S: Maya Rose Smith the first year
FC: Maya | the first year
1: To our sweet baby Maya, | It's so hard to believe you're already one year old! This collection of pictures and memories follows you through the first 12 months. The last year with you has been so amazing. You are even more fun, beautiful, and loving than we could have ever imagined. We love you so much. | Mommy and Daddy
3: The most exciting and exhausting day of our lives. I went into labor on February 22nd, your due date. I was in labor for 18 hours and you came into the world at 5:02 p.m. on the 23rd. The doctors rushed you out of the room because you had a fever and I had to wait for what seemed like hours to see you again. I instantly fell in love with you when the nurse handed you to me in our room. I didn't want to ever let you go! I was sick to my stomach every time they had to take you away and tears of joy would come to my eyes every time they brought you back. You had so much hair! The nurses loved giving you a mohawk. Your Daddy was so helpful. I didn't change a single diaper in the four days that we were there.
4: Maya Rose Smith February 23, 2010 5:02 p.m.
7: This was a major time of adjustment for your Dad and me. You slept all day and woke up every 2 hours during the night. I always thought I would just have to feed you and you would go right back to sleep. Wrong! You stayed awake for another hour or two, and most of that time you were crying. We were so nervous about everything. It took both of us to bathe you and it was such an ordeal to change your diaper in public! You took a bath for the first time in the tub at about 2 weeks old, and you loved it! I sang songs to try to get you to go to sleep. It worked about half the time.
9: You started sleeping through the night! I felt like I had woken up from a coma. You moved into your room and started sleeping in your crib. We started giving you "tummy time." We were supposed to do it sooner, but you hated it and I couldn't stand watching you cry and bump your face against the floor. You really liked your bouncy seat this month and so did I. If gave me the chance to shower or do housework. We went walking through the park a lot and people would stop and tell us how pretty you were. You started using a pacifier when you went to bed and mastered taking milk from a bottle.
13: You started smiling and laughing this month. You thought it was especially funny when we kissed your belly or the bottoms of your feet. You were able to hold your head up. You started grabbing my hair and pulling it as hard you could. You would massage the back of your head to soothe yourself to sleep.
15: "That baby has the most beautiful eyes!" We couldn't go anywhere without someone stopping to tell us this. We were pretty sure your eyes were going to stay blue and your eyelashes started to grow like crazy. You began eating solid foods that I made for you, mostly sweet potatoes, green beans, bananas, and pears. You were sitting in the Bumbo seat, but not for long because you would kick your feet really hard and fall backwards. You began "talking" this month. We took you to the pool for the first time, but could only keep you in for a few minutes because you weren't allowed to wear sunscreen yet. You loved splashing in the bathtub.
19: I want my Mommy and Daddy! This month you started reaching for us to pick you up. You could now hold your head up really well and sit in your high chair. You really liked blowing bubbles while making motorboat sounds. You soaked your clothes so many times doing this! We could really tell this month when you were tired. Your eyes would get red and you would rub them, but you were never cranky. You started eating really well. You would pretty much eat anything I gave you.
23: Baby loves to bounce! You would play in your exersaucer for 20 minutes or longer. It was so great to finally have time to cook dinner or fold the laundry because you could play by yourself. You cracked us up how you would bounce in that thing. You would shout, "Aaah" and those legs would go! You started drooling a lot and waking in the middle of the night because your teeth were starting to come in. You could sit up by yourself, playing and picking up your toys.
27: Your first two teeth came in. Your Dad and I didn't get much sleep this month because more teeth were coming and you were in pain a lot. You were able to pick up toys more easily now. Everything went straight to your mouth! You loved our dog, Sugar. It was hysterical how you would laugh and scream at her. We went to PaPa's neighborhood pool a few times and you would have so much fun splashing. We didn't think it was possible, but your eyelashes grew even more!
31: You were going to start crawling any day! You could get on all fours and rock back and forth, but you weren't quite crawling yet. You were still moving across the floor pretty quickly though if you had your eye on something. I was so surprised when you started giving us hugs this month. I had no idea that babies could show so much emotion at this age. I was still able to rock you to sleep anywhere; we could take you out to eat or to a basketball game and you would fall asleep in our arms.
35: ...And she's off! One day you were shifting back and forth and then you took off crawling. You could stand up and hold on to the furniture with some help. If there was music playing, you would bounce up and down while standing. I was so excited when you started saying Ma-Ma this month, but soon realized you weren't exactly referring to me because you called everything Ma-Ma. You started getting a little bit of separation anxiety. You got your two front teeth! You could even wave bye-bye.
37: You were on the move! It didn't take long for you to master crawling. You crawled around the house so fast. One time, Dad left the door open and you crawled right out to the back porch! You learned to pull yourself up to standing too, so you were cruising around the furniture. When you found something that interested you, you pointed and screamed. You were still eating everything I gave you and would snatch food from our plates. You liked to play around other kids, but not with them yet.
41: You were so busy this month! You started getting into bags and cabinets and pulling everything out. You especially loved the pots and pans and the sounds they made when you banged them together. You started giving kisses, but you didn't know how to pucker, so they were really wet, open mouth ones. You got three more teeth this month, so you were super drooly. You could walk behind your cars and chairs and could stand for about a second. We thought you would start walking soon, but you didn't actually take your first steps until 14 months. You recognized yourself in the mirror this month too.
45: "That, that?!" Some people thought you were saying 'hat' or 'cat,' but we think you were asking "what's that?" because you would point at things when you said it. You could also recognize and point at things that we named off to you, like window, light, and dog. You slept 12 hours a night most of the time, unless you were teething or had the sniffles. Your hair started to curl in the back. We were nervous about the switch to whole milk this month because of the tough time we had switching you to formula, but you really liked it, so it ended up being easy. I spent the entire month planning and making decorations for your Winter "One" derland birthday party. It was the first time you had sweets (that I know of anyway).