Since we don't have any friends in the area with babies, we threw a big party for Amelia that consisted of our families and a few of our closest friends - which totaled around 20 people! It was a great day - we had tons of food, including chili and purple cupcakes, we watched the last Vikings game, we enjoyed some of David's homemade wine, and Amelia got to wear her new purple and blue tutu, open a ridiculous amount of gifts, eat her first cupcake, and then crash for a quick 20 minute catnap to recover from it all! And although it took us over 3 full days to prepare for the event, and over 3 hours to clean up after it, we wouldn't have done it any differently! (Throwing a party with a kid around is a much harder task than I anticipated!)
The last month has brought on even more changes, but most importantly, she took her first steps! She had been standing up on her own more frequently, and finally, we were able to coax her into taking her first few tentative steps towards us! She hasn't repeated the process too much, but we're working on it. She has started bear crawling, which I think is an indicator that she doesn't want to be on her knees as much. And since she's so quick at crawling, I'm terrified to see how quickly she starts moving once she's up and running! (Our daycare lady was just commenting this morning how QUICK she is crawling!) Also this month, she started crawling stairs. She learned quickly at my parents' farm, where there are two low steps down into the living room, and she then proceeded to crawl up a few stairs at David's parents' cabin. Lucky for us, she's hasn't done much crawling on our steps yet, but I'm sure that will come soon enough. She's chatting all of the time, even if we can't understand her yet. She still really hasn't said mommy, although she woke us up last night and we both thought she was crying mommy, so maybe she's close!
On the food front, she eats just about anything, but she loves pasta and sandwiches (which we break into pieces for her). She just ate her first whole banana - by chewing off little bites just like adults do! She doesn't really care about food utensils yet, she's all about eating with her fingers (or her face, as you can see in her birthday cupcake photos!). She's not loving her veggies as much anymore and instead prefers fruits to just about anything else. She's also started on whole milk (which we've dubbed "moo milk") and seems to be doing okay with that.
I can't wait to see what the next year brings!