Sunday, February 27, 2011

12-Month Stats...and SHOTS!

Kyra loves walking with her push toys!
Taking a couple of her little "baby steps"

Kyra had her 12-month check up back on Valentine's Day, and here are her latest stats:

Weight: 22lbs.
Height: 30.5 inches
Head Circumference: 44.5cm

We ended up splitting her shots over 2 visits, so she tearfully suffered through 2 shots and a needle TB test at the first visit, and 3 more shots on the second visit. Luckily, she won't have to get another shot for another few months. Kyra, her Mommy, and her Daddy, have all been fighting off colds over the last week or so (Kyra's luckily only had a few minor cold symptoms that only lasted a brief time). Kyra's also been gradually transitioning to milk recently (later this week, she'll be at half milk/half formula combinations). Tomorrow we'll try switching her morning bottle to a sippy cup. Assuming it goes smoothly, there will be only the bedtime bottle left to switch to a cup. Wish us luck!

Kyra's also been working hard at trying to walk lately! She's not walking officially yet, but she's taking more and more series of steps at a time - I think the current record is 7 tiny baby steps one after another. I have no idea when she'll decide to take on walking as a her primary method of transportation, but it could be soon! She absolutely loves walking around with a hand on furniture or while holding Mommy or Daddy's hand. I'm selfishly not ready for her to be an official toddler, but I'd better hurry up and adjust to that change! Where did my little tiny baby go?

It's been a busy and exciting February, and we're looking forward to many fun things ahead in March! First up, Kyra will be attending the 2nd Birthday party for her friends Kyra and Dylan Roodsari (we had fun going to their 1st Birthday party last year when our Kyra was just 3 weeks old!), followed by a bumble bee-themed Birthday party for her cousins Izzy (turning 2) and Mia and Maddie (turning 6!!). Later in March, Kyra's BFF Natasha will turn 1, and we'll be celebrating at her party in early April! All these little ones are growing up so fast! We're also excited to be celebrating Kyra's "Auntie Joliene," who recently got engaged to Ron Anavim! Congratulations to Joliene and Ron! We couldn't be happier for you!

Have a wonderful March...is it Spring yet? We could use a little warmth and sunshine after all this cold and rainy weather!

Kyra's 1st Birthday Party!

Our sweet little Birthday girl!
Grandma Linda & cousin Izzy
Kyra Roodsari, looking as cute as ever
The adorable Balice family
Erik, Geoff, & Zac
The absolutely precious Sophia Connerton & her Mommy Irini
The beautiful Miss Milan Mott!
Contemplating her cake...
Having fun
Trying her very first cake!
Learning about the wonderful world of SUGAR!
Kyra's BFF, Natasha Larson
The Larson Family
"Touchdown!" (one of Kyra's favorite hand gestures)
What a sweetie!
Dennis Kempke & his beautiful Granddaughter Hallie Ralston
Kyra playing with her friends
The adorable Roodsari Family
Braulio Bermudez & his little Lucas
Jake pushes Kyra's toy
The Birthday girl in her sweet Birthday dress, hand-sewn by Grandma Carol
Kyra playing with Grandma Linda, modeling her Mommy's 1st Birthday present for her Grandparents (the gold bracelet) that Grandma saved & gave to Kyra for her 1st Birthday
Kyra playing with her new friend, Sophia
Cuddling with Great-Grandma Lady
Kyra making her Great-Grandma Rene very happy!
Hallie Ralston playing with one of the party favors, a Valentine puppy
Kyra managed to share Grandpa's lap with cousin Peyton for some storytime
Playing with Grandma Carol & Great-Grandma Lady
Checking out "The Lady" with Peyton

Just over 2 weeks ago, Kyra had an amazing 1st Birthday party! It was filled with tons of friends and family, food, decorations, toys, and PRESENTS! Oh my goodness, you all brought so many fantastic presents! Although Kyra doesn't realize (and ssshhhh, don't tell her!), there are a few toys still packed away and waiting for her, since she's still a little small for certain items.

It was definitely Mommy and Daddy's first time throwing a kid's Birthday party - there was so much going on that we forgot to put Kyra's "1" candle on her Birthday cake, Mommy never got around to taking photos of the adorable decor and all the delicious Buca di Beppo food, and we didn't end up taking any specific family pictures. Oh well, we'll do much better in the future!

We had such a great time. Kyra was a little overwhelmed with all the people, so she was surprisingly clingy and tearful at times as opposed to her normally smiley, happy self. At first, she wasn't too thrilled about trying cake for the first time, but we managed to get a few bites in her and I think she ended up enjoying it. Kyra had a lot of fun playing with her friends, and was exhausted by the end of the day. So were her parents!

It's amazing to think that our baby girl is already 1 year old! We truly enjoyed her Birthday, and we can't wait to see what the future holds!

Thank you all for everything!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Kyra's 1st Birthday Dinner!


"I'm 1 year old today!"
The Birthday girl has a fun night out at the Spaghetti Factory
Playing around with Mommy & Grandma Linda
Giving Grandma a "head bump"
She couldn't be any sweeter!
Mommy's little angel
Daddy's little girl!
All smiles for her Daddy
Thanks Rosemary Olson for this adorable Birthday party hat!
Kyra actually liked wearing the hat...briefly!
Trying ice cream for the first time...cold!
Her official 1st Birthday outfit...worn a couple days after her Birthday, due to a minor Birthday throw-up issue!

Kyra had a very exciting 1st Birthday dinner at the Spaghetti Factory in Newport Beach! She was lucky enough to dine with her Mommy and Daddy, Grandma Carol, Grandpa Phil, and Grandma Linda. She had a very special outfit picked out and wore it throughout the day. Unfortunately, we were stuck in some stop-and-go traffic on the way to Orange County and Kyra must've been sucking on her finger...because she accidentally threw up a little during one of the sudden stop moments. Poor baby! On her Birthday! In her adorable "My First Birthday" onesie and pretty pink and black tutu! Fortunately, Kyra's Aunt Jen gave her a "Birthday Girl" onesie for Christmas and I had packed a spare pretty skirt, so Kyra still managed to have a cute Birthday outfit to wear out to dinner. We washed the original outfit and she was able to wear it later on during her Birthday weekend during a date with her Daddy.

Kyra loved her Birthday dinner - she was so playful and happy at the table, full of smiles and excited "touchdown" hand gestures (where she thrusts her hands up in the air like a referee verifying a touchdown in football). She got her first balloon animal, a butterfly, and loved watching the balloon lady form and shape the butterfly. For dessert, Kyra tried some vanilla ice cream for the first time. It was very cold and hard (it must've been straight out of the freezer, and it was taking forever to thaw and soften up), and she's not used to having anything nearly that cold, so she wasn't too interested in it. I think she liked the flavor but was a bit turned off by the cold.

The Spaghetti Factory is definitely one of our favorite places, so it was so much fun to take Kyra there for the first time. The first of many trips and the first of many Birthday dinners!