Friday, September 18, 2009

What she's up to at 11 months

Elizabeth is quite the busy little girl. She's got places to go and toys (and non-toys) to play with!

She's still only got the one tooth, but tooth number two looks like its going to pop out any minute. Hopefully she'll have at least two teeth to chew up her birthday cake in a month!

My little girl is still pretty dang little. I weighed her yesterday and she was 16 lbs. At 11 months old, she still isn't quite double her birth weight (8 lbs 3 oz)! She is also approximately 27.5".

But my little girl sure can eat! She eats pretty much anything we give her. She still eats the fruit and veggie purees I make for her. And she'll eat little finger foods like peas, cut up spaghetti noodles, carrots, bread, crackers, bananas, etc. And she loves her puffs and mum mums! I am really enjoying this champion eater thing she's doing, but I'm not holding my breath for it to go on forever. The only time she wouldn't eat something was about a month ago, and it lasted a week or so, but she would spit out bananas. There was no fooling her - whether it was plain bananas, mixed with cereal, or snuck in between bites of something else, she'd spit them out. Now she eats them just fine. Weirdo. =)

She is doing awesome for her naps. For the most part. She has been taking hour and a half to two hour naps, sometimes longer! For her first nap anyway. Her second nap is anywhere from 30-90 minutes. Somehow her bedtime got to be pretty late again. So we're working on pulling that back to 8:30-ish. So far we've gotten it to 9:15-9:30, which exceptions of late nights still. But it seems like she always wakes up at or around 7:30 no matter what time she goes to bed. Except for the last couple mornings, its been 6:30, and that is too stinkin early. Hopefully that doesn't continue. Sometimes in the middle of the night, she'll wake up and stand up and cry. One of us will go in there and pick her up and she falls right back to sleep. Not sure why she does this? This has lasted for a while now, but hopefully it stops soon too.

We are still chugging away at that whole nursing thing. I'm starting to get a little nervous because she has that ornery little tooth. I'm still planning on weaning around a year, which means I probably need to start pretty soon. I nurse her usually 6 times per day. When she wakes up, before her first nap, before lunch, mid afternoon, after second nap, and before bed. And I have been getting up in the middle of the night to pump (so even when my daughter does sleep through the night, I CAN'T!) Well I sort of accidently quit doing that whole middle of the night pumping. Just not hearing the alarm on my phone (I usually have it on vibrate and put it under my pillow - it usually wakes me up way better than the loud alarm. Weird.) because it fell off the bed, or I left it on my night stand, etc. and then just not setting the alarm. So I'm trying to decide whether I should just go with it and quit getting up in the middle of the night or if I should start up again. I really like sleep though...

Let's see, what else... she plays catch! I passed a ball to her and said, "Throw the ball to mommy, Lizzie!" and she did! She doesn't have great aim yet, but that's okay. We have so much fun just passing the ball back and forth.

She is finally getting the hang of sippy cups! I have been giving her one every once in a while for a few months, and she mostly chewed on it or banged it on things. She finally realized it has yummy, delicious water in it! She also sucked from a straw once a few weeks ago. We were SO impressed, but she won't do it again! Little punk. She also drinks from water fountains. It is the cutest thing and pretty much a 2 person job. One person has to hold her and her arms down so she doesn't touch anything. The other person pushes the button on the fountain and makes sure her mouth doesn't touch anything. And Elizabeth just laps up that water like a little puppy. Actually, she kind of looks like a Lizard while drinking!

Oh, our little monkey one day decided to just climb into her high chair. Just went right on up. We just looked at her, and then at each other, and then really fast at her again, as we rushed over to her. Nate put his hands behind her in case she fell (she did not!) and I grabbed my camera. =) We have to keep the tray on it now or she'll just want to climb up and play.

What a big girl!

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