I got in early this time and started working on this post a day early.
Well, we've made it. We've all managed to survive parenting to the 1 year
mark. Zoe continues to do fabulously. Today she had her 12 month
paediatrician appointment, and weighed in at 19 pounds and 8 ounces (8.8 kg),
which has brought her up from the 25th percentile for weight to around the
50th percentile. She's also up from the 25th to the 50th percentile for
height. She got four shots today, which she was singularly unimpressed
about even before she was jabbed.
Somewhat surprisingly (to us) Zoe still isn't walking. She'll stand on her
own if you distract her with something, but otherwise she'll fall down and
prefers to crawl everywhere. She'll cruise around with the help of
furniture, and she'll happily walk while pushing something. Go figure. I
really thought she'd be walking into her 12 month appointment at the
Developmentally, she's waving and pointing now. I'll usually get a wave
goodbye out of her when I head out the door to work in the mornings. She
seems to be picking up things pretty quickly now. One of her traits has been
she'd always toss her sippy cup on the floor when she was done taking a
drink from it. She's been doing this for months. In one sitting, I taught
her to hold it out to me and say "ta!" instead, which is great, because now
at mealtimes, I'm not picking up the sippy cup off the floor a dozen times.
We had another trip back to Australia last month, and this one was purely
vacation, so we had a nice couple of weeks of pottering around with family.
Zoe again handled the flights very well, although the jet lag upon returning
to the US seemed a lot worse than I remembered after our first trip. The
pilot was pretty punchy with the seat belt sign on the way to Australia, so
we had to keep taking Zoe out of the bassinet while she was asleep.
Incredibly we were able to do this about four times before she woke up.
She had a bit of a cold before we left for Australia, and that turned into a
nasty cough, which was diagnosed as bronchitis the first week we were there.
We got some antibiotics for her, and that cleared the cough up. She also had
a couple of spontaneous vomiting incidents, which were out of character for
her (but Sarah contracted some kind of tummy bug herself, so it wasn't
entirely surprising). Despite these health issues, she was still in
excellent spirits the whole time, and I think she thoroughly enjoyed
We went to Surfers
Paradise for a couple of nights in the first week, and
rented an apartment on the 23rd floor of the Chevron Renaissance, and
pottered around the Gold Coast a little bit. We went down to Palm
Beach, where we used to holiday every year when I was a kid, and caught
up with my cousin who lives there, and Zoe had fun on the beach.
That weekend, we held an early first birthday party for family and friends
in a park and had a barbecue lunch.
The following week we spent a few days on the Sunshine
Coast, with some of
Sarah's extended family, and pottered around on the beaches up there.
Our flight back ended up being delayed 9 hours, but fortunately we found out
before we got to the airport, so we had a nice, unexpected extra day in
Brisbane. It also meant that we flew back for Zoe's night time sleeping
time, which made for a pretty good flight (but made the jet lag worse for her
once we got back).
I wonder what the next year will bring us? At a guess, more teeth, talking