It’s amazing to see how much she’s changed each week.
Here is the entire album, for your viewing pleasure.
Kenley, it’s been fun!
We have officially reached the walking stage…
Who is this child?
She is still a tad wobbly, but she’s doing a great job and knows no fear.
It’s so fun to watch her learn new things and this is definitely no exception.
Over the past month or so, she has gotten more brave letting go of things
and taking steps from one object to the next.
Out of no where this past week, she was walking. Just like that.
Greg and I will still drop everything we’re doing and just watch her.
She seems so different now that she’s not on all fours crawling around.
She’s not a baby anymore, by any means.
But, she also seems too little to just be walking around.
It’s mind blowing, if you didn’t catch that already! Ha.
With walking comes the other fun stuff.
I got a call today from her teacher saying that she had fallen into the bookshelf,
and not to be alarmed when I saw a bruise on her head when we picked her up.
Live and learn right?
51 weeks…….and then there was one.
It’s October! The best month of the year!
You’ll hear me talking about it all month long, don’t you worry.
Here are some moments I captured in the last month.
So serious about IKEA shopping.
For two straight days, this girl had her tongue sticking out.
The obligatory “I’m not happy about something” photo.
Checking out baby Mogo
I crack up at this picture. Poor Margot isn’t sure what is happening.
Just sleeping away on the flight.
We tried the Munckin snack catchers for the first time on our trip and she loved them.
She literally would pull out fist fulls of crackers and goldfish.
Drinking out of a straw cup!
50 weeks… only a couple weeks left!
These last ten days can only be described in one word: whirlwind.
Two Sundays ago, I made the decision to go to Indiana the following weekend
and purchased two, one-way, non-refundable flights.
I had a lot to do before we left!
The next day, Kenley went home from school with a fever.
Great way to start the week!
She stayed home the next two days, with either Greg or I,
teething and with a fever. It was obvious she just wasn’t feeling well.
I tried really hard not to dwell on the fact that I was supposed to be flying
alone with her in just a few days.
We tried to resume our normal schedule on Thursday,
only to get a call that afternoon that Kenley had to go home, yet again.
I knew we were pushing our luck by trying to send her to school on Friday,
but alas, she was there the whole day!
We hopped on a plane Friday night and headed to Indiana for the weekend.
Since we’ve been back, our week has been busy and will continue that way throughout the weekend.
And then it’s October… which gives me a little bit of anxiety,
but it’s our favorite month and we have a lot of fun things happening!
To keep up with the “are we sick or not sick?” trend, I caught K mid-sneeze.
I thought it was appropriate.
Eleven months slash 48 weeks old today!
Our photo ops are becoming more interesting. This girl is all over the place and hates headbands.
It’s quite hysterical, between Greg and I singing, yelling, dancing, and making weird noises,
to Kenley crawling all over the place and trying to find the headband on her head
(picture dog chasing his tail) before she finally yanks it off.
However, we got a few keepers.
Kenley is becoming such a toddler. I can’t even consider her a baby anymore.
Long gone are the days of cuddling, bottles, and pacifiers.
With that comes a bit of ease. We usually know her wants and needs, so we’ll gladly say
good riddance to the days of a crying baby and clueless parents.
By no means do we have it all down. We are still battling nap time on the weekends,
but I think we’re not doing too bad at this point.
Kenley is also developing quite a little
One of her teachers even described her as “bossy” at times.
We are definitely learning how to share and have nice hands.
I have a feeling she’s going to give us a run for our money.
She is a great little eater, but we are struggling to keep up.
We really love making her food and feeding her fresh fruits and veggies,
but since we’re moving out of the puree stage, it’s getting hard to add variety.
I have been scouring Weelicious and other toddler recipe sites, but we are open to suggestions.
She is doing well with her sippy cup and has recently started to use her straw cup too.
Her new class and new teachers are wonderful!
She is one of the oldest in the class, so I think this may have something to do with her bossy tendencies.
Maybe she’s just being a leader? …maybe?
They seem to have a great schedule for them during the day which translates to a good weekly schedule for us too,
even in the mornings! We are getting better, that’s for sure.
Since she has started in the new class, she has been signing. We had not done it much at home, but are getting better.
The most frequent signs are “more” and “all done”, with the occasional ”please” in there.
She is also becoming more verbal. She does a good job of repeating words and sounds that we do.
One month ago Kenley took her first few steps and she is getting better and better.
She is getting more brave and is starting to take it upon herself to walk from one thing to the next.
Of course, she does it on her own time (i.e. not for the camera), which is perfectly fine.
We have hit a new level of teething this week. We are guessing it’s time for molars.
I cannot begin to explain the amount of drool that is coming out of this child’s mouth.
Not to mention a fever, which has kept her home from school the last two days,
and just an overall whiny, puny, not good feeling.
The doctor checked her out and she’s not sick, so that’s a plus,
but she has cuddled and fallen asleep on each of us, which is a definite sign that she’s not feeling well.
It’s heartbreaking. Sleepless nights are back in the Gilbertson household.
Let’s hope they don’t last long!
There you have it! Eleven months!
One month until the big O-N-E!
It’s September, so I will unload some never-before-seen photos from the past month.
Ok, “never-before-seen” may be a little dramatic, but here you go.
This face says “you have something up there that I want”
Our little burrito dog.
We just learned to give her toys post-bath so she doesn’t scream while we change her.
Better late than never I guess.
We got to see Kelly for a few hours when she was in town on business!
We thought this shirt was appropriate for Meet the Teacher night.
Oh Kenley. You sure are cute when you’re mad.
My child, already a pro at the self portrait.
You have no idea how proud this makes me.
46 weeks today!
Kenley is becoming quite independent.
While it never has been easy to read books to her (the girl is always moving),
she loves to hold the books herself, turn the pages, and even read aloud.
Her eyes light up and her tone changes constantly. She will whisper one minute and yell the next.
We are already at 45 weeks. Wasn’t she just born yesterday?
Our weekly pictures are winding down, only seven more to go! Ahh!
Speaking of seven, Kenley is getting another tooth!
I swear I say that every week, but they just keep coming.
We went from no schedule to a new schedule in a week and we sure are feeling it.
The transition to the new class is going well, we are just adjusting.
Nap time, meal time, play time is all different, plus there are so many new things to explore,
by the time we’re home for the evening, we are dealing with one worn out, tired, cranky baby.
It’s been a struggle to keep her up until after 7pm each night…
enter working mom who feels guilty for only seeing her child for 2-3 hours a day.
You will notice the tears welling up in her eyes. She was not thrilled for the weekly photo,
even after we bribed her with four goldfish.
It doesn’t help that her curiosity is causing some bumps and bruises lately.
Just in the last two days, she has gone face first into her play table,
did a face plant onto the tile floor while crawling,
and opened a cabinet door that hit right below her eye.
Needless to say, there have been a few meltdowns in our household.
On the bright side, busy days equal good night’s sleep, so we’ll take it!