Late to the monthy update party yet again. To say we’ve been busy in the corner of this universe would be an understatement. Between being back to work, marathon training, gardening, planning birthday parties, and enjoying our summer I’m left with very little time for anything else. We’re coming up on our last month of her being considered a “baby” in just a few short weeks, we’ll have a toddler in the house. Cuh-razy!!
She’s definitely starting to develop a little personality and I’m sure she’ll be walking unassisted within the next few weeks-all signs that our little baby is growing up. Her 11 month picture was the hardest one to take. She did NOT want to sit still-this was the best I could do before finally just giving up.
Sleep. We were BEYOND lucky in the sleep department with this little miss. On average we’d get about 12 hours of sleep from her. Within the past few weeks she’s decided that she wants to be an early riser and has been getting up between 5:30-6:30. It took awhile to get used to, but it’s actually kind of nice-I get an early start on my day to get stuff done around the house. And she’s finally starting to get into a napping routine. Winning all around.
Eat. We are in the process of transitioning from formula to whole, organic milk and eating mainly table food. It’s been fun to watch her play with and explore with real food. It’s also been very messy & time consuming. I try to make stuff for dinner that she can also eat too because I don’t have time to prepare 2 different meals during the week. She loves to eat salmon, chicken, and vegetables. There’s actually nothing so far that I’ve given her that she doesn’t like. Now that Madelyn eats most of her meals in the high-chair, Oliver is right at our feet waiting for something to drop. I don’t mind at all…he’s actually become a big help in the cleaning up department.
Play. This month Madelyn started standing on her own. She’s not a huge fan-she can do it for a few seconds and then she slowly starts to lower herself to a sitting position on the ground. On one hand, I’m really looking forward to the day where she doesn’t have to be carried everywhere but on the other, it’s already pretty exhausting just trying to keep up after her when she’s only crawling, so we’re really in no hurry over here. She’s definitely more interested in her cause-and-effect toys. Still no real words. I’ve been trying to get her to say “Mama”, but all I get is a blank stare and a smile. She does understand words though. I can say “Where’s Oliver? Where’s Daddy?” And she looks in their direction. She also gets what “No!” means, but tries to push her luck with that one. We’re still waiting on those top teeth to pop through. I can tell they are bothering her-she’s been up crying 3 times tonight and she has a tiny bruise on her gums Madelyn also loves the water. We took her to the pool for the first time last weekend and she LOVED it. I’m happy to announce that we have a water baby on our hands and that the two of us will be taking some Mommy & Me swim classes this fall at our local YMCA.
Planning for Madelyn’s birthday is well underway. There will be lots of Pinterest crafting/wine nights and Etsy purchases in my future. My dear friend, Marrisa made all of the invitations. She did an AWESOME job with them and I’m excited to share all the details for the party next month!