I’ve been turning lights off like crazy at home, but it wasn’t until I found some switches at my own height that I could figure out how to turn them back on as well.

I’ve been having such a good time since I recently figured out how to go up the stairs. At every opportunity I shoot up the steps then play upstairs.

Don't back down (part 1)Don't back down (part 2)

My favorite game is closing and then opening the bedroom doors.

Open and shut

It only took a couple of days before I also figured out how to go back down the stairs. Really the only reason I would want to do this is so I can climb right back up!

I climbed up to the second step on the stairs last night, as I often do. But much to Mommy’s chagrin, this time I didn’t stop once I got there. I just kept right on going to the third, then the fourth, and so on. I made it all the way to the top and kept right on going straight into the bathroom.

I had so much fun that I repeated this feat a few more times before going to bed. I have so much fun upstairs. There’s all kinds of dangerous child-unprotected things to get into. For now, at least.

Wow, so many things have happened in the past few days.

Dad went out of town for work, so for a little bit it was just Mom and me here. Then Paw Paw and Gramma Nan came to visit. I have been having a blast. They took care of me while Mom was at work.

On the first day they were taking care of me, mom was upstairs getting ready for work and Gramma Nan was getting me my breakfast. I threw several of my cheerios on the floor, and then I looked at Gramma Nan and said “UH OH” just as plain as day. It was the first word I ever said.

Mom missed the whole thing, and she was a little sad. So I have been cheering her up by throwing my things on the ground and saying “Uh oh” hundreds of times since then. And I scored big points this evening when I grinned at her and said “Mama.” She couldn’t quite believe her ears and kept trying to get me to say it again, but I have decided to make her wait a little while for that one.

Let’s see, what else happened?

Gramma Nan gave me a haircut. She is a professional hairdresser, so I got a great new look. I love it.

Also, my left upper molar has come in. That’s probably why I have been in such a bad mood lately and why I have not been sleeping well. Or maybe not. Who knows.

I tried cabbage for the first time too. It was okay.

Here are some pictures of me from last week at daycare, making and eating some cookies.

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Feliz Cumpleaños

Okay, so I’m not quite one year old yet (my birthday is on Thursday), but that didn’t stop us from partying a few days early! Some friends and relatives came over for a good time.

Playing with the big girls

Tissues

On the floor

In your face

When it came time for me to eat cake for the first time everyone stared at me while I sat in my high chair. Maybe it made me a little nervous because I didn’t much feel like eating cake.

Getting ready for cake>

Slicing the cake

Eating the cake

Well, today I gave the cake another try and this time I loved it!

Cake face

Anyway, thanks so much to everyone, especially Mommy, for such a great birthday party! Can we have another one on Thursday?

361 days, 19 hours, 39 minutes old

The past couple weeks I was almost crawling. Starting on Saturday, I took the plunge and crawled a few paces to nab Daddy’s water bottle after he unwittingly set it on the floor. I continued doing short crawls over the next couple days, even showing off my new abilities to Grandma Barb and Grandpa Bruce. Last night I crawled halfway across the room. I’m getting the hang of this, despite the difficult hardwood floors.

In other news, I’m still adorable.

Portrait

356 days, 7 hours, 1 minutes old

I’ve been to another new place: St. Louis. We visited last weekend. I had so much fun, I can’t wait to visit again someday.

Ragfields in St. Louis
With Mom & Dad at the Arch

Melissa & Will in St. Louis
With Mommy at the Arch

Lunch at Forest Park
Lunch at Forest park

Walking around campus
Washington University

341 days, 21 hours, 11 minutes old