It’s hard to imagine we’ve known her now for 11 months. And 11 months ago, we had no idea what she looked like, or who she would be. My head can barely wrap itself around the idea of it. There’s no way. There’s just no way she’s almost a year old. Time is playing a mean, mean trick on me!
Until 7:45 pm on October 22, I’m going to pretend like she’s still a tiny, tiny baby, and savor every second before she turns into a toddler. Or just a very mobile infant. But she won’t really be an infant anymore, so I’m not really sure when the change into toddler-hood occurs. Either way, I feel like once we’re counting her age in years, and not months, it’s a whole new ballgame.
Getting these photos is a complete joke now. She will NOT stay still for anything, so we ended up outside just so she’d stop crawling all over the place at lightning speed. She is completely obsessed with the little pumpkins or squashes, whatever they are, and would not let go without throwing a huge fit. Seriously, she would not let me take them away from her, it was hilarious! Oh, and I accidentally snapped these on the wrong setting in my flustered, hurried attempt, so forgive the poor quality. Oh well! Can’t be perfect every time!
This update is pretty long winded, so pour some coffee and get comfortable because it was a big month!
She went to the pediatrician just a week or so ago for a cough and she weighed in at 18 lbs 6 oz. So she might be a little over that now, but we’ll call it 18 1/2 lbs or so. She seems to be a little petite, but I’m not too surprised.
Diaper wise she’s still rockin’ the 3’s, and clothing wise, she’s kind of all over the place. She’s pretty much only wearing 6-12 month, and 9-12 month things, but sometimes the 6-12 month stuff is still big, and sometimes the 9 month stuff is too small. And she can wear some 12 month bubbles, but some 12 month onesies are too long. So, it’s weird. I guess she’s in between sizes. Story of her mother’s life. I’ve been telling family though that she’s in 12 month.
Shoes, now that’s where it really get complicated. Why can’t all baby shoes be consistent? She can wear some size 2’s, but some of her 6-9 month shoes are too small, while some are still too big. Her 6-12 month sandals are still huge, but she can wear a size 3 baby converse. We had her feet measured last night and she is right at a 2.5, so that’s at least somewhat helpful. Very annoying though that nothing is sized the same, so we are navigating the waters of, “will it fit now? will it fit in a month? should we buy only what she can fit into right now because when will her small feet get bigger?” IDK. It’s just a bit fat IDK at the moment.
- Mostly the same as last month plus…
- Honeydew Melon and Cantaloupe
- Pointing her finger
- Drinking from mommy’s straw
- Drinking from her straw fox sippy cup
- Throwing her paci out of her crib at naptime
- Peanut butter
- Bites of bagels and tortillas
- Her new paci (slowing switching to a different kind!)
- Walking around the house in her walker
- Starting to push her walker
- Watching Bob Ross
- Copying dad
- Making her “pow wow” noise with her hand over her mouth
- Any kind of music
- Napping in the car
- Laughing with daddy on the bed, being “thrown” on the bed by daddy, seeing daddy when he gets home from work
- Taking her bottles or sippy cups when she’s just not in the mood
- Wearing a bow
- Being scolded
- When mommy leaves the room
- Daycare drop-off
- Napping in her crib at the house…always a battle
- Foods she usually likes (one day she likes what she usually likes, the next day she hates it and throws it on the floor…this should be real fun…)
- A too-late bedtime
- First solo trip with mommy to Franklin
- First trip to the beach
- First time pointing her finger
- First fever virus
- First time drinking from her straw sippy cup and my water bottle
- First time switching to a new daycare
- First time starting to push a walker (right at 11 months)
- First temper tantrum type thing
- First time playing in her new play pen
- First time walking in her walker (her car)
- First picnic at the park
- First time dancing in the pew during church (she loves laughing at whoever is sitting behind us during church)
- First time hearing her big girl laugh, not just baby belly giggles
Our current routine is quite a bit different than last month! As you know, I’ve started a new job working from home full time so our morning routine has changed quite a bit! Our mornings, well mine and Adeline’s, are much slower and more relaxed and for that I am SO thankful! Adeline is still waking up between 6-6:30, though sometimes she’ll sleep in until closer to 7. Then I get her up, change her, nurse her (for just a few minutes because she’s really not that interested and would rather just eat breakfast!), and we eat breakfast together. We don’t have to leave the house until 8/8:15ish, so we pretty much gained over an hour in the mornings! While she eats, either I make coffee and also eat, or I make her bottles and clean up the kitchen from dinner the night before. I’ve decided there’s nothing better than having that extra time in the mornings with her while she devours her scrambled eggs and the sunrise comes shining in the window on her messy hair. After she’s done, and I’ve got her school things all ready, we both get changed and head out the door to drop-off, then I’m home by 8:30 for my first meeting.
A huge perk of working from home now, and having her in daycare just 5 minutes away is that I can go get her anytime I want. If I’m having a slower day, or don’t have as many calls/meetings and think I can handle having her home with me, I can go pick her up. And I LOVE having that flexibility!
Typically though, I’ll pick her up sometime between 4 or 5, depending on how my day is going. I know she enjoys being at school, so I don’t want her to necessarily get in the habit of having short days ALL the time because it’s easier on both of us to stick to more rigid schedule. But like I said, just having the freedom to pick her up if I want to, is a huge blessing.
Our evening routine is still pretty much the same, dinner around 6:15-6:30, bath around 7, and asleep between 7:30-8. She’s still sleeping great, which we are very thankful for.
Adeline’s eating habits have also changed since we last talked. This month marked a really big change for us actually – the first introduction of formula. I thought we’d be able to make it to a year without supplementing, but we just couldn’t get there. It was getting to be really tough trying to maintain pumping 2-3 times a day, AND actually pumping enough. For a while I was pumping 8 ounces, and using 1 bag of frozen breast milk, but alas, we ran out. I really felt torn about introducing formula, and felt a lot of guilt and sadness about it. It’s just one of those things you can’t explain until you experience it. I knew though that we just had to, and it would inevitably help lift some of the pressure off of myself so really it was a good thing. We started her on a sensitive tummy formula right around 10.5 months. First we eased into it by sending 1 formula bottle to school, then eventually got to 3 formula bottles at school. Right around this time we went to the beach, and I pretty much decided the beach would be when I broke up with my pump. I was just done, completely done. You don’t realize how much energy you’ve spent pumping all these months until you’re done. Adeline now nurses in the morning, gets 3 formula bottles (sometimes just 2) throughout the day, then nurses at night. Recently, she’s also getting a couple ounces after she nurses at night to top her off. Although I was really sad and upset about having to start formula, it’s been a good thing, and Adeline has had no issues with it at all. She takes it perfectly fine. I can see why people would choose to formula feed over breastfeeding because OH MY GOODNESS it is so easy. Like, so easy. It’s been like a weight lifted off my shoulders to be able to just make a bottle as opposed to worrying about pumping or nursing. We made it 10.5 months, so I can’t be too hard on myself! We probably could have asked our pediatrician if we could start cows milk or goats milk instead of formula, but I honestly just didn’t think Adeline was close enough to a year to do that just yet. I’m hoping to start her on goats milk first, as opposed to cows milk, and then depending on how that goes, I’m sure she’ll eventually get cows milk. I was raised on goats milk, mainly because I was also a little sensitive to dairy when I was little too. Goats milk is the closest thing to breast milk supposedly, so while that might sound a little crunchy granola, that’s probably what we’ll do first.
As far as solids go, Adeline has been loving: cantaloupe, honeydew melon, bananas, apple sauce, peas, tortillas and peanut butter, bites of bagel, green beans, scrambled eggs, and oh man, SAUSAGE! This girl LOOVVVEEEESSS her some sausage!!
She can be picky sometimes. One day she loves her usual favorites, and the next she throws them all on the floor. We’ve also been battling her feeding Truckee. Often times we’ll catch Adeline straight up handing Truckee food and putting it in her mouth. Those girls. They are both a mess!
Things I Want To Always Remember
- The way she sounds when she’e nibbling on her food, and her tiny little fingers. She’s like a little chipmunk!
- How she points her finger
- Seeing her push her walker
- How nervous I feel when she pushes her walker
- Laughing at her while she “drives around in her car”
- Waking her up in the morning when she’s standing in crib smiling
- How when she’s really ready to wake up she knocks over the picture frame on her bookshelf at the end of the crib
- Her napping on me
- Hearing her say “mama”
- How much she hates watermelon
- Her squinty eye smiles
- Our sing-along times together, she loves to listen to music!
- When she sees her dad walk in the room
- Being outside and how she’s instantly so curious
- The color of her eyes. I swear they’re the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. A mix of hazel/green/blue with a tiny hint of brown. We’re still not sure what color they’re going to be! I’m thinking a hazel-green though, kind of like her P Daddy’s eyes.
Thanks for following along! Have a great weekend!