Our sweet baby girl is quickly leaving the baby phase and well onto her way towards becoming a toddler. When did that happen? The last year has gone both super fast and super slow. I remember so clearly those last few weeks of pregnancy and just praying that she would make her appearance soon. And yet it feels like I hardly remember what it is like to only have one child.
Blake's personality grows each day. She can be super sweet one moment and crazy feisty the next.
A couple of weeks ago, she started taking a few steps. It seemed like she was finally going to start walking. Then she got sick. And since then, she has no interest in walking and doesn't want to even try. I suppose it'll happen when she's ready.
When ever Blake would take a step or two, I would get excited and clap and make a big deal. Will soon started doing this also and got so excited when she would take steps. You can hear him at the end of the video.
**Since I started this post, Blake has really taken off on the whole walking thing (like I knew she would). She walks every where and gets better day by day.
Since she has been sick, she has been super clingy. She wants to be held almost every moment that she is awake. She has become super cuddly and wants to constantly put her head on my shoulder. While I love the cuddles, it is difficult when she throws tantrums every time I put her down, cause I simply can't and am not willing to hold her all day long.
Blake does pretty well with other people holding her and isn't super shy around new people.
She always enjoys bath time, though sometimes she doesn't stay in very long because Will is constantly splashing her and pouring water over her head.
When you say "Where's Blake?" she will cover her eyes then quickly move her hands away. She also likes to cover mommy's eyes and play peek-a-boo that way also.
She loves playing pat-a-cake, reading books, singing songs, and playing the piano.
Some of her favorite foods are noodles, pancakes, vegetables, chicken nuggets, french fries, lunch meat.
Blake is usually such a happy little girl, but she has definitely learned how to throw a tantrum. She will throw herself on the ground and kick her legs. As she kicks, she sometimes scoots herself backwards across the floor. When she runs into furniture, she kicks harder and screams louder. When I look at her, she screams louder. When I hold out my arms and tell her to come here, she screams louder. Here is a small sample:
She loves to eat and is constantly shoving things into her mouth.
As she gets older, she and Will are starting to get along better, and also fight more. Guess that's pretty typical for siblings though.
He was just going along giving her a friendly push...
Til he decided to go faster..3 seconds later she fell off.
Blake has two teeth on the bottom, one tooth on the top and several more that are coming in.
She dislikes anything on her feet. She kicks shoes off instantly and usually pulls socks off pretty quickly as well. One time she was even trying to pull her tights off.
Blake loves going through the cupboards and pulling out whatever she can find. Her favorite drawer is the one with all of the ziplock baggies. I really need to find another place to put those.
This has happened several times.
She also insists on pulling every piece of clothing she has out of her drawers.
She is quickly becoming a climber and loves to climb onto everything.
Blake doesn't like wearing headbands, shoes, bracelets, or any accessories really. She quickly pulls them off. She has broken several bracelets by stretching them too far.
Her hair is growing longer and longer and we are having fun experimenting and trying new things.
She goes through phases where she will give everyone kisses if asked. Currently, she seems to be taking a break from that phase and has stopped giving kisses.
Lately when I leave the room and Blake didn't see where I went, she heads toward the back door. She will sit there and scream. It's weird to me because I rarely use that door. Or I'll just be sitting in our front room on the couch, but she doesn't see me there so she'll book it to the back door and scream.
It will probably be pretty easy to wean her off of her bottle completely since she doesn't seem to like it very much anymore. She definitely prefers real food and will only take occasional sips from the bottle.
Blake loves being outside. Whenever a door opens, she hurries and tries to escape outdoors. She loves going to the park, jumping on the trampoline, going to slides, swinging, or just crawling outside.
When she goes down slides, she tends to go down head first.
Honestly, Blake is a beautiful and sweet little girl. She is such a good little baby; I'm not sure what we did to be so blessed.
Happy Birthday, Blake!
We love you!