On her actual birthday, December 17th, we celebrated as a family and gave Aubrey her 1st cupcake and sang to her. She LOVED the cupcake!
I took Ava and Macy to the toy store a few days before her birthday and let them each pick out a gift for her. Here they are playing with her new toys.
Her birthday party with family was great. We had a little food, cake and ice cream, and gifts. Perfect.
She started walking right at 13 months. On Christmas day, about a week after she turned one, she took her first steps. She took four of them without even realizing it. Then she would take one or two steps here and there for about a month. Finally, after some encouragement and bribing with Doritos (all Ben) she started putting more and more steps together then just took off and never looked back. She is all over the place and into everything! As I am cleaning up the Tupperware cabinet that she has emptied all over the kitchen, I turn around and she is in the bathroom unrolling all of the toilet paper. It is a never ending battle picking up after her.
She is only saying a few words. Around her first birthday she started saying "mama," "dada," and "byebye." She still says these and has also started signing for "milk" and "more." Just in the last couple of days I think she has started saying something that sounds kind of like "Ava." She uses it for both of the girls. The speech therapist in me knows she should probably be saying more words than this but what is the point in talking when you have a mommy and 2 sisters that anticipate your every need?!?! Plus, she has a pacifier A LOT. (oops!) Poor baby recently had an ear infection and 5 teeth coming in at once so I let her have the pacifier pretty much all the time! She's feeling better now though, so we're working on only giving her the pacifier for sleeping.
She also recently started daycare full time. Our nanny, Paulina, quit which was pretty much heart breaking for all of us. I will be starting work part time this summer that will carry over into next school year. I am super excited about only working 2 days a week and spending the other days with Aubrey. However, we have to make it to June 7th with me working full time so 5 days a week of daycare was our only option until that time. It is going well though. We have her at the same school that Ava and Macy went to for pre-k. The teachers are great and, of course, love Aubrey. She always seems happy when I pick her up and there have only been a few tears when I drop her off. The hardest part is just getting everyone up, dressed, and out of the house in the mornings!
Here are a few more pics of our one year old from the last few months:
First time to meet Santa. She just stared at him.
New big girl car seat!
Christmas Cookies. Yum!
Thanks for my car Santa!
Bundled up watching sisters play soccer.
Example of being "into everything." One night we were getting ready for bed and I left her upstairs with the girls while I ran downstairs to get her milk. I came back to find that she had completely emptied Ava's pajama drawer and pulled every book off of the bookshelf. I was gone for 2 minutes!
First haircut. The before.
Learning how to drive. : )