Sunday, April 14, 2013

[Birthday Week] Ashlynn at One Year

The countdown is on... Ashlynn is turning ONE!

With her birthday on Thursday, this week I thought I'd try to capture One Year.  Today, I'm sharing (mainly for myself to look back on) where she is, what she loves, hates, can do, and so on.  Other posts planned this week include Ashlynn's 1 Year Photos (sneak peek below), 'A Day in the Life' post,  her 52 week update, and her virtual birthday bash - which, sadly so far there aren't too many submissions, but the ones I have are AWESOME and I can't wait to share.  If you have a picture of your little one and/or yourself ready to party and play, email me (, and I'll post and share your site too!  Bloggie and birthday love wrapped in one!

Ashlynn at One Year

(amanda sharp photography)

Favorite Books:
Hand Hand Finger Thumb
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
Good Night Moon
Dear Zoo
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Are You a Cow?
Moo Baa La La La
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin
Where is Baby's Belly Button?

Favorite Character
Mickey Mouse.  Doesn't give a damn about Sesame Street characters and we don't really watch anything else, yet. Except Ellen, but she's more my favorite character.

Favorite Foods:
Loves soups - not the broth portion, but the diced tomatoes, white beans, orzo, zucchini, potatoes, whatever makes up the guts.  Loves pancakes for breakfast and "buttered" toast (we use dairy and soy free Earth Balance).   And never turns down Mandarin oranges, avocado, or green beans. Loves cabbage.  Also becoming a big fan of chicken, egg noodles, and eggs - not together.

Currently Not Into Foods
Banana, watermelon, and cooked carrots.  I think it's the texture thing, but aren't those like staple baby foods??

Favorite Activity
Walking back and forth across the living room with her push walker.  She does it for about 30 minutes straight every morning and then multiple times the rest of the day.

Loves crawling to the window by the doors, attempting to climb the stairs, finding anything unsafe from home renos - loose baseboards, uncovered outlets, etc.  Also likes taking "her babies" (glow worm and raggedy ann) out of the cradle and giving them kisses.

And reading.  Loves pulling out all her books and climbing in my lap. Rolling a ball down the hallway and exploring the kitchen.

Mama, Dada, Mub (pups), Ball, Duck

The iPhone, naturally.

Reading, eating, bubbles, and the remote control.  Loves pointing to her name on the blanket on her chair and her personalized stool (has a thing for the letter S... maybe the curves, I don't know, but makes a beeline for it every time).  Rolling and throwing balls.  Dancing on the couch.

The swings and stroller rides. Her bath toys, outside of the tub. Her dogs, peekaboo, riding her bunny rocker.   The color blue.  And being destructive with blocks.

The car.

Nothing else even deserves to be in the category because it doesn't compete with the car.  However, she dislikes diaper changes, getting dressed after bath time, and having to wait for her dinner.  Also, not a fan of almond milk.  Working on this one.

Pretty much through the night.  Goes down at 7pm up on average by 6:30.  Naps from 8:30-10am and 1:30-3:00pm.

Also, sleeps on her stomach.  Usually with her booty up in the air and always with her bink, blankie and Mira.

Breakfast at 7am, Lunch at 11:30-12, Snack at 3:30pm, Dinner at 5:30pm.

Uses a straw cup. Hasn't had a bottle since 5 months, so doesn't understand the concept to tip a sippy.

Sweet and shy.  She's very gentle around other kids, the occasional poke, but never swats or hits (yet).  Gives the best open mouth kisses and hugs around the neck.  She's usually coy around new people, checking them out and finally giving her scrunch nose smile of approval.  Talkative at home and occasionally while out, but sits back and takes it in when in stimulating environments (Gymboree, parties, etc).  Funny, giggles at the silliest things and loves to mimic our noises.  Her favorite being when we "pop" our lips.

It's been an amazing year, and it truly gets better and better.


  1. very cute!

  2. She is so sweet! Happy 1st Birthday!

  3. This is so sweet! I love it! And I love her first year pics! Can't believe she's almost 1! Time certainly flies! And I need to submit a photo!

  4. Almost ONE, I can't believe it! Love her One Year Sneak Peak Picture, can't wait to see the others! Her personality sounds so much like O's. The picture in the swing is so cute, she looks different with her hair pulled back! Happy Birthday Week sweet girl!

  5. Longtime reader, but not a blogger (or commenter)--I know, weirdo. :)
    Can't wait to see more of the one-year pictures, that head tilt is too cute!! :) She's a doll. Can we join the party via instagram?
    Hope it's a great birthday week!!

    1. Not weird at all, glad you commented! And yes, IGs are perfect!

  6. Awww! Happy Birthday Ashlynn!! Such a cutie pie! I am in love with her little neon head wrap. LOL

  7. Thank you all! We are so excited for her birthday on Thursday!

  8. adorable one year pictures! where did you get the cute green flower headband for A?

    1. It's from this etsy shop


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