Thursday, September 30, 2010

12 Month Check Up

After our morning at the Zoo, Madelyn had her 12 month check up at the pediatricians office! She is always SO good considering the wait is almost always an hour and a half or longer. That is a long time for me to sit still...much less a busy 12 month old baby girl!

She weighed in at 20 pounds 14 ounces (47%) and 29 1/4 inches (56%) for length. She is still off of all reflux medications (although we have been seeing signs of it again) which means that she has been off of medicine for nearly 3 weeks. This is the first time (except for a couple days when she was initially discharged from the NICU) in her life that she has been off of medicine!! Woo hoo! We did find out she is mildly anemic when they drew her blood at the check up, but I don't consider iron supplements to be medicine. I am SO glad that we don't have to give her any medicine (not to mention it's like getting a pay raise).

At ONE YEAR OF AGE (holy cow! still gets me every time) Madelyn is such a busy little bee. She has been taking more steps lately, but still is not a walker. The pediatrician said it was a courage issue. He put her down on the floor and she took several steps for him right there in the office. She is such a fast little crawler and has mastered the art of climbing. She climbs on to all of the furniture in no time, but her favorite thing to do is climb on the chaise lounger.
Her vocabulary is expanding all of the time. She goes in phases where she says certain words more often. Some of the things she says are: bye-bye, thank you (ank ooo), hi, hey, daddy, momma, baby (aby), book (ook), doll (oll), bananas (nanas), more (ore and she does the sign for it some times), and she repeats several more! Most recently...she repeated me asking her if she had "poo-poo". Ha!
At 20 pounds and 12 months she met the requirements to be a forward facing car rider! I am not sure who was more excited, Madelyn or Luke! I have to is much nicer and so much easier getting that wiggly 20 pounder in the car.

Now she is constantly blowing me kisses as we drive down the road. She blows the best kisses. She puckers her lips and gives a good smooch before she sends them your way. She loves to blow kisses so much that it's hard to get a real kiss out of her these days. Occasionally we sneak one out of her.
Madelyn is a great little eater. She drinks whole milk now (and due to a recall had to switch without any transition time) and seems to really like it. Some of her favorite things to eat are chicken (especially Chick-fil-A nuggets!), green beans, pears, peaches, gold fish, graham crackers, vanilla wafers, cheese, turkey, cantaloupe, bananas, dirt (unfortunately she eats just about everything that's in sight!), yogurt and whatever we are eating. She doesn't like baby food anymore. Once she tasted the goodness of table food, she was done! Yesterday she ate 2 pieces of my quesadilla!
She loves music. If she really likes the song, she will bob her head and clap. Luke LOVES it when she does that. She still dances (bounces up and down) if she is standing up. Some of her favorite things that we sing together are, "This little light of mine", "If you're happy and you know it", "The itsy bitsy spider", "Pat-a-cake" (which she knows the motions to) and there is a weird song that came on Pandora the other day that she gets SO excited about if we put it on!

She adores her baby dolls, reading books and being outside. Her swing has been getting lots of use since the weather has cooled off some and I am sure her trike will get lots of driveway time as well.

Madelyn sleeps pretty well still. She usually cries out around 11 or 12, but goes right back to sleep. She has several teeth coming in so that has made for a few rough nights. She gets tired around 7:30pm and is usually in bed by 8:30pm. We aren't as strict about bed time as we should be...mainly because she occasionally takes a late afternoon nap where she wakes up between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Either way, she gets about 12 hours of sleep a night. She usually takes two naps, but seems to be cutting her morning nap out on her own. She still sleeps with us in our bed. The pulmonolgist said that it can actually benefit her to be in our bed with the apnea issues that she has had, but either works for us for now and we all get good sleep!

She is in 12 months clothes (and still wearing a few 6-9 months pajamas and dresses). Our favorite thing to dress her in is jeans! I love baby jeans. She wears a size 3 or 4 shoe, but her foot is too wide for most of them! Ha!

Madelyn is an absolute JOY to be around. We love her dearly and we are so excited to see what the future holds!

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