As we creep closer to one year, I am trying to keep myself from freaking out. I usually try and stick to the rational ‘babies grow and it’s fun to see who she is turning into” mindset, but a little part of me aches inside to see my baby growing so quickly. I feel like Hailey was a baby for so much longer than Kaitlyn, and I totally see why the youngest child in families tend to always be babied. I think I will be guilty of that for years to come.
Dare I say that I don’t think she is as adventurous in the eating department as Hailey was? I’m really trying not to compare or to blame myself (it’s harder to keep so many baby-appropriate foods prepped the second time around!). Still, she is a pretty good eater overall. She eats three solid meals a day plus a snack sometimes.
Her favorite foods include frozen peas, pineapple, peaches, pancakes, corn, homemade spaghetti sauce, yogurt, blueberries, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, eggs with diced up veggies and salsa (<–salsa is key there!) and black olives.
She tends to pick around: bananas, chickpeas, chicken, cheese and anything on the bland side.
She still nurses 4-5 times a day, though it tends to be closer to 4 now. I have no plans to wean anytime soon. In fact, I might nurse her until she goes to college. You know, that babying I thing I mentioned? (Just kidding future Kaitlyn, I hope that didn’t make you cringe!)
I adore nursing though. Really, it’s one of my favorite mom things I’ve experienced. Sometimes I’ll just stare at her because she looks so peaceful or brush her cheek with my finger and watch her grin. Sometimes she’ll wrap her little hand around my finger and it’s just so sweet. OK, OK, mom mushiness is done.
I think we’ve finally hit our stride with nighttime sleep! As I am knocking on my desk, I an say that she sleeps regularly from 7pm-7:15am now and it’s as glorious as it sounds.
Daytime sleep is still all over the place. Though I think she’d prefer two naps, it doesn’t always work out that way. On the ideal day she gets a 45 minute morning nap and a 2 hour afternoon nap, but some days she just takes one long one or two short ones. She’s pretty go with the flow, but I try to make sure she’s getting enough sleep for development and all that jazz.
She usually snuggles her bunny and it’s adorable. We still use the white noise, but on a super low setting. For some reason I’m scared to turn it off completely, though will probably try it soon. I regularly nurse her to sleep (one of those no-no ‘rules’ that I’m happily breaking with my second child) but she doesn’t need me to, which is nice.
However, falling asleep in my arms is super rare, so when it happens a grainy, dark selfie is absolutely mandatory.
First of all, her sounds are getting more varied. Dadada is a staple, as is BAH, and this month she mastered MAma. Does she know what it means? Of course she does. She’s a genius. Spoken like any mom.
She knows her name and the word no, which is helpful when she decides she wants to listen to me.
She is now standing on her own and has attempted steps on her own once or twice, resulting in falling straight to the floor. However, she loves walking while holding onto objects or people and Hailey thinks it’s hilarious.
Other party tricks include waving bye-bye. She does it backwards, so it looks like she is waving at herself. I hear she does that because that’s what it looks like from her perspective when we wave at her. Whatever the reason… Cuuuuuuuute.
She grabs towels, toys or sometimes her own shirt and puts it over her face. She starts giggling immediately, then pulls it away really quickly and cracks up laughing. All it takes is for me to say ‘Where’sssss Kailtyn?” and she’ll drop to hide her face, giggle, then pop up as I say “there she is!!” She would play this for an hour nonstop if I played along and it’s hilarious.
We’re due soon for a weigh in, but I’d guess she is about 17 pounds. She’s a peanut, last time falling in the 5% for weight and 75% for height. She wears 9-12 month clothing and will soon upsize to a size 3 diaper. She has 6 teeth and likes to chomp/click them together, making me cringe on the regular. She is such a happy girl. At the gym, the childcare lady has nicknamed her Smiley and always gets a kick out of how fearless she is about climbing up objects she shouldn’t.
My my, how I love these girls!
For fun: Hailey at 10 months old
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Did I forget anything in my mile-long recap of month 10 of her life?