Once again it’s time for a little update on Miss Bella’s progress into the ever increasing world of the big kids. Every minute it seems there is something new, Phia and I find ourselves constantly saying “Did you just (hear / see) that!”. I guess we have new parent syndrome still, but it’s all very exciting for us. Bella is just slightly over 13mo old and she’s absolutely a toddler now. No more “baby” references thank you very much.
Since our last update, our little baby had her 1 year birthday! She cried when we tried to put a hat on her and daintily ate her cake. She’s very careful as to what and how she eats, its funny how kids have personalities right from the start.
So what is Bella up to these days?
Size: Bella is about 31″ tall and approx 24lbs, which doesn’t sound like a lot but she’s still not getting the “hang on” concept of being held, so she’s just dead weight like a sack of potatoes. I should be getting pretty buff any day now.
Mobility: So Bella is running now. Not full throttle but she’s pretty fast. She’s still kind of drunken sailorish and will wobble and crash, but she’s pretty stable. Shoes also throw her off a bit and make her more wobbly but she can still run pretty fast in them. She’s also at the point where she wants to explore everything and wants to walk. We spend a lot of time walking through the Mall, Target, stuff like that and she makes it a point to touch every single thing she can get within her reach. She’s extremely independent so I can follow her but she doesn’t much like me holding her hand or re directing her motion.
Sounds: Bella is a mega chatter box, she talks all the time. Of course its mostly baby talk that sounds like a mix of Korean and German. She like to repeat single words, so the other day Phia was telling her to jump (she does so by crouching and then springing her legs and getting absolutely NO AIR whatsoever .. and then falling down). Anyway for about 20 minutes she just kept saying “Jup, jup, jup…”. Whatever she says its with conviction. Its pretty funny because although its baby talk she’ll say her sentences in a tone that you can understand. Sometimes its’ scolding the cat with a wagging pointing finger, other times its a girly sing song delivery.
Bella also loves to “read” books out loud. She’ll sit there, turn the pages and say whatever it is she thinks the words mean. Never-mind that the book is usually up side down. Her real words are “mama, dada, hi, bye, baba, elmo and kitty” I haven’t got her to say “Kobe” yet but its coming soon.
Entertainment: Bella’s still just totally into Yo Gabba Gabba. She got a in car DVD player and she’ll just zone out on it the whole ride. Its really nice if we have to go on a long ride, she just chills with her baba and DJ Lance Rock. She’s still also into Sprout and their assortment of shows, the occasional Disney show and whatever other random cartoons she happens to catch here and there.
She loves to play with other kids. She had a serious game of chase at Nordstrom with a boy named Ryder she met while we were waiting for Mommy. Bella is also pretty into playing Peek A Boo. She hides either behind the curtains or she’ll bury her head into you and then pop out and try to scare us. It’s pretty funny she’s got a really silly and playful little personality that keeps us entertained.
Travels: We’ve stayed pretty close to home lately but we’ve had lots of visitors recently. Kris, Nick, Teryn, Kye and Katie all made it out and stayed with us, which was wonderful. Bella loved meeting her Auntie, Uncle and Cousins, she thought they were a lot of fun and I’m sure made Kris happy that her kids are all grows up.
We also had a visit from Aunt Jo, Uncle Al, cousin Nick and his girlfriend Christina which was an awesome surprise for Bill’s big 4-0. They too met Belle for the first time. We had a blast it’s always great to have company and Phia and I love to entertain when we can. Bella likes it too because she just gets to play.
Finally we hosted Thanksgiving this year for the Lowrys, Paynes and my Parents, that was awesome. We’re happy to finally break in our house in with a proper Holiday event. Phia cooked an amazing Turkey and we all ate until we were ready to pass out. What’s new? We had the Lowry cousins over night and Bella though it was amazing to have all these fun girls singing to her the next morning. I think she expects full 4 part harmonies at each breakfast now. think she’s spoiled?
Here are some recent pics of the baby…