Colette is ONE!

I really should've posted this a month ago but felt like I couldn't get hers up before the boys' 4th birthday update. But, at least this was written a month ago so it will capture her right at that phase...

We are so excited to be celebrating Coco and the amazing year she’s had. The final preparations are underway for her birthday party and baptism this weekend.

We had a great time in Hawaii, though, as predicted, sleep was rough with Colette waking up on California time. Otherwise we had lots of fun, going in the lazy river as a family, going down the waterslides with the boys or the splash pad with C. She loved meeting all the Disney characters and ate best at the buffets. We’ve still been swimming weekly and while I thought her obsession with goggles was just to hold them, one day she tried putting them on so I decided to order her a pair. Well, we’ve gone swimming several times with them and she’s kept them on the whole 45 minutes, never tries to take them off! We were trying on her outfit for her birthday party (including superhero mask), and again, when I pulled it up on her forehead, she grabbed at it to put it back on… silver lining to all those months of cpap perhaps? She does the same thing with bows. My mom got her up from her nap and was getting her ready for the park and she kept touching her head – her bow had come off during nap and she wasn’t about to go out without it!

Colette looks like William, but sleeps and eats like George. She can eat a hefty portion of meat or fish and isn’t really into breakfast foods, but loves eggs – fried or scrambled. Does well with fruit, doesn’t seem to eat veggies and almost always eats whatever I make for dinner (loves all my one-pot meals, chili, etc.). She’s not very interested in bottles. I’ve timed my weaning well and will use of the final bit of frozen milk by the weekend. So happy to be done pumping!!

Sleep has been a killer, for the past few weeks, she’s been waking up at 5:30 or earlier, and then several times she’s been up at 4:50. We’ve had two straight mornings of 6:20, so hoping it sticks! Naps have finally improved.

Despite cruising for months now, I’m not sure she’s close to walking. She gets scared when she finds herself standing without balancing against something and quickly drops to her knees. Her dadas and mamas are getting a bit clearer. She’s stubborn with her signs and will only occasionally sign ‘all done’. 

20lbs 10oz (64th percentile) - 18lbs 2 oz 3 months ago
30 inches (80th percentile)  - 28 inches 3 months ago
(just slightly bigger than W and smaller than G at the same age)
Teeth: 6
Diapers: size 3
Clothes: Just moved into 12-18 months

Colette. Where has the year gone?? I know it's been emotional for both Dad and I to think about where we were at this time last year. I remember the nurses telling me that before I knew it, your NICU stay would be a blip on the radar. That was unimaginable at the time. It was all-consuming, how would we ever move past it? But life goes on, especially when you're doing as well as you are. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to say at your party. I definitely wanted to say something, but yet wanted to keep the moment happy and not dwell too much on the past, while of course acknowledging it. That was really how I felt about the party itself and I'm really happy with how it turned out. You are our superhero and there were plenty of references to your rough start, but much more focus on how strong you are and where you are today. I told the guests about how while you were in the hospital, I would ask myself on a daily basis 'why is this happening to me? How can this be happening?'. But also how I continue to ask myself that -- 'why us?' -- why are we the lucky ones who got to take our hydrops baby home when most don't get to? While we get busy with life and caught up in all the daily to-dos, I don't think there's a day that goes by that I don't think about how we hit the jackpot. Whether it was medicine, faith or a combination, I don't think the amazement will ever fade in the fact that we witnessed a miracle and get to watch this wonderful miracle you are grow and thrive. This year has included some of the longest days and months when I was wishing time away until you would hopefully be home. In some ways last year at this time feels like a lifetime ago but the time that you've been home has gone by quickly, which is to be expected. I've never been one to miss the baby days, but I do feel like time was stolen from me with the early struggles at home figuring out the feedings, keeping you out of public spaces, etc. But I'm certainly not complaining. I would like to freeze time in this great period when I'm no longer pumping and bottle feeding throughout the day, but also while you're little enough that you still really need me. With that said, there is so much to look forward to in coming months -- walking, talking and watching you learn and grow. You are a very special girl and are so incredibly loved by so many. Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Breakfast muffin

First dessert
Not impressed


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