Monday, April 11, 2011

11 Month Update

Today is a golden birthday of sorts for Lucy.  She's 11 months on the 11th.  Woot!  Trying not to be emotional about her 1st birthday being right around the corner . . .

So here's the update!

Routine
Her routine hasn't changed much since the 10 month update except for dropping one nursing session.  Starting today, though, we're going to drop the afternoon nursing session.  If all goes as planned, she'll only be nursing in the morning and at night for the next two weeks - at which point I intend to drop the morning feeding.  Wish us luck! Haha.

Sleeping
I hope I don't jinx myself by writing this, but sometimes I'm amazed at what a great sleeper Lucy is.  She doesn't take particularly long naps, but she lays right down without a peep and goes to sleep.  I think she takes after her parents a little bit in that respect - the girl loves her bed! I'm also amazed that since she started sleeping through the night at about 8 months, she has never woken up once in the middle of the night.  *knock on wood*

Eating
If you've read any of my other entries, you know how this is going.  She still doesn't really like any vegetables.  She's pretty good about most fruits.  Her favorites are bananas and blueberries.  When I give her apples, she sucks the juice out, then tucks the piece away in her cheek until her cheeks get so full that she has to spit all the pieces out.  Haha. Silly kid.  I'm still experimenting with sneaking fruits and veggies into her food.  Recently, I've started smearing applesauce or pear puree onto toast, pancakes, and graham crackers.  She loves it.  And the other day I snuck pea puree into white chili and she slurped it right up! 1 point for mom!

Milestones and Personality- the fun stuff!
I've been jotting down things to share, so here they are, in no particular order.

1. Lucy will not let me read to her.  It seriously breaks my heart.  I try, but usually only get through one page before she throws herself off my lap.  I blame this on number 2 . . .

2. The girl has got to be in motion at all times.  Sometimes I feel bad that I don't spend more time doing "structured play" with her, but she hates it!  She spends most of the day crawling around the house pulling things off shelves, out of baskets, and out of my purse.  She rarely plays with her toys.  And we've learned to close the bathroom door.  Haha.  The only time she is still is when she's . . .

3. Sorting!  She's still totally obsessed, and honestly it worries me a tiny bit.  I swore I wouldn't be one of those mothers who worried needlessly about autism, but her obsession with sorting just does not seem normal.  She spends a good portion of her day moving blankets, burp cloths, or even her dirty laundry from one side to the other and back again.  Over and over and over.

4. She still doesn't have any words.  I take it back about her saying "bye-bye."  That didn't last.  I was speaking in sentences by my first birthday, so I'm kind of surprised she isn't more vocal, but I'm not too worried.  Justin is slightly less verbal than I am, so she must be taking after him. :-)

5. Still no teeth.  She does take after me that way.

6. She loves clapping, clucking her tongue, and making Indian noises with her mouth (sorry if that's not PC - I don't know what else to call it).

7. Just in the last week she's really started to get the hang of "cruising" around furniture.  And she has finally learned how to get down from a standing position.

8. Her favorite place in the house is standing next to the bathtub.  Haha.  She books it in there any chance she gets.

9.  She likes "shaker" toys.  I tell her to shake it and she usually shakes her head first before figuring out to shake her hand.  Haha.  It's like "rub your tummy and pat your head . . ."

10. Speaking of shaking her head . ..  she definitely understands the word "no."  When I say it, she stops what she's doing and looks at me.  Most of the time she just smiles and keeps doing what she was doing, but it's a start! Haha.  The thing I tell her "no" about most often is throwing her food on the floor.  It's gotten to the point where I only have to give her "the look" and she shakes her own head.  It usually doesn't stop her from throwing food on the floor, though.  Haha.

11. I'm not sure I should admit this, but Lucy knows how to use the TV remote. Lol.  She picks it up and points it at the TV, then looks at me when the TV doesn't come on like, "What's wrong with this thing?"  Haha.  Oh boy. I'm a failure as a mother!

12. It wouldn't be a monthly update without a run-down of her new fears.  We went to Logan's the other night and of course got seated next to the kitchen - which is right by the bar.  She was terrified every time the bartender used the blender.  And she lost it every time someone had a birthday and the whole restaurant yelled "Yee-haw!"  Haha. Poor kid.

She's still the sweetest baby ever.  She's always full of smiles, still loves to snuggle, and has the best giggle in the world.  We love her so much and while I'm sad she's growing up so fast, I'm looking forward to all the fun we're going to have together in the future!  

3 comments:

  1. Yay Indian noises! :) Sorry I had to..thought it was funny and even worse that it needs a disclaimer because of the world now. :)

    - Bethany

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  2. So many fun things! I love how many things babies learn in such a short time!! I know how you feel about her not being as verbal as you expected, except with O it's that he didn't start walking til he was a year old... Nathan and I both walked at 9 months and we were sure he was going to be an early walker... nope! Try not to worry about her sorting (riiight... don't worry, mom...)- babies are fascinated by the weirdest things. Nice job sneaking veggies in her food- I need to take hints from you there!! O knows how to "use" the remote too, so I'm with ya there ;) He's a TV zombie as we speak.

    I want to comment on every little thing but that would be one monster comment so I'll stop. Again, it kills me that we can't just come hang out with you and Lucy!! I want to meet this sweet girl!!!

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  3. Gah!!! It just lost my entire comment:(
    In short...she doesn't have autism;)

    Blueberries are a super food, so that's awesome that she loves them! She's getting good nutrition from them, and just keep offering those veggies until you find ones she likes:)

    I think it's funny you'll be nursing her less often than I nurse B! Way to go, seriously; you'll make it to 12 months, and that's such a great thing for her and for yourself (breast cancer prevention -- isn't it funny that they have to be "used" in order to help lower the risk of breast cancer. I find that fascinating and awesome.) So I'm not trying to diminish what you've done by saying "I'm still nursing, what's wrong with you?":) Not at all!

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