Well we celebrated Joanna's first birthday over a month ago! We had a small gathering with cake a few days before her birthday, and then some family fun on the actual day. As of a couple weeks ago, Joanna weighed 21 lbs 7 oz (75th percentile) and was 31 inches long (90th percentile). She has 8 teeth and wears size 18 months. We thought she would be walking by now, but she hasn't really made any progress on this in a couple months. Just happy speed crawling I guess. Although she has learned how to go up and down the stairs now. At birthday time, I think she was saying uh oh, mama, da, and up (sounds like dot). Now she also says ow, she shakes her head no when she means yes, fish (sounds like shhhh), and points with great gusto at anything she wants, and sometimes at everything around just to see what she can get. :) She still goes to bed great, and still gets up at night at least once wanting a pacifier replacement. Sometimes multiple times.
Joanna new nickname is "Joanimal", and let me tell you - it is very fitting! She doesn't like to sit still, but instead wreak havoc and destruction on everything around. But she squeals with joy and laughter (sometimes it is a little evil sounding) while she does it. It is great fun and exhausting at the same time. She is quite dramatic, tiny things set her off, but she can be back to smiles in a second. She screams and throws full body tantrums now when she doesn't get what she wants, but again, when we walk away she gets over it pretty quick. She still loves animals and squeals whenever she sees one, even far away. She loves to feed Spot from her high chair and giggle. Unfortunately, she seems to be taking after Orrin with her eating habits and has gotten much pickier. When we put something on her tray that she doesn't want, she screams and thrashes her hands to throw the food as fast as she can before we take it away. She also does that when she is done eating, or she'll just take her tray and throw it. So meal times are a bit messy. That's when having a dog comes in handy!
She is becoming a great car traveler, making it happily through two mini vacations in the last month, she even slept pretty well in the hotels. She is happy when there is lots of activity around to watch, but gets bored with quiet activities like the library and grocery shopping. Her favorite things to do right now are slide down the stairs over and over, bath time, exploring cabinets, drawers, boxes, etc (she is getting to the "put things in other things" stage, so frequently we will find a toy in a shoe, or some random drawer), play kitchen with Orrin, climb on the dog or Orrin's bed, climb on anything in general, go for walks, and make messes.
We just adore Joanna and can't wait to see what the next year will bring!