Ellie’s first birthday was mostly quiet. In addition to celebrating the day for the girl, Kim and I wondered aloud, often, how a year could have passed so quickly. I found myself thinking things like, “This time last year we were calling our parents to tell them they had a new baby granddaughter” or “Kim, aren’t you glad you feel better now than after having just delivered a baby?”
In the morning, Kim and Ellie played a bit and then the girl went down for her late-morning nap. Afterward, I took the afternoon off and we headed over to Trophy Cupcakes. Ellie had a lemon cupcake with strawberry frosting, topped with a lit candle that she, of course, tried to grab. She seemed to like the cake better than the frosting (which is one reason why we like Trophy over others).
Soon after, she got pretty fussy (sleepy? sugar high?), so we took her home and all three of us crawled in bed. The idea was to take a nap, but that didn’t happen for about an hour. Still, we had a nice time just playing in bed until she finally fell asleep. Kim and I soon followed.
After dinner, we opened presents! This got her completely ramped up, so she missed her bedtime by about an hour and a half. But, heck, it was her birthday.
On Friday we took Ellie in for her one-year checkup with Dr. G to see how much she’s changed. And the stats are:
Weight: 21 pounds (50th percentile)
Height: 30 inches (2.5 feet, 82nd percentile)
Head Circumference: 45.5 cm (64th percentile)
She checked out well. Her gross motor skills are in top form, she’s social and interactive, and she’s not afraid to parade around an examination room wearing just a diaper. She also got three shots (immunizations) but handled them like a champ. After giving me a look that said, “What are you letting these crazy people do to me?” she cried for a minute and then was okay (with help from a prepared bottle).