Wow, we made it eleven months before M totally refused to lie down for her monthly photo! She is just too busy for that sort of thing now, thank you very much! As you can see, though, she continues to be a very happy baby. We’re only a month away from a year, which is both exciting and… bittersweet? When you have such an easy, fun little girl, it’s hard to say goodbye to the baby months. But every new thing she learns is so exciting, and I love watching her grow!
Size: Without a doctor’s appointment any time soon, we’ll have to rely on my measurements, which aren’t perfect. But M is about 20lbs and 28.5” long (probably slightly more for both). Because of all the toddler-y things she does these days, she seems suddenly so much bigger. It’s probably mostly in the way she holds herself and moves around, but her limbs seem so long, and she just looks more like a kid than a baby sometimes.
Likes and Dislikes: M still really loves animals. We got our new kitten, Bear, this month, and M seems to think she’s very cute. She enjoys watching the cats and dogs play, and she likes to give them hugs. Well, I think they’re hugs. They might be kisses or some patented mind-meld thing. She basically just presses her head/face into an animal. She wants to get REALLY close to them! She also likes to watch the deer and cranes and turkeys outside.
M loves her stuffed animals, and of course Kitty Cat Doll is her favorite. I sewed Big Kitty for her recently, and she knew what it was as soon as the head was finished. When I had it all sewed up and showed it to her for the first time, she gave it a big hug.
She likes sitting on sofas and chairs — or maybe I should say CLIMBING on sofas. But I can usually sit her on a chair and trust that she’ll stay put for at least a few seconds. It’s like she understands that it’s a big girl thing, so she tries hard not to wiggle too much.
I don’t think M has any major dislikes. She’s too easy-going for that!
Eating: M’s eating really took off this month. The amount of solid food she eats compared to what she was eating at the beginning of the month is crazy. She doesn’t eat much for breakfast, even though she only gets a couple of ounces in a bottle when she first wakes up. Either she just isn’t very hungry in the morning, or she’s waiting for more milk. Sometimes she’ll have a handful of cereal (she likes it mixed with yogurt), or she’ll nibble on crackers.
Lunch and dinner tend to be bigger meals. M will eat any kind of pasta, often in quite large quantities. It’s nice to have something I can rely on her to eat, and she’s really not picky about the pasta (I usually do brown rice spaghetti or regular wheat pasta) or the sauce (pesto, marinara, Alfredo, etc). And it’s easy to put veggies in the sauce. She likes rice, but it’s getting harder to eat now that she’s trying to eat more, faster. She’s starting to be able to hold big pieces of food and take bites, which she likes to do with strips of grilled cheese.
Milk-wise, she’s drinking a little less than last month, now that she’s eating more solids. She also transitioned to a sippy straw cup. It took a little while to find the right one, but now it’s easy peasy for her. And she really seems to like that she can pick it up and have some when she wants, instead of needing me to hold the bottle. It makes her seem like such a big girl!
Sleeping: Sleep is the same as last month. M sleeps ~7:00pm-5:30am, and then has naps at 9:00am and 1:30pm, which are usually both 1.5hrs long.
Working On / Accomplishments: It’s hard to remember all the new stuff from this month — there was a lot of it! M’s other top front tooth came in, and I think at least one of the lower lateral incisors is about to poke through. Given the way she chews on toys, I wonder if her molars are starting to bug her, too.
She started waving this month, which is downright adorable. She loves to wave at people she knows, and she understands ‘hi’ and ‘wave’ and associates them with the action. She’s usually a little too shy to wave at strangers when we’re out — she’ll wait until we’re in the next aisle to start waving!
She figured out how to put the rings on her stacker toy recently, and she’s gotten better and better very quickly. She gets the concept of putting things where they belong, so it’s just the mechanics that can prove tricky. Sometimes I give her my sunglasses when we’re in the car, and every now and then I’ll glance back to see her trying to put them on her face. And if I hand her her little brush, she’ll brush her stuffed animals or whichever cat or dog is closest. Sometimes, when she’s eating with a fork, she wants to feed food to me, and she thinks it’s SO funny if I actually eat it. She’s also figured out the concept of scooping up food with her spoon/fork, although the way she does it right now isn’t usually super effective. I just love to see her making the connections and trying, though!