Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bailey: 10 Months

Happy (belated) 10 Month Birthday, Peanut!!

I mean, you know I'm going to say it again. NO WAY IS LITTLE GIRL 10 MONTHS OLD! Hoooow is time going so fast? I swear, I just had her yesterday and yet at the same time it feels like she's always been here. Crazy, crazy, crazy.  
Shocker. She's still a tiny little peanut. No weight check this month, but I can't imagine she's gained much. She's still in 3-6 month clothes, though I think we'll move out of those semi-soon. The weather tanked this week into chilly, fall-like temps and I had a mild panic attack when I realized we have NO fall/winter clothes that fit her.
Clearly, it was a great day in these parts. #winning
For my shower, all the 6-9 month clothes we got were summer... and, not just summer style with a watermelon on it or something-- I'm talking like tank top rompers. S-u-m-m-e-r clothes. So, we did a quick Goodwill run and got a few things and then I ordered (on clearance!) a pack of long sleeve onesies (to go under short sleeve onesies which we have a gazillion of) and a sweater to go over tank tops. It'll work. Anyway- for now, she's still in 3-6 month clothes. Which is mind boggling. We moved her up to size 3 diapers more because we ran out of size 2 and have 2 boxes of size 3 than out of necessity. The 3's are big, but work. She's getting taller, I feel like. Her pants seem to get shorter but still fit in the waist. Poor girl is only 10 months and already has the eternal woman problem of being between sizes and clothes just not fitting right. Being female is so fun.
Pretty good! We're still officially STTN, which is HUGE. She and I start nursing around 7pm each night. We nurse for about 10 minutes max now (more on that below) and then she's over it, so I put her in her crib, wide awake, and, based on the video monitor stalking I do occasionally, she puts herself to sleep 10-15 minutes later. WIN. I'll take it, hands down any day. 

Naps are also pretty good. We're officially on a 4ish (haha-- like how it's official, but also -ish at the same time? I rock.) hour schedule and definitely down to 2 solid naps. She may not be a naturally sleepy baby, but with some work and consistency, I'd say she's a good napper.

Moving to the 4 hour schedule was a very intentional decision on my part. As I've explained before, I lay somewhere in the middle of parent-led and child-led parenting. I could tell she didn't want or need her 3rd nap anymore, but she wasn't going to magically transition on her own without me taking the lead.

I started just after she turned 9 months by just kinda going for it and saying we were going to do 2 2-hour naps and then by staying home and diligently tracking our schedule for a few days.

It wasn't fun and it wasn't easy. Staying home for a few days to get us solidly on the 4-hour schedule sucked. I don't like to be cooped up, but it was best for Bailey. Gotta do what you gotta do. Anyway- after a few days, she was good to go. Now, our basic schedule (which gets messed up almost every day b/c of play groups and doctors appointments and grocery shopping and... life) is:
6:30am: Wake, Nurse, and Solids
7:15-8:30am: Play (a lot of times we go on a walk)
8:30-10/10:30am: Nap
10:30: Nurse
10:45-12:30pm: Play/errands/whatever
12:30pm: Nurse and Solids, then more play
1:30pm-3/3:30pm: Nap
3:30pm: Nurse
3:45-5:30pm: Play/errands/whatever
5:30pm: Solids
6-7pm: Bath/books/play/etc.
7pm: Nurse, then bed by 7:15pm
9pm-ish: Dreamfeed
I would reallllllly like to get rid of that Dreamfeed, but I've tried and tried and each time she wakes up the MOTN or super early. So, we're keeping it for now. Ugh. It is what it is. I think we'll try again at 11 months to cut it and see what happens. I'm also planning to cut the 12:30pm nurse session and do just solids (with a sippy cup w/ b-milk in it) and see how that goes.
Nursing & Solids:
Well, we just talked a bit about it, huh? We're still nursing! I do think she is starting to loose interest, though.
She wants to play and look around and such. This is normal, so I'm just going with it. It's not unusual for one of our nursing sessions to last as little as 5 minutes now. Our first session in the morning is hands down the longest and the one I think we'll definitely keep well past a year. The others, we'll see. I'm trying to not be super crazy about it and trying to not try to plan everything that inevitably will go to hell anyway. Look at me... learning. :)
Solids are still going well, too. Girl loves food! We were at my in-laws one night and Bailey legit ate half a cheeseburger, lots of veggies and numerous spoonful's of baked beans. My MIL was shocked at how much she was eating. Girl can EAT.

Of course she has her moods, but generally she's a really good eater. Usually, she'll eat a TON for 1 of her 3 meals a day and which meal is the "good" meal is totally random. Then, she'll eat OK for the other 2. Though I have a feeling her "ok" is still pretty good.

Her favorite foods of the moment are: banana (omg- girl could eat an entire banana and then some in 1 sitting. She's obsessed!), yogurt, mango, beets (the Hubs thought it was SO weird to give her beets... I mean, it kinda was, but she liked them!), pasta (I made a chili mac dish that she LOOOOOVED), ground beef, toast, and broccoli. She's just sorta meh on blackberries and raspberries and plain avocado. Still haven't really found a food she really will refuse to eat.

-This local play place where she can crawl all over and play with other kids. She loves watching the big kids.



-Sadie. OMG. She's obbbbbsessed like never before lately.

-Watching videos of other babies or herself. I'll sometimes take a video of her on my iPhone and then show her. She LOVES it.

 -Being read to. She wasn't really into books (besides trying to eat them) til now-ish.
Now, she'll sit on my lap and let me read a (short) book to her... though she still does like to eat the books, too.

-Moving around. ALL THE TIME. The jumperoo, trying to walk, crawling, pulling herself up -- as long as she's moving, she's good.

-When I put her in the PNP or jumpy seat thing to then go fix dinner. I have no idea how she knows, but every night at that time she wants so much attention. Goof.
-She's kinda over her carseat hatred which is AMAZING!! She's still not the #1 car fan, but it's generally not an all-out scream fest anymore, which is great.
-Not being able to play with my iPhone or car keys. I tell her a gazillion times a day "not for babies!" and girl just doesn't care. We're working on it.

Talking. Ugh. That sounds silly. I wouldn't say she DISLIKES "talking" or babbling, but she's not doing it as much/in the way our doctor would like. Let's back up. When we went to the doc for her 9 month check up, the doc asked if B was babbling with the consonant sounds. Specifically, they look for ma, ba, and da. Bailey was not making those sounds at all. She makes LOTS of sounds (eh, ah, he, ha, ga, ge), but not THOSE sounds. She screeches and squeals, too. But, again, not THOSE specific sounds the doc was looking for. So, the doc referred us to get B's hearing tested (don't get me started... we went and had it tested... SO stupid... do you know how they test an infants hearing? Have you ever clapped and seen an infant turn? Yep. Basically that.) and she tested fine. We're also having First Steps, an early intervention speech/physical therapy program, come to do an assessment. That takes forever to schedule, so they're coming next week. Anyway, she's STILL not making the sounds, but I KNOW she can. Ok, ok. Maybe I'm crazy, but I just KNOW she can. I feel like she just doesn't WANT to right now. She spends 100% of her energy moving and exploring stuff. She wants to moooove and look around and pick up everything and investigate everything. She doesn't care about talking right now, she's too busy. PLUS, have you met me and/or the Hubs (ok, many of you actually haven't... lol). He's quiet and a thinker. I'm a mover and talker. Imagine that our CHILD (that is a mix of us both) would be quiet and a mover. A MIX OF BOTH OF US. Wooooah. Mind = Blown.

Anyway.... that's my 2 cents on the situation. We'll see what First Steps says. I'm happy to get her help, if she needs it... and of COURSE I think my child is perfect (b/c she is-- duh), but if she really does need some help with speech, I'm glad the doc is being proactive. I happen to not think it's needed and to think there's no problem, but better to get help early. I get that. I'm not happy about the situation, but I get it.

New This Month/Special Moments/Milestones:
-Waving! It took us a while to finally admit she was legit waving and not randomly just kinda moving her arm, but it's definitely official now. She loves to wave to people at the store and on walks. It's the cutest thing I've ever seen. Obsessed.

-Her first cold! She got it from the Hubs and I. Poor thing. She was soooo clingy and sleepy and had a temp (my first time taking her temp since we left the NICU! Woah!!) for about 2 days and then was fine and back to her normal self.

-Her paci-loving days are back. She completely lost all interest in her paci around 4 months. Wouldn't touch the thing. Then, around Labor Day weekend (when she got her cold!) she picked it back up and now wants it all. the. time. I'm trying to be OK with it and just go with it, but I reallllly don't want it to become a habit. Ugh. Whatever. Get over it and just go with it for now, Meagan.
 -Girl is thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to being able to pull herself to standing and to stand without assistance. She can stand for a few seconds without holding onto anything now, but not for too long. I think she's crazy close to walking, too. I thought she'd have it by 10 months and we're not quite there, but it's definitely not too far off!

- The need for baby proofing! Girl loves going/doing the one thing she's not supposed to. So, we did some light baby proofing-- covered outlets, put cardboard over some cords, etc.
Like our DIY baby proof job under the desk to stop her from getting the cords?? Classic!

I'm not a huge baby proofer. I tend to be more of a watch-your-child kinda believer, but some of the stuff just makes it easier for me so I don't have to chase her away from a spot over and over again. Plus, I'd rather have our space more kid-friendly so I don't have to say "no" a thousand times a day. I WANT her to explore and test boundaries, so we're working to find a happy middle ground.


Nicknames: Peanut, Bug, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Jelly Butt -- we're weird. Don't judge.

Looking forward to: All. The. Things.

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree that B is putting energies into other areas-there is just so much going on! I love all of the updates!