- Maia is Eleven Months Old!
- Donovan in October
- Serenity in October
- John and Ann’s Visit!
In the last week Maia has gotten so FAST! She can climb up the stairs! Fortunately, the day she discovered this, Donovan shouted “Maia’s on the stairs!” the second she touched the stairs and he went right up behind her so she couldn’t fall. I’m so happy she has such a great big brother to look out for her. She can stand without holding on to anything, and she does for long periods of times. At the discovery lab she stood staring at an animatronic dinosaur for thirty seconds at a time! And she doesn’t need anything to pull up on. She’s only taken a tiny, halting step, mostly she just stands still. She doesn’t really want to walk holding onto hands either, it seems like she wants to do it all herself when she’s ready. She can crawl like lightning though! Sometimes it’s still a crazy half-scoot half-crawl maneuver but it gets her where she’s going!
She has also started eating serious meals. She ate two entire cheesy breadsticks from Papa Johns. That same day she’d been unusually fussy. I think she was trying to say, “Feed me you crazy people. I’m HUNGRY!!!” She also ate several strawberries and blueberries, and crackers at that same meal. She still has trouble keeping the purees in her mouth, so they’re very messy! I end up spreading yogurt on toast for her. She loves peas, broccoli, peaches, blueberries, toast, cheerios, pizza, and penne with butter. Strawberries are her favorite though.
She’s still on the verge of talking. She’s repeated DZ, and tweet, and possibly crackers this morning. John heard that too so I’m not crazy =) But she doesn’t do it reliably yet.
She absolutely loves books. She will sit and listen as long as someone is reading. She especially loves Dotty, Jamberry, Pajama Time, and Snuggle Puppy. I sing snuggle puppy to her to get her to sleep at night =) She still chews books too, and now loves to crawl over to the basket of books I have on the windowsill and pull them down.
Maia can walk! She took her first few steps today chasing after Barrett’s dog Forrest. She took single steps yesterday going for the busy ball popper, but today is the first day she took multiple steps in a row. Then she dives forward and does her crazy scoot/crawl. =)
Maia is still nursing, but I’m very aware it’s not for much longer. She wants to snuggle and nurse when she wakes up and when she falls asleep. Sometimes it’s a sweet cuddle, where she’s just warm and cozy in my arms. Sometimes it’s a workout, as she tries to practice standing and nursing, which usually ends up with her in a downward dog position and me hoping she won’t bite. But I’m very glad I got to nurse my babies, and the thought of being done with that forever is sad. So I want to remember it even if there are times I wish I wasn’t her only pacifier =)
Maia is 11 months old today! She’s been sick the last few days so I’m not going to subject her to a photo session this morning. =) I’ll give her a day or two, maybe wait to post this until I do get the monthly pic in. She’s had a hard time sleeping the last few days, and I have so missed the baby swing. She wants to sleep flat, and after a few hours of that her nose is stuffy and she just can’t get comfortable. Last night she woke up around 10:30 and after a long session in the steam, nose spray and some ibuprofen she finally managed to get a long stretch of sleep. In Mama’s bed, but she even stayed asleep when I had to get up to take the kids to school, so Eric stayed with her while I made the school run. I’m so glad she finally got caught up a bit! And me too =) She’s gotten addicted to Sesame Street during this last illness, since she finds it comforting and tired Mamas and Daddies have to do what they must when they’ve had no sleep!
She definitely says DZ now, and I’ve heard her say Bye-bye, cracker, and this morning she said Bye bye Dada. =) She’s so excited to see Eric when he gets home from work. They are adorable =) She definitely knows what we are talking about even though she only has a few words. When she’s struggling against sitting in her high chair, I can say, “do you want strawberries?” and she’ll get very still and let me buckle her in. Also usually works for “cracker.” So most meals start with a strawberry or a ritz cracker =) I can also ask if she wants to see Serenity or DZ and she’ll look around for them until she finds them. She loves her siblings and she enjoys them even more now that she’s so mobile! She finds it hilarious when they crawl with her, or when they’re running around her.
She is always ready for books! If she’s fussy, she’ll quiet right away. She especially loves Jamberry, Dotty, Snuggle Puppy, and Have you Tickled a Tiger. She’s demolished Barnyard Dance now, along with Pajama Time and Ten in the Bed. =)
She is walking even better these days. She still really doesn’t want to walk holding onto hands, though. I don’t know if it’s because she’s just that independent, or if she hasn’t realized she could go faster with some support, or if we just don’t offer to help her walk all that often as no one is in a hurry for the baby to start running =)
Ann bought her the most darling little dress that will be perfect for her birthday. I think I’ll save it for her 12 month photos since I’m doing a different outfit each month. I feel like she has more hair than I’m used to. It’s a bit darker which might be why it seems different, but I think it’s thicker too. She’s getting a tiny bit of curl, but both Serenity and DZ had curl at this age so it could be mostly straight like Serenity or crazy curly like DZ, just have to wait another year to find out =)
I already posted lots of pics from the first two weeks of her 11th month, in my posts about the Pumpkin Patch, Disney, Ann and John’s visit, and Halloween. So I only have a few more to share =)
Donovan can outlast just about anyone at UNO. Eric one day tried to outlast him and he just kept asking to play again and again. It’s wonderful! He pays really good attention, knows when he has numbers that match and colors that match. He is happy when someone plays a draw two on him. He usually says, “I LIKE that!” He says “averse” instead of reverse. It’s so cute.
Oh, and he says “buh-member” still instead of remember.
DZ is such a great brother. Maia learned to climb the stairs, and the second she first touched the stair he yelled for us and followed right behind her to make sure she didn’t fall. He loves to crawl with her to make her giggle. And we also play tag. I run carrying Maia and he chases us until they are both full of giggles. =)
It’s hard to believe there is anything I haven’t already written about in October, but I found one or two things to add =)
Serenity has started curtseying when she asks for things. “Mama, may you please get me some milk?” Then curtsey. It’s really fancied up the atmosphere around here =)
Serenity is extremely excited about the play at school. She was telling us all about it, and having us stand in for all the characters. Mrs. Carter told me that she was doing really well as the narrator. She pays attention and knows just when it’s her turn to talk again, and she hasn’t really needed any coaching. She’ll even mouth other people’s lines and poke Stewart when it’s his turn.
Serenity had her first field trip! Maia and I went along, of course. Visiting the pumpkin patch at Livesay Orchards in Porter with a class full of kindergarteners was fantastic. They each got to choose a pumpkin, have a hay ride, and play in the pumpkin play zone. Also, they learned some fun facts about pumpkins, including the fact that the stem is not a handle. Serenity was very stern with me when she caught me carrying her pumpkin by the stem. She was buddies with Elizabeth. I didn’t see it, but evidently when it was time to choose buddies she was motioning to Elizabeth very emphatically.
Serenity also had her first sleepover with a friend! She was invited to stay at Elizabeth’s house. It being her first sleepover I was a little unsure initially. Well, I knew she would absolutely love it and that she’d have no problems being away from home. But I’m happy to report that I did just fine She loves Elizabeth and evidently tried to mind her manners.