Louise James: 13 & 14 Months

Height // 29
Weight // 19lbs
Teeth // four on top + three on bottom + two bottom molars + two top molars (11 total)
Clothes // under 12 months in everything except Carter's...our little peanut
Shoes // size 2
Diapers // size 3 or 4

Sleeping //
You are (knock on wood) sleeping through the night...mostly. You wake up and cry for a few seconds here and there, but you usually go back down. If you didn't eat a good dinner (more on that later), you will wake around 11 to eat again, then sleep for the night. You either wake around 5, take a bottle, then go back down until 6:30 or so, OR wake around 6:00, for the day.

You have started shaking your head yes or no to a nap, which is awesome, except that it's usually NO, and you have dropped your morning nap, which is interesting. You will make it to around noon, but then you're up around 2:00 and miserable from about 4:30 until bedtime, at 7:00. We are constantly playing the "keep you busy so you don't freak out" game until either bath or bed, which is sometimes a little before 7:00! You're actually a sweet, tired girl, so there's that. :)

Eating //
As much as you love to eat, we want you to eat more! You still depend on your bottle, which we are trying to change. You HATE milk, so we're having a hard time weaning you from formula. You still love cheese tortellini, meatballs, chicken tenders, waffles, toast, pb crackers, pb sandwich, pb anything...yogurt, applesauce, ham, turkey and pizza crust. You also LOVE bbq sauce, so we usually toss your meats in it. #whateverworks

Talking //
You grunt and moan a lot, which makes communicating frustrating for both of us, because you are at the stage where YOU know what you want, but I have no idea! You have a few words: dada, mama (when you need something - shocking), uh oh (on repeat) and hiiiiii....you are the cutest greeter!

Moving //
You are the world's fast crawler and can climb up AND down stairs in record time. Whenever we can't find you for two seconds, you are usually half way up a set of stairs. #nobigdeal You literally RUN in your walker or when you're pushing a walker, but you've only taken one step without holding onto someone's hands. You do an amazing crab crawl, so your knees don't get scraped, though!

Playing //
You basically want to play with anything that's not yours: remote controls, cell phones, and Cameron's toys. You love to stack things and take things out of boxes/containers then put them back in. You have a field day with 12 packs of soda...stacking them then putting the in/out of the box!

Personality //
Your attitude is something fierce, especially when you want something and we won't give it to you, or you have something, and we take it away. Daddy gave you a "lick" of his lollipop the other night, and you wrapped your little hand as tightly as you could around the stick and stuck the whole thing in your mouth. It was a full on wrestling match, to get it out of your hands and mouth! You know what you want! You have totally mastered the temper tantrum already! Watch out, world...

You get SO excited when you hear someone's voice before you see them...If Daddy coughs in the other room, you instantly jump and search around for him. If you her LouLou or Unkie's voice, walking up the the stairs, your feet start kicking and you laugh uncontrollably. Papa might be your favorite person; you'll let him hold you for hours, if he would. With anyone else, you want down after a few cuddly minutes.

You LOVE dancing....even if someone is whistling, your little booty is movin!

School //
You're going to a different day care, for the summer, and you have a favorite teacher, of course. Ms Adrienne is your BFF, and if she's no there in the morning, poor Ms Donna gets an earful for a few minutes! When we see your regular teachers, Ms Meggie or Ms Meagan, you freak and jump right into their arms! It makes my Mommy heart happy that you adore your teachers this much!

Adventure and Milestones //
We have had a fun summer of beach trips, birthday parties and lots of walks to the playground. Mommy and Daddy went away for our anniversary, so you had a sleepover with LouLou and were amazing!

We celebrated Fourth of July and Cameron's 4th birthday! We also moved you out of your infant car seat, and you are MUCH happier in the car now!

We also got to meet Jill and her boys for brunch, although you spent most of the time eating chocolate chip pancakes!

Cameron //
You and Cameron still adore each other. You hear his voice or see him walk in a room, and nothing else matters. You wrestle together, and you just laugh the whole time. He loves to push you on the swing now, and you think it's the best thing ever! I have so much guilt that Cam has gotten pushed to the side because of you (sorry), but seeing you together makes me know it's worth it.

My little pumpkin pie...some days, it feels like you're the cream cheese icing on my chocolate peanut butter cake, and some days, I feel like you hate me and there's not enough coffee wine in the world. At the end of the day, I can't stop myself from sneaking in a few times to watch you sleep (although you're THE LIGHTEST sleeper ever, so you start to squirm if you even hear me breathing).

Everyone always comments what a happy baby you are, and it's true! You are a HAM when people smile at you, but you are almost always smiling now. It's so fun to be with you - you're independent but needy, and it's the perfect mix. 


  1. She is absolutely precious, Jess. I love her smile so much!

  2. Louise has thee greatest smile!! What a sweetie pie. And I love your dessert metaphors :)

  3. Ha ha!! This is the best. What a sweet girl full of such spunk! Emmy does the same thing with suckers. Cam didn't have one until probably 3 but Emmy has realized they are awesome. Oops! Our babies are growing so quickly.

  4. Gosh she's the cutest! And I totally feel ya on how frustrating it is that they can't voice what they want. Liam talked super early so it's strange for me to have Finn not saying much.

  5. What a doll! We struggle in the eating department as well!

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