Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Eleven Months Old!

I know I say this every month, but I can't believe Esther is 11 months now! I am really trying to treasure this time ( as you can see by my millions of pictures) because she is at such a fun age and really turning into a little girl instead of a baby.  As you can see in the picture above she is very much on the move now! It was a struggle to get her to sit still for these pictures, and she would have nothing to do with laying down. So these pictures have a few "props" in them to keep her sitting still. 

Esther is such a sweet little girl. This picture might be one of my favorites of her.  She has hit so many milestones in just the past few days. Today she said her first "real" word: Dada! Today was Leland's day off and when Esther woke up from her morning nap she kept saying it while he was playing with her. It was adorable. I was a little sad she didn't say mama first, but I'm sure she will soon. To console myself I was telling Leland that at least she always crawls to me over him or anyone else, so she must love me too haha. 

Another thing she did for the first time today was wave goodbye to me as I was leaving for class. I have been working on it for a few weeks now and she finally did it back today, it was the cutest thing ever! She also has learned the sign for milk, which I have been doing for the longest time. I'm not sure she even knows what it means yet, she just does it whenever she feels like it haha. 

She now has 3 (almost 4) teeth and has started doing this little squinty smile that shows off her new teeth. Haha, I love it! Along with her new top tooth came some new challenges, one is a whole lot of teeth grinding that has yet to go away, but according to my #1 parenting resource, the internet, it's totally normal and not harmful. The other thing was biting while nursing. Luckily it was never too hard, but she did do it for like two days straight  at every feeding. It was a struggle but eventually she understood that she couldn't do that, and hasn't done it since. She still loves nursing and doesn't seem to want to stop anytime soon, which I am ok with for the time being. 

Her sleep has improved so much this past month. She went from waking up every hour or two, to sleeping in 7-8 hour stretches without waking up. Luckily she has always been good about sleeping a solid 12 hours no matter how many times she wakes up. She has also gone back to being able to fall asleep in her crib on her own with little or no crying. which I am so grateful for. After getting out of her normal schedule it got to the point when I would have to lay with her to get her to sleep. We debated letting her cry it out again, but I'm so glad I didn't because once she was caught up on sleep and not teething she went back to falling asleep on her own easily. Now she seems to be on her way to night weaning which I am really looking forward to. :)

At 11 months Esther likes:
-playing outside
-climbing things
-being chased
-standing unassisted (!!!)
-exploring new places
-her pink fuzzy
-animals especially cats

At 11 months she doesn't like:
-wearing bibs
-sitting still
-sitting on laps
-getting out of the bath
-getting her hair done
-being told "no" (she is very sensitive)
-sitting in the cart 

She still nurses 4-6 times a day and 1-2 times at night. She loves eating table food, especially if it's something she can pick up herself. She loves trying new foods, especially if it's something off our plates. The foods she loves include: peas, cheese, steamed veggies, pasta, strawberries, blueberries any pureed fruits or fruit pouches, cheerios, salsa, chips, and basically any junk food or candy. We try to have her eat healthy foods the majority of the time though. Foods she doesn't like include avocados, bread, and squash. I will keep trying on these though. 

Congrats to anyone who made it through this loooooong post, but I mostly write it for myself so I can remember little E at this age. She is our little sweetheart and I love being her mom so much!

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