Your eating habits this month have changed slightly, I'm not sure if you're just MUCH more efficient, or if you're too easily distracted, but you often nurse for 3-4 minutes and you're done. You've moved from every 2.5-3 hours to every 3.5-4 hours, which I was very hesitant about because you're still getting a dreamfeed AND a night feed, but that's the only way I can get you to nurse longer than a minute or two. I'd much rather you eat every 3-3.5 hours during the day and drop the night feed then the dreamfeed, but of course, those are your longest nursing sessions- lasting anywhere from 8-15 minutes! It's like you're taking up then and can't be bothered to nurse during the day.
You really enjoy solids, this month we've added in zucchini, yellow squash, parsnips, yogurt, apple, pear, cheese, pumpkin, chicken and puffs. You love zucchini, pumpkin, and puffs, while pear took you a few days to warm up to, and you're not a big fan of yogurt at all. We do a fruit or yogurt in the mornings, mixed in with oatmeal, and then you usually get a couple of veggies or a veggie and chicken at night. We're venturing back into Baby Led Weaning, but you still get mostly chunky purees.
Then there's sleep. On the positive, your naps have improved drastically. You get up for the day around 7:30am, and go down for a nap without fuss between 9:30 and 10. You sleep for AT least an hour, usually an hour and a half, and on the rare occasion, 2 hours! Pretty big difference from the last few months. If you only sleep for an hour for your first nap you will take three naps in the day, but if you sleep longer you do two naps. And, your second nap is at least an hour too- usually closer to an hour and 15 minutes. Go Emerbaby!
Even with the lack of nighttime sleep, you're still the light of our lives. This month you learned to pat, as in we pick you up and you start patting our backs. It's like you're saying "Good job mom, you're the best". At least, that's what I tell myself, and my heart comes close to bursting with love.
You've also learned how to wave, and since we want to encourage you to associate waving with someone waving back, I find myself waving back at you a LOT during the day. Waving often turns into reaching for us, and you can be rather insistent about it these days. You love to be read to, though sometimes it's still a bit more interesting to chew on the books than listen nicely. We spend a little bit of time on Starfall.com each day, which allows you to indulge your love of mama's computer with something that's actually educational. You've added more consonants to your vocabulary, but no "Mama" yet. And you don't know what any of it means. You still love to blow raspberries, and new this month is sticking out your tongue, which we think is in response to your two bottom teeth.
You're VERY close to crawling- you can get one forward motion, but then you collapse on your belly. You love to crawl ON mama, and get pretty insistent about me sitting close enough that you can do so. You really like to use me as a jungle gym, but it usually results in snuggles, so I don't mind. You also seem pretty interested in pulling up, especially in the bath.
We celebrated Christmas this month, and although you had no idea what was going on, you loved seeing all your family (and they loved seeing you). It really was our best Christmas, and you are, by far, the best gift we could have ever asked for this year.
Favorites this month- our dog, Gus (oh how you love him), bathtime, your paci, buckets, cell phones, a rather creepy clownish rattle thing you got from your grandparents, the foam letters we got for your bath, being upside down, and bouncing. You also love zippers, buttons, and anything shiny.
You, my sweet baby girl, are our favorite. We love you.