Dec. 9, 2004
Halle is now 13 months old! Her Birthday, Nov. 9, was not such a good day for her. She was really ornery and mad. But, she got a new book and the baby Einstein duck puppet, which she absolutely loves! We threw her a birthday party a few weekends later down in American Fork so all the grandparents, aunts, uncles, Bridger, and friends could come. We had a great time there. Halle got some very cute clothes from Grandma and Grandpa Banks, and a fun music toy and a baby doll from Grandma and Grandpa Cornell. Bridger gave her a popper which she hasn’t quite figured out how to use yet. I made homemade scones and hot chocolate and Grandma Cornell made a chocolate Birthday cake. Halle wanted to grab the candle, so we had to blow it out fast. We took off her cute clothes so she could dive into her birthday cake, but she was a little timid at first. Eventually she got the hang of it and it was all over her face, in her hair, and on her clothes. It was great fun. She also had a little princess crown that said Happy Birthday on it. It was so cute!
Halle is getting so smart! She can growl like a lion, whinny (or spit) like a pony, say pup and baby, and duck and also move her hand like a duck mouth. She can also stand on her own, but still no walking. She loves her little pink blanket and won’t go to sleep without it. I am terrified that it is going to get lost. She loves to wrestle with her dad on the bed and play tickle games with mom. But her very favorite thing lately is Baby Einstein. She would watch all day if we let her! Her favorites are Baby Beethoven, Baby Neptune and Baby Newton. She will go up to the TV, turn it on and plop down right in front o it. Or she points and screams for us to turn it on. It’s nice to be able to entertain her, but sometimes she throws a temper tantrum if she cant’ watch.
She has also learned to crawl down the stairs backward and thinks she can get off everything that way—our bed, the kitchen counter—she keeps us on our toes!
Dec. 9, 2004