Friday, July 11, 2014

What I love about Brynna, right now

Time seems to be flying by and I've neglected this blog. So, here I am trying to get back on the blogging wagon. In the first 12 months of Brynna’s life it seemed as though everything was a huge milestone – and I was quick to document it. Then something happened. Brynna turned 1, I got pregnant and life became hectic. But of course Brynna has not stopped growing and learning. She surprises us every day with something new. Here is a list of 11 things I’d like to remember about Brynna at this age:

1. Brynna has been repeating EVERYTHING we say. Sometimes it’s cute; other times it’s scary. I mean we don’t want her repeating the bad words that sometimes fly out of our mouths, but it’s bound to happen. It’s amazing to listen to her parrot words back to us using the same tone. It’s adorable. From Ah man! To dogs out! And Mama Mia, she hears and says it all.

2.I never set out to have our daughter sleep in the bed but somehow it happened. She was a champ at sleeping in her crib for awhile but then she got sick and ended up spending that week in our bed. We have her sleep in the crib during the week (sometimes, when one of us isn’t too sleepy to carry her from the bed to the crib) but come the weekend it’s slumber party time. Why? Because she sleeps in until 8 or 9! Anyone who loves sleep can appreciate this. Brynna loves sleeping in between us. As do her Yo Gabba Gabba characters, which she insists on bringing to bed with her.

3. Okay so I have no idea where she picked this up from but there are days when she refuses to wear what we set out for her. She hates a specific romper that I find adorable, isn’t a fan of t-shirts that don’t have Minnie Mouse, Yo Gabba Gabba, Minions or some sort of animal on them and hates hats – unless she sees Alex wearing one then she’s all about it. Of course she doesn’t always get her way ‘cause that would be ridiculous, but some days we let her pick her t-shirt. Oh and she loves to wear our shoes. I have a feeling several things are going to go missing from my closet in the years to come.

4. Throwing tantrums is not really on my list of things I love about my daughter at the moment but I do respect that she’s growing up and trying to get her point across. She has a strong personality and I love that about her. But this whole crying, covering her eyes, and sometimes throwing herself on the ground, is a little much. And it tests my patience at least twice a day. What brings these little fits on? Not allowing her to pull on the dog’s tail (nub); refusing to allow her to eat crayons/markers/lip gloss; and so much more.

5. She likes to eat like a dog sometimes. Like, puts her face in the bowl of beans/rice/chicken we set in front of her. It’s funny.

6. Stringing words together is the latest milestone. Now she can tell us what she wants or is feeling in three words. Brynna do it is a new one where she is clearly telling us that she wants to do it on her own. Another one: Beetle Bug Night-night, which translates to the bug we saw last night has gone missing so it much be asleep cause daddy would never kill an insect. Good night Beetle Bug.

7. Our girl is up for new activities, thank god! She loves swimming, is taking a dancing class and had an okay time at a soccer class. Her favorite dance move is the booty slide. She’s keeping us fit and entertained.

8. She’s as much a girly-girly girl as she is a tom boy. She likes to play video games with Alex, is happy to get her hands dirty in the backyard and enjoys tackling the dogs. But she also loves “cooking,” playing with her dollhouse and all things lip gloss related. She’s gone through two of my EOS Lip Balms.

9. Brynna is pretty good about saying please, thank you and excuse me but does have to be reminded from time to time. I do feel a little sense of pride when she does it on her own though.

10. Noodles! Brynna’s one true love other than Mickey Mouse, Yo Gabba Gabba, Cheese and chap stick. She loves to order “Newnoles” when we go to restaurants and asks for them on a daily basis. Can’t blame the girl for loving carbs.

11. Huggies, huggies and more huggies. She loves hugs and besitos; requests them all the time. It’s hard to think that there will be a time when our little girl will stop asking for hugs and instead require space. I’d rather not think about that and just enjoy her tight, sticky hugs and wet kisses.

We love you for these reasons and so much more, Byrnna!