Reflections on a Year: All the things

I recently came up with this really neat, little idea of writing one thing about Ruby for every year she’s been alive. Instead, I wrote 58. Because that’s the number of things I came up with.

  1. At 12 1/2 months she weighed 19 lbs 4 oz (39th percentile).
  2. She was 29 1/4 inches (45th percentile).
  3. Her head circumference was 46.3 cm (81st percentile). The NP we saw noted that this was due to her large brain.
  4. She has very petite feet. She’s wearing size 3 shoes (because that’s what we have), and they’re too big by a significant amount.
  5. She’s still known for being, “So expressive!”
  6. She really hams it up for her reflection.
  7. She’s perfected her stink eye and will occasionally give it on request. 
  8. Sometimes she’ll add an eye roll to the stink eye. Which is HILARIOUS. Wonder where she gets that look…
  9. She never smiles at the receptionists in my therapist’s office. She’s actually known as “the baby that never smiles.”
  10. She smiles plenty outside of therapy reception.
  11. She has really taken to waving “bye bye,” and to a lesser extent “hi.”
  12. She’s fairly outgoing. She’ll walk right up to strangers, especially babies and children. And stare at them.
  13. She’s pretty independent in group settings like story time at the library, open gym and play dates. She would rather explore than sit with mom.
  14. She’s not that independent at home.
  15. She cries pretty much every time I go to the bathroom when it’s just the two of us.
  16. She points at EVERYTHING. She’s ALWAYS POINTING. With that cute little pointer finger of hers.
  17. It seems as if she understands quite a few words now. Dog, cat, pink bear, pink hippo, head, hair, stink eye, (regular) eyes, boobie, ball, book, light, more, adventure (i.e. going somewhere). I’m sure there’s more I’m forgetting.

    baby-bookshelf

    Here’s Ruby pointing out where the teeny, tiny dog is. Hint: It’s on the book binding.

  18. Like train. She knows train. Whenever we say train we follow up with a, “Chug-a-chug-a, choo choo!” And she dances along by… I’m not sure how to describe the move. Jason tells me it’s, “What you do when you’re cruising down the street in your ’64, hitting the switches.” She knows this relationship so well now that she’ll bust out this move at the sight of a train (picture).
  19. She also understands things. Like we put socks and shoes on before we “go on an adventure.” Or that we should always head towards the door after we put on socks and shoes.
  20. She does not understand Mom and Dad. For example, if we ask her, “Where’s your Daddy?” She’ll point at Jason. And then we’ll say, “Where’s Mommy?” And she’ll point at Jason.
  21. She LOVES animals. Particularly dogs and cats. When she sees a live one she says, “Dee dee dee dee!!” in a really high pitched voice.
  22. She’s not saying any words. I’m freaking out about this.
  23. Sometimes, when we ask her what sound a cow makes, she’ll say, “MMMMMM.”
  24. She doesn’t give kisses… but sometimes she’ll put her open mouth on my face.
  25. Her breath usually stinks.
  26. She still only has her bottom two teeth.
  27. She eats A LOT.
  28. She also throws a lot of food on the floor.
  29. She always wants her bowl and spoon, but she doesn’t know how to use them AT ALL. Sometimes I let her try, and I always regret it.
  30. She really likes meat, cheese and black beans.
  31. She’s figured out how to drink out of a sippy cup, but hasn’t mastered a straw.
  32. She also has this cup. She loves it. She spills water all over herself, gets really surprised and kicks like crazy when she uses it.
  33. She likes to sit on my lap and pick cereal out of my bowl while I eat breakfast. If we spill any milk she tries to pick it up with a pincer and put it back in the bowl.
  34. It’s really obvious now when she wants to nurse. She’ll pull on my shirt, put her mouth on my boob or lead me over to the chair I always nurse her in.
  35. She took her first steps on 1/10/13 and is now a rather proficient walker.
  36. Grandma describes her walking and playing as “tooling around.” I guess that makes her a “tooler.” Maybe it goes baby-tooler-toddler. She’s too young to be a toddler.
  37. She loves screens. Just like every other baby. And adult.
  38. She has a little, pink, toy cellphone. It doesn’t have buttons or batteries. Just a piece of plastic with a sticker on it. And she loves it! She carries it around and presses the sticker with that cute little pointer finger of hers.
  39. She likes playing with the remote controls and video game controllers. She knows (a little bit accidentally) how to turn the XBOX and the PlayStation on with the controllers.
  40. We play music a lot and she dances. This basically means she bends and straightens her knees. Occasionally she’ll swing her arms or bob and tilt her head.
  41. She likes to watch the washing machine and dryer while they’re running.
  42. She likes watching us brush our teeth.
  43. She enjoys things like taking all her books off the shelves or putting her toys in a box and then taking them out again.
  44. She likes flipping through the pages of her books without necessarily looking at them.
  45. She also likes looking at the pages, while seated with a book in her lap. It looks like she’s reading and it’s adorable.
  46. She likes pointing out the same thing on each page of a book. For example, the RIDICULOUSLY small mouse in Good Night Moon. She’ll point out where it is on every page. (Side note – It’s surprising how many of these books have one thing like that that shows up on every page.)
  47. She really likes playing on our bed. She likes bouncing on my stomach or falling back onto the pillows.
  48. Sometimes she’ll walk up behind me and pat my back. I’ll try and sneak a peek at her and she tries to hide behind me. She thinks that’s really funny.
  49. She thinks my hat falling off my head is really funny too.
  50. She likes going outside and picking up these spiky, seedpods that I find disgusting and are EVERYWHERE.
  51. She likes to swing.
  52. Actually, she just likes getting out of the house.
  53. She’s moderately attached to her little pink bear. The bear’s face is pretty funky because she’s always smooshing her face up in it and chewing on it’s nose.
  54. She also has a big, pink hippo she likes to dive head first into.pink-hippo-baby
  55. She’s still taking two naps a day. They rarely last longer than a half hour in the crib. They’re usually closer to an hour on the boob or in the car (moving or parked in the garage).
  56. She’s scratching the tantrum surface. Sometimes she bangs her head on the wall or the floor when she’s mad.
  57. A friend of mine recently described her 16 month old as a “gentle soul.” And I can totally see it. I like to describe Ruby as “a little firecracker.”
  58. Just like her mama!

This is the third Reflection on a Year. You can read the first two here and here.

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8 thoughts on “Reflections on a Year: All the things

  1. I had a comment for each one of these, but I’ll spare you 🙂 I just think she is SO cute and SO smart! (Just like her mama).
    Also, your bookshelves are RIDICULOUSLY organized. That’s incredible. And I see “Little Blue Truck” on there.. Was that from Elsha? We love that book!

    • Ahh, thanks Kari! Little Blue Truck was from Elsha. She’s still a little young I think to sit through the whole thing, but I really like it! It’s nice reading a book with an actual STORY.

      And, don’t worry, usually the bookshelves are much less organized. And really what I mean by that is usually most of her books are strewn across the living room floor.

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