i feel like this past month was a HUGE one for development. you're changing really quickly and now that i think about everything that you've been doing it sort of makes sense that it would line up with terrible night time sleep. we'll go with that excuse anyway.
i said that my goal this month was to soak in every moment and i really think i did just that. it definitely helped that i had a week off this month to spend with family.
this month has been a big one for babbling. you've started saying consonants and your favorite is 'dada', go figure. after all the hours i've spent with you over the past 7 months you'd think you could throw a measly 'mama' in my direction but apparently i'll have to hold out a bit longer for that one. charlie tried to talk me into thinking that maybe you were saying 'dan' but i think he was grasping at straws with that one. i've heard some ga's and ba's and mmmms in there, too which is a big change from previous months where all you would do is scream 'aaaaaaa' and blow raspberries. you're still doing both of those although the 'dada dada' has become a favorite as well.
the biggest change this month has been introducing solids. we've mostly done baby led weaning and mixed in some purees but you're a fan of doing things herself, which i've tried to let you do. so far this month you've had apples, avocados, peaches, pears, sweat potatoes, plums, grapes, strawberries, and bananas. i have not followed the 3 day rule at all as i really don't have the patience for that. some of your favorites have been avocados, apple slices, and strawberries. you've learned how to bite and chew and while the process has been a little scary at times, i think you've really enjoyed experimenting with different foods. i made some pear, apple, and sweet potato purees and you have tried those as well, although i think you like the larger chunks of food better.
you shows no signs of crawling and i sometimes wonder if you'll be one of those babies that goes straight to walking. i still think we're pretty far from all of that but you are starting to lose patience with sitting in one place and the amount of time you'll happily sit and play at once is getting shorter. you also pulled yourself up from sitting to standing for the first time just yesterday. i think our days of a non-mobile baby are numbered.
you still love being held although you're a squirmy baby when your in my arms. you love to turn around and around, especially if you're sitting down.
you did great when traveling in telluride, further proving my point that 2 of your favorite things are being within a foot of me at all times and seeing new places and things. i also think you really enjoyed the time she had with your grandparents this month and it was a shock to us all when we had to go back to work and you didn't have someone to entertain you 24 hours a day.
sleep is still our biggest challenge. your naps are still completely inconsistent and i never know when i put you down for a nap if it's going to be 20 minutes long or an hour. we really started to work on a nap routine and putting you down without nursing, which was getting better and then we went to telluride and regressed a lot in regards to naps. you took all of your naps that trip in the ergo which made napping in her crib nearly impossible when we got back. nighttime sleep has also gotten a lot worse. where you were consistently waking up once a night to nurse and then going right back to sleep, you're now waking up 3-4 times a night. i think it's a combination of growth (you really are eating more), teething, and wanting to sleep snuggled next to me. as much as i love those nighttime snuggles i love sleep and i'm hoping you'll work this out soon so we don't have to look into sleep training.