Sunday, February 07, 2016

1 Year for Genesis Grace

Today we celebrated one year of holding Genesis Grace in our arms. It is the one-year anniversary of her birth.

I wanted to celebrate on Thursday, but our schedule was chaotic. On top of that, she has been having tummy troubles and I didn't want to introduce cake. Since Mercy and Obi both started having tummy troubles after they turned a year old, it could be a similar phase that Genna is entering. I also had mastitis a couple weeks ago and just finished the since they are excreted in breastmilk and Genna is still nursing, the antibiotics could have taken a toll on her gut. She could have had a virus, but no one else in the house even hinted of being sick, so I kind of ruled it out. We have been doing probiotics and some good yogurt. Today was the first day that she seems to be semi-normal. I hope we can avoid "toddler diarrhea" and the excitement that caused for Obi and Mercy.

Alright, now that that's out of the way, let's get down to business. There are a lot of pictures to share!

 This is the cute thing she does with her ears. She has been doing this for a few months now. I always say, "What? I can't hear you!"

She also shakes her head back and forth ("no") and she tries to shake it up and down ("yes"). It's actually kind of hard to maneuver. She giggles hysterically.  She also can say, "No!" Sometimes she will "argue" with the kids where they are saying, "Yes!" and she shouts, "No!" in reply.

Some other things Genna can say are "Momma" (which means me, obviously), "Dada" (for everyone and everything else), and "uh-oh" (which is the cutest ever). Otherwise, she just babbles, "Na-na, baba." They don't mean anything yet. The kids are all competing to see whose name she will say first. She LOVES if someone will hold her up to look at the pictures on the wall and name all the people in our family.

 {Oh! I love her!}

 Genna likes to try to feed herself. She is now willing to sit in the high chair, so she can be like everyone else at the table. The urge to climb out of the chair and across the table is strong, though. Ugh. 

Genna must have a spoon or fork just like her siblings. She can sometimes get food into her mouth. I'm surprised that she doesn't make more of a mess. She rarely dumps her plate (but she dumped her cake at first today!).

Genna is liking eating better now, but she still doesn't eat a ton. She may eat half a jar of meat and a third to a half a jar of a fruit or veggie. She nurses about every 2 hours still, even through the night.

Genna has learned how to go backwards to get down off the couch or a chair and down the stairs. I don't feel quite so jumpy when she climbs up on things now or if someone leaves the gate at the top of the stairs open. She can go down the stairs really well, but she has tripped and rolled down a few of them too. One of her favorite things to do is to sit on the top step and kick her feet. She's a little thrill seeker!!

Well, I say that she's a thrill seeker, but walking does scare her mightily. She has been so cautious. But she is getting more and more brave. She has been taking more steps on her own. She can squat down, pick up a toy, and stand back up without holding on to anything. It is obvious at times that she chooses her route carefully so that she can walk holding on to things (a couch, chairs, etc), not necessarily the shortest route. And if she has to let go and take a step to get from one hand-hold to another, she'll do it. She LOVES when the kids clap for her. She hates when someone forces her to walk. I think that early on there were some siblings who grabbed on to her hands and "forced" her to walk, and she disliked that so much, she has been holding a grudge ever since. Now her desire to be mobile and fast is finally over-taking there's the thrill of walking into the middle of the room. I love that she's taking her sweet time time to practice and get better at it. No need to be a show-off!

Genna has 7 teeth. 4 are on top, and 3 are on bottom. Usually my kids get their teeth in pairs, so I'm wondering where that #8 is and what the hold-up is. Her gums are getting nice and fat, so I think we'll see molars soon.

Her hair is a dark golden color. It is so smooth. But she doesn't have a lot of it! 

And while we're on this theme, her eyes are still a crystal-clear blue.

 {"Like, are you kidding me? Enough already!!" or maybe she is saying, "What do you mean this is all the cake I get?"} 
This funny little slouch is a new one she's been doing lately. LOL And actually she was really "done" at this point. She normally takes a nap in the morning, and today we went to church so she missed her morning nap. So then she usually falls asleep on the way home from church. For some reason today she didn't. We kept her up and did cake before we even had lunch. The big kids loved it. Genna was way too over-tired. 

Speaking of being tired and sleeping...Genna takes a couple naps a day still. Usually one in the mornings before lunch and then one later in the day around 6 or 7pm. She goes to bed around 9 pm, and wakes up frequently throughout the night. As soon as she turned a year old, I converted her crib to a toddler bed and pushed it up against my bed. (I couldn't do it sooner because of daycare rules). I love this arrangement now. I slip her back into her bed as often as I can throughout the night. I hope she gets used to being on her own and wakes up less often, especially since she always naps in her crib alone.

 We won't make it to the doctor until March, so I wanted to know approximately how much she weighs. So according to our scale at home, she is about 21 lbs 10 oz. She is approximately 29 inches long. She hasn't gained a whole ton of weight since November. I was kind of hoping for more. 

She's still got quite the belly, though! 

Genna has a bit of eczema. It started with a small patch on her butt back in November, but now it is all over her trunk and her arms. I noticed today that it's even on her scalp. It's not majorly red and doesn't appear to be a huge problem, but it does itch and she scratches it, especially at night. Only one spot broke open--a spot on her ear--and it is healing nicely. I've been using Aquaphor and Vanicream. I don't use soap unless absolutely necessary (diaper changes for example). I hope it's just winter weather and that it will improve in the spring. Mercy is the opposite--her eczema is bad in the spring and summer, but clears up in the fall and winter. She doesn't have a spot on her at the moment!

Wow, it has been an amazing year! I'm still learning new things about my kids all the time. I feel so blessed, even in the craziness and hard work of it all.

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