see her react to him so excitedly when he comes home but she doesn’t for me. I’m learning though that she really does love me. She’ll just be a daddy’s girl. I’m ok with that. I’m lucky to have such an awesome husband that makes such a great dad! She’s super independent. Not a fan of being held or carried around. Lately when we’ve gone grocery shopping she thinks she needs to walk. This has been a problem and I’m not sure how to get around it. It’s fine if she wants to walk but she wants to go where SHE wants to go and not where I need her to go. She still loves doing anything outside. Although, back to her independence…we love taking walks around the neighborhood but can’t figure out how to keep her happy in the stroller. We’ve let her walk on her own but it takes her FOREVER to get from one point to the next. She also wants to pick up every rock along the way. That’s daddy’s fault because he keeps giving her the fun rocks to play with. She also thinks she can walk down the stairs like an adult…also daddy’s fault. He holds her hand and lets her walk down going forward. Now she won’t turn around and go the right way AND NOW she wants to walk down forward without holding our hands. A couple nights ago she had a break down until we let go of her hand. Of course her first step she flipped forward and fell off the stair face first and had a cow. Luckily we were there to catch her. She’s definitely feisty! I look forward to so many more years of watching her become her own little person, watching her learn, and learning with her!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bear Lake

As tradition every year we go to Bear Lake with Zach's entire extended family on his mom's side the last weekend in July. A family reunion if you will. Although, I can't imagine they'd call it such. Anyway, we were pretty excited to take Kenleigh on a little vacation. She really enjoyed the water but unfortunately her mouth enjoyed the sand and seashells more. It made it pretty hard to enjoy ourselves at the lake so we spent a lot of time at the condo and took advantage of the huge amounts of grass and sidewalks!

She didn't mind the water being so cold but hated that stupid hat!
Ah, just catchin' some rays.


11 Months Old!

Wow, I should get mom of the year for my awesome updating skills! Again, I won't go into detail now. Below are some pictures of Kenleigh's 11th month of life. What a month it was!
It was certainly has gotten harder for her to let me just take the picture! Then again I think that started around 4 months. Ha ha!
4th of July (celebrated on the 3rd in Utah) with her cousins on Zach's side. We're just missing Brayden!

She loved her dad wheeling her around in this little jiggy!
And HATED getting off...
Watching some fireworks! She loved them for the first few minutes and then got bored. Shocker!!

10 Months Old!

Since it's been forever since I've updated I'm not going to go into detail about what Kenleigh's doing at 10 months old. In fact, her birthday is a week from today so I'll be updating her talents next week...er - next month knowing me! I have, however, included pictures from her tenth month of life.
It was this month that we noticed Kenleigh's hair might be going curly!
Kenleigh loves to swim or be in water of any kind!
We got a bike trailer this summer and she LOVES it. It's actually really fun riding along next to her and just watching her amazement.
She wants to drink like a big girl but I wouldn't say she's a natural!
Bath time! I mentioned above that she loves water. Seriously, if she's ever upset and we can't calm her down (feisty red-head) we start her a bath. She giggles with excitement!