Thursday, October 9, 2014

Happy First Birthday Junebug

My baby is 1.  She has the biggest brown eyes, dark hair that is starting to curl, and the best chubby cheeks!  She's full fledged toddler already--my other two children weren't even walking until 14 months and this monkey is 100% walking and into everything since 11 months.  I honestly don't have a lot of memories of the other two kids at the same age, but Johnny and I find ourselves saying all the time "I don't think Hank and Lucy were quite as busy and into everything".  She is so motivated to keep up with her big siblings, and is so proud as she toddles as fast as she can behind them giggling hysterically and stopping to rip things off the wall and shelves as she sees fit.  She has a strut to her walk now, as she charges across the playground towards the biggest slide or climbing structure. She walks up to any and all kids and babbles some nonsense at them, not scared of anything.  Don't tell Junie that she can't do something-in fact saying "no" combined with a head shake is one of her few words.  Her favorite places to hang out are under the kitchen sink, around electrical outlets, medicine cabinets, toilets, on stairs, and generally anywhere hazardous to her health and safety.  

While she's pretty advanced from a motor perspective, I'm pretty sure she's not as chatty as the other two--her few favorite words are "nana (banana)", "shoe", "no", and "MOM".  She rarely says mama, it is always a loud, assertive 'MOM!'  Clearly the girl knows she's the 3rd child and if she wants something she's going to have to be loud about it.  Her more typical communication these days is a whole lot of pointing and grunting (typically at the fridge).  Girl loves to eat-anything and everything.  She cleans her plate, and then hovers around everyone else's looking for handouts-again don't tell her she can't have any.  

Overall, June is such a happy go-lucky little girl.  She's super snuggly and loves to cuddle with mama over anyone else (this I am so thankful for in my last baby).  She's full of love and giggles--and loves to give hugs and kisses to anyone willing to accept them.  Her brother adores her, her sister wants nothing to do with her her--we'll see how that works itself out over time.   There is nonstop fighting in the house-and June is certainly getting pretty scrappy about it all.  I find her pulling Lucy's ponytail and clawing at her face in response to Lucy stealing toys etc. Most days it feels like the Lord of the Flies in the house.  I tend to stay out of it unless there is bloodshed (we like to avoid the ER whenever possible), hopeful that they learn to sort out differences sooner rather than later--may the odds be ever in your favor my dear children.

I adore this little girl, and her spunky,wild personality so unlike anyone else in the family.   I look forward to seeing her personality continue to grow as I think it's going to be a big one.  I also suspect this little one is going to give us a run for our money over the next 20 years or so-but as with all of my children I see great things for their futures!   

We celebrated with a fantastic water/duck themed party and bbq in the backyard with lots of friends, family, and cake (we never pass up opportunities for parties in this house!).  

1 year stats (she's another biggun-already shares clothes with her sister):
Height: 30.75 inches 95th %
Weight: 21 lbs 70th%
Head: 18.9 in 99th%