Daisy is now officially a year old (corrected - she was due mid-June of last year) and she is right where she should be for her age. She babbles all day long and can stand on her own for several seconds at a time. Daisy is 18 pounds, 6 ounces, and 69 centimeters long. She is just a tiny bit below the lowest end of average height and weight for girls her age. She has four teeth - three on the bottom and one just poking through on the top. Her favorite word is "dada" which seems to mean anything she likes or recognizes.
At her one year physical, her pediatrician noticed that her hips seemed loose and suggested we meet with an orthopedic specialist. A week and some X-Rays later, we learned that both of Daisy's hips have, in fact, been dislocated since birth. This does not cause her any pain but can negatively impact the growth of the socket in which the hip ball rotates. Her primary care physician is working with an orthopedic specialist and a geneticist to review Daisy's history and figure out if this has some underlying correlation to the issues she was born with and whether or not we need to operate. As we understand it, some kids do just fine without surgery and live well into their 50's without any pain or issues with their hips. This could, however, be related to some genetic issue we have yet to uncover - despite the fact that we've done every genetic test available (except one -whole exome sequencing- which is prohibitively expensive without help from insurance). We are hopeful that our sweet girl can avoid surgery but we want whatever is ultimately best for her future so we are deferring to the doctors.
We also recently learned that Daisy is far-sighted and may need glasses somewhere after she reaches kindergarten, but, this is pretty typical for babies born prematurely.
Daisy is quickly developing personality and a voice. She is very independent and very strong-willed - she knows what she wants, when she wants it and she works very hard to get it or direct others to give it to her. She is going to be an incredible leader someday. Somehow, without being able to speak, Daisy communicates perfectly using sounds and pointing. Daisy has grown out of her shy-ness and has become very outgoing., laughing easily with strangers playing peek-a-boo at the next table over in a restaurant and reaching for most women with blonde hair she is introduced to.
Daisy loves to mimic everything we do. If we are eating carrot sticks, she is (trying to) eat carrot sticks. If she sees a phone, she puts it up to her ear and babbles. If she gets a hold of the television remote, she points it towards the TV on the wall and presses buttons.
Daisy is beginning to identify objects when we say their names. Though she can't speak the words yet, when we say "Daisy, go find your book" she knows to retrieve a book. When we ask "where are the dogs?" she points to Noni and Reno.
.... Speaking of Noni and Reno, Daisy has learned how to get on their good side. Within the last few weeks, she discovered that if she brought them a bone, they would happily accept and allow her to sit on the dog bed with them. This discovery has made her very happy.
Daisy has taken a few first steps here and there in the last two weeks. At the pool this past weekend, some 8-year old girls took an interest in Daisy and asked her if she wanted to play. She was delighted and took a few steps from Mom into their arms!
Daisy is also learning how to share. We have been practicing the art of giving objects of interest to others for months now and Daisy seems to have finally gotten the hang of it. Her favorite part of sharing is when things are given to her, but, we think that's probably true for most kids :)
Being in the pool
Watching big kids at the pool
Pretending to read
Playing with her friends Etta and Ivy at PlayArts
New Favorite Foods
... Every day with Daisy is better than the one before. We are enjoying every second of summer with our sweet girl - every dunk in the pool, every sunny day, every lick of ice cream. We hope you're having a great summer too!