This year has flown. She has been such a joy to have around, it hasn't felt long. Every day has been delightful with her. I'm serious! She is so sweet it's just fun to have her here. She is affectionately known around here as, "Say Say", "Sadie Bug", "Bug Bug" and "Sister." The kids call her Say Say which is so cute! They love having a little sister.
Ellee at the top, SK on the bottom - both on their first birthday!
Over the past month and a half, she's really increased what she'll eat. For the longest time she was surviving off breastmilk and Cheerios. Now she eats lots of things! Her favorite food is pasta, hands down. She eats more pasta than I think is good for her. I have to make her stop and she cries about it. She has four teeth and two more on the way in. I see the very beginnings of molars back there, too. She really does a number gumming food without many chompers. I imagine she'll be ready for steak once those molars get through. Teething hasn't been much of a battle, thankfully. Breastfeeding, on the other hand, hasn't been as easy! You'd think on the third kid, it would be. But we've hit a few bumps in the road this year. I had what felt like the makings of an infection a few weeks back. After some anti-inflammatory meds, lots of heat and water, and many prayers, it went away. Nevertheless, she's still nursing 6X a day and, while she isn't exactly a settled nurser, she does so love her baby milk.
She doesn't really want anything to do with walking yet. She's happy to crawl and she pulls up on everything. She climbs up on things. She just doesn't want to let go and stand alone or attempt any wobbly steps. I'm ready for her to walk -- crawling clothes are so dirty all the time. Going outside is difficult because there isn't much space that isn't rocky or soil. But I'll have to be patient because walking is not something you can force!
In August, I took her to New York with my mom and me. It was so special to spend a few days just with her. She's a great side kick! I put her in the sling and carried her all around and she loved it. In a few weeks I'm taking her to the Lesotho Missionary Ladies retreat. I'm looking forward to spending more quality time together.
I feel it deserves noting that she has traveled around the world in her first year of life! When she was just a week old, she spent a morning at the Indian Ocean. In April, she played in the Atlantic Ocean. Then in July, she dipped her tiny toes in the Pacific Ocean. I din't see her making it to the Arctic anytime soon, but three out of four ain't bad for a one year old! She has more frequent flier miles than most adults I know! She's a super traveler.
We started her birthday with a french toast breakfast. I made a cake yesterday in honor of one of her favorite things -- sheep! She loves to watch the herds go by our house every day. Sometimes she sits out by the gate and watches them pass. I hunted for a birthday gift for her while we were in South Africa last week, but came up short. I couldn't find what I was looking for and didn't want to just waste money on something. I'll keep hunting for a doll house for her for Christmas. In the meantime, she'll have to just enjoy a toothbrush and toothpaste instead. I know she will because she loves to brush her teeth. She follows me around when I am brushing my teeth grunting and pointing and groaning for my toothbrush. Now she has one of her own!
A recap of SK's first year :
On her true birthday
Snug as a bug in a rug
Cuddling with Joy
Traveling to America -7 weeks old
You are just the happiest, Sadie girl. I love the way you smile with your tongue. I love how much you love people! I love every bit of you! Happy first birthday!