Friday, January 9, 2009

11 Months Old Already

Today McKenna turns 11 months old and I'll admit, I'm having a hard time with this one. Pretty soon she's going to be a year old and I'm finding that I wish I could just freeze her and make time stand still RIGHT NOW. I love this age. It's so fun to see her learning and discovering the world around her. She is delightful. She pats my back and gives me big, wet, open mouthed kisses. I love it and Ryan is totally jealous because he doesn't get this kind of loving from her. Just me :)

McKenna has three teeth, all on the bottom, right now. She is not too interested in table food and still loves her baby food bananas and sweet potatoes.

She's been overcoming her texture issues and will now eat crackers and other crunchy treats.

McKenna loves books. She reads books everyday. She likes to be read to, but she also loves to explore books on her own. By the looks of this picture (above) I think she just might be a teacher. All she needs are a few little kids sitting at her feet and she'd be all set.

McKenna's other favorite things are babies! She loves to talk to her babies and give them kisses. It's so funny how she's such a girly girl at such a young age! And she loves her pink chair. She sits in it all the time!

McKenna thinks Christian is the funniest thing that God ever created. He makes her laugh all the time. It's so fun to see them and hear them playing together! And Christian adores her. He is constantly commenting about how cute she is and how he loves her tiny hands and how it's okay if she rips his book (hmm..I'm not okay with that, but he is, just because it's her).

A few more McKenna stats:

*Weighs 21 lbs 4 oz

*Rolls all over the place and does a strange maneuver that sort of resembles a crawl, but not really. She can get wherever she wants in any manor of different ways.

* Says "Mama," "Dada," "Dad," "Bubu," and "This." I have to explain the "this" word because it's hysterical. She points at things and says "this." That's her way of asking for whatever she's pointing at. I think she started saying "this" because I'm always asking her; "Do you want THIS? Why don't you eat THIS." etc. McKenna has also said something that sounded an awful lot like Chrish and she has clearly said "Abby" although it's not consistent.

*McKenna is a horrible sleeper. I never know if she's going to sleep through the night or be up seven times. It just depends on if she has an ear infection or if she's getting a tooth. You never know and it's maddening!!

*McKenna loves music and loves to sing. As soon as she hears music or even just Christian singing she starts to bounce up and down. If she sees one of us singing she starts singing "dada" at the top of her lungs.

*McKenna is starting to get a little feisty. She throws her food on the floor and screams if she doesn't want to be in her high chair. She squirms the entire time she's getting a diaper change and if she doesn't want to go to sleep she throws her binkie across the room. And to top it off, she laughs whenever I tell her "no."

"In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind."- Job 12:10

McKenna, We continually thank God for the gift of your life! You have brought a JOY to our hearts that could have never dreamed existed. You are our DELIGHT. You fill our home with LOVE and HAPPINESS every day. Your laughter, smiles, snuggles and wet kisses melt our hearts!

We love you so much,

Mommy, Daddy and Christian


The Chatt Pack said...

I love your "this" story. My mom was "This" for the longest time when Jack was little. We were always trying to get him to say new things and she would point to herself and ask "Who's this?" She didn't know that would become her name for at least a few months!

Anonymous said...

McKenna, you are a precious gift from God and we treasure you as one of our family. May you grow in stature and wisdom and in the love of our Lord Jesus. May He give you sweet dreams as you rest and may your sleep be peaceful.

Aggiema (Michelle) said...

What a sweet tribute to a sweet baby girl! She is a sweetheart! I can see why everyone adores her!

the mccollums... said...

I love this post...I just sat here and stared at her pics for a few minutes...she is getting so big!!! And though I have only met and known of McKenna via the blog, she has just grown up so fast...where did the blog-time go? :) ha ha... She certainly is so beautiful, Jude, just beautiful!!!

Heather said...

A couple of those expressions remind me of Christian! She is too cute and growing too fast!
Heather W.

Sarah Joy said...

I can't believe that she is 11 months... where is time going? It made me realize that Scott well be two! So sad but exciting at the same time. Enjoy every moment... cherish, cherish, cherish. I try so hard to do it. Don't alweays get it right but I sure try. I know you do too!

Katy said...

i remember so clearly last year at this time...waiting for her to make her arrival! I can't believe she is so quickly approaching 1. what a sweet girl. i LOVE her pink chair - I LOVE that she loves to read (she and callie would be best friends, i just know it). And don't you love that God gave Christian a sister - and that they would not even know life without the other!!!