One Year

My baby girl is 1!! She has been in our lives for 365 days (well, actually 367 now). So much has changed. She has gone from a tiny, helpless infant to an adorable, talkative, on the go baby. One thing has remained the same she is still super cute and super sweet.

Weight: 18lbs 3oz (9th percentile)

Height: 28 in (25th percentile)

Head Circumference: 17.25 in (23rd percentile)

Anna had her one year well child visit today. Our doctor confirmed many of the things we already knew. Our baby girl is tiny. I think she is going to take after my mom and my father-in-law’s sides of the family and be petite. The doctor was very impressed with her communication skills. She was showing off all her verbal and nonverbal communication skills, her favorite being pointing and saying “dat” (that). Physically she is perfect. Growing on track, eating very well, advancing in her gross and fine motor skills. She’s perfect, but I didn’t need a doctor to tell me that, I’ve always known it 😉

Anna has really changed and grown up in the last few months. She is crawling all over the place and boy can she book it when she has something in her sights (usually the cat). She is pulling up on things and has started letting go for brief moments to stand all by herself. I think it’ll be a while before she is walking, she really isn’t interested in it at all yet. That’s fine with my, I’d love to keep her my little baby for a while longer. Verbally she is very advanced. She has a vocabulary of about 10 words including mama, dada, Maya (usually pronounced ah-ya or most recently mah), hi, bye, that, kitty and all gone (pronounced gong gong). She also has a few signs she uses frequently including “all done” and “up”. It is usually pretty easy to figure out what she wants, which makes thing so much easier.

She still has the sweetest personality. She is very cuddly and loves giving mommy, daddy and Maya hugs and kisses. She is always smiling and chatting away. Her favorite things right now are her blanket (to watch her cuddle with her blanket is so sweet), any thing that plays music (including her walking toy, her sister’s singing Belle doll and this little princess microphone of Maya’s), balloons and our kitty Lily. She entertains herself very well but loves to play with mommy and big sister too.

I can’t believe she is already 1. I feel like just yesterday I was cuddling with her for the very first time and now here I am watching her very quickly becoming a toddler. Time does something crazy when you become a parent, it speeds up in ways I never thought possible.

Love you to pieces sweet baby girl. Looking forward to watching continue to change and grow.

What’s In A Name?

Naming a child is a big responsibility. The name we give them, they carry for the rest of their lives. Finding the perfect name is sometimes a daunting task. The responsibility, to me at least, seems huge. You don’t want to saddle your child with a name they are going to hate, or that causes them a ton of grief as they grow up. You want to pick a name that suites them and is one they will be proud to utter, one they can grow up with and not every think twice about. I hope I have accomplished that for both my girls.

Very early on in this pregnancy I had a pretty strong feeling I was carrying another girl. The same thing had happened when I was pregnant with Maya so I pretty much trusted my instincts. Even though everyone else seemed to think the baby was going to be a boy I quietly trusted my instincts and started thinking about what girl names I liked and I would add to my short list for future name discussions with Lorne. I had a small list ready to go the day we had our ultrasound and it was confirmed that my instincts were indeed correct again and we were having another little girl.

One of the very first names I thought of was the name Anna. My very favorite fictional character from my very favorite book is Anne from Anne of Green Gables. I thought it would be neat to honor that love but I didn’t really like the name Anne so I thought, why not do a spin on the name and go with Anna. It is a beautiful, simple, classic name and goes well with our last name. It was a beautiful name that would also always hold special meaning for me. I added it to the top of my list and kept my fingers crossed that Lorne would agree to it.

We discussed names for a while, tossed around a few suggestions, but I always came back to my favorite, Anna. Finally, Lorne agreed that he liked that name too and it was settled. Lorne chose the middle name of Lily. It is actually one of our cat’s names and a name I have always loved. We really liked the way the name flowed with Anna.

Anna Lily, our beautiful, sweet, amazing bundle of joy. Anna means grace and so far that describes her perfectly.