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.

Happy Birthday, BIT!

It absolutely blows my mind that the Brewster-In-Training is 1!!!! How did this happen?? Where did the time go????

It seems like only yesterday that we introduced the Littlest Brewster to her new sister and began the crazy hard, crazy fun journey of parenting two little ones. I don’t think a year has every gone by as quickly as this last one.

I really, really need to take the time to do a “real” 12 month update, but I thought I would placate everyone with some pictures of what BIT has been up to over the last momentous month. Official update, with actual information on what she’s doing now, to follow soon.

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We LOVE spaghetti

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BIT’s first encounter with a tomato hornworm

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She’s a mover and a shaker now!

12 Months

One year old!!!

Happy 3rd Birthday, LB!

My, how the time does fly. The Littlest Brewster is three! It seems like just yesterday we were bringing her home and I was thinking to myself, “I’m not so sure about this parenthood thing…” And now, I know that our lives would be so much emptier and less fulfilling without her.

So far, the Littlest Brewster’s birthday celebrations have spanned two days, with my dad trying to tack on a third day of festivities after Christmas. It’s like the never-ending birthday. 🙂 Yesterday was cake with friends and neighbors and today DB and I brought cupcakes and fruit to school. (It was a little awkward because we never know what our boundaries are in situations like this. Can I intervene if one little boy is creeping on the shy little girl’s cupcake? Or is that outside my scope of parenting?)

Here are some pics from the festivities:

She was enthralled with this Frozen snow globe. Hopefully, she doesn't break it immediately

She was enthralled with this Frozen snow globe. Hopefully, she doesn’t break it immediately

Giving Daddy birthday hugs

Giving Daddy birthday hugs

Showing off her number skills

Showing off her number skills

Rocking the birthday crown and nomming on her cupcake

Rocking the birthday crown at school

And no, I’m not Instagram-y. My camera somehow added that effect. I don’t even know what button I pushed.

I think next year we may venture into the realm of actual birthday party, but I’m not swearing to it. 45 minutes with 6 people yesterday and 45 minutes with 9 two- and three-year-olds today was almost more than I could handle. Maybe it gets easier with practice, but I doubt it.

Happy Birthday, Littlest Brewster!

I can’t believe it but yesterday my little baby girl turned two! Two!! I guess she’s not a baby anymore. She’s officially a toddler now. 😦 Where did the time go?!?!?

I plan on doing an actual 24 month update ((Which will most likely be my last monthly update for LB – we’ll transition to maybe every few months after that.)) in a couple of days. (Read: when I have the time and energy.) But I wanted to share some pictures from her birthday party.

LB had quite the turnout for her 2nd birthday! Not only did DB’s mom and our neighbor Sherry (whom LB calls “Billsherry” becasue she’s apparently not a separate entity from her husband) come over, so did my friend Cris and her family, my dad and Kathy, and Mike, Sarah, Alex, and Ben – all the way from Charlotte! I couldn’t believe so many people were willing to drive such a long way to celebrate with us.

Now, most of you who know me know that I am not a girly girl. And I don’t really have a tendency to girly-up LB. But I decided that she needed a pretty outfit for her birthday and got her this from Target:Dec.22.13.1Cris said she was very proud of me for not just dressing her in shorts and T-shirt for her birthday.

I got a little worried because, shortly before the guest started to arrive, we had a bit of pout coming on.
Dec.22.13.3But it was nothing that watching a round of What Does The Fox Say? followed by a little Sweet Brown Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That couldn’t fix. ((If you’ve never seen the Sweet Brown song, you should watch it. It’s hilarious.)) And by the time everyone arrived, LB was back to her usual sunny self.

Not that my baking isn’t delicious, but I decided I wanted the Littlest Brewster to have a pretty cake this year. So we ordered one from WholeFoods and I was very pleased with how it turned out, given the lack of direction I gave them. ((I’ve never done this birthday party crap before. I didn’t know how detailed to be. The lady says, “What flavor?” I say, “Ummm, vanilla?” and she says “What do you want on it?” I say, “Happy Birthday? Oh, and she likes butterflies and ladybugs.” Luckily, they know what they’re doing.))

Didn't it turn out nicely?

Didn’t it turn out nicely?

With all the people that came insisting on bringing a gift, the gift opening got a little hectic. Not that I begrudge LB gifts on her birthday (it’s once a year, for Pete’s sake!), she’s just very into the “Mine! Mine!” phase and I don’t want her to turn into a greedy little terror. But it’s once a year. Once a year. That’s what I’ll keep telling myself. It’s not your birthday that turns you into a greedy little terror, it’s how you are the other 364 days of the year.

Also, I think part of the problem with having a birthday so close to Christmas is that it doesn’t give us time to absorb all of this crap these toys before the onslaught of Christmas gifts rolls in. If you’ve got a summer birthday, there are 6 months to use and abuse your new toys before the holidays roll around. Not so for us, my friend. But LB was super excited about all of her gifts – particularly the kitchen accessories/food and the baby doll that came with its own bathtub. She actually insisted on taking a nap with her new baby; I’m pretty sure they will soon be inseparable.

Dec.22.13.4 Dec.22.13.5 Dec.22.13.6 Silly MommyOverall we had a really nice time. It was great to see how many people love our Littlest Brewster as much as we do. I mean, we think she’s pretty awesome, but we may be slightly biased.