Welp, it’s official…I have a toddler. Teagan turned one on June 16th and I’m still in shock about it. Didn’t I just give birth? Everyone always says the days are long but the years are short but I honestly think they are both short. Everyday goes by so quickly with my little gal and it makes me want to cry a little bit. If it goes this quickly when she’s this little and things are harder I feel like I’ll be a grandma before I know it.
With all the sadness I’ve faced this month, it’s also been really exciting. She has changed SO much and I feel so grateful that I get to see every single moment of it. Like I said in last month’s update, every phase really has presented its own challenges and excitement, but slowing down to truly enjoy every phase is just so important. Don’t wish away any second because before you know it, you have a toddler.
These next 3 pictures (and the featured image) were taken by my sweet friend Megan with Celtic Gray Photography while we were having a playdate. She takes all our family pictures and is literally just the best ever! Go check out her work on Instagram too! If you are in the Northern Virginia/DC area you have to use her!
Sleep: Teagan is still sleeping through the night, about 11 hours per night. Over the last few weeks she has become much more predictable with naps. She wakes up between 7-8am and will go down for her morning nap around 10:30am. She has been taking 2 hour morning naps which has been AH-MAZING. Her second nap always used to be so hot and cold but over the last few weeks she has been taking a second nap every day. Those range from one hour to an hour and a half.
Breastfeeding: WE MADE IT A YEAR!!!! I can’t even believe it. It makes me want to cry. It might be my biggest accomplishment to date. Our breastfeeding journey didn’t start off well and it didn’t become natural until about 6 months in. I have had more clogged ducts than I can even count, had to use nipple shields to start, had a bout of mastitis, got thrush so to get here to a year is such a testament to the strength of both of us. Those first 6 months I genuinely didn’t know if I could make it to the next day let alone a year. I don’t know when I will fully wean her. I cut out random feedings and replaced it with cow’s milk which she had no issues with. We nurse in the morning and then before any nap or bedtime. I want to do it as long as she wants to but I also don’t want to be that person nursing my kid that’s old enough to clearly ask for the boob. So we will take it day by day. I think you gotta do what’s best for your family and your kid and right now continuing on this journey is working for us.
Solid Food: She is now up to 8 teeth and I have to say I love that smile full of chompers. It literally makes me crack up every time. It’s the cutest ever. Still a snack stealer. Way more into eating meat than she was last month. She has found a new love for peanut butter and jelly but if I would let her live off of blueberries she absolutely would. More recently she’s been eating less and less by herself. If I spoon feed her, she’ll eat, otherwise most of the food stays on the tray. I don’t know what’s happening or the best way to deal with it? Any tips or advice? Did anyone else go through this? Let me know!
Personality: This month she has really come into her own and it’s been both amazing and challenging to be witness to. She is becoming very strong willed; knows what she likes and what she doesn’t like. When she wants something, she makes it known. Telling her ‘no’ can end with her moving on to the next thing or it can end in an epic meltdown. For example, at her birthday party I told her she couldn’t have the baby carrots I was eating and she lost it. Cary and I feel a little bit like we walk on eggshells with her right now but overall she’s still low key. Definitely a very fussy month again but I follow the Wonder Weeks app and she’s going through a mental leap which was predicted to have several fussy weeks so I try to be understanding. I find that being calm and explaining things to her works best.
She is VERY attached to me. She doesn’t want anyone else to hold her even if she’s had plenty of time to warm up or if she knows them well. She’s with me all day so it’s to be expected but still difficult. If she does finally go to someone else, I basically have to hide because the second she sees me she’s whining and reaching for me. I love her so much so it doesn’t bother me but I do want other people to get time with her as well.
Teagan started walking this month. Full on walking. It was amazing to see those first steps. She no one longer needs assistance standing up and walking. She smiles SO BIG and is so proud of herself, it’s the best. She looks like a little drunk person walking around, it cracks me up. While she can walk really well now, her preference is still to crawl because it’s faster.
Weight: Still 22lbs
Height: 30 in. long.
All that crawling has gotten her long and lean!
Teeth: 8 big chompers now.
Clothing: She is exclusively in 18 month clothes and just about out of her size 3 shoes.
Hair: Still a red head
Words: SHE FINALLY SAID MAMA!!!! Like twice but STILL. I cry happy tears. Her favorite is still saying dada though.
She waves hi and bye. Claps and dances. Despacito is her favorite song, she will dance and sing along. She gives hugs and kisses and basically copies everything we do. It’s so cute.
While she still plays so well independently, I have noticed this month she’s become much more attached to me. The whole following me to the bathroom business has started. #neveralone. I am really loving experiencing this new stage with her and I’m excited for all the new things to come for both of us.