My sweet, sweet baby girl, you’re already 11 months old! I can’t believe that I am currently planning your first birthday!! It’s crazy to think how fast the days are going by. Soon you will be reading these letters and thinking how much of a silly, sappy Mom I am. I just hope you know how much you are loved and cherished!
This was another exciting month. You’ve become a pro at standing. It’s your favourite position. You hardly ever hold onto anything anymore! Since you are always on your feet now, you took you very first steps this month!! We even caught it on camera. I’m not gonna lie, we have a few out takes, but we actually managed to catch your first 3 steps ever. It was so cool. Since then your record is 7 steps in a row. You are always trying to step, but you still lose your balance quite often. It will come soon enough! We bought you a walker to help you get around and you absolutely LOVE it! It was amazing because we didn’t even have to show you what to do. You grabbed ahold of it and off you went. You are practically running all over the house with it now. It’s too adorable.
We started your second round of swimming lessons this month. It took me by surprise because you hated the first two lessons out of three. You clung to me for dear life and you whined or cried most of the time. I was so shocked because you loved the pool a few months ago and you also love the bath every night! So weird. This week though, you enjoyed the pool and you splashed and laughed and screamed the whole time. I guess you just forgot? Who knows, but I’m glad you’re enjoying them again.
You are eating 3 meals of solids a day and your gagging is minimal now. We still make sure to give you softer food, but are experimenting more and more. Your favourite things to eat this month were imitation crab, black beans, peaches, bananas and cheerios. But of course you’re all time favourite is still your puréed food pouches that you suck dry in seconds.
Sleep has been quite awful. You’re still waking up 3-5 times a night and nothing will settle you except nursing. Sigh. It’s a bad habit we’ve all gotten into. You’re almost a year and you should be sleeping through the night. The nursing is more comfort rather than hunger at this point and I have no idea how to break this routine we are in. You are falling asleep on your own at the beginning of the night, but just can’t do it in the middle. However naps have been very good lately. I’ve been making an effort to get you up around 7am and you seem to be napping much better for it! We were having some days that you’d only nap once for 30 minutes and that’s it. But since I’ve started getting you up earlier and consistently, you’re going from 1.5-2.5 hours twice a day. Good girl!
You had your second cold of your life this month. It was much different than your first (at 3 months) because you’re so mobile and have a mind of your own now. You didn’t like sitting still to get your nose wiped and that lead to snot everywhere. At least you didn’t get a cough to go along with it either. You were in great spirits though. Your daddy and I were sick at the same time and we were definitely not as chipper as you!
It’s so amusing to see you play. You have your very own ottoman toy box and you figured out how to take the lid off of it. You go in there and take your toys out when you want to play with them. It’s nice to be able to have the toys in the box and have the living room clean (for 30 seconds, at least) and you can still go and find what you want to play with.
You discovered the toilet paper roll this month and we have to keep a close eye on you because you will unravel the whole thing in seconds. After you’ve ripped the paper to shreds, you will attempt to eat it. Not good, but you have a ball doing it.
We went to another Mommy and Me movie at the movie theatre. It’s getting harder to keep you happy for 2 hours in one spot and I’m not sure we will be able to do many more movies together. You used to sleep the whole time, but now you’re on the move to get places.
You’re making so many sounds and syllables and noises. You’ve started growling and it’s too adorable. You also love to smack your lips and tongue. I get weak at the knees as you babble because it’s so so so cute. Seriously, could I love you any more?!
I can’t wait to see what happens in your final month before you turn 1 year old! Please don’t ever stop surprising me!
Love your Mom
Almost the end of September, wow. I simply can’t believe how fast time is flying. I will have to go back to work soon and I just don’t think I can handle it. I’ve enjoyed being at home with Ezri so much and I’ve found so many things to do to occupy my time. How can I possibly add work back into the mix?! I just don’t know.
Over the past year I’ve considered not going back to work at all, but that’s probably not the best thing to do. I love my coworkers and the work is easy, but I know it will be hard to be away from Ezri. Money wise, I don’t need to work, but a little extra cash doesn’t hurt anyone. It’s still up in the air and I probably won’t decide until the day my maternity benefits end in November.
I just finished watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix. It was SO good! I can’t believe I didn’t watch it when it was first airing. I opted to watch Everwood instead back then. However, right now I’m very thankful for Netflix. I enjoyed the first few seasons best, but overall really enjoyed the entire series. It will definitely be worth a rewatch one day.
Next I’ve decided to move on to watching Scandal. Ellen talks about it all the time on her show and so I’ve been suckered in. It’s also very good. There are so many twists and turns and betrayals and “scandals” that I am entertained every single episode. I just started season 3 today so I’m getting caught up to current episodes. I believe they just started season 6. Oh and speaking of Ellen, we signed up for cable again. Our 6 month promotion ended at the beginning of August and we didn’t want to pay full price, so we cancelled it. Well they called us last week to offer us another promotion and we couldn’t say no. So now I can watch Ellen again!!! Yaaaaay.
Ezri and I are going to the baby show (it’s an expo type thing) tomorrow. We are meeting up with a Mom and baby from our baby group and will just wonder around the booths. It will be fun. It’s my 3rd baby show and Ezri’s 2nd. I always seem to walk away from them with a little extra knowledge. Plus, it’s fun to get out and interact with other babies and Moms!
Geeze, writing this post has made me realize that I actually do miss blogging. I think I’ve spent enough time away to make me crave it again!! This could be the beginning of something here…
Wow, baby girl Ezri, you are double digits! 10 months! This has been a fantastic month!
Standing and holding onto things is your favourite thing to do. It’s hard to put you down to a sitting position because you always want to keep your legs straight. You’ve even started standing without holding on for a few seconds. You are getting brave and let go more often. We’ve seen you stand up in the middle of the floor from a sitting position a couple times already. Soon it will be second nature for you and then the walking will come. I am SO not ready for that!! Ah.
You are officially a traveller of the air as you went on a plane for the first time this month! We went to Disneyland for a few days and you had a blast. We definitely tired you out. There was a lot of stimulation. You got very excited meeting Princess Tiana, Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse. You also got to meet Minnie Mouse, Aladdin and Jasmine and Sulley from Monster’s Inc. You went on many of the rides and seemed to like them for the most part. I would say that It’s A Small World was your favourite. Oh and you LOVED Disney’s special Dole Whip!!
While we were away, you did so well at napping in the baby carrier and in your stroller when needed, but we always tried to get you back to the room for your long afternoon nap. You even broke your nap record, twice, while we were away. One day you slept 2:22 and the next day you slept 2:30! YEAH. But then you managed to break your record again when we got home and napped for a full 3 hours. I was blown away. We haven’t had a repeat, but I am always hoping.
Night sleeping is all over the place. You have a good few days and then a couple REALLY bad days. We are in the middle of a bad set of days right now and so I am hoping there are some good nights in our future. At least you are getting expert at falling asleep on your own without rocking or nursing. We’ve given you a blanket and you love to snuggle up to it and fall asleep. It has been a saving grace for some nights and naps.
You are doing very very well at eating solids. You are willing to try most things now, but you still hate avocado and broccoli. It makes me a little sad because that green stuff is so tasty. You still gag every so often, but I am doing a lot better at knowing that it is normal and not freaking out. Your grabbing skills are improving and you can manage to get chunks of food into your mouth…sometimes. We tend to pick a lot of food out of your highchair after you’re done eating. We are trying to give you at least 2 meals a day, but often we will try to just give you some of whatever we are eating at each meal. We have a Floopz machine (like a Yonanas machine) where we put in frozen fruit and it comes out like ice cream. So we make you “ice cream” all the time and that is one of your favourite things to eat. You also like to suck the living day lights out of the fruit/veg puree packages.
You love to talk and babble. You say so many syllables. Your Dad and I fully believe you said Mama and Hi Dad on purpose. You say them all the time when you’re just babbling, but there have been some “intentional” times. I am so excited for you to talk and communicate verbally! It’s great to know that you know your name and you always turn your head toward the speaker when they call you. You are learning the word NO as well because, as you have become more mobile, you are getting into so many things that you shouldn’t. I
You learned how to clap hands this month. It’s so cute. If we are clapping hands, you will usually follow suite. Also if we ask you to show us clapping hands, you know what that means. Sometimes, when you feel like it, you will wave at us. You do it more often just because you want to and not because we ask you to. More cuteness will come, I am sure.
You’ve started to pull the DVDs off my movie shelves. You love to make a mess. We are trying to teach you not to do it, but it’s a learning thing. As I said above, you are recognizing the word NO
You are about 15lbs now and still growing at your own pace. We’ve retired most of your 3-6MO clothing and have you in just 6MO clothing. Some of your outfits fit, but some are still too big. It’s so nice that you are getting so much wear out of all of your clothes.
Your Grandparents and Great Grandma are very happy that when they come over to see you, you recognize who they are. It’s wonderful to see your face split into a giant grin when you see someone you know!
I am so excited to see you continue to grow, learn and thrive. You are the greatest little girl in the world and your Daddy and I love you so much!