Monday, 18 July 2011

Penelope 11 Months

Dear Penelope,
Today you are 11 months old.  Well technically,  you are still 10 months as I write this as yet again we will be out of town on your monthly birthday.  This time we will be camping though out the United States.  We are all looking forward to it.
It has been an exciting month for you as you are doing so many new things!
You still love your Baby Einstein Jumper but this is soon becoming your favourite toy.  You love to sit at it or lay in front of it and bounce to the music.  You love pressing all of the buttons and turning the music book pages to hear it play.  You love shaking rattles and all other toys that make noise – the louder the better.  You love to scream loudly both when happy or sad.  I think this is so you can be heard over Finley which can be impossible some days!!
You are still sleeping thru the night.  Bedtime still at 8pm and you are sleeping in later until around 730 or 8.  You are napping 2x a day – once in the morning, once in the afternoon.  You don’t really need your morning nap anymore but unfortunately mommy still needs it!!
You are drinking 3 bottles a day and refuse to drink any water.  Just like your sister was at your age!  2 of your sippy cups are of formula and the other is milk.  Unlike your big sister, you have no problems digesting the milk.
Grandma Gail visited us this month and we all went to Heritage Park.  You slept through most of it but you did manage to wake up for the train ride and enjoyed it quite a bit.
You love to eat and your favourites right now are raspberries, grilled cheese + peanut butter sandwiches.  Although you loved all fruit pureed, you are unsure of it in it’s natural state.  You are pretty good at eating things like pasta, sandwiches, cut up meat + veggies by yourself.  I still feed you cereal, soup and anything that gets messy so I don’t have to clean up anymore than I have to and trust me you make quite the mess on your own!  The only food you are not keen on eating anymore is vegetable soup.  You loved it for ages and now you refuse to touch it.  Finley was exactly the same way and to this day she won’t eat it. 
You are still just army crawling around although you have done some crawling before collapsing back into the army crawl.  For some reason you think this is the easier way of getting around. 
You love bathtime which you have with your big sister.  You enjoy getting your hair washed which I try to show Finley because she still doesn’t like washing her hair.  She loves to help soap you up and dump water on your head.  You just sit and laugh while she does this.  You love playing with all of the rubber duckies and sesame street bath toys.
You celebrated your first Canada Day and saw your first set of fire works.  Actually you slept through the fireworks but they were some of the nicest we have seen in many years.  We spent the Canada Day weekend in Jasper camping with Jimmy, Nancy, Madi + Tanner.  You had so much fun playing with everybody and loved all of the extra attention you got!!
You finally got another tooth!  Tooth number 3 came in earlier in this month.  It looks like an eye tooth not the normal front teeth that usually come in after the bottom 2.  Nobody is able to see it unless I prop your mouth open.  The front centre of your upper mouth is very red which makes me think that you may have more coming but I can’t feel anything yet!
You also got to meet your Great Uncle Ken and Great Aunty Marleen for the first time.  They moved to Chicago in 2009 and weren’t home for Christmas this past year.  They were so happy to finally meet you!!  We are thinking about heading there for our annual vacation next year.   
You are able to move to sitting position all on your own from laying on your back or stomach.  You love having the freedom to do this.  When we had a play date with your buddies O + H, you pulled yourself up to your knees but haven’t done so since.  You try to do this but have not had any success as of yet.  Soon it will be a matter of time before you are on your feet all by yourself.
Your new favourite thing at the moment is to point at you, at various people and things.  It started when we were in Jasper and you pointed at Jimmy now you never stop doing it!!
You + your sister sit and giggle for lots of minutes at a time.  We have no idea what you are laughing about but you seem to enjoy yourselves.  It happens anywhere + is most enjoyable while traveling long distances in the car.  She is most definitely your bff.
You still suck your thumb much to my dismay.  Although I must say that it is getting rare that you do so. Mainly when you go into your crib or when you are upset about something.
Your sister always tries to help you not cry.  She hugs you, pats you on the back and asks what is wrong and tells you that you will be ok.  The ironic part is the 99.8% of the time she is that usually she is reason you are crying.
You love to stand all on your own.  You love to hold on to the play kitchen, to our hands, to my necklace when I am trying to get you dressed.  You fall sometimes but that doesn’t seem to deter you at all.  People think I am crazy but I really can’t wait for her to start walking.  I am hoping that it will make my life easier but most likely the opposite will happen!
You also were part of what I think is the best thing about being a Calgarian – STAMPEDE.  The entire city celebrates Stampede by painting windows, western decor and wearing western clothing.  You didn’t seem to keen to wear your hat at all and the western clothes that your sister wore to her first stampede were too small for you now.  But you still looked pretty cute!
At your first Stampede breakfast.  You loved eating pancakes all week!!  You kept your hat on momentarily before ripping if off and throwing it onto the ground.  At least you kept the bandana on!
Daddy took the afternoon off work (another great part of Stampede, most companies get a day or half day off to Stampede, I doubt that happens anywhere else!!) and we all went down to Stampede grounds. You wore your hat for a bit and slept through most of it.  Daddy snuck you some mini donuts when he thought I wasn’t looking.  You very much enjoyed them!!
On one of the most beautiful days in June, we headed to Lake Sikome for a play date with D and her girls.  You loved everything about the lake – the water, the sand, the food, the sun.  I just wish you would wear your hat and sunglasses but you refuse.  Your sister was the same at your age and now she loves both, I only hope that you are similar to that!
We went to Saskatoon for Kristen’s bridal shower + bachelor party.  It was the first bridal shower that you have gone to and you had so much fun!  You loved playing with Sydney + Shania, you met a new friend in Lily and you got so much attention from the other bridesmaids, in fact, Courtney wanted to take you home!!  You are looking forward to Kristen’s wedding in September!
You still love to shake your head no but that doesn’t mean no to you, it just means shaking your head.  You love doing it and do it all of the time.  It’s pretty cute to watch.
Also taking place this month, today in fact, will be your first trip to the United States and even more importantly, your first trip to Target!!!!!!  We love target!!! 
It’s been a wonderful month of milestones + development on your part.  I still am having difficulty believing that in just one more month you will be a year old.  Thank you for giving us 11 months of more happiness then we could ever possibly imagine.  We love you.

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