Feeding is going much better. It seems like her digestive system is catching up with her as she spits up much less. She still tends to eat every hour and a half during the day but can extend it to about 3 hours, especially if we’re out and about keeping busy.
With the go-ahead from our pediatrician, we started baby-led weaning. Her first food was sweet potato, and she loved it! So far, we’ve tried sweet potato, avocado, broccoli, banana, zucchini, and strawberries. Her favorites are banana, broccoli, and zucchini. We were nervous in the beginning with the gagging, but it’s already pretty rare. It’s amazing to watch how she becomes more interested and excited about food and how quickly she is getting better and better at feeding herself.
Sleeping got better for a while when she was sleeping 12 hours a night with typically two night feedings. Near the end of the month, sleeping got much worse. She started becoming hard to put down and to stay down, sometimes waking up every hour. We figured it could be due to teething. Shortly after this happened, we started to see the bottom two front teeth appearing at the front of her gums. How exciting!
The last measurements we got were near the middle of the month where we found that she is a whopping 17 pounds and over 25.5 inches long! Such a beautiful, growing girl. She’s already rocking 9-12 month sized clothes.
This girl can move! I placed her on her mat in early January and she went from only creeping about a foot to like ten feet one afternoon. We received news from her orthopedist that she would need to be fitted for a rhino cruiser. This was such a bummer as our prior appointments found that everything was normal. We were heartbroken because we didn’t want this to slow down her amazing development. In the two weeks prior to her fitting, she managed to go from fairly stationery to lifting up on hands and knees, hands and feet and scooting all over. It’s like the Lord pushed her development ahead quickly so she would better be able to adapt to her cruiser – such a blessing!
She made some crazy noises that sound angry for a couple weeks. I know that it’s her figuring out her voice, but sometimes it’s hard to tell when she transitions to actual upset. There was a lot of frustration from her this month. She has become pretty clingy lately, and occasionally no one but mommy will be able to soothe her. She cries during most diaper and clothing changes out of nowhere. The fun change to diaper changes is during her happier ones, she started grabbing and playing with her toes. It’s the absolute cutest thing!
My favorite moments are all about the laughter. It’s so much easier to get her to laugh now, and it just brightens my day. It made me so happy to see Nate able to get her to laugh for the first time. I’ve also loved giving her kisses on the cheek while she laughs, and she’ll put her whole mouth on my cheek as if she’s returning the favor. Too sweet.
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