Harper is on the fast track and I keep wishing I could freeze time. Harper is becoming a little girl. I realized the other day, when I was spending time with some 5 month olds, that Harper is no longer a baby, she is emerging as a toddler. But regardless of her age, she will ALWAYS be my baby…
First Harvest: Harper loves to work in the garden. Five months after planting our first round of crops, we harvested a ton of fresh lettuce which we shared with our friends and neighbors. After picking our lettuce, Harper helped us plant our summer and spring crops. She did a great job!
First Theme Park Visit: Last weekend we took a road trip to San Diego to visit my sister and her family. On Saturday we all went to LEGOLAND for the day. We had a blast! Although the park is more for older kids than children Harper’s age, there was an area called DUPLO Playtown where Harper rode a train, played on the playground and built towers with Legos. I was very impressed by our visit to LEGOLAND and can’t wait to take Harper back when she gets a little older.
First Steps: Within the last few weeks, Harper has started taking steps. For the first couple days it was only 1 or 2 steps at a time. Now, she is up to 6-7, and sometimes, depending on what she is after, she may even walk a little more. This is such an exciting time as moving from crawling to walking is a pretty big milestone. When she is not walking on her own, she wants to hold on to our hands or cruise around on the furniture. It is only a matter of time until she is a full-time walker. Watch out world…here she comes!
Favorite Toy: After all the amazing gifts Harper received for her birthday it is hard to pick just one toy that Harper considers her favorite. But it seems that she can’t get enough of her Cozy Coupe. She loves when we push her around in it. She grabs the steering wheel with one hand, while she rests her other arm on the car door. She’s ready for her driving test already :)
Favorite Song: Twinkle, Twinkle has always been one of Harper’s all time favorite songs. It was the song we sung to her when she was still in my belly and it is the song her daddy sings to her every night when he puts her to sleep. But now that Harper is starting to sing on her own, we changed the words of the song to simple syllables. We like to sing the song using “ba” in place of the words. This way, we make the song more accessible to her because “ba” is a syllable she is familiar with. And it is a lot easier to sing “ba” than all the other words in the song. When we sing “Harper’s version” with her, she almost always sings along. And there is nothing sweeter than singing a duet with your baby girl:)
Favorite Book: For Harper’s Birthday Party we gave out small, colorful, board books in everyone’s party favor boxes. Since we had a few leftover, Harper got to keep some for herself. These are by far her favorite books yet. And they are just her size. She carries them around the house and reads them out loud. It is the cutest thing ever. I love that Harper is such an avid reader.
Ever since Harper was itty bitty, she has always wanted to do things by herself. So whenever she initiates a task independently, we say, “Harper do”. This has become her little nick name. Now that Harper is 13 months, there are a lot of things she likes to do by herself, but here is a short list of some new tasks she is liking to do on her own.
Brushing her teeth: Ever since we went to the dentist last month, we have been following a good dental hygiene routine. And thankfully, Harper loves it! She gets so excited when I take her tooth brush out, she can’t wait to fight cavities. Of course, she wants to do it herself and likes it when I brush my teeth along with her.
Combing her hair: Harper has always been a good sport when it comes to getting her hair done. It is definitely a task! But she is very patient and cooperative. Lately, she has wanted to help me out a bit and often takes the comb and begins to create a bouffant on her own. Quite adorable :)
Wiping her own a$$: Pardon me for the language, but if you have ever seen Big Daddy then you know why I had to go there. But seriously, whenever Harper is done using the toilet now, she reaches for the toilet paper and does her thing. Of course she still needs help from momma but watching her try to do it on her own is pretty darn cute!
Tooth Update: Harper now has 6 teeth!
Four on the top, and 2 on the bottom. Although, it looks like the bottom may be catching up soon because Harper has been chewing away on her bottom gums. Anything she can get her hands on ends up in her mouth. So here’s to a few more teeth :)
Just when I thought time couldn’t move any faster, this last month has flown by! I can’t believe how quickly Harper is growing up. I find myself looking through photos of her earlier months and watching videos of when she was just a wee little thing. It is amazing how far she has come in only 13 months. Every day is a new opportunity for her to learn and grow, and she always makes the best of it.
Happy 13th Month Birthday Ms. Harper. Mommy and Daddy love you!