Thursday, January 28, 2021

Rose-11 Months!

Date: January 20, 2021

Sleeping Pattern: We've settled into a really nice routine. She has 2 naps that are each about an hour (10-11am and 2-3pm) and bedtime starts at 7pm (usually asleep around 7:30) and then she wakes up around 7:30am. It's been pretty steady and nice. She sometimes takes a little bit to fall asleep, sometimes not, but she's able to handle it all herself. Big girl! The routines are all still the same. Sooo yeah!

Eating Habits: Not too different from last month! Nursing is good. She occasionally (I think when her teeth are bothering her) will gently bite but it's not bad and she gets very upset about being scolded for it. Lately, though, she will frequently end her nursing sessions by going "muah!" with big kisses on the boob instead of drinking hahaha. Sometimes she'll even cuddle it, because she's a sweetie. Eating solids continues to be pretty smooth, she's now up to 3 meals + a snack (she eats after her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd milk feedings and then dinner). She still eats most things-the only thing she hasn't been as big on is meat by itself (she'll eat it in stuff, and usually will still at least try it on its own) and peppers she mostly seems to not like. Carbs and fruit (and yogurt) continue to be a bit of a priority but she'll also happily nom on some cucumbers or Indian food or chicken pot pie. She has water available whenever she's eating just on her tray and she's good about just grabbing and chugging some when she needs it. And yeah, it's going pretty well and smooth and stuff. My only complaint is that she's started demanding people's food-fully reaching for and yelling at us to give it to her. One time she followed Michael around the house, trying to climb up his legs, to get at an apple he had. Dinner time is extra noisy when she wants something on your plate. As always the girl lets us know what she wants.

Development & Firsts: Rose celebrated her 1st Christmas! She absolutely loved it. She was a very happy girl all day. She also got her 3rd tooth (top left central incisor) and now has this cute grin where you just see the 1 top tooth flashing. She started standing on her own this past month as well and is getting better and better at it (eep walking probably won't be too far behind!) We attempted putting her on the sled for the first time but she wasn't a huuuge fan. Particularly if her glove got in the snow. Another big first is she got to watch the first ever woman vice president get sworn in (she's not allowed screen time-aside from video calls-but I made an exception for the inauguration.)-she seemed very pleased. And, yeah-she's just becoming more and more of a little person that we can communicate with and she's a smart little one!

Mischief:  She still enjoys a fun bit of play-mischief. Crawling super fast towards what she shouldn't have and big grins and giggles if you playfully say "what are you dooooing?" But honestly not that mischievous! Just fun-loving. 

Cuteness: I cannot adequately describe the sweetness of this baby. She is pure love. The amount of kisses and cuddles she gives are just, the best. She blows kisses now, too, and will do it at request (or anytime we say bye to anyone pretty much, or if anyone blows her a kiss). She also will respond to requests for "mwah's" and give you a big MUAH kiss. Her loved for stuffed animals and dolls has especially become ramped up (getting her very own dolly for Christmas certainly didn't hurt. She immediately hugged her and kissed her.) and she will snuggle them up in her arm and give them all the cuddles and kisses. We have a monkey puppet that's become a big favorite, for some reason. She starts going "oooh oooh ahh ahh" (all the animal noises are stinking cute) when she sees it and then when you give it to her immediately tightly cuddles it and will hold it out for you to kiss then she'll kiss it and...yeah. You get the idea. It's a never ending snuggle and smooch fest over here. She and James have been especially loving on each other this past month too. So many big hugs and kisses. They love to play with each other and frequently make each other giggle. They also frequently yell at each other and squabble over toys and stuff. Rose has started acting like such a little sister sometimes. Like there's this fluffy mammoth they got for Christmas that she was taking a turn with and she literally leaned out of Michael's arms to dangle the mammoth in front of James and grin in what seemed like a victorious/teasing manner. Or anytime he wears his turtle costume she like guffaws and points hahaha. But then she'll also just sway and sing "bruh buh bruh buhhhh"--those are 2 new things for her. She sings and dances now. She started dancing the 1st time when James sang the ABC's like 10 times in a row she was grinning and swaying. Then she started doing more and more whenever someone sings. And she loves to sing "da daaaaaa", "bruh buhhhh" or "mamaaaa" (the latter is a more recent addition that I am very pleased about) over and over while swaying. When she's dancing or excited she'll also do a cute little bounce. Her daddy love has become especially pronounced. One day Michael went into the office (a rarity) and she was so clingy afterwards. The whole following week she like followed him around and would come find him and demand his attention and love like constantly. He is not mad about it. She really looks for any of us when we're not around and always likes for us all to be accessible to her lol. I've also decided she must like accessorizing because she will pick up bows, headbands, and hair ties and put them to her head like she's trying to put them on. She'll even do it with the baby doll's headband (which is much too small for her lol). She also loves putting her winter boots on, she'll put her foot on top of it. And she'll grab her clothes and put them on her (not like...put them on but put them on her....you know what I mean). I love it. I love her. She also gives high fives. And will just lay and cuddle with you. And kiss the cute babies in books. And demand you find her all the animals in books to do their noises for her. And give you giant forceful kisses. And giggle and crawl quickly towards something fun for her. And end up sputtering water everywhere because she tried to kiss her reflection in the bathtub drain when there was water in the tub. She's just the happiest cutest most affectionate and wonderful little baby. 

Nicknames: Rosie, Rose Rose, Roses (Michael's mom calls her this), Rosie Posy, Baby Rose, Miss Rosie, Baby girl, Pretty girl, Lady, Young Lady, Chunk/Chunk-a-munk, "The Chub/Chubby/Chub-a-lub" (James calls her that), Meatball (mostly used by Michael lol), Sweetling, Sweetie-girl, Sweetie pie, Cutie-girl, Silly girl, Honey girl, Honey bun, Muffin, Little miss, Missy, Ma'am, Sweetness, Love, combinations of all of the above.

Talking: Rosie is rarely quiet. Always talking (and frequently yelling). Still unsure what all words/phrases she may be saying (sometimes I think I hear something but know it could be me reading into it. I'm sure some of it is what I think, though) but definitely lots of dada, mama, bruhbuh. She's also started singing! She'll sway side to say and say, in a lyrical tone, "dadaaaa, bruhbuhhhh, mamamaaaa" it's real cute. Animal noises have been a big development this month. She's been able to do elephant for awhile but now she knows monkey, giraffe, lion/tiger, penguin, crocodile, butterfly (she flutters her hands/arms and sometimes tries to whisper "flutter" repeatedly, it's adorable), dog, cat, fish, sheep, cow, pig, and we're constantly working on new ones. She loves looking through books or for animals to then have us practice the sounds while we point to them and like quiz her lol. 

Favorites: James, mommy, and daddy. When James is being sweet to her/pretty much anytime she sees him. Snuggles. Kisses. Being held. Books. Dancing. Singing. Daddy's guitar. Daddy wearing his glasses. People and video calls (if she hears someone on Zoom she starts getting so excited and tries to go where they are). Babies and animals and making animal sounds. Stuffed animals and snuggling them (especially the monkey puppet we have). Smiling and laughing and playing. Attention, play, affection, as usual. Eating. Anything she thinks is fun or funny or cute. She likes most things and is happy and smiling most of the time. She's a delight.

Dislikes: Being yelled at/scolded. Being taken from something (particularly a toy) she wants. Being told no (if you really mean it anyway). Getting wiped down after eating. Being kept still when she wants to go someplace. Not being able to eat what she wants when she wants/you taking too long about getting it for her. Teething. 

Concerns: General COVID/lack of socialization. But that's just life right now. Otherwise nothing really!


A Day in the Life: She and James get up around 7:30. I get them and take them downstairs then nurse Rose. Then change her diaper and get her and James breakfast (usually fruit and yogurt or toast or cereal or something). Then we play for a little bit before I change her and put her down for her nap around 10 (unless he has an early meeting this is also when we wake daddy up). She wakes around 11 and then I nurse her, change her, give her lunch, and then we play for awhile. Around 1/1:15pm we start James' nap routine and not too long after he's down we get Rose ready and she goes down around 2. Both kids wake around 3 and then I nurse Rose and we play for a bit, give her a snack, then I make dinner. We eat around 5/5:30 and then play (and/or take a bath) until 7 when Rose's bedtime routine starts. Michael or I read to her then say goodnight to things, including James, and then the other adult takes her upstairs to get ready and then I nurse her (while singing "Rosie") and put her in her crib. She usually falls asleep not too long after, while we're getting James ready for bed. And then that's it! She sleeps until morning.

^The last photo, bottom right, in the collage is Rose watching the inauguration. Look how sweet!

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