My Delia Jane,
Today you are eleven months old, and that means...you'll be ONE YEAR OLD next month. Good grief, where has the time gone this year??! You are just a pure delight in our family, and these past eleven months have been some of the sweetest we've ever known. Here are some of the highlights of your eleventh month.
-You weigh 22 pounds and are 31 inches long. All that crawling, cruising and wrestling with your sister has started to melt away some of your baby chub, and you are looking more and more like a big kid every day. Stop that. ;)
-A third tooth came through (FINALLY) up top, and your fourth will be popping through any day now it seems. Teething hasn't been particularly rough for you, but it has not been fun either. Your sleep is a bit patchy and punctuated while you are teething, and your personality isn't quite as relaxed while you are in pain.
-You developed your first ear infection this month in your right ear, and you were just absolutely miserable. I don't think you let me put you down for about five days straight. You ran a fever for a few days, didn't want to eat, didn't want to play, and you just looked pretty puny. Poor baby.
-Unlucky for you, while you had your ear infection, you and your sister both developed croup at the same time. Coughing, wheezing, stuffy, miserable girls. It was a hard couple of weeks for our little crew, especially since Daddy was out of town the entire time. We were spent by the time he got home!
(This is mid-bye-bye...)
-Words you can say: Dada, bye bye, hi, and Mama...kind of. Sounds more like "Mmmba mmmba." But...I'll take it. Of course! ;)
-You can wave 'bye-bye' like a pro, you love to clap your hands, and you have started dancing to music. You'll hear a tune, catch my eye, and then start rocking back and forth slowly. It is so cute!
-This month, you have really started to wean yourself down from breastfeeding, and we are down to about two feedings per day. You'll nurse in the morning, and then you'll nurse one more time in the late afternoon or evening. If I try it any other time, it is like wrestling a small animal to get you to do your business.
-Thusly, you've started taking a bit of milk from a cup this month to replace some of your nursings, and you are doing great! You prefer a straw cup, and you'll drink about 8-16 ounces of whole milk a day.
(The 'no more baby food' sassy face...got it, kid.)
-This past month, you SERIOUSLY let us know that you were done being fed any form of baby food from a spoon, and you eat all table food now. Actually, you still love those veggie pouches, so I won't tell you that they are just baby food in a fancy container. ;)
-You've begun feeding yourself from a fork, too! After slapping our hands away when we'd try to feed you with a fork, we just gave it to you...and you did it! You can't really stab the food on your own yet, but you'll get there.
-We have yet to offer a food that you don't like (here's hoping that lasts...), so I can't even list all of the new foods you've tried this month. From tuna to roast beef, PB&J to waffles, roasted bell peppers to peas, you're a fan.
-Nothing new to report in this category. You still prefer an early bedtime of 6:30pm, and you wake up consistently between 6:30 and 7am. You take an hour long morning nap around 9am, and you take a two-ish hour nap in the afternoon at 1pm.
-You still like to have two pacis in your crib: one for your hand, one for your mouth.
-You sleep in some of the funniest positions! One of our favorites is when you'll kind of sit up still asleep, and then you'll fold over and face plant back onto the bed with your legs still tucked up under you. Doesn't look comfortable, but you don't seem to mind!
-Before bed, you really enjoy reading books and being snuggled...but only for a bit. Once you start reaching for your bed, we know it's time to go night night.
-Emery has become your best friend and favorite play thing. You two crack each other up as you hug, kiss, roll around all over each other on the floor, tickle, dance, crawl around the house, and swap toys. Frequently, an hour will go by with the two of you just playing contentedly with each other without needing Mommy. You are going to be such good little friends. Already are.
-Your dance moves have broadened this month to include arm waving and rocking back and forth, and you and your sis love a good dance party! We rock out to Glee songs and, sadly, Justin Bieber. You girls LOVE those songs!
-Your bestie, Lydia, loaned you a toy shopping cart, and it has really helped you as you take steps toward walking independently. You'll push that little cart all over the house, and you are pretty proud of yourself, too. ;)
-Sadly, you do NOT enjoy wearing bows or headbands. Too bad, because you've got a lot from which to choose, little lady. Maybe someday.
-You are such a snugly little girl. Always have been. You'll flop all over me if you need a snuggle, and you are pretty content to be held and cuddled...that is until you see your sister across the room having fun, and then it is necessary for you to join her ASAP. :)
-You like peek-a-boo, "Super Why" and "Word World" on PBS, any book, the teddy bear on Starfall.com, wrestling, testing the limits on "don't touch"..., putting anything and everything into your mouth, snuggling, wrinkling your nose when you laugh, putting your feet on the roll bar on the double jogger, snacks, dance parties, swinging, and your Daddy. :)
-We missed Daddy very much this month as he traveled, but we did get to spend a lot of quality time with Nama, Aunt Schmoo, Mimi and Papa. They let us come and stay with them, and, although you were very sick the entire time, you enjoyed the snuggles and extra attention from your adoring fans. We wouldn't have made it through without them! You have an amazing family, my girl. Amazing.
My lovely Delia Jane, you are a precious gift. Truly. A gift. It hurts me to think what our life would be like without you, and I can't imagine a day without your Doodle Bug personality and wrinkly smile. God blessed us greatly when He loaned us you.
I'll love you forever,