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#Life With Three: Little Miss A Turns 1

#Life With Three: Little Miss A Turns 1

I can't believe that it's been months since I last sat down and did a family update. I was hoping to keep up with it on a monthly basis but as it seems life got away from me once again. To be honest, winter was hard. Not just for sickness but just with juggling the kids.

Little Miss A has been horrific with separation anxiety, like really really bad. To the point that I physically cannot put her down and walk away from her without her losing the plot. It's been exhausting both physically and mentally and I just keep thinking that one day it will get better. Hopefully, that one day will come soon. Fingers crossed!! That being said over the spring I have seen some improvement in her ability to handle me leaving her in areas of the house and walking away to do something. I know this is a phase and it will get better with time but by golly gosh it has been a really difficult 12 months.   

#Life With Three: Little Miss A Turns 1

We celebrated this little beauties birthday back in late October.... yes I am behind in sharing this as well. Life of a blogger it seems. Always behind with sharing life updates because you have so many other things to do. I think all mums will say they can't believe their baby has turned 1. Cliched as it may seem but I think with all kids the first year is such a blur and you seem to blink like coming out of a dark room into the sunshine and everything starts to feel a little bright and sunny again - after feeling blinded for a few seconds. I find the first year of all our kids to be hard. Especially when you are juggling other kids on top of a baby. It isn't my favourite time of life. When they start finding their independence and wanting to explore, being able to be entertained for more than a few minutes with something and maybe even maybe start taking a few steps towards walking life seems to improve that little bit more.

Little Miss A is really a cutie don't get me wrong I might whine and complain how hard raising three kids is because gosh darn it is hard but I love them with all my heart and soul. This particular cutie has been especially hard as I explained above but she also has her good points. As we all do.  Well, let me give you an update on our sweet little 1-year-old. 

Weight: - I have no idea actually. I haven't got her 1-year-old needles yet so I haven't had her weighed but I do know she is on the lower end of the scale. She has been my most difficult one to feed both in breastfeeding and with solids. She just wasn't interested. Wasn't a greedy guts by any means. We are on operation fatten up at the moment because I feel like she needs a little more meat on her bones. That being said it is harder than I expected as she is SO fussy with food. She still fits into 3-6 months pants and is finally fitting into 6-9 months t-shirts. 

Height: Again I haven't got her measured because I haven't got her needles yet but she has always measured on the average to high height scale. 

Loves: Anything sweet. The cheeky girl has mummy's sweet tooth so always has her eye out on any sweet biscuits or cakes that are floating around the bench. I have had to be really careful not to give into giving her to much sweet stuff to ruin her appetite for savoury things.

Loves playing with her brother and sister and doing whatever they are doing. She follows them around and picks up whatever they discard in their games and happily plays away with it until something else takes her interest... usually me walking past and catching her eye.

Loves her little pink truck she rides around on. This thing has been a lifesaver. She started on it at about 10 months and picked it up really quickly and scoots around the house now like a speed demon. 

#Life With Three: Little Miss A Turns 1

Hates:  Most foods that don't suit her fancy. Some days she will surprise me and eat something with relish and then I try it again with her the next day and she disdainfully flicks it off the tray of her highchair like queen muck. If I wasn't so frustrated with her I guess I could laugh but some days I could pull my hair out.

Hates being put down to play by herself if she is a particularly clingy mood. Tears for days. 

Personality: She's a tender little thing with a cute smile that could melt your heart. But I believe she might just have my stubborn streak and we butt heads on occasions with who is going to win the battle of the wills. I have been playing this game longer than her at the moment so I am winning.... for now. Ha. 

Uses her tongue quite a bit especially when she is concentrating on something or is in a cheeky mood as you can see in the pictures above. Also loves to blow raspberries a lot when she is in a happy and jovial mood. 

Who is she more like? She is a real mix of both hubby and I in the looks department. J.D and Miss H are a spitting image of dad through and through but I may have just got a look in with Little Miss A in the looks department. She is my first baby to have curly hair and as her hair grows thicker and longer the more curls that are popping up. It is a throwback to both grandparents who have curly hair. Neither hubby or I have curls so it's cute to see. That being said I have no idea what to do with styling them. They have a mind of their own and trying to clip them or tie them up only results in her pulling out what I've put in her hair so we let it go wild most days. 

Walking?  Not walking yet and I think she might be a few months off yet. She is crawling confidently and is walking around furnitue now and standing in the one spot by herself for a few seconds. She tries to go forward when she is standing in one spot but just falls forwards. She hasn't realised yet she needs to move her feet. It will happen eventually though. 

#Life With Three: Little Miss A Turns 1

We celebrated both Little Miss A and Miss H's birthdays together as they are a week apart. We did a combined party on a weekend at our local bike park. Was a great place to let the kids go wild on their bikes and let the parents chill in the shade under the tree. To reduce the stress of making two birthday cakes I combined them both into one cake. Less baking and stress for the win. Miss H wanted a ballerina birthday cake as she intended to dress up in her pink ballerina dress and she picked out a cake that had chocolate drizzled all over the top of it. A girl after my own heart.  So I did that on one half of the cake and did some fancy piping and silver cauchous balls on it. My sister-in-law at Marnie M Photography took the photos below at the birthday party. Got some cute shots of the girls enjoying the day.

#Life With Three: Little Miss A Turns 1
#Life With Three: Little Miss A Turns 1
#Life With Three: Little Miss A Turns 1

Phew, so that was a bit of an epic post. Hopefully, I won't leave it so long in between family updates but with the silly season coming up maybe it will be the new year before I update again. :-) 

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#Life With Three: Little Miss A Turns 1
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