she’s not a baby anymore

Today is MacKenna’s 16 month birthday.  I’m not going to give you an official monthly update (I’ll keep doing those, but they’ll be more like every 3 months or when she has her well-baby checkups), but I will tell you that for the first time, I’m starting to feel like she’s officially a toddler.

16 Months

I spent some time this weekend going through the next size up of clothing for her.  I’ve actually done really well so far when she’s outgrown her clothes.  Except for her newborn clothes and this set of clothes.  The reason:  I’m gradually moving out all of her 6 to 9 month clothes and adding in all her 12 month and up clothes.

MacKenna standing hand

So grown up.  I think she’ll eventually have hair…

It’s like the end of an era.  (Name that Friends episode…)  Yes, I know she’s 16 months and is well behind other babies as far as size.  (She barely ranks on the growth chart – she’s been rocking the 1st percentile since birth.)  But, there’s something about these 12 month clothes that just hits me.  She’s no longer the tiny little baby we brought home for the hospital 16 months ago.  She’s not even the same baby she was 4 months ago.  She has grown and progressed so much lately that I am finally realizing that she’s not a baby anymore.

photo 3 (10) Taken about 1 year ago.  Time flies, doesn’t it?!

MacKenna hat

Walking.

My baby girl is a toddler.  She can walk all by herself and we sometimes find her actually running.  She’s feeding herself for the most part and eating more now than she ever has (well, except for the past few days).  She can communicate pretty much everything she needs or wants either by saying it or pointing. 

MacKenna yogurt smile

This is her, “Mommy’s letting me try using a spoon on my own, but I think I’ll use my fingers instead” face.

MacKenna phone

Old iPhones become awesome toys for babies toddlers.

And we’re really hitting weaning her off the bottle and will hopefully be totally weaned by the time she is 17 months – far later than she should be.  This is definitely the hardest on me.  We spent a whole year nursing together and it was hard to have to give up that precious time with her.  Now, taking away that “Baba” time, those last moments of our day together, is really going to kill me.

MacKenna on pillow

No close ups, Mom.”

But, she’s not a baby anymore.  We’ll never get those days back, and I know I’ll miss those baby days with her.  But, I don’t regret a second.  She is a little girl.  OUR little girl.  And a smart one at that.  I love watching the changes she is going through every single day and I can’t wait to see the girl that she becomes.  But, deep down I know, she’ll always be my little baby.

MacKenna beanbag

I could kiss this face forever…

Moms, when did you realize your baby was no longer a baby?

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  • Happy 16 months, MacKenna! Babies do grow up so fast, but it sounds like you’ve taken the time to enjoy each stage so far. Enjoy your time with her (which I’m sure you will)!
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  • Abby eich

    The friends episode would be the one where chandler moves in with Monica. Joey was the one who said the line. Lol. Can you say I’ve every episode one too many times?!… Mackenna is so cute and getting so big!

  • Jen

    Happy 16 mos to M! I still can’t call Wyatt a toddler partly b/c he’s so small and b/c he’s still nursing. I know I’ll have to admit he’s not a baby soon. But like you said, he will always be my baby. <3
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  • Jessie

    What a cutie!! Crazy that she’s just now growing into her 12 month clothing. You definitely got your money’s worth out of her baby clothes!! I do much better putting Lyric’s too-small clothes away than I ever thought I would. Mostly bc she has so many cute clothes waiting for her to grow into (I have a HUGE baby clothing shopping addiction).

    I would say I considered her a toddler when she started walking (16 mo). Because she most definitely “toddles”. :)

  • Jessica Goodman

    She is adorable! I know how you feel! I think this year I have finally realized that my daughter is a big girl now and not a toddler or baby. She just turned 4 in November and my son is about to turn 7 months old! My daughter still wears small clothing like 24 months. We finally moved to 2T.

  • Erika

    Those “he’s not a baby anymore” moments continue to hit me. All of a sudden he’ll just look “bigger” and “older” – I just had that happen to me again last week when he turned 18 months. I love our bedtime routine and the bottle/nursing was my favorite part of it. We always read a book too but now since he doesn’t have a bottle we just read more books so the time spent together is just as long and in a way it’s a little better.