HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SWEET BABY ISABELLA FRANCES!
As I look at her, I still can’t believe she’s a year old. Where did the last 12 months go? So much has happened…but it’s hard to summarize our entire amazing year and finding the right words to express how I feel is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.
This has been by far the most incredible year of my life…I became a mom. It feels like just yesterday, she was placed on my chest, looking at her beautiful face as she opened her innocent eyes for the first time. It’s such an indescribable feeling. The overwhelming amount of love I felt, she totally had my heart. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for her! She has given me strength, patience and helped grow me into the woman I always wished I would be.
Her smile lights up my world and her laugh…oh her laughter is like music to my soul. I’m just in awe of Her. From the newborn I cradles in my arms to the feisty and determined baby girl she is today, she has forever changed our lives and has undoubtedly brought our family so much joy!
Happy birthday my world, my love, the WHY behind everything I do. We love you so much!
Isabella’s 12 month updates:
Health: Other than a little runny nose and a few sniffles, Isabella has been doing great health-wise. Right around Thanksgiving she started showing signs of an ear infection. We think it had something to do with teething. She sprouted her first molar along with 3-4 other teeth and it wasn’t pretty at all. She ran fevers upwards of 103 degrees, she was in such pain and discomfort, it broke my heart watching her cry and not being able to make it all go away for her. I get teary eyed just thinking about it.
Sleep: Yay we’re officially back to sleeping through the night! This babe sleeps consistently from about 9:45/10ish through 8 a.m. She’ll still wake up in the middle of the night on occasion, but she goes back to sleep once I give her the pacifier.
Diet: Isabella is still getting formula, but she’s also getting table food on a pretty regular basis. She still has a 4 ounce bottle with 2-2.5 ounces of oatmeal cereal and fruit purée for breakfast. For lunch she usually has table food, usually veggies and fruits with some type of protein. I’ve been somewhat hesitant to give her meat. She tried chicken for the first time not too long ago when she had the flu. My mom made her famous homemade chicken noodle soup (puréed of course) and she loved it. She also really likes arroz con gandules, steamed white rice and pigeon peas.
At a recent visit to her pediatrician, he suggested that we start introducing her to milk. That something else I’ve been a little hesitant to do. The plan is to mix milk into her bottles 25/75 then 50/50 etc. to get her used to the taste. She likes most foods so maybe she will take well to it. If anyone has tip on transitioning, I’m all ears!