This baby girl is growing up faster than I can keep up.
We started her on solids at 6 months, which as exciting as it is… not so exciting for the parents (us) who have to now change the smelly chunky diapers. Yum. I remember the first time we gave her food, I sat there excited with my camera to capture her first expression as she chewed up her first piece of food. Instead I got this:
Sorry for the not so pretty picture, but it happened so I’m sharing.
The next day she was loving all forms of food. No vomiting this time.
Over the last three months she has had a little bit of everything from all types of veggies and fruits, eggs, yogurt, chicken, peanut butter and toast, and luckily hasnt thrown up again since that first time! She loves food and will try anything, but she’s not a big eater. I give her a little snack in the AM, she eats a decent size lunch and doesn’t care much for food the rest of the day. I’m working on feeding her dinner and breakfast more consistently.
Bananas are her jam right now. If she even sees a banana she goes CRAZY, starts throwing a fit until someone hands her the banana whole and she shoves it as fast as she can into her mouth.
A few days after her 6 month birthday she started crawling, and 10 days after that she was pulling up on everything. Her playtime became “what can I pull up on” and then she would just stand and look around. She’s now all over the place. She loves cords of all kind. She will find any iphone/ipad charger and ‘plug in’ = she puts every cord in her mouth. She remembers where every cord is and if we leave the door open she speed crawls to it.
She speed crawls to everything, every time the refrigerator opens, laundry room door opens, anyone goes to the bathroom, the bedroom door opens… you get the picture. She’s extremely curious and wants to be everywhere all the time.
Christmas is always better with kids around. We built up Christmas morning in our minds, and when they are 6 months they just don’t get it yet! So our Christmas morning went like this: put a gift in front of Lottie and watch her stare at it. and then watch her try to eat it. and then watch her get distracted and crawl somewhere else.
So while she didn’t yet feel the Christmas magic of the morning, we loved having her around and are excited for future holidays as we start forming our own traditions as a family.
At 8 months, she hit a major sleep regression. Josh and I felt like we were dealing with a newborn again…maybe worse.
My only thoughts were she’s having…
1. Separation anxiety at night.
2. Teething pains
3. A growth spurt
All I know is consistently at 10:30 PM and from 3 – 4 AM she was waking up screaming bloody murder.
By 9 months she was back to her regular routine – thankfully! How many more of these sleepless nights do we have in store for us?! I’m assuming it will be like this until she is 21.
We left her for the first time for a long weekend to go to a destination wedding in the Bahamas. Since we were paying the Atlantis Resort’s high prices, we were going to enjoy the late night wedding and weekend catching up with our friends. Of course on the way back a major ice storm hit Indy which closed the airport down for the night. Let’s just say mom was FINE with leaving her until the flight got cancelled and we were spending one more night away from baby girl.
Once we got back from the Bahamas, we were welcomed by winter and lots of snow! She made her first snow angel and was the most stoic snow angel I have ever seen. This was the one picture I got that even resembled a smile. She’s not too sure about this whole snow thing yet!
She has two teeth! And she reminds me by biting me constantly.
We had a fun valentine’s day DIY photo shoot with some lipstick and her on my bed. She got lots of kisses from mama for February 14th this year!
We also had our first painting day. I mixed greek yogurt with kool-aid and let her go crazy. The fun lasted 10 minutes and then she was done. She wanted to paint the entire kitchen red as she tried to crawl across the floor. I swooped her up and dropped her in the bath and we rinsed everything off before it had the chance to stain her skin. I didn’t wait to find out if the kool-aid would color her skin, so if you leave this mixture on your baby for a few hours I have no idea what they will look like!
She did try to taste it and honestly the high concentration of kool-aid is disgusting (I tasted it before I gave it to her). After she stuck the first taste in her mouth she never tried again, but it’s nice to know if she did decide to eat it would be OK.
It want to keep doing these fun sensory activities with Lottie and get her used to discovering new textures, smells and taste on her own.
She turned 9 months in Gatlinburg where we spent a week in a cabin. She struggled a bit adjusting to naps, but overall spent the days happy. We are still learning the best ways to travel with a baby. There is a lot to say about babies that are flexible and can sleep/eat/play anywhere, and there is a lot to say for babies who are on routines. We are still working on finding the balance between the two, but practice makes perfect right?
I could go on and on about how she is saying mama and dada and baba, her hair is growing longer every day and every day she gets closer to hitting a year I get so much more nostalgic about how fast these last 9 months have flown by.
I’ll stop rambling now, and leave you with this question: What was your favorite age when your kids were growing up?