|Personalized onesie made by Amber from The Cotton Cupcake Shoppe!|
It’s almost the end of January and I realize I still haven’t published Kate’s 11 month post yet! Luckily I take good notes on all her adventures so it’s easy to remember the details. One of the biggest changes we’ve seen in Kate this month is her increased desire and happiness to play independently. She’ll easily play for 20 minutes, 30 minutes–sometimes even an hour!–all on her own, just as happy as can be. Of course G and I still hover in the wings, because even though she doesn’t need us to entertain her, we still find watching her to be our favorite form of entertainment.
Kate falls more and more in love with her books each month. She has always loved being read to, but now she is starting to sit down and flip through her books on her own, babbling as she turns the pages and pretending to read. She even knows to turn the book around if it’s upside down! She is so much fun to watch! She enjoys her books more than her toys lately, so that’s what we’ll toss in the diaper bag for her to play with when we’re out and about. Here’s a video of her “reading” in her carseat on our way home from lunch one day:
I mentioned last month that Kate lost a lot of her speech after her cleft palate repair, but I’m happy to say she’s been quite the little chatterbox lately! G and I have been so thrilled to hear her voice again. She’s also been giving the most glorious, slobbery open-mouthed kisses. Oh it melts my heart! I ask for “kisses please?” and usually she just moves her face a little closer to mine so I can give her a kiss, but sometimes she surprises me by attacking my face with that big slobbery open mouth–and she doesn’t let up either! She’ll hold her little mouth–open as big as she can get it–on my cheek, nose, forehead, neck, etc. for as long as I let her, which is usually only a few seconds before I erupt into laughter and start smothering her in kisses instead. She is so much fun!
Another one of her fun things to do is “Sooo Big!” which her Grandma Pam and Grandpa Steve taught her. We ask, “How big is Kate?” and she throws her arms up in the air as we reply, “SOOOOOO Big!” She just loves the reaction it gets!
More big news this month is that Kate is getting more confident standing on her own, and her balance is getting much better. She also had a big teething month and popped through her 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th tooth–four teeth all at the same time! Those were not our favorite days, but thank goodness for bibs and teething rings!
Kate’s 11 Month Stats
Bedtime: 6:30pm. We had been trying to gradually push Kate’s bedtime later to 7pm so we’d have more time with her in the evenings, but after a couple of weeks it became clear that she still needs her earlier bedtime. Once we returned it to 6:30pm she began sleeping a lot better again.
Wake Up Time: 6:30/7:00am.
Naps: Two naps per day for approximately 3 hours/day.
Bottles: We weaned Kate from her daytime bottles this month, which surprisingly was a piece of cake! She’s now down to just two 7.5oz bottles per day–one when she wakes up and one at bedtime.
Meals/Solids: Breakfast at 8/8:15am, lunch at 12:00pm, and dinner at 5:15pm. We also introduced snacks this month which replaced Kate’s daytime bottles. She now gets a snack when she wakes up from her morning nap, and another snack when she wakes from her afternoon nap.
New Foods: Tomato, grapes, fish, cranberries, mandarin oranges.
Developmental Milestones & “Firsts”: First Christmas, and first New Year (although there was no way that little girl was staying up until midnight!). She is standing on her own, and now has 8 teeth.
Favorite Toys: Thanks to Christmas, Kate has lots of new favorite toys! She loves her Chatter Cookie Monster and her Chatter Elmo (they both get big laughs!), her Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Activity Table (the laptop is a big hit; she loves to open and close it), her Fisher-Price Learning Home that she got from Grandma and Grandpa, her B. Zany Zoo activity cube, and any book she can get her little hands on!