Oh sweet Jocelyn, I can’t hardly believe it. You are one years old now. The last year has been such a blur, so many transitions. It’s hard to remember that sweet newborn who slept in a carrier while I packed the house.
You have been such a joy to get to know. First off, we think you are pretty much like your big sister Jeanie, but with a little bit of the buddies (Jarvis and Joelle) thrown in. It is definite that you a version of a bear, as you quite clearly have the personality, intelligence, curiosity, and willfullness that we see in full evidence in Jonah and Jean. Since we lovingly call Jean the Gremlin (she’s like a little Tazmanian Devil!), daddy calls you Turbo Gremlin. You are fantastic at spoting things to get into and learning new skills. Just like your Jean, you love to mimic, and you have lots of people to mimic!
As far as eating goes, you still have 6 teeth and love to eat solid foods. We bumped you up to the big booster at the table, as you kept standing in the high chair despite being buckled. You now get your own plate of food and utensil, just like the bigs, and you adore being at the table with them. You will eat just about anything, but in particular you love bananas, blueberries, black beans, zucchini, and really just about anything. You still aren’t getting any dairy, as it makes you spit up when you do. We have offered almond milk though. You are also still nursing, like a lot. Ha! You love nursing. For now, we will continue and probably let you wean when you are ready. You weigh right about 20lbs and I have no clue how tall you are, but you are a teeny thing compared to most kids your age. You have lots and lots of yummy rolls and a fabulous belly. Your eyes are the same fun hazel/grey that the other two girls are as well. Your family “color” is orange/yellow.
Although mama is your favorite person (I have the milk, ha), Daddy is a very close second, with all the kids close behind. You absolutely love daddy and love sleeping on him at night when you are having a restless night. He happily carries you all around during the day and you love his snuggles and kisses. You love all your siblings too, and have started really interacting with them lately. You want to play with their toys, knock down their towers, pat them on the back, snuggle on them. They are loving having you as a little playmate, but do often “block” you out from where they are playing because you are still a little destroyer.
We have a special bond, sweet girl. You are so intrinsically attached to me. All the others have been as well, of course, babies are to their mothers, but you have been so attached the longest. I can’t stray far or for long and you follow me most of the day. You currently throw terrific tantrums when I go upstairs or downstairs and leave you on the other side of the gate. You throw those same tantrums when your siblings get to go outside and you can’t join. You love being with people and in the middle of everything.
Some of your favorite things right now are:
– eating any and all food
– digging in plants and dirt
– splashing in the big bathtub with your sisters (any water at all you love!)
– the cat (who strangely likes you more than anyone else in the family)
– stealing dog food and playing in his water bowl
– sneaking in the bathroom to dump the toilet paper in the bowl
– playing with pens (you are so stubborn about this that we actually removed the ink from a pen and it’s now yours exclusively)
– brushing your own hair
– watching yourself in the mirror
– chewing on phones
– anything small you can stick in your mouth
– opening mama’s desk drawers and sitting in them
– feeding the puppy from your booster
– any and all music, you sing along and bounce around
– snuggles of all kinds from anyone in your immediate family
– laying on pillows, blankets, and just the floor
As I mentioned above, we call you Turbo Gremlin, but that isn’t your only nickname, daddy has quite a few others. The one that gets used the most is probably Pie Bear (to fit in with troublebear and sisterbear). We also call you Honey Bear, Jocelynnie, Lynnie-pie, and Lenard (your daddy is so funny!).
Here are some new skills you learned in the past couple months:
– playing peek a boo
– bear crawling
– waving and saying “hiiii” and “biiiii”
– cruising and then walking (right at 12 months and 1 week, just like Jonah!)
– climbing up stairs (and sometimes down, although that’s still dicey)
– climbing a ladder step
– standing on your own
– drinking from a straw
– drinking from a sippee cup
– napping in your crib
– sleeping (some) in your crib
Oh my sweet Pie, my littlest. I just can’t express how much you have grown me and redeemed me over the past year. Your birth gave me the chance to heal the poor experiences of the past and being able to breastfeed you has been so challenging and yet so rewarding. Your daddy and I jokingly argue whether you are a baby or a toddler, but I know that every day you creep closer to toddler, little kid, big kid, tween, etc… We have truly treasured every difficult and beautiful moment with you over the past year. You have such a caring heart and have captured all of our hearts. We love you Pie Bear.