It's bittersweet. Soon closing the door on the baby stage and venturing into a new journey of toddlerhood.
For the one millionth time: Where has the time gone?
It's all--really, truly--such a gift.
I'm constantly amazed at how much she's picking up. For instance, Ellie has learned how to really play with her little activity center. Like, she has figured out how to make the toy balls go down the shoot, where they come out, and how to put them back (I'm sure this is a poor description on my end and makes no sense...).
Peek-a-boo is still a big favorite of hers and she loves to incorporate the game into anything we're doing. She loves when you initiate the game but also often starts playing with you herself, sometimes at less-than-ideal moments (e.g. while nursing. Focus, girl!). I can't help but laugh when she pulls her dirty, messy bib over her face and then swooshes it down with gusto; flashing you a big grin and silly, proud laugh.
Ellie is generally content to play independently in the playroom but she also likes to follow mama around and join in on the action. In fact, Ellie loves exploring and getting into so many things around the house. The cupboards, the fridge, the pantry, the dishwasher, closets, the toilet (ay-yay-yay), etc. I think you get the idea and I also think this is all quite normal for her age. I did indeed find myself muttering the following words today, "Honey, we can't play in the fridge" and "Nooooo, we don't play in the toilet."
Crawling is still very much her preferred method of travel and she loves to (quickly) crawl around the room with her favorite toy in hand. This favorite toy changes by the moment, but is most often quite simple: Sophie the giraffe, a small ball, a rattle, a sock, the top tier to her stacking set, etc.
I don't think Ellie will be walking anytime in the immediate future, but she's making steps (ha) in that direction. She can now pull herself up onto anything and everything (or at least attempts to) and is getting much more stable on her feet, as long as she has something to anchor her body against. She isn't really cruising yet but has made some attempts to do a semi-shuffle with her feet as she holds on to something such as the couch or activity center.
This month Ellie has made some pretty big strides in the solids department. After some hesitation and much gagging she's finally doing some finger foods (beyond puffs). She loves (loves, loves, loves) pieces of roasted sweet potato and will happily eat small bits of carrots, zucchini, green beans, avocado, egg yolk, toast, beans, banana, and mango. I'm actually not sure how much longer she'll be doing purees; now that she's picked up the finger foods she seems to be losing a little interest with them. Her most recent development in the solids area is insisting she spoon feeds herself any purees. This is not an easy or clean process, people! I feel like we are still a little behind on the solids because of Ellie's sensitive tummy--we have discovered some things that clearly aggravate it and are very cautious and slow at introducing new foods. But Ellie's appetite for solids has certainly increased recently. Which leaves mama a little confused: What is the right balance of solids vs. breastmilk at this age? I feel like I'm always a little uncertain in this area.
- First: Swim lessons, camping trip, time at the beach, true babbles.
- Loves: Using daddy as a jungle gym, peek-a-boo, anything involving playing in the water, her activity center, Nemo bath toy, toy balls.
- Does Not Love: Sitting still (this includes diaper and clothing changes).
- Teeth: Five! Two top, two bottom + an itty bitty one that just poked through on her lower gum. I suspect she's currently working on a few more.
- Words: None yet, but has recently taken off with the babbling and "talking." Yes, lots and lots of talking to us lately. Lots of rah-rah-rah, da-da-da, ba-ba-ba. She said what sounded like the word "ball" the other day but I don't think she actually meant anything by it.
- Nursing: Four times a day. Early morning, before morning and afternoon naps, and before bed.
- Meals: Three solid food meals a day.
- Sleep: Still going strong in this department. Goes to bed pretty predictably between 6:30-7 and usually sleeps until sometime between 5:30 and 6:30. If she gets up really early I can usually get her to go back down to sleep after she has nursed.
- Naps: Two a day. And--by no doing of my own--Ellie is getting much more predictable in this area. Morning nap usually begins around 9ish and afternoon nap usually begins around 2ish.
- Other Fun Things: Ellie has sort of learned how to wave. She has picked up a new, dainty gesture with her hands and sometimes when I tell her "hi" and wave at her she will do her little wave back. Gah! So cute.