Today Sprout is eleven months old!
Oh my. A year ago I was hugely pregnant and anxiously anticipating my mid-December due date.
Now we're anticipating our baby's first birthday. It's amazing the changes that happen in just one year.
-To be completely honest, this month has been tough. Shortly after my last update I reached a breaking point with sleep. It had been a long time coming, but a few nights of hourly wake-ups did me in. I took to the couch and Jen patiently laid Sprout down each time she peeked her little head up over the side of the Pack'n'Play. After about a week I returned to the bedroom. Sprout is still waking fairly often, but usually goes back down after a few minutes of stand up/put down. She nurses around 2am most nights, and again between 4am and 5am off and on until we get up. So, still not a fantastic, but manageable.
-Her schedule is more or less the same as it has been, though I've bumped her morning nap back slightly and her afternoon forward. When she wasn't sick and her teething wasn't so bad she seemed to be going down more quickly with these small changes.
-Teething and sickness have certainly not helped on the sleep front. Sprout's top right lateral incisor came through on November 3rd, followed by her top left lateral incisor on the 5th. Vampire baby, just like her brother. I was sure a few more would be popping through, but we're still waiting. There are a couple more that are thisclose. This girl does not teethe easily. She also has some awful congestion right now, which does not make things any easier.
-On a more positive note, eating continues to go well. She loves her protein! Dhal is her absolute favourite, followed by chicken. I feel guilty for not making her baby food from scratch, like we did for The Bean, but there just doesn't seem to be the time. She often gets little bites of whatever I'm eating, but she gags quite a lot, so we have to be careful. I'm excited to take her for Thanksgiving dinner at Jen's Nan and Pap's.
-Her mobility continues to improve. She's a super-speedy crawler and cruises around like a pro. She'll free stand for a few seconds before plunking down on her bum, but has yet to even attempt any steps on her own. She does like pushing things around and will happily walk holding on to someone's fingers. For a while I thought she'd take her first steps before turning one, but anymore I think it won't happen until after her birthday.
-This month her favourite games have been peek-a-boo, rolling a ball back and forth, and putting things into containers. She also loves crawling through the tunnel.
-Her favourite book by far this month has been "Who's Hiding on the Farm" which is a lift the flap book. There's a mirror on the last page that she just LOVES looking into. Funny girl.
-She's really into "sharing" food, toys, etc. and will give a huge smile if you say "Thank you!" and make a big deal out of it. She also leans in for smooches and has starting giving air kisses.
-She just figured out how to clap and does it to get a reaction, when she is happy, or when she is listening to music. She's really been enjoying our city-run music program. We sing a song called "Sleeping Bunnies" and she'll put her head down on the mat and "sleep" when we sing it. It's pretty frickin' adorable. (She's the only baby in the program who does this, and I think the instructor gets a kick out of it.)
-We stopped swim classes. She wasn't enjoying them and I wasn't keen on taking her during the cold weather. We plan on starting her back up in the spring and seeing where it goes from there.
-Her growth has definitely slowed down and Jen and I have commented to each other that we think she's stretching out, though she still has a nice round belly and roly poly thighs. Her twelve month check up won't be until the new year so we'll get all her stats then.
Even though things have been a bit difficult, our little girl still has the nicest disposition, the sweetest smile, and brightens up every one of our days. We love her to pieces.