Tuesday, November 4, 2014

[Baby #2] Kenley Drew - 11 Month Update


Stats:
No official weight or height until her one year appt.  She is working on her 8th tooth, hoping it pops through any day now because the last few have been a bit rough, though, I don't really mind the extra cuddles.



Sleep:
Sleep is pretty good.  We weaned this month (more below) and because that eliminated any night feeds, she now sleeps from 7pm to 5am.  She wakes up at 5am on the dot more days than not.  Most of the time I can go in, get her paci, give her a 3 minute cuddle and then have her lay back down until 6 or 6:30. 

Naps are pretty solid, not always consistent, but the average is 60-90minutes in the morning and about and hour in the afternoon. 


Social:
She's so much more social than she has been in the past, or even compared to Ashlynn as this age.  I think some of it has to do with the weaning.  She happily walks over to her Pop Pop or Bopo and is fine being held by others.  She had to spend one morning at the gym daycare when I took Ashlynn to gymnastics (she usually would stay back with Dad), and she did great in there even though she hasn't been in for a few months. 


Diet:
Biggest change is that we fully weaned during the month.  It was a tad earlier than I had planned, but we both took it well.  Because I nursed exclusively (no pumping, no bottles), I'm actually surprised how much I enjoy giving her a bottle.  Aside from the ease of being able to schedule appointments or be gone during a "feeding" (something I couldn't do) and that freedom, I actually think we bond a bit better with a bottle.  Not that we obviously didn't through nursing, but most nursing sessions were spent with me scrolling through instagram.  Now that she isn't halfway under my shirt, we can actually have real eye contact and share some smiles.   I plan on switching her over to milk at the end of the month as she turns 1.  

As far as solids go, she OVER babyfood.  Almost rejecting all of it.  She's eating a healthy dose of bananas, blueberries, kiwi, waffles, pancakes, meatballs, pasta, macaroni, peas, carrots, corn, beans, cheese.  The usual suspects. 



Skills/Milestones:
She's gone from walking to running. I turn around and she across the house.  She's climbing on everything (finally blocked off the stairs) and she speed and which she just get's to standing impresses me most for her age.

Aside from Mama and Dada, Doggie is really the only comprehendable word.  She loves blowing raspberries, clicking her tongue, and flipping her finger on her lips making noise.  She does it all the time and it cracks me up. 


She loves giving kisses on the mouth and rubbing our noses together.  I usually give her an eskimo kiss after she finishes her bottle before bed, and she'll grab my cheeks and pull me back for more.  This age may melt my heart more than any other.

She is obsessed with her baby, Mia. If I ask her "Where's Mia?" She'll look around and then give a giant open mouth smile and run towards her.  She "sings" along when we do Twinkle Twinkle or Patty Cake and dances to music.  When Ashlynn is jumping around, she bounces her knees like she wants to join her.  She understands which toys are the dogs and always is trying to shove them in their mouths.  Can do simple puzzles, like the jumbo Melissa & Doug ones, and loves trying to put the basketball in the hoop (from the bottom, since she can't reach). She's also signing "more" and "eat". And thankfully, bathtime is finally easier.  She still stands up, but at least she's now sturdier on her feet and I don't actually have to get in the tub to hold her.  Glad we are past that. 


I've been reminded and confirmed, that this is probably my favorite age.  Not that each age doesn't come with it's own highlights and difficulties, but I remember loving this age with Ashlynn and I'm in love with it again.  It just feels so easy.  I love the personality shining through and the beginnings of communication. Sloppy kisses and bear hugs forever, please. 


4 comments:

  1. She is gorgeous! Those pretty eyes!

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  2. This is so sweet!! Ellie is over standing in the tub now too - though it's moved to her insisting on laying down preferable on her belly, scare me to death!!!

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  3. My diet is oddly similar to Kenley's, haha! I am so jealous of her 10 hours sleeping nights - if only they ended a little bit later in the morning :) I just love this diary of motherhood! It will mean a lot to your kids when they're older too. When I have some kids of my own, I'm so doing the same.


    xoxo
    Audrey

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  4. She is such a cutie!! :) I love when the monthly pictures start getting busy body baby status! So cute!

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