Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dear Emersyn: 11 Months

Less than a month until you are a year old?  How is that possible? Ready or not, your birthday is coming!

Every day we see more of your personality, and we love it!  You are so sweet and snuggly, but definitely have an independent streak as well.  You are also very sensitive to correction.  Being told NO often sends you into tears.  We hate to see you cry, but at the same time we know you need boundaries.  Crawling and cruising get you wherever you want to go, and you tend to head for off limits areas (like the tile stairs leading to the big tub in our bathroom- not safe baby girl!).  You've known how to climb up stairs for a few months now, but this month you learned to get down them as well.  Such a big girl!  You can stand on your own for a little while, but no steps have been taken yet.  I feel like it's like riding a bike, one day you'll just master the balance issue and take off!

This month- "mama" is in full force.  I'm pretty sure you actually said it back in February, but it was a one and done thing.  Now though, you say it a lot, and I love it everytime!  You've also added in quite a few other consonants, but no other discernible words.  We moved you into a convertible car seat this month and you really like the extra room.  You wave hello and bye bye, and will give kisses on occasion (but never when mama asks for them, boo).  You smile and reach for me when I say "come to mama", though, so that's nice!

You still love to eat, and while you pretty much eat anything we're having, this month we added in lima beans beets, almond butter, whole milk, plums, nectarines, salsa, steak and fish.  You still nurse on both sides three times a day- around 7:30am, 1:30pm and right before bed.  It's a good routine for us and while I had initially hoped to wean you right around a year, as it gets closer I'm just not in that big of a hurry for it.  Since I know you get plenty of solids, and will drink juice and milk, I feel like I have the flexibility I was wanting and you still get the benefits of nursing as well.

This month we celebrated Easter and got in lots of family time.  You really had no interest whatsoever in your Easter Basket, but you seem to be liking some of the things in there now, such as the bubbles.

When it comes to sleep, you are doing pretty darn well!  You usually wake for the day around 7-7:30, though we've had a few days this month where you've wanted to get going earlier and mama just had to oblige.  You go down for your first nap at 10am for about 1.5 hours, and then a second nap at 3pm for about the same.  Sometimes one of your naps will be shorter, but the other is usually longer if that's the case.  Then, bedtime between 7:30 and 8pm.  We very much appreciate the rest baby girl. 

Things you love this month- your paci, your own bed, food, Gus, mama and dada, crawling and getting into everything, cords, cell phones, remotes, standing up in the bathtub, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  Things you're not a fan of- being told no, getting your fingers caught in cabinets, and getting your diaper changed.

We love you, sweet baby girl, and we're soaking up every moment of your babyhood.



  1. She really is so beautiful, Lori. And I love that quilt in the last pic--did you make it?