On the day of her birthday party, Maia called me Mama very distinctly, and gave me a kiss =) So sweet!
Maia is 13 months old! She is such a sweet baby =) When she sees me her toddling pace speeds up and she gets a big smile on her face and holds up her arms as she runs right to me. I love her so much. She adores books, they are her favorite thing now. It sounds more like “pooksh” when she asks for them, but you know what she means because she is usually placing a book emphatically in your hand at the same time. We used to keep a book in her bed at bedtime, and she’d open Eric’s hand and whack him with it, or whack him in the head with it if he’d fallen asleep trying to get her to sleep. =) Her favorite is Dotty, especially the page when the deer tries to hop over the stream. She will say “hop hop hop!” She has another book with hopping and she loves that too. She got a book about a mouse named Teeny Weeny for her birthday, another favorite. She is not, however, at all gentle with her books. She is very rough with them, frequently tearing whole pages off board books! I thought they were designed to withstand toddlers, but she is too strong for that =)
Food is presenting a challenge. I may finally have found a cup she can drink from, but she is not thrilled at the idea of weaning. She is just too hungry to subsist only on my milk though, so she’s gotta add some solid food now! She loves spaghetti, and today decided the best way to eat it was to skip hands part of the process and bury her face in it. Yum! Strawberries are still her favorite though, and she will clap and bounce in the high chair when she sees me get out the container. She’ll eat chicken well and other finger foods. We tried purees in the pouch again, and I think she may have even consumed some… but it’s such a mess it’s hard to tell.
Daddy is sleep training her again. He has the gift of being able to sleep through baby shenanigans, and it seems to inspire them to sleep as well. I, however, can hear her when she wakes up even if I’m all the way downstairs with the monitor off. Lol. However, she went through the last two nights without eating in the middle of them, and she got a lot more sleep as well so that’s great!
Maia still loves music videos. Laurie Berkner, and Sesame Street Singing with the Stars. Every now and again Eric and I hear the real version of a song on the radio and it confuses the heck out of us. =)
She adores Donovan and Serenity. This morning they were all three in her birthday tent, playing with magformers and cuddling. Ok, Maia was eating the magformers, but that counts =)
I’ve started decorating the nursery =) I took down all DZ’s monkey stuff, which was sad, but I had cute stuff to put in its place! Aunt Jen got Maia a deer decal for her birthday, and Grandma got her new purple sheets! My Dad made her this adorable deer nightlight. And I moved some of the pictures from her nursery corner downstairs up to her room =) I bought a purple bedding set for the mattress we sleep on when she needs company. I love the pattern on it so much, I kind of want to redo my room in purple so I can have it =) I love the sashiko patterns! I still plan to hang some of the star lanterns from her party, and move her owls from Uncle J upstairs, but so far so good =)