Thursday, October 1, 2009

One Year Old, Part One

I've been paralyzed for the past week plus, trying to decide how to write about Evie at one year. I have too many ways to approach it. So, I'm going to write a few short posts and hopefully they will add up to an adequate treatment of the topic. Here is my first jab.

A couple of days ago, Evie had her 12 month doctor appointment. I was surprised to learn that she is now in the 50th percentile for weight (20.5 lbs.) and the 70th percentile for height (30.5 inches). That is a reversal from her normal 75th for weight and 50th for height. I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'll be keeping an eye on her growth and making sure to offer her healthy foods throughout the day to make sure she gets enough. Here are few more tidbits from the appointment:

*our pediatrician recommended we switch to whole milk instead of "N*ext S*tep" formula because she finds that babies have more of an appetite for solids when on milk, because their bodies crave the vitamins and minerals from food that they aren't getting from liquid. Makes sense to me, intuitively.

*Evie had blood drawn to test for iron and lead. Talk about one of the worst experiences of my life. The bruise on her arm from the first (failed) attempt to hit a vein is nothing compared to the bruise on my psyche from watching her suffer at the hands of the nurses. Please tell me this is the only time I'll ever have to watch my daughter give blood?

*Evie got the MMR. Yep. We bit the bullet and just did it, because the separate vaccines (recommended by Dr. Sears) aren't available until 2011. So far, so good. I haven't noticed Evie acting sick or different from her normal self.

*She is still spitting up. The ped isn't worried because it's normally right after she eats and puts some pressure on her stomach (e.g. we pick her up, she bends over or leans her stomach against something). The pediatrician assures me that she will outgrow this someday. Yeah.

Anyhow (that's the best segue I can think of at 1:04 AM), I have been planning to post a montage video of Evie's first year but it's an unwieldy project. My attempts resulted in a 42 minute video that only grandparents and birth parents (and J and I) will ever watch all the way through. So, instead, I put together this mini version for the blog. Enjoy!

(Watching this made me realize how often I have told her "Good Job!" in the last several months. I need to come up with a new way to praise her?)


  1. Oh my gracious that video is just too cute. I love it, especially when she scooted around in a circle on her bum :) You always choose such great music too. Sorry about the giving blood :( I dont think I could watch that. Poor baby! Im sure her weight is just from her being a mover and shaker these days- you can tell she has thinned out when she started walking

  2. I love the video and am going to steal your "monthly interview" idea to use with my son - it's a great idea :-)

    Happy birthday to your daughter!

    RE: the blood test - our daughter had to have blood drawn for lead too and I agree, it was probably the horrible-ist experience. And unfortunately it came back high, so we had to have it tested again 6 mos later :-(

  3. This is just flat-out adorable! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  5. Sorry, I couldn't stand my typos in the previous post.

    Way to bite the bullet; you're a good mom.

    I'm sure it was so painful to watch her during the blood drawing. I'm sorry about that. I've been a little emotional the last couple days, and I got a little sad thinking of you watching that.

    Give her lots of love for me. I've missed her (and you guys too).

  6. It's so cute when she's doing the circle move. I like with the flapper song how her knees are going in and out like a slo mo Charleston!

    Maybe you could say "way to go" or "you're a rock star!" or "woo hoo".

    Happy first year Evie!

  7. Oh my goodness, Karen. The video is amazing! How cute! Such a great song to go along with her pictures...

  8. There are such big changes in her between 8 and 9 months...and then again between 10 and 11! At 11 months she suddenly looked like a little girl and no longer a baby.

    I must ask though...does she ever wear clothes? LOL (Just teasing, I realize this footage was shot mostly during her monthly photo shoots.)

  9. Oh how sweet!! Happy birthday to your little munchkin...she is as adorable as ever! I love that video, the music is hilarious, and watching her grow up actually brought a tear to my eye! You are an awesome mommy, and your daughter is a beauty!



    P.S. I think it's normal for them to thin out a bit after they start walking so I wouldn't worry too much about her height/weight reversal.


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