This toothy grin just got, well, toothier!
Yesterday afternoon, Ada refused to nap and proceeded to have a mini breakdown of sorts. At some point, Stephen returned home from work, so we took turns trying to calm her down. She screamed and wailed, and then I saw it. An angry first year molar poking through her poor, swollen gums.
I felt around and discovered that the others are also close to the surface. Of course, we're adding to the collective agony from last weeks' addition of her bottom left incisor.
I think this monster tooth explains a lot of our issues lately.
I thought I'd do a brief update for Ada's 11-month birthday. The last couple months have gone by so quickly, I don't feel I've taken good note of everything that's been going on.
Clothing size: 6-12 months, but we've fully broken out the 12-18 month stuff, too. Like the sweater she's wearing above. I got it on sale at baby Gap. (I often get her clothes in the boys section so if we ever have a boy -- double duty!)
Teeth: 9 going on 12.
Meals: 5 breastfeeding sessions and 3 meals. One of those meals -- breakfast -- is always light. Just some oat cereal. Lately we've been doing baby food for the others because she won't feed herself/chew. But before that, she was eating broccoli, peas, tofu, cheese cubes, berries, bits of bread, yogurt, quinoa, couscous, brown rice, and pretty much anything.
Naps: Two currently. The morning is usually 1.5 to 2 hours. The afternoon is usually 1 to 1.5 hours. I am hoping to hold onto two naps for as long as possible, despite being slightly tethered to the house.
Walking? A.l.m.o.s.t. I thought she would be walking months ago, but she's been cruising since 8 months and seems now to be working up the courage to take larger jumps from thing to thing on her own. She has also started walking around with her push-toy and laughs hysterically while doing so.
Words: Mama, Dada, Kittsssss (kitties -- she calls all animals this), wawa (she said this only twice, but did mean water at the time). Her favorite word by far is bye-bye -- and she initiates saying it now if you walk out of a room or something. She also says "hey" sometimes.
But mostly, she laughs. At EVERYTHING. Especially animals. She thinks they are ridiculous.
Favorite activities: Still swinging at the park. Loves her pop-up circus tent (the one from Ikea we bought over the summer) and crawling through those pop-out tunnel (we need to get one of our own).
Favorite toys: Still ignores most of her toys. Lately, her favorite has been a plastic water bottle. But if I had to pick one actual toy I think she likes, it would probably be her Busy Gears set that her cousin Tessa got her.
Weaning plans: I don't plan to fully wean for a while. However, at a year, I would like to get closer to 3 feedings. Eventually, just morning and night would be good. But there's no rush and if this doesn't jive with Ada, I'll reevaluate my plans.
As far as her schedule goes, lately it's been like this:
Between 7:30/8:00 wakeup, nurse
9:00 breakfast of oats
12:00 wakeup, nurse
4:00 wakeup, nurse
7:00 bath, family play-time, etc.
7:30 bed, nurse
* I would like to cut out this feeding starting after my half marathon on Sunday. Because Ada hasn't been eating much food, I've figured it couldn't hurt to keep it. She still eats this feed heartily, but there have been a few times that she hasn't been too enthused. So, we'll see.
As for me 11 months postpartum, I think I'll wait to do an update. I'd like to recap the entire year in regard to mind, body, and mothering. So, I'll write that within the next (mere) 4 weeks! Now that Ada has gone down for her afternoon nap, I'm going to sneak in some birthday planning!
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