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Fourteen.

Birdy,

Oh you. You are into everything.  I can't childproof this house enough for your fast little fingers.  Screen door?  Let's try and put our faces through it, okay?  Mulch in the garden?  I know - it tastes delicious!  Dexcom receiver?  Your favorite thing to HIDE!  Toy box?  You want to see what's at the bottom!  Yay!!!  YAY!!!!!

By the time you go to bed at night, my whole body feels like it's been put through that Playdough spaghetti factory.  Thank GOD you sleep through the night and have been for almost a year now.  (Yes, I'm going to say it out loud now, even though my pediatrician said not to whisper a word of it when you were two months old and sleeping through.  Whatever.  You're Super Sleeper!)  I love, love, love you but I have to admit that you wear me right out. 

It's been a bit of a tough month because your teeth have doubled in number.  For the longest time, you only had those two little teeth on the bottom, making you look like an upside down rabbit.  But in the last eight days, four of your top teeth busted through.  This makes for a few tough (screaming) nights, some Santa Claus-red cheeks, and one very cute smile.

You are trying really hard to feed yourself independently now.  Thanks to your mother's poor hairstyling skills (those pigtails are desperate, and secured by clips instead of elastics, making them like rabbit ears to go with your rabbit teeth), your hair is at least out of your face while you eat.  But you haven't quite mastered the concept of "fork" and "spoon" yet.  I arm you with several utensils at once, but you just wield them like a plastic scepter and use your other hand to grab your scrambled eggs.  (Or "eggies," as I have taken to calling them.)

Fourteen months of the Birdzone

You had your first nibble of gluten last week (a little bite of bread from the restaurant table) and while I know it's okay to introduce these things slowly and with good nutrition and good health in mind, I will admit that I teared up.  I know it's ridiculous to have superstitions about anything related to my diabetes, but somehow I felt a little scared.  I can't let this Thought dominate my mind, and it's now banished to the back of my mind.  Where it belongs.  In a cage.  Without a key.

But all those serious thoughts aside, it's been a busy little bird month for you.  You've cut teeth.  You give kisses and hugs when they're requested.  You said your first, excited sentence:  "HI KITTY!!!"  (All caps necessary to convey your excitement at seeing THE KITTY!!!)  And - oh yeah - you helped me earn my mommy stripes one again when you pooped in the bathtub.  Two days in a row.  Causing both of us to furrow our brows in distress.  (Note to BSparl:  Thanks for not playing with those new, floating brown pool toys.  Also, you are a gross little bird.)  I am looking forward to potty-training.  ;)

Motherhood isn't easy.  But I wouldn't trade it for anything.  And I think you are the best little friend I've EVER had.

You're my big birdy, and I love you.

Love always,
Mommy

Comments

Yesterday you called yourself Destructo Kerri, and today is Destructo Baby. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree?

We're like the same apple. No tree. ;)

How precious she is. Thanks for sharing her Kerri.

Why does it look like she has the coolest bedroom ever?!

You are so cute Kerri & so is Birdy. My "birdy" is almost 17...YEARS, but I remember each & everything as you've mentioned. There were no blogs then, so I journaled all this for her. Very helpful. :) And I teared for the gluten with you. See ya in a few weeks. :)

What a sweetheart! I love seeing BSparl in action!

I love how she's like "Not now, Mom. Can't you see I'm busy taking all these toys out, just to put them back in?!" Such a busy life for a baby. ;-)

This is so amazing. She is so beautiful. I just teared up a little thinking about how scary it must be to let go and let her grow up. I worry about all of those things for my child down the line as well. You are doing a fabulous job

From her look of sheer determination, she appears to have an awesome ability to focus on the task and hand...whatever that may be!

Wow! she slept through the night by 2 months?! NICE! good girl! Both of my twins didn't until 18 months. You read that right. lol

Wow! I really needed that cuteness infusion. Thanks! She is absolutely the most adorable birdy EVER!!!

What an awesome little bird. She seems so big too fast!!

you made me cry..Aww.She is Precious.

I remember when both my kids pooped in the tub. Multiple times. And at 7 & 11, I still can get them to pick up their toys - encourage that! :)

Hello,

I wrote before. Type 1 mom since age 6, in Toronto, Ontario. My daughter was recently diagnosed with Type 1 at age 4.5. We knew when she was born she carried the gene, I remembered reading you were going to have BSparling tested at her 1 year visit ? What did you find out ?

Oh my she's adorable. Love the concentration on her face.

My now-21 year old girl used to put things in shopping bags, handbags, anything "bag" at all, at toddler age. The obsession was hilarious. The age was gorgeous.

Your Birdy gives me hope, but I'm scared at The Thought. There's lots of stuff our future kids could inherit, diabetes not being the worst. Until then, I'm working on getting those BGs in range.
Love the pigtails, btw.

What a precious daughter! Thank you for sharing. She is very lucky to have you guys as loving parents.

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