2 months ago
One Year with Kate
I shared Kate’s birth story one year ago and an eight month update last spring, so it’s time for another update on our Kate now that she’s one! Kate turned one on June 27 and she’s not 13 months yet so I made it. Since very few people (read: no one) actually knows our Katertot, I thought I’d share a little bit about her, her schedule, and some of her favorite toys, too.
I’ve said this in almost every post about Kate on instagram, but she is truly the happiest little person I’ve ever met. She was the light our family needed, and we adore her. I can’t wait to see who she’s going to be because she’s the sweetest little soul. It was love at first sight, and it’s really almost as if she let me know everything would be ok when we first met. There’s something about her – she has the most amazing, positive, calming energy.
It is rare that Kate is not smiling, laughing, blowing kisses, waving hello, or dancing. The girl has some serious moves. She will skip her second nap and just enjoy her day – never lets anything get her down. She has woken up once (as in one time total) since she was 4.5 months old. That has felt like a true miracle since sleeping wasn’t exactly her big sister’s thing. Kate will spend 30-60 min quietly playing in her crib in the morning, so I have to set an alarm to see if she’s awake because I don’t want her wasting an entire hour in a dark crib. I walk in and she smiles and laughs every single morning. Her latest trick has been grabbing the nanit (our monitor) stand and banging it against the wall when she’s bored. 🙄
Right when Kate turned one, she started to turn into such a little person. Her animal noises are the cutest – meow is naaaaaaa (with the most darling little pitch). There isn’t a food she doesn’t like (even olives, ew). The girl can eat and if you ask if whatever she’s eating is good she will say “mmmm” and nod her head. She has been using these straw cups for a few months since they do not spill or leak – we love them. Once she runs out of hipp formula, we’ll transition to milk, and will probably do Ripple kids plant based milk, but might try dairy? Will share an update when we know what works for her.
Kate isn’t walking yet but she’s crawling all over, tries to climb the stairs, and stands up next to anything and everything. She loves dancing, music, her xylophone, and a good old-fashioned game of peek-a-boo. She says mama, dada, no, “la” (light), I swear she said “green” and I swear she’s trying to say Buddy.
Kate adores her big sister and leans into her for a hug or kiss any time she’s nearby. Her open mouth kisses are the best. I’ve always loved and adored her but lately, I can’t seem to get enough of her. This is such a fun stage because she’s starting to really show us who she is, and we couldn’t love her more. It’s been the best year with her, and I’m so excited to see who she’s going to become.
Outfit is lulu and roo.
Kate’s schedule at one year:
6:30 Wake up, 4 oz bottle and breakfast. Usually some cut up berries, eggs or birch benders banana pancakes, and yobaby yogurt with a little applesauce. Then we play until nap time. Kate usually has another 4 oz. a little before her nap. The last few months, she does better and seems to prefer splitting her bottles up.
9:30 nap. She will sleep for about an hour and a half most days, wake up, and play until lunch.
11:30 lunch. Since Margot is on the more particular side, the girls usually have grilled cheese, chicken, quesadilla, annie’s mac and cheese, or banza with pesto as the “main” item. Kate will also have some steamed veggies, fruit, and a little cheese. She plays after lunch (walk, park, play room, or yard) until her nap. she will usually have another 4-5 oz before nap.
1:30 nap. Kate really only takes this nap when I’m the one to put her down. She hasn’t been letting our nanny put her down for nap 2 for the last few weeks, fights it, and happily plays until dinner, bath, and bed. If she does take a second nap it’s usually for about 45 min.
5:00 dinner, bath, books, bottle (4 oz).
6:30/7 bed. If she naps, she’s in bed at 7 but if she doesn’t nap, it’s closer to 6:30.
Kate’s Favorite Toys
Kate mostly plays with whatever Margot is playing with. She loves her food toys, tea set (this one is great for babies and toddlers), minikane dolls, etc. She still puts everything in her mouth so all of Margot’s “tiny toys” are put away for now, and there are a few she’s allowed to play with in the sunroom or while Kate naps, but never around Kate. Here are some of Kate’s favorite things.