Last week was bittersweet. We celebrated and thanked God for a whole year of life with Selah Hope. But I was a little sad too that her first year was over.
I blogged throughout my pregnancy with Selah, giving at least weekly updates. Everything ranging from Trim, Healthy Mama "tips-while-pregnant" to my indecisiveness on whether or not to try for a VBAC ...to what scriptures to meditate on when I went overdue. Then I thoroughly covered her birth story (part 1 and part 2). I made a cool video of it too.
Then I never mentioned her again.
I figured it was about time I tell ya'll what she's up to. Besides someone said they missed my birthday posts. Oh yeah, that was Kevin. Oh well.
Here are some things I love about our Selah. I am so in love with our girl.
She Has Style
Selah is lots of fun to dress up but she refuses to keep her socks on. She learned how to walk (more on that later), barefoot and does all she can to maintain her barefooted-ness.. So throughout the winter I kept her in footed pajamas so she would stay warm and feet covered. All those cute little girl clothes in the closet and she wore (what became) ragged, footie pajamas. Good thing she's precious no matter what she has on :)
Here she is in her Christmas footies, in February.
More of her style. Here she is at a friend's wedding. I believe in a big bow, ya'll. I think it proves my value as a mom.
She can also rock a hat quite well. She has been Sarah Grace's go-to-gal when she needs a model for her etsy shop creations.
Like everyone else, we go to great pains to choose a name for our little ones (Read: Naming Babies). But they seem too young for their names at first so we come up with nicknames. Selah has the nickname of "Layla," "Layla Bird," "Bird, Bird," and sometimes if we're feeling like minimalists she is simply "The Bird." ("Can someone put The Bird in her highchair? Pick up The Bird before she goes outside. I have to go change The Bird's diaper." You get the idea.)
She's Cool About Her Transportation
Selah is walking. She began walking around 10 months old and I think if I had worked with her any, she would have begun even sooner. In fact, she is now walking everywhere quickly. If she sees someone headed for the back door she makes a mad dash to get there to escape outside.
She's One of Those Outdoorsy Types
She loves to be outside. She loves to swing, play in the sandbox and get nice and dirty. She squeals when she sees the cat or the dog. She likes to be pushed around in the stroller and go for long walks.
She loved the bit of snow we got too. (Here you see my "bookends." Which is totally weird because the big one is supposed to still be that little. I don't know what's up with that.)
Her Love for Good Nutrition
Selah loves to eat any food except avacados. She is also still nursing strong a few times per day and at night (I have always enjoyed the benefits of extended breastfeeding). She is quite meaty. The genes of Moore children do not allow for being petite. Here she had achieved some impressive hail damage by 5 weeks old:
And here she is just yesterday if you're curious where it all led to.
Her Quirky Sleep Habits
She naps once each day unless she wakes up really early in the morning, then she wants a little bonus nap in the morning too. She nurses to sleep around 8 each night and around midnight she wakes up and gets in bed with us. The rest of the night she wakes up 2-3 times, goes right back to sleep, finally waking for good around 7am. Not great, but doable. But this "doable" sleep pattern has only been going on for two months. Let me elaborate because I should get all kinds of sympathy here.
From the time she was born until she was about 10 months old, she worked hard to earn the family title of Most Stubborn Non-Sleeper. She would wake often. Sometimes tired and cranky and sometimes happy and wanting to play, but still waking all throughout the night and not able to go back to sleep. It was a challenge to get her to sleep at night (often not able to lay down until 10:30 or 11), and a challenge to get her to stay asleep too. Up and down all night long, almost every night.
Thankfully, during the day she was an angel and having so little sleep at night didn't cause her to be fussy during the day. And I'm happy to report that now she naps like a normal baby during the day. She gets cranky... she naps...voila the world is good again. Observe:
I went through some serious months with less sleep than I've had in my life and couldn't figure out what the problem was. Understandably, I had a hard time with mental clarity during the day. Forget multitasking! I was all, "Kids don't you see I'm making TOAST, here? I can't possibly have a conversation right now about whether or not you can go outside."
No, it wasn't that bad, but almost. Friends prayed for me, God has been kind and I'm beginning to recover. And my hair all fell out during my sleep-fast. Yep. Big bald patches in the back that surpassed normal post partum hair loss I've had before. (Which, incidentally, if you ever think you might have the sins of pride and vanity under control, just see how it goes when you start going bald.) Thankfully, flexi clips won the day again. Yes people. I have always said they were the busy mom's best friend but little did I know they were also the balding mom's best friend.
Sigh...praise God Selah sleeps now. And I have new hair, about 3 inches long, sitting on top of my head like a creepy crown. But hey, its' hair.
Selah doesn't like her car seat but thankfully there are 10 other people willing to take her mind off her trials and afflictions. She does, however, love her stroller and enjoys lots of walks.
She went to Destin, Florida.
Her Diligent Academic Pursuits
She loves to be read to. Especially any of the touch-and-feel books. She's beginning to pick up books and babble to herself.
She loves to get in the boys' business while they're doing school. She is a very happy diversion.
Selah is everybody's little darling, that's for sure. She can do no wrong in her siblings' eyes. She loves to pad down the hall to the teenagers' rooms and will stand there at the closed door (they say they can hear her breathing, lol) before she busts in uninvited. And of course she is welcomed every time.
She has joined in with The Littles as an official member of the club.
We're not really sure what life was like before she joined the family. But Selah brings us joy and smiles every single day. She is a gift.
Happy Birthday to
our little Bird, Bird Selah Hope!