The D Daily Dose

I’m borrowing the title of this page from the site Ryan created for Della when she was born, The Della Daily Dose. My goal for this page is to write 1 thing daily about or for Della, and the briefer the better. I read about a similar idea on the day of her first birthday and thought it would be an interesting way to chronicle a year of her life. Seeing how I was not blogging when she was born and am terrible about keeping up with my pen-to-paper journal, I thought I’d give it a try on here. And so I give you a dedicated space for The D Daily Dose.

I am 1 day late for creating this page, so here would have been my entry for August 1, 2011:

Happy 1st birthday, D! This has been an amazing year, kicked off by the indescribable love you brought into our hearts and lives the moment you were born. Thank you for being our daughter, and I hope we have the strength to be good parents to you and any future siblings. I love you so very, very much.

Oh, and I saw the beginning of your 7th tooth tonight – bottom right, next to the one that’s right center. It (and i’m sure a couple of its friends still lurking beneath the surface of your gums) has been causing you much discomfort lately and left a terrific patch of diaper rash on your bottom yesterday.

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August 2, 2011

Sorry about your finger last night, D. I hope it doesn’t bother you too much today.

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August 3, 2011

You walked last night! And real walking too, not the little single step I’ve seen you take a couple times. You walked all the way across the bathroom from the door to me as I was sitting on the toilet. Because of course the first time you walked would be to me as I was peeing. 🙂 Then you took handfuls of steps to walk to me again in the kitchen after that. I could not have been more excited. Great job!

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August 4, 2011

Apparently you’re already done with this walking business, for you wanted to take off running into your room at school this morning. I was holding you in my left arm, with some new diapers and wipes in my right, and as soon as I opened your classroom door and you saw Miss Anne you tried to fly out of my arm to get to her. So I put you down one-handed so you were standing, and you literally took off trying to run across the room. And you did. For about 3 steps. Then you splayed out on your stomach in a semi-face plant. 🙂 Fortunately you only had 31″ to fall, so it didn’t hurt too badly.

Your legs look good after your shots last night, too, so hopefully all side effects will stay at bay again this time.

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August 8, 2011

You had so much fun this weekend! Saturday we had our big summer party to have everyone over and celebrate yours and Daddy’s birthdays, and you had a blast. You loved playing at the water table we got you for your birthday with all the other kids, you had a great time showing off your new walking skills to all your grandparents (even if you were a little tentative on the driveway and preferred scooting still. ouch!), and you even loved your birthday cake that I made for you. I made sure to keep the candle far away from you this time. 🙂

Then yesterday we went to the air show down at the lakefront, and you really enjoyed watching everything. Some of the planes were a little too loud and scared you, but those didn’t last long and you were right back to having fun. We are so lucky you have always been such an easy, well-behaved little girl. You don’t care if we go places when you’re supposed to be taking naps. As long as you have some Cheerios and a drink you’re as happy as a little clam.

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August 9, 2011

Today is your dad’s birthday, and I know you are the best present he could have asked for. You’re the gift that keeps on giving. 🙂 Last night you were kind of cranky, but this morning you woke up and gave Daddy a birthday squeak. You are so beautiful and funny, little Squeaker.

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August 10, 2011

We’re going to the State Fair today! Hopefully you grow to love the Hot Wisconsin Cheese as much as we do.

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August 11, 2011

Yesterday when we picked you up at daycare to go to the Fair, you did the most and fastest walking we’ve seen yet. You toddled all the way across your classroom to get to us, arms outstretched. We couldn’t believe it and were so proud of you!

You were also the most excellent child we could have asked for the entire time we were at the Fair, which ended up being 8 hours. You took an hour and a half nap in your stroller at one point, had some snacks and milk throughout the day, and thoroughly loved seeing everything and watching all the people. You especially loved when I put your jellies on you so we could walk around the WI Products Pavilion and stretch your little legs. Your first WI State Fair was a success!

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August 12, 2011

Last night you peed on your changing mat as I was putting your nighttime diaper on you, and then after I took your pee-soaked pjs off and had you naked on the floor trying to clean up you peed down there too. I didn’t even know you could hold that much pee at once! So we went and washed off in the sink, then I let you run around naked for awhile. It was the funniest thing ever. Little Baby Frankenstein, stomping out of her bedroom, into the kitchen, through the dining room. You make us laugh, and it is wonderful. I love you so much!

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August 15, 2011

I missed you very much while I was gone this weekend, Squeaker. And now you don’t just walk, you run!

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August 16, 2011

Yesterday when I picked you up from daycare I learned that you’ll be moving up to the next level room in 2 weeks. Since you walk so much now, you had spent a couple hours in that room yesterday, and even went out and played with the bigger kids on the playground! So today we had to take shoes for you to wear outside. You don’t just go on your buggy rides anymore. You’re growing up so fast, Squeaker!

I’m also going to start trying to replace your morning bottle with milk in a cup. I hadn’t thought much of it until the last day or so, but I think it might be time. We’ll keep your bedtime bottle for awhile. Today you didn’t really want anything to do with the cup, so you only had a drink or 2 of milk before you went to school. I hope you’re not too hungry, but I did let your teacher know.

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August 17, 2011

So you’re not moving up a classroom in 2 weeks, there was a mix-up in their paperwork. That doesn’t bother me at all, since we love your current teachers. And you didn’t really like your milk in a cup again this morning. You took a few more drinks than yesterday, but still not much by any means. Hopefully by the end of the week you’ll accept the change and drink up. At least the new overnight diapers I got yesterday worked like a charm last night – no pee bed this morning!

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August 18, 2011

You are apparently loving this 1 year old gig. You started walking the day after your birthday, now you run, and yesterday you blew out your first pair of shoes. Hooray! Unfortunately, the overnight diapers I was so excited about totally blew it last night. There was a huge lake of pee in your bed this morning. Ugh. And you would not even touch your morning cup of milk today. I’d really like you to start drinking out of it in the mornings instead of a bottle, because I think it’s about time for the switch since you drink your milk in a cup all day too, but now I’m worried that you’re not getting enough milk over the day’s time if you have none in the morning. Again, ugh.

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August 19, 2011

No pee leaks last night – hooray! No milk out of your cup again this morning – boo. So I caved and gave you back your bottle of milk before daycare. I just feel awful that you don’t get milk before school when you don’t drink out of your cup, and that feeling is far outweighing the need to switch yet. So Mommy’s instinct wins and you get your bottle back. 🙂 We’ll switch later, no big deal. I don’t mind the bottles at all, and at nap and bedtimes they definitely still help you fall asleep. Plus they’re just as easy as a cup I think, so we’ll just wait. You kind of tripped and smushed your face into my knee and shin this morning and started crying, too, so that made me want to give you your bottle anyway. Yes, I’m easy.

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August 22, 2011

We had a great weekend, Squeaker. Auntie M and Unkie C were in town, so they picked you up from daycare on Friday and you had a ton of fun playing with them. They left yesterday morning, so we then spent the whole day playing together and didn’t have to go anywhere. You are now officially down to 1 nap in the middle of the day – it was the first time I couldn’t get you to take 2 naps on a weekend. So yesterday while you were napping after your lunch I laid out in the sunshine in the hammock and snoozed a little myself. Then we set up your water table again in the backyard in the afternoon and you had a ball splashing around in there and carrying your toys all around the driveway while we were outside.

2 other big doings this weekend – Saturday we saw your next tooth popping through. The front left one next to center now (to mirror the right one that came through on your birthday) – this makes 4 on top and 4 on the bottom. We also finally switched you to your convertible car seat, and you seem to be loving it. We had it out on the living room floor for awhile before we put it in the car, and you had a great time climbing in and out of it to just sit there holding your Sesame Street toys (your new favorites). I love you so much, you little peanut.

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August 23, 2011

Last night as I rocked you to sleep after your bedtime bottle and again when you woke up in the middle of the night (fortunately a rarity these days), I snuggled you in extra close, kissing your cheeks and smelling your wonderful baby-ness. Some people may say you’re getting too old to be rocked to sleep, but I don’t care. I love it. And I know these night-time snuggles will start dwindling all too quickly, and I will miss them dearly.

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August 24, 2011

You are the funniest little thing in the world, Squeaker. Your squeals of delight and the speed with which you come to me when I pick you up from daycare are simply awesome. Last night you were toddling around the backyard while Daddy worked on his bike, “helping” by carrying around the allen wrenches. You even climbed up the back porch steps by yourself, but you’re still not too sure about coming back down. You did wake up again last night (i should say early this morning), but I think you might be getting a little cold, as evidenced by the return of snot rivers and a little congestion. Hopefully it doesn’t last long, since you spent the better part of the first half of your life with a never-ending cold. And hopefully it is what’s causing the nighttime wake-ups, not the beginning of a new and unfortunate sleep pattern.

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August 25, 2011

I went to go meet your new little friend S last night, so missed seeing you after work and getting to put you to bed. Daddy said you went to bed at 6:45, though, and then you slept until 6:30 this morning! You must’ve been one tired little Squeaker. I went in and gave you a good-night pat when I got home. And I was happy to see that your snot rivers were not present this morning when your beautiful little self awoke.

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August 26, 2011

You were in such a funny mood this morning, Squeaker. Daddy was holding you up in the air on the way out to the car and you were giggling and chuckling as loud as could be. You did the same thing when he took you out when we got to daycare. I love your little laughs and seeing your face crinkle up in happiness.

I tried a new cup with milk again this morning, and you took it for a second, but then realized it wasn’t your bottle and shooed it away. Foiled again. I’ll try giving it to you at dinner tonight with milk, see if you like that any better.

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August 29, 2011

You woke up at 4 this morning and I gave you about half a bottle of milk, which I usually don’t do when you wake up at night anymore. But you had been asleep since 6 last night, so I figured you were probably hungry. You gobbled it down then instantly turned into my chest when it was empty, since I always still put you up on my shoulder after you have a bottle. Your sweet little instinct to snuggle into Mommy warmed my heart and made that early morning sleep interruption worth it. I love you, Squeaker. And you started drinking milk out of your new cup at meals this weekend too. Score!

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August 30, 2011

Daddy got you a new bike seat to ride up in front on his bike instead of being pulled in your trailer, and it along with the helmet he ordered for you arrived yesterday. You love it! You’re not crazy about the helmet, since you don’t like having things on your head, but with you riding up by Daddy and out in the open you need one. It’s so cute though – pink with lady bugs and flowers and stuff on it. As you took off with him for a test ride yesterday afternoon I could hear your squeals of delight all the way down the block.

The past week or so has seen you making a lot of new sounds too. Your favorite words now are “bdyap” and “bdips”. You guys must be working on b and d sounds at school. And we learned yesterday that you are now moving up to the next room as of Sept. 6. You’re getting so big!

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August 31, 2011

You absolutely loved your ride home from daycare yesterday in your new bike seat. And you looked so cute in your helmet! However, your fondness of 4am wake-ups lately is not so cute. Please stop them, thanks. Love, Mommy

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September 1, 2011

Happy 13 month birthday, Squeaker! Not quite as momentous as last month’s, but I still think it’s your something birthday every time a new month starts. So apparently you got my vibes about stopping the 4am wake-ups, but today it was 5:20 – 20 minutes before my alarm goes off and a full hour before you usually get up. What gives, kiddo? You did drink a little milk from your purple cup this morning, but then were so tired and fussy I just gave you the rest of your bottle from last night so you had some sustenance after your early start time today. Are more teeth on the way?

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September 2, 2011

So you pushed back your wake-up time to 5:40 today, which is when my alarm goes off, so I guess that was ok. You had a big pee puddle in your bed again, though, which stinks. You did have a poopy diaper, too, which may have attributed to the overflow. I guess 12 hours is really more an estimate on the time limit of those things, not a definite.

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