BIT’s Actual 12 Month Update

So the Brewster-In-Training has made it to one whole year old! Like I said before, I’m amazed. Where did the time go?!?

Here’s the official rundown on BIT for the last month.

Height/Weight: According to our official doctor visit from last week, BIT is 23 lbs (81st percentile) and 30.5 inches (90th percentile). The doctor asked us how many bottles/day BIT was getting and I said two (wake up and late night) and she said (and I quote, mostly) “With really skinny babies, when we worry about them getting all those extra calories, that’s okay,. But she… she can stop that.” And then later on she said, “She could really have some vegetable snacks now.” So yes, way to give me an (additional) complex, doctor. Actually, no – I’m fibbing. LB was a heftier baby than BIT at this point and she has turned out just fine. So I don’t really care what the doctor may have been insinuating (or I may have been mis-hearing) about BIT’s statuesque figure.

Clothes/Diapers: BIT should probably be in full on 18 month stuff because she’s so long but I haven’t unearthed all of LB’s hand-me-downs or packed up the stuff that’s too small. I desperately need to go through her old/outgrown clothes and decide what to save/what to donate and I can’t muster up the energy because it’s such a big job. Luckily, we got a bunch of new outfits for her birthday, so I’m pretty sure I can pack stuff up with impunity and just get it done. Diapers are still size 5 during the day and size 6 at night, which I’m pretty sure will be the case for the next 6 months at least.

Eating: BIT is fully on 3 meals and 1 snack a day; she eats whatever they are serving the “big kids” at school, be it tacos or meatloaf or bagels or oatmeal. Honestly, she’s just like her sister and will beg shamelessly for a bite of whatever you happen to be eating. We have yet to find anything she hates, though seltzer threw her for a bit of a loop this weekend.

After the doctor’s censure, BIT has been 100% bottle free for 3 days and has been drinking out of sippy cups and straws. She’s still not super pleased about the bottle free status in the mornings but she’s adapting. My method of helping her cope is to give her a squirty pouch first thing instead of a bottle, which she seems to consider an acceptable alternative.

Walking/Doing Things: BIT is a full-on walking machine now – no crawling for this baby! She has actually recently discovered the joys of “chasing” the Littlest Brewster and they will do laps around the downstairs, laughing like maniacs, for a good 20 minutes most nights. She has also figured out how to climb up onto the futon and she’s getting to be pretty good at getting herself down as well, which makes me slightly less paranoid that she’s going to concuss herself any minute.BIT is also very keen on pushing buttons (this is one of her favorite toys) and cause-and-effect things. Though I had her push the button to activate my coffee grinder the other morning and it scared the crap out of her, so she may be off button pushing for a bit.

I may be misremembering, but I don’t think that BIT is as vocal as LB was at this point. BIT can say Mama, Dada, Bye Bye, and Uh-Oh, which I think isn’t too shabby. She can also wave bye bye, give kisses (which really just involves leaning in to you, open-mouthed), and give a high-five.

All in all, she’s a pretty easy-going little girl who thinks that her sister hung the moon, her daddy is hilarious, and her mom is the most comfortable perch in town.

I think we’ll keep her.

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