Serenity is One Year Old!!!

by Chrissie Wainright on July 9th, 2009
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Ann sent Serenity this cute dress so we did a photoshoot!

Ann sent Serenity this cute dress so we did a photoshoot!

Serenity Month 12!

Serenity is a real chatterbox!  She loves to talk and has started just naming the things she knows as she sees them, like all the animals and their sounds (including the newest one, cat… meow!)  and things like door and drink.  They aren’t all perfectly clear, drink is more like dink, but some things are surprisingly easy to understand.  And of course those of us that hear her every day can make out more of what she’s trying to say.  She asks clearly for bites now.  Like at Jennifer’s party today she asked for bites of my ice cream very enthusiastically. =)  Jennifer said she definitely got her great-grandmother Mimi’s ice cream genes.  She bounced on her toes for every bite, and then Jen gave her a little bowl!  She was VERY fond of Jennifer after that =)

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She memorized another book, Happy Baby, which is filled of photos with different emotions.  She says “happy!”  and “aww” for sad.  And she gives a little scream on the angry baby page.  She says shy and dips her head to the side with this coy little smile.  she flips right past sleepy, I don’t think she wants to think about sleepy time =)  Messy and silly just get big smiles.

She still loves to play outside.  Picking dandelions is her favorite activity.  She especially likes the ones that are fuzzy or have already lost their fluff.  We got out the sprinkler and tried to teach her to run through it.  She thought it was a bizarre concept at first, she kept picking dandelions and staring at her silly and wet parents.  The dandelions she wanted most though were near the sprinkler, so she braved water in her face to pick the dandelion and then ran away =) Eventually though she found out it was neat to walk near the water and wave her hands back and forth to splash the water around.  =)  We’ll try it again, if nothing else Eric and I had a blast.  She does love her hippo pool, and is getting very good at climbing in and out on her own.  Grandpa set up the slide to go right in the pool, and that is even more fun!

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She is sleeping on her own and through the night again!  Eric braved letting her cry it out, and after the first day of 20 minutes, 30 minutes, and then 40 minutes of crying, it seems that Serenity learned to fall asleep on her own!  It was right at 11 months when she started.  It’s been two weeks now and we are both comfortable just telling her sweet dreams and letting her cry a little as we leave.  Often she’ll quiet down as soon as we shut the door, which is a relief.  It was funny though, one morning Dad thought she was acting sleepy, and he asked her if she was getting sleepy, and she said “no nigh nigh!”  She didn’t want him to think it was night night time =)

She is becoming attached to her pacifiers.  She used to call them Perrrs but she’s trying to put the rest of the syllables in now sometimes.  This morning she walked around with one in her mouth and one in each hand.

We plan to show Serenity the dvd of books read by her lovely friends and family in celebration of her actual birthday!  I’m so excited about this.  We gave her a preview of Auntie Joyce’s video and she was fascinated.    But more about this after she really sees it =)

We do spend some time in the yard every day, usually in the early morning or late afternoon when it’s not so hot.  She loves her hippo pool, and she loves sliding!  Two days ago (6/29) she figured out how to slide alone!  I helped her climb the steps (her knees get in the way because the stairs are narrow on her slide.)  But when she got to the top, she swung her leg right over and slid right down alone!  Yay!  Grandpa built a cushion for her to land on at the base of the slide =)  She loves opening and shutting the doors and windows of her play house.  Picking dandelions and clover is still the favorite activity, although trying to eat rocks may be a close second =)

She is still a very snuggly baby =)  She’ll rest her head on my shoulder when I carry her, or snuggle up to rock and read books.  She has started carrying books over to someone when she wants them to read to her =)  It’s nice because now I don’t always sit in the floor with her pile of books, she picks one and brings it to me.

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Serenity learned to climb up on the couch on her own.  She uses a footstool for a boost and climbs up, walks to the other end, and slides off.  Then it’s back to the other side to do it again!  I think it’s amazing that I actually let her do it and just warn her to sit down before she tries to walk right off the couch.  Lucky for us Grandpa has carpet.

We got to babysit Carson and Raegan!  Serenity loves visiting them!

We got to babysit Carson and Raegan! Serenity loves visiting them!

Helping Grandpa fix oatmeal.  Dad plays with her in the morning while I get ready a lot!

Helping Grandpa fix oatmeal. Dad plays with her in the morning while I get ready a lot!

Playing at Grandma's house!  She got a nifty new playground set and set up a new playroom for the grandkids.

Playing at Grandma's house! She got a nifty new playground set and set up a new playroom for the grandkids.

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  • abbey

    Love all the updates and these gorgeous pictures. Thank you for sharing and happy birthday to your little lady!