It has been a really fun spring and summer, especially compared to last year! Stella is enjoying the outdoors, long walks and time in her baby pool! We didn't get out as much when she was a smaller baby last summer, but now weekends are spent exploring new places and being active. Plus, she is sleeping more these days!!! This has made a world of difference for me. Literally on her first birthday she finally slept through the night (7:30pm to 7am). She doesn't do that every night now, but most nights she won't wake until around 6:30am or later. It's amazing what a longer stretch of sleep can do for your general outlook on life! :)
Do you ever go back to getting a normal amount of sleep during parenthood? I'd give anything for her to sleep until 8am on a weekend. However, the morning moments are always really fun. That time between 6:30 and 7:30 when we can just play on the rug, watch cartoons and just be together... I know I'll miss that.
She's VERY close to walking, but still prefers to crawl. I realize this is a little late (she's 14 months old), but I know she will get the hang of it in her own time. She loves to walk around while pushing one of those little push carts though! Did any of you have a late walker???
She's doing a lot of "talking" but not making a whole lot of sense! Her first sort-of word was "da-da". Her first full word was BANANA! She loves them. She will see a banana on the counter and start saying "na-na", "na-na", then eventually string together ba-na-na! If you read some of my previous posts you'll remember that Stella wasn't the best eater at first. And that was a VERY scary time. She would literally spit out everything we tried to give her. Luckily, something finally clicked and she's interested in food now! She loves bananas, strawberries, chicken nuggets, turkey and avocado. She's not the biggest veggie fan, but we keep trying!
Here's the part where you may judge me a little bit... we'll see! I'm still giving Stella a bottle in the morning and at night. We have been trying a sippy cup, and she does well when it is filled with water. However, if I put milk in it, she refused to drink it. We have tried for a while and have temporarily given up for the AM and night feedings. I wonder if she still wants the bottle because she nursed for so long? I'm thinking it's a comfort thing, but I'm not sure. I make sure to brush her teeth well, because I've heard the bottle can lead to some tooth issues. I really want to phase it out but I also want her to get the whole milk. She is in the 18th percentile for weight, so I want to make sure she continues to get lots of nourishment. Did you have this experience with your toddler? I've tried just about every sippy cup I can find, but we always go back to the bottle ultimately.
Please email me any tips or advice you may have! firstname.lastname@example.org Hope you are having a great summer, and enjoying some time with your kiddos!