Waiting for me to come downstairs to start snapping the "birthday pictures".
"Not the bow again!"
I took Sydney to the doctor for her 12-month checkup on her actual birthday. She weighed (and still pretty much does) 19.4 lbs, but I can't tell you how "tall" she is. The height measurement that day was totally inaccurate (Sydney was squirming like crazy), but the doctor estimated she is in the 50th percentile for height. Sydney still isn't walking on her own, but her latest thing is to grab our fingers and take off practically running. She does this with her daycare provider too, and prefers this method of travel over crawling and being carried. Mentally, she's ready to walk, but I think she needs a little more practice with balance before she walks alone (although she can stand for long periods by herself without holding onto anything). She's a great talker though! She says "mama", "dada", "baby" ("be-bee"), "thank you" ("t-t"...that's it, just a double "t" sound), "hi", "bye bye", "BOO!", and "Sydney" ("Nee nee"). She is also doing well pointing out (and sometimes repeating) "nose", "eye", "ear", and "mouth" (although sometimes she gets her eyes and ears mixed up...ha!). She also does great at following orders we give us, such as "give me that", or "go get your baby", etc. It's amazing how early they understand things, even if it's awhile down the road before they may be able to voice them.