Monday, March 30, 2009

Twelve Month Check Up

Ellie had her one year old well visit today. Her newest stats put her at 17 lbs, 8 ounces (5th percentile), 27 inches tall (or short) (4th percentile) and a head circumference of 45.1 cm (52nd percentile). So again, she's small, short and got "the big head". *smile* Her hair is apparently growing faster than her height.

She got four shots today - OUCH. I'm told that two of the ones she got wouldn't present any reaction for seven days so hopefully next Monday we don't wake up with a fever.

As a one year old, she still crawls (very fast, I might add), cruises around furniture, stands unassisted for a few seconds before fully freaking out and plopping down and crying. She like balloons, cards, Elmo, the color red, her blankets, her brother and ice cream.

She is developing a very strong sense of independence. She wants to feed herself or will take what you put in her mouth back out, look at it, touch it and put it back in. She is very curious and tries to get into anything she can. Thank goodness pretty much everything is child-proofed already. She puts everything in her mouth. It's gross, but unless it's dangerous, I'm pretty much over it. I can't keep up. *smile*

She is spending this week transitioning from her soy formula to whole milk. YAY! Recommended amount per day: 24 ounces. I would LOVE comments from other moms about cool things they are feeding their little ones because I'm out of ideas. Some of our tried and true things are:
  • Mac and cheese (and various other pasta dishes)
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cheese cubes
  • Oatmeal, pancakes, cheerios
  • Yogurt
  • Bananas, mandarin oranges, peaches, strawberries
  • Steamed veggies of all kinds (except asparagus which she does NOT like)
  • Crackers, including graham crackers
  • Cheese toast
  • Spaghetti

She'll eat pretty much anything we are having but I just feel like I'm giving her the same things over and over.

I've already addressed the sleep issues. We are trying several of the recommendations you guys gave us last week. She really loves her blankies and "Miss Jennifer" bought her a couple more for her birthday and she's already enjoying those along with a bear with a light up/color changing tummy from our friends, The Robertsons. We got several night time CDs so we we are going to try some of those. We've also heard that chamomile tea is a good relaxer and we might try that too.

She is still very social and charming. She waves (randomly) and sometimes will say "Bye Bye" although not at any appropriate time and certainly not on cue. She claps up a storm. At night I'll hear her clapping in her room. She says, "Mumma, Dada, Bubba (Brother), Bye Bye and Kccckkkee (Kitty)" and obviously an occasional "Meow". *smile* It's obvious she understands much of what we are saying, including, "No" because she will usually stop, look at us and smile. She may or may not stop, but usually she will.

So, we feel like she is very well on target developmentally. We are going for an audiology consult (as soon as I make the appointment). Dr. H. says this is standard, but I did voice concerns about whether sometimes she wasn't hearing me or was ignoring me. He says he would have sent her regardless of whether I had concerns because he doesn't want any surprises. He seems pleased with her development as well and will see us back in three months.


Lori said...

She sounds perfect as a princess to me...just as a birthday princess should be!

Jeanne said...

No matter her size, she is just right!

At one, my son also enjoyed pancakes, scrambled eggs, refried beans, rice of all kinds, and bits of chicken and fish. He was also passionate about the "wagon wheel snacks" made by Gerber. On his first birthday we had Chinese food--he loved the fried rice and still does!

Gen 's Family Story said...

How about avocadoes, slice up raw, my kids love those, mangoes, dried apples or any dried fruit that doesn't have sugar until the 3rd ingredient, eggs in a nest-a hard cooked egg put in piece of bread with a circle cut out cooked in butter of course, string cheese, ravioli that is not chef boyardee, grilled cheese sandwiches dipped in tomato soup of course, corn on the cob, yes my kids ate that even toothless Michael who didn't cut teeth till he was 11 months old and then got 8 at once, steak, the only things I w ould avoid would be nuts and peanut butter!
Phoebe was tiny too at 12 months, wearing 3-6 months clothes, at just about 18 mo she is now wearing 9 month clothes perfectly the 12 mo ones are still too big, and she eats like a horse!