13 Months!

Kenley is thirteen months old!
Now that we are’t doing weekly updates, our monthly ones may be a tad lengthy.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Kenley is becoming more talkative every day.
She is learning new words and new ways of communicating.
There are days that we wish she could communicate a little more,
like when she’s obviously annoyed and we have no idea what is wrong,
but I understand that will come in time.
She can say please “peeees” when prompted, and we are working a lot on “up”,
rather than her pulling on our shirts, whining (to be picked up).
She has a toy that plays “row, row, row your boat” so she sings along by saying “row, row”.
About a week ago, she pulled out her toy banana from her shopping cart,
and looked right at Greg and said “nana”. He about died.
She also says wa-wa (water) and dinner, also when prompted.

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She points at everything, even at the most random things.
She can spot airplanes in the sky.
When we ask if she wants a “cookie” (graham cracker), she points at the pantry.
In the mornings, she points at everything in her room, like it’s all brand new to us.
If there is a speck of dirt on the floor, she will find it,
pick it up, and give it to you. Occasionally, she’ll try to put it in her mouth,
just to keep you on your toes, ya know?
She also is very good at turning the “light off” and we’ve made that part of our nightly ritual.

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She is continuing to eat very well, and we are still working to keep up.
Recently, she loves ham. LOVES it. She also does a very good job with her veggies.
We usually buy a bag of organic frozen mixed veggies, a bag of organic peas,
and a bag of organic edamame. I mixed the edamame into the mixed veggies,
but usually will feed her peas by themselves because she loves them so much.
I don’t know if it’s because they were her first food, but she will literally eat them by the fistful.
Her favorite fruits are apples and pears which she usually has for breakfast.
We are almost all the way done with spoon feeding, with exception of yogurt.
She also is a HUGE fan of mac & cheese, just like her mama.
We tend to stick with the Annie’s brand in the box or individual pouches,
mainly because I like it the best. Greg and I really only eat that brand now too.

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We are lost somewhere in the land between one and two naps a day.
During the week, she can sometimes get by with one nap since they push it until after 11am
while she is at school. She’ll usually sleep around an hour and a half there.
On the weekends though, she almost always needs two naps and we have a hard time making it past 10am.
I am ok with her still taking two naps, but I just wish we were
a little more consistent with them. She has no problem going down for naps though,
whether it be one or two. She also now sleeps on a cot at school. No more crib!
They said she adjusted very well and she is just the second one that now sleeps on a cot in her class.
I say “cot”, but it really is just an inflatable crib mattress that sits on the floor.
I have heard (and am hoping) this will make the transition to a toddler bed at home much smoother.

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Bedtime is usually around 7:20-7:30pm and prior to the time change, she was sleeping past 7am.
Now, not so much. It’s usually 6:30am, but she is more than happy playing in her crib
for a little while in the morning before we go in and get her.
We are hoping to keep pushing her wake up time back past 7am, but it hasn’t happened yet.
Bedtime routine is dinner, bath, book(s), “light off” and bed.

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Just recently, she seems to be going through a little bit of separation anxiety.
This week, she has cried when I drop her off in the morning.
She is usually distracted easily, but some days are worse than others.
At home, she is also not a fan of us putting her down.
We are obviously not trying to carry her around everywhere,
so we direct her attention to something else, usually to her toys.
She also seems to be more scared of things. Just turning the bath water on is terrifying,
not to mention some of her bath toys. At times, it is quite funny, but not, at the same time.

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For a while, Kenley was stuck with seven teeth-ers in her mouth.
Just in the last week her fourth tooth on the bottom has started to come in AND bonus,
I just felt around in there this weekend and she has one coming in on the top right towards the back.
This explains why she has been a little crabby recently and she has been pulling at her mouth a lot this weekend.
While I was poking and prodding around in there, I noticed she had a good bump on the left side,
so I wouldn’t be surprised if another tooth pokes through in the near future.

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I think that’s most of the Kenley updates, and I’m sure it’s more than you wanted to know.
We are uber excited for the holiday season and we are very anxious to get into the new house,
hopefully, this week!
I am a little worried about how Kenley will do with the transition, but I think she’ll eventually love it.

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