Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mother of a One Year Old

Today is the 1st birthday of my daughter, Tilden Avery O'Connor.

Strange to think I'm the mother to a one-year-old little girl who walks (!), babbles, laughs and dances.
Incase you haven't had the pleasure of meeting her yet, she's a real hoot.

Top L->R: Due Date: August 27th; Morning After Birth Sept. 3; Six-months Old!; 364 Days Old

Tilly, as we call her, loves to dance, clap and most of all wave. She loves to wave at her parents from across the living room, to strangers in line at the grocery store, and to grandparents on video chat. When we recently flew back to America for a two week break, the airline steward when seeing us exit the border patrol exclaimed, "Look! It's the happiest baby ever!" Tilly, appropriately smiled and waved to him as we strolled past.

She's a real chatterbox as well. She's picking up on language at frightening speed.
Currently she either signs for or recognizes/responds to the words: breakfast, lunch, food, milk, water ("wa-wa") more/again, book, monkey ("monk-monk"), hedgehog ("hedgie"), ball, dance, shake, splash, crash, clap, kiss, blow-a-kiss, say hello/bye-bye (waves), so big (raises arms in air), and all done.

She loves to dance and when she hears music will shake her shoulders back, raise her arms above her head (we call it "raise the roof"), swing her arms madly side-to-side, bend her knees up and down really fast like she wants to jump, or "headbang" by crawling on all fours and shaking her head up and down. We frequently have dance parties in the living room at night when Papa comes home from work.

She's already grabbing pens/markers from my hand and making marks on a page, at Auntie Megan's house in Iowa she made her first painting and only ate a small bit of paint!

She eats just about everything we put in front of her but currently is rejecting food that is too squishy (bananas, avocado) as we think she's prefers using her new teeth to chew on things.

These past couple of weeks she's slept through the night a few times, giving Mama a much needed full night of sleep. Mostly, she goes down easily for naps and bedtime, but we're aiming to cut out the bottle (we feed to sleep at night) and the pacifier. Both tools for sleep that are hard for me to let go of, as she goes to sleep so well with both things, especially the paci . . . aiming to phase it out ASAP!

Yep, my Tillybean. She's a gem and I wouldn't trade her for all the things in the world.
She is all the things to me.
She will always and forever be my first baby, my first daughter, my first experiment in parenthood.

The longest shortest time indeed.

Happy Birthday dear Tilden.
I love you more than you'll ever know.

Thank you for choosing me as your Mama.