Earlier the week we hit the ten month mark. Can you believe it? In two short months my sweet baby will have been here a full year! I cannot wrap my head around this.
A is in such a fun stage because she is really interested in discovering everything around her and is starting to come into her own. She’s extremely playful. She loves to shake her head back and forth and say “aaaaahhh” with a giant smile on her face. She loves it even more if one of us joins in and does the same thing while she is. For a while it was apparent that she didn’t understand that shaking her head in such a fashion usually means no and that she was simply enjoying a silly moment. Now I’m beginning to wonder if she is starting to learn because the other night she was in a bit of a mood and I went to give her a sippy cup (she’s slowly learning how to use that) and she shook her head and pushed it away.
She’s also started getting mood swings. I think we’re entering tantrum phase because when she is unhappy she will thrust her head back and arch her body. This is usually accompanied by crying or “complaining” which is her fake cry. While she’s generally a really happy baby, lately she’s been having a few more moments of moodiness. I attribute it to the Leap that she’s going through, teething and the fact that she currently has a bit of a cold.
On the topic of colds, I finally understand where the term “snot-nosed kid” comes from. I am simultaneously impressed and horrified by the amount of mucus that such a tiny gal manages to excrete each day! It’s insane! It’s really kind of gross. If we don’t get to it quickly enough, she will try and wipe it with her hands which ends up all over her face, or worse, she’ll use my shirt (or in worse instances my hair!). Parent is glamorous.
We tried the bulbs they give at the hospital as well as the Nose Frida, which came highly recommended. Neither seems to work. I don’t think its user error (they showed us how to use the bulb at the hospital and the Nose Frida gives explicit directions). So we try to keep wipes and tissues nearby at all times and give her a fair amount of saline spray as well. Poor A.
She is still full speed ahead with eating. Lately we’ve added Ethiopian food, proscuitto, a variety of different cheeses (including some delicious imports), fish, eggs etc. Everything we give her is accepted with enthusiasm and A is still a great eater. I’m really looking forward to swapping out cow’s milk in place of formula when A hits the one year mark, but I’m also a little intimidated. What intimidates me is the fact that A’s primary source of nutrition will be the various foods we give her instead of the formula. I’m worried that I will not provide her with enough of all the important nutrients that she needs to thrive. I know I need to stop worrying and start being more intentional about planning out our meals, and I’m sure I’ll rise to the occasion. But right now I’m just a bit nervous.
A is currently learning to use her sippy cup. We give it to her towards the end of meals so that she focuses on eating first and doesn’t fill up on water. She seems to love the water and is finally getting the hang of drinking from the sippy cup, though she often spits out the water. We’ve also begun serving her meals on her plate. She does pretty well with the except ion a few tipping-the-plate-over-slash-testing-mommy-and-daddy-instances (though she’s quickly learned that if you tip the plate or throw your food, dinner is over). I’m glad we decided to teach her this while her primary form of nutrition is still formula because I don’t feel as bad taking it away since she still get full from her bottles and all of her nutrients through them as well. Either way she’s learned those lessons pretty quickly. She’s shown mild interest in using utensil and while I suspect that she’s probably still too young to master this, I still allow her to explore some kid-size utensils with us supervising her.
A is now crazy fast at climbing the stairs. Daddy also taught her to go back down and while she’s not as fast she’s getting there. It can be exhausting as she is definitely a little climber but I’m happy to be her spotter if it helps her explore. She tests us a bit but is pretty good about listening when we tell her no.
A has a ton to say and babbles quite a bit. She’s starting to try and mimic things that we say, especially Doggie, Dada and Mama (she;s especially close to Dada!) She is fascinated with Macie and with animals in general. Macie also loves her but keeps a safe distance when she’s not in the mood to have A all over her.
She is super playful and loves being outside. We’re still getting used to the swing, but she loves when we hold her from next to the slide and help her “slide down” (we’re holding her the entire time, but the motion is there). Now that the weather is finally getting nicer, we try and take her for walks. She really enjoys the breeze in her face and gets really happy when she’s outside.
How did you handle the switch from Formula/Breast milk being the primary source of nutrition, to table food being the primary source of nutrition? Any tips on making sure your child gets balanced meals?