Tomorrow my sweet girl will be 11 months old! My heart is simultaneously bursting with happiness and breaking. She is almost a toddler, you guys! In one month, she'll have been here for a full year. I just cannot believe it and I have no idea where the time has gone this year.
A is at such a fun stage. She is so curious about everything and her sweet and hilarious personality is really starting to shine. I'm am thrilled by the fact that our sweet girl has an excellent sense of humor. She loves when she's in a group situation and other people laugh, she jumps right in and throws in the cutest little giggles. J and I are always in search of ways to make her laugh. Most recently, she's really gotten a kick out of this throaty little bark/laugh that she does, and she laughs even harder if one of us does it with her and laughs with her. She's a huge fan of playing with doors and one time it hit J in the head very lightly. He pretended to get knocked out by it and fell over. I swear, I've never heard her laugh harder. This of course made us laugh and repeat it for a few minutes until we realized that we were basically teaching our child to laugh at other peoples "pain." Parenting fail but funny in the moment.
I'm thinking that A is getting ready to be done with her bottles, she's been very hit or miss with them lately. She does fine when she's really hungry, like when she wakes up from naps or night sleeping, but other times only takes a small amount and flat out refuses the bottle before bed. I suppose the bedtime part is a good thing since we don't want her to be snacking before bed as she gets older (or in general besides her afternoon snack). I've been giving her formula before dinner in her sippy cup to try and get some of those nutrients into her before she fills up on table food, even though the table food we give is generally pretty healthy.
Her appetite for table food is endless and she still does pretty well with everything. One of her teachers at daycare told me that she favors starches and proteins over fruits and veggies, which was surprising to hear because I watch her devour veggies and fruits each night at home. Part of me wonders if she just likes the well-seasoned and textured foods I cook better but I may be giving myself too much credit on this because I haven't actually seen the food they give her, only the menu. Either way I'm not concerned. We are not interested in pressuring her to eat and creating power struggles. I have faith that when the picky phase eventually begins, we'll get through it and she will learn to eat like most other people do.
Bath time is definitely interesting because A now likes to stand up mid-bath. This can be scary and we pretty much dropped her small bath tub in favor of filling the whole tub at this point. She loves to play in the tub but currently hates it when we get her hair wet or wash her. Sorry to interrupt your play time A, but you gotta get clean too! She also hates when we lay her on her back to change her diaper. She tries to roll away. This is especially not fun when there is a poopy diaper involved, but I'll spare you the details.
Our growing girl is just about out of nine month clothes. She has the two bottom teeth and the top two are just starting to push through. She loves to crawl around everywhere an still rocks the crab-walk crawl as I mentioned in her nine month post. The stairs are still a ton of fun to her and if she knows I'm trying to get her off of them she'll move faster and giggle like the mischievous gal she is. We're not quite there yet for walking although her legs no longer just buckle when we pull her up and try to "walk her." It won't be long now!
A loves being outside. We have a red wagon (which may or may not have been originally purchased for drinking game purposes- funny how things change) and now that the weather is finally nice, we've been trying to take A and Macie for daily walks. A loves when we put her in the wagon. It has straps to hook her in, so I feel better about pulling her in it. The upside of the fact that she is not yet walking is that we can strap her into the wagon with a few toys and she will play in there and occupy herself for quite a while in the shade. This which allows J and I to get yard work done right next to her. I know this won't last long, so we're trying to take advantage.
Overall A is a very busy gal. While I'm a little sad about how quickly it's going by, it is
such a joy being able to get to know her a little better every day and to see bits and pieces of her unique personality. She has brought so much joy into our family.
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