You guys, the next one of these I write will be when Audrey is ONE! *Cue the tears!* These days everything is the “last” in my mind. I feel the end of babyhood creeping in and it makes me sad. I recently told my sister – who’s expecting her first baby in February – that babyhood goes so fast! Everyone, from strangers to close family and friends, told me to absolutely treasure the “baby days” because they go so fast. Of course, when I was in the trenches I thought, Yeah right! These days are never going to end! But now I’m staring at toddlerhood in the face I can’t believe it how fast its gone!
Before I get too ahead of myself, I’m going to treasure her last month as a bona fide baby. Here’s what Audrey’s been up to lately:
How old is she: Two days shy of 11 months
How big is she: I don’t know but my back hurts! Is that a measurement? Height: long. Weight: enough to hurt my back. 😉
Sleeping: Lately she’s been dropping some of her morning naps. If she does nap in the morning, it’s usually shorter and more restless. Her afternoon naps (around 4 p.m.) are longer. She usually goes to sleep for the night between 8:30-9 p.m., and she wakes up around 8:30 a.m. On average, she sleeps about 13.5 hours in a day.
Eating: We’re pushing Audrey to eat more table foods. I’d say her favorites right now are bananas in their peels, sweet potatoes and peaches.
The big news, however, is that I’m finally done with breastfeeding and pumping. Hallelujah! We were only breastfeeding once per day (the first feeding in the morning) and pumping three times per day without getting much. Sorry if that’s too much info! I wanted to be done with all of that before we travel for Christmas. It’s just so much easier and I don’t have to worry about eating non-dairy when other people are cooking. It’s funny; I’ve been so ready to be done with breastfeeding for so long that when it was almost over I got a little bit sad. It was just another sign of the end of babyhood.
Milestones: Audrey is pulling up and lowering herself down all day long. She absolutely loves her new skill. Sometimes she’ll take “steps” forward by dragging one foot forward and then the other. She’s a bit shaky on her legs so I don’t try to hold her hands and let her walk yet, but I think by her first birthday she’ll be cruising.
Personality: Audrey’s personality is sweet, curious and a little cautious. She’s done well with strangers and the babysitter unless she’s tired or hungry and then she gets gussy. She’s curious about everything around her, especially Willie kitty. She likes to wrestle and play with Mom and Dad. She’s making all sorts of noises, including “mama” and “baba,” and she has started mimicking sounds that I make.
Best moment this month: The best moment of this has been the day that it snowed. In Tennessee, that’s rare; maybe once per year. So when it snowed, I got her all bundled up and took her outside. That’s when her curious but cautious side comes out. She really didn’t know what to think of the cold, wet snow, but she didn’t cry so I guess that means she didn’t hate it!
Otherwise, I’ve enjoyed putting up the Christmas decorations while she explored the lights, bulbs, boxes and trees.
Audrey’s favorite things are: Mom and Dad are still pretty the most fun to her because we chase her, tickle her give her cool toys and make funny faces. We’re pretty hard to beat. 😉 But she got an activity walker for Christmas and she loves playing with that because it lights up, plays music and is good for pulling herself up. She also likes looking out the windows and she loves Willie kitty. Lately she has started pulling her dirty clothes out of her hamper and carrying them around the house. Her favorite thing of all, though, is pulling up to standing and then lowering herself down again. It’s endlessly fun and interesting to her.
Any surprises this month: I’m a little surprised that she isn’t more interested in the Christmas tree lights. She’s becoming more independent and willful, although not quite to toddler levels yet. I tried some dairy before I finished breastfeeding and I think Audrey’s still having trouble with it, which surprises and bothers me. Mostly I’m surprised at how quickly she’s changing, learning new skills and transitioning to a toddler.
Looking forward to: Christmas and spending time with family, of course, are big things we’re all looking forward to. Otherwise, her first birthday is coming up and I’m excited for that. Well, excited / sad and already a little overwhelmed just thinking about the planning the party. 😉