Tuesday, May 24, 2011

1 Year...(a month and a bit late)

I'm so behind, but at least I am getting this done, better late than never!

As of 12 months, Brianna:

  • weighed in at a whopping 23lbs and is just over 32 inches tall!
  • runs around like crazy, my child never stops moving
  • can say mama, dada, baba (bottle), buh (bunny), ki-y (kitty), buh-bye, nigh nigh (night night), up, yeah... she mumbles some other things but these are her solid words
  • she can undress herself when we get her ready for her night time bath, and in the morning out of her pj's
  • takes 3-8oz bottles a day, sometimes she takes a 4th if she's extra cranky
  • no longer takes a soother
  • her best friend is her $7 Wal-Mart Easter bunny, she doesn't eat or go anywhere without it
  • can go and pick up different toys if we ask her to. If we ask her to go get Bunny, she can go and get it, same with her bottle, blankie, all sorts of things.
  • sometimes refuses her nap and will go without a nap all day long! On those days, she sleeps from around 7pm to 8am
  • sleep is still a tough one, she likes to stay up late and sleep in late. I've been working with her the last week and trying to keep a consistent bed time and wake up time
  • her hair has grown like crazy, she's got so much of it now
  • wears anywhere from the 6-12, 12 and 12-18 clothing depending on what it is, and many of her summer dresses from last year (3-6m) is fitting her as loose, flowy tops this year
I believe that is all her updates. I probably left a ton out but you get the idea. She's doing great, if only we could get her sleep to improve, but if that's my only complaint, I think we're doing good. Here are a couple of her 12 month shoot and her birthday.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Long overdue...

And I'm back!

I've been away for so long and it feels so strange actually typing up a post today. Truth is, things have been crazy busy at my place, and for a bunch of different reasons.

First off, my brother in law moved in with us at the very end of February, and that's been a whole story of its own. He was laid off from his job back east, so he called us up the day before and asked if we would be OK with him coming out our way for a little while. We said sure thinking that it would be a little while until he did come, but the very next morning he called me and said he was at the bus station and needed picking up. Needless to say I wasn't terribly impressed by this, but I went to pick him up. It took him around 2 months to find a job, and start paying us some rent and money for the groceries he was eating. You might think we're mean for charging him rent, but he eats like a starving teenage boy and would leave the house a total and complete mess after a long day of just staying at home and watching tv. We had so many issues with him and actually getting him to go out and try and find a job, he seemed to think that every job opening around us was 'below' him. Oh, and did I mention, he's Clint's older brother. He's 28.

Secondly, I went back to work at the begining of March and it has taken me up until just about now to get a proper schedule going. I felt so guilty the first couple of days because I didn't miss her to the point of tears, and that was hard for me to let go. People can function away from their children, and it really did take me a while to feel OK with that. Bri has a wonderful nanny who takes great care of her and keeps her happy and playing all day long. We're very lucky to have found someone to come out to our house and watch her, and I love love love that she gets the 1 on 1 attention.

And third, I have become a crazy cleaning woman. I will spend whatever free time I have when Bri is asleep cleaning our house. I feel like I might have become a germaphobe, I just can't get enough cleaning done. I go to sleep thinking about what still needs a good scrub and wake up with an entire list of what I want to clean that day in my head. It's become a real sickness.

So other than that, we celebrated Bri's one year birthday with Clint's parents. They came down for a week-long visit and it was really nice to have some family around. Bri was able to spend some time with her grandma and grandpa, and we were able to take a couple nights off and go out.

I'll be posting her 12 month stats in a little bit (hopefully today, if not tomorrow at the latest) and I've also got a bazillion pictures I'd like to share. So if you are still following me, thank you, I promise to never take such a long break like that again :)