Aria’s Twelve Month Update

7th March 2016

My baby is one, how? Is she even a baby anymore, when do they go from being a baby to a child? She isn’t toddling yet so I assume that means she can’t be classed as a toddler? In fact, despite being one Aria still isn’t crawling, walking or doesn’t have any teeth yet, which to me means that she is still a baby, right?

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I’m pretty sure that every update I’ve written since Aria started nursery has mentioned that she has been ill. This time she has had a sickness bug and the flu. Always great fun, I actually wrote a blog post about dealing with illnesses at eleven months as I feel like a pro now! Thankfully almost all of the illnesses have passed (for now), she still has a bad chesty cough but I am hoping that will shift soon.

Aria hasn’t been weighed properly for a while, but I did weigh her myself on her birthday and she came up as roughly 16.7 pounds with a nappy on. She is still wearing 6-9 month clothing, I tried her in some 9-12 month and it was huge on her. We decided to go get her first pair of shoes from Clarks for her first birthday but her feet are so small they don’t do shoes small enough for her.

We’re 99% sure that Aria will have her bottom teeth very soon, I certainly hope so as I hope there was a reason she only allowed me to sleep for five hours last night! The teeth are really visible below the gum now, I think/hope they will push through any day now.

Aria is now on cows milk instead of formula, we used the stage one milk from the beginning and haven’t switched, there really is no need for these follow on milks at all so we haven’t bothered with them. We actually ran out of formula on the day of her first birthday which was very good timing! The only milk she has now is the milk on her cereal in the morning and her bedtime bottle, occasionally she will have a bottle during the day, this is only when she has a breakdown as milk is the only thing that will calm her down, and it has to be warm which isn’t always ideal when we’re out.

Since making the switch to cows milk Aria has slept through every night (apart from last night!). Her routine has changed slightly and I assume it is due to the milk not keeping her full for as long as the formula. Previously she would sleep through until 8-9am, have her breakfast and play for an hour or two before needing a nap. She now seems to wake up around 7-7.30, have a very small breakfast (two fingers of toast this morning!) and then go back to bed for an hour or two. Some days she has been having three naps a day as she still wants her mid morning and mid afternoon nap on top of this additional nap. Tomorrow morning I think I’ll try to give her a bottle in bed when she wakes up and see if she settles back down, then give her a ‘proper’ breakfast when she wakes up a bit later.

As mentioned above Aria still isn’t crawling or walking. She loves to be held on her feet, especially if she is wearing slippers or her pram shoes, she stares at the shoes in fascination and looks very proud of herself. Despite the lack of crawling she is certainly getting about. She has now started bum shuffling forwards as well as backwards and in circles. I have to watch her like a hawk.

Aria loves to dance, we attend Happy Hands classes when we can and she loves them. She also does little jigs to the music on her toys and the music on her favourite TV programme, Bubble Guppies. She loves to wave at people, always waving and saying hiya, waving bye and trying to give her food to strangers when we are out, this leads to a lot of confused little children when their parents tell them not to take the babies food! She loves cwtching and giving kisses, if I say ‘Aria give mummy a kiss’ she leans forward to kiss me, she isn’t fussy and will pretty much kiss anyone that I tell her to. She occasionally gives me spontaneous kisses without any prompting from me, they are the best.

She is happier since I’ve started my new job and am at home with her more. She laughs more and is just generally happier. Though she is also more stroppy when I tell her no or don’t do something that she wants me to do. She has developed a cheeky personality and never fails to make everyone around her laugh.

Despite mainly enjoying her food she can be a little bugger, often throwing the majority of her food on the floor, holding her hands up and saying ‘gone’. This is especially amusing if the cats are in the house. She is also lazy with food, depending on what I give her she wants me to feed her rather than feed herself, last week she was actually picking up her sandwiches to give to me for me to put them in her mouth! Such a madam.

As for Spencer and I, we survived the first year – yay!


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  • Reply Lizzie Williams 7th March 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Your little girl is so beautiful. My little girl hit 3 months old today. It's amazing how quickly they grow!? x


    • Reply Leanne 29th March 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you! It really is crazy, I can't believe she is 13 months already, madness!

  • Reply Jess | The Indigo Hours 7th March 2016 at 10:36 pm

    I can't believe she's one already, time flies! What a gorgeous little lady she's growing up to be <3

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

    • Reply Leanne 29th March 2016 at 9:47 pm

      I know, it is insane!
      Thank you, she is a beaut 🙂

  • Reply Nat Halfpenny 8th March 2016 at 10:09 am

    She is adorable and I love that she is only little, my girls were walking at 11 months but couldn't have shoes for another 8 months as they were so diddy! They still are now. Glad you have found a more flexible job, that must be so lovely for you and her.


    • Reply Leanne 29th March 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Awr bless them! It is so cute when they're little, though it can be annoying when things don't fit!
      I'm loving the new job thanks 🙂

  • Reply Lauren Belle Du brighton 8th March 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Well done on surviving the first year! I'm really pleased you can spend more time with her now you've changed jobs, definitely a good thing for you both! You're so right about these follow on milks, all a big ploy to make parents spend more! Glad she's taken to cows milk well 🙂

    Thanks for linking up!

    • Reply Leanne 29th March 2016 at 9:48 pm

      haha thank you, I'm quite shocked that we survived!

  • Reply Sarah S 22nd March 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Aww, she's so tiny! Gabe is already wearing 9-12 month clothes and he's only 7 months! I love the tutu in her birthday photo – it's things like that that make me sad I have two boys 🙂 #Whatmykiddid

    • Reply Leanne 29th March 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Awr bless, I think it's nice though when boys are big and girls are small!
      Tutus and things make me love having a girl, but then I see those cute little flat caps and waistcoats and hope that the next is a boy!

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