I’m not planning to continue ‘formal’ monthly updates for M now that she’s a year old, so I’ll probably just write posts here and there to mention what she’s up to. Here are just some little bits and pieces:
– M is big into putting lids on containers right now. She figured out how to screw the top onto the little bottles I used to freeze milk (we accumulated a load of them in the hospital!). We were at my parents’ house when she started doing it, and my mom and I would cheer ‘YAY!’ for her each time she put the lid on the bottle. After one big cheer, she tried and couldn’t get the lid off, so she decided to act as though she’d successfully put the lid on again. She held it up and gave a big ‘YEEEEY!’ — we weren’t fooled, but she was very happy for herself.
– We just started using the mei tai back carry every now and then. Usually M is happy playing on her own while I do chores, but every so often she wants to be with me or gets fixated on doing something she shouldn’t, so it’s handy to strap her on my back. She loves it. I’m a little surprised we never tried the back carry before now, but it makes it easy now that she can stand up behind me to get in. It would be really tricky to get her wrapped up like that if we were out of the house, though. I thought maybe it would be easier with the Ergo, but it was actually MORE challenging — and less comfortable. I don’t think I have a very ergonomic body.
– Now that M uses her straw sippy, she’s much more amenable to the idea of those squishy pouches of food. She’s pretty much always been ~0% interested in having me feed her with a spoon, so purees and cereal haven’t played much of a role in her diet until recently (which is kind of backwards). There is ONE fruity pouch she likes (Ella’s Kitchen Pear-Mango-Papaya), and right now she loves having baby oatmeal from a reusable pouch in the morning. I mix up two servings with just a tiny bit of brown sugar and cinnamon, and she’s so excited when I bring it over to her at the table. Same with yogurt.
– I took these photos after putting M’s hair up. First I asked her to brush her hair (the top photo) and then to brush mine (she’s reaching out to brush me in the second photo). She doesn’t always love having her hair brushed, just because she has better things to do after a bath, but it’s always more fun for her if she gets to brush my hair (or Kitty Cat Doll’s hair) afterwards. Oh, and she’s not actually a redhead, as these photos would suggest!