Height: 27 3/4"
Weight: 16lbs 15oz
Likes: Sweet Potato Puffs (seriously, every other time we walk into the kitchen she points to the pantry and grunts until we go over and get some! Brooke loves animals! Any random person walking their dog in the neighborhood is free game for a Brooke smile and squeal! She welcomes their slobbery kisses with delight! We have a local pet store and B likes to go and see the bunnies, kittens and hamsters. She's STILL a Mama's girl and still loves anything soft! Wait... I forgot to add this important fact... BROOKE LIKES TAKING A BATH NOW! Yes, NO TEARS! She'll play and splash and she actually sits down now! This is sweet relief, I mean really. It only took 12 months for this child to enjoy getting a bath!
Dislikes: Still hates getting her finger nails trimmed :( Doesn't really care for eating from a spoon/being fed (Miss Independent) Ahhh here's one I never put in this series of blog posts - Brooke DOES NOT LIKE THE SUN IN HER EYES! Seriously, she FREAKS if we're driving or in the stroller and the slightest sliver of sun flashes across her eyes. You would think someone was torturing her! She immediately arches her back and blows a gasket if the bright rays decide to intrude in her personal space. But, she loves being outside on a sunny day. If you can't tell, Brooke's a wildcard. All. The. Time. You never know what's going to push her buttons! haha
Sleeping: Still 2 naps a day and 10-11 hours at night. She started this new separation anxiety type thing and fights sleeping unless you're touching her or right by her crib. We've had to start a modified cry it out/check system again to ensure we get sleep at night. This involves A LOT of conversation before naps/beds trying to soothe her and explain that she's safe and protected in her bed and praises "wow what a big girl sleeping so good in your crib!" when she wakes up.
Eating: Brooke LOVES food, most days! The only way I can tell a tooth is about to pop is if she doesn't eat well. Seriously, she's not a fussy teether at all! It's awesome! Her pain tolerance is amazing! She'll eat near bout anything, except if it's something semi solid on a spoon... it hits the floor with her agressive FLING before making it to her mouth! Right now, Brooke's favorite is a turkey sandwich I made up one day (half a piece of wheat bread, half a slice of turkey, pumpkin spice cream cheese, cut into tiny pieces) Seriously, she hoovers it! Oh yes, and Brooke only nurses morning and night and gets sippy cups of thawed breast milk other times during the day. I think I'll introduce whole milk soon. By the way, Aunt Flo has only come once... I'm still waiting or this month, she's late!
Playing: Little love is getting a lot more independent! Some days. haha she always loves playing with Mom and Dad but sometimes we catch her off in her own world exploring, which is great! She likes all of her soft stuffed animals and is enjoying her new toys from her birthday! A lot of times, she chooses to read with us during play time, it's adorable! We read the same books over and over again. Any given week, we read 5 stories (though she has over 50). She chooses her favorites for a while, and then we don't touch them for another few weeks! She points to what she wants and if you pick one she doesn't want to read, she rudely pushes it away and reaches for the one she wants! Some days we hold up 2 or 3 and let her pick, it's fun! 75% of the time, Brooke can accurately tell me the noise a dog, cat, elephant and chicken make! She loves talking!
Welp, that's all folks! I'm stopping at 12 months. I enjoyed it and hope to look back at these for future babies, whenever the Lord decides to bless us! Thanks for your interest in our sweet girl!