Evelyn had her first Birthday and we all had a good time. She’s finally growing and I’ve noticed some of her clothes are getting shorter and shorter so apparently she’s growing longer in addition to just gaining weight. She’s been a happier kid since we got her sicknesses cleared up and got her eating solid food better. She had a rough couple of months there.
At one year old Evelyn still doesn’t sleep through the night. We usually get 7 hours out of her or so at a time. She usually wakes up between 3 and 5 in the morning to eat. I think if we pushed this we could get her sleeping from 8 until 7 or so, but I haven’t gotten quite geared up enough to deal with the week or two of crying in the middle of the night it will take to get there. Hopefully soon.
She’s super close to walking. I think I’ve been saying this for about 3 months, but it’s for real this time. As of her Birthday she had still only taken accidental half steps, but today she took several deliberate ones and we were all pretty excited about it. She also has been really into putting things in boxes and taking them out. She grabs things out of toy boxes, jars, cabinets, even the laundry on chairs and couches and throws them on the floor. Then she goes and grabs two or three things and puts them back. Today she carefully put half of her cracker into the car seat we borrowed for Avery that was sitting on the floor.
She likes to babble and she’s been broadening her sound collection. She still loves “th” and says it the most but I’ve heard “b” and “f” and others from her lately too. No real words yet though.
She typically takes one nap in the early afternoon. If we’re traveling or walking around a lot she’ll take two shorter ones in a car or on public transportation, but at home she typically takes one. She usually sleeps for about two hours. She’s still a difficult sleeper though and keeping a schedule with her is still a struggle, with naptime, bedtime, and waking up in the morning. Last week she thought it was cool to be up every morning at 6:30. I was not thrilled.
Evelyn loves peak-a-boo. She plays it herself by putting her head down and then jerking it up to look you in the eye. She also loves yogurt and some days I have a hard time getting her to eat anything else. She likes peaches and raisins and being thrown in the air. She likes to chase Avery around and the two of them like to wrap the curtain around themselves when Evelyn is in her high chair. They hide in the curtain together and then giggle and giggle. It’s about the cutest thing ever.
Thanks to Arvid Carlson who took the picture this month. We went to some Roman ruins with the Carlsons and we left our camera in the car so the Carlsons shared their pictures.