Sunday, September 25, 2011

11 Months!

Here we are, entering the last full month where Parker is still a “baby.” Next she crosses into the wonderful world of being a toddler!

This past month Parker has been very busy practicing walking. She uses everything that moves as a walker, whether or not that’s the intention of the toy—like her musical table. The purpose of the table is to allow babies to pull themselves up and play with the toys on it. However, Parker now uses it to get her from point A to point B. All the practice walking paid off because Parker took her first steps! Kris, Parker and I were out in the backyard playing. Parker stood up, took a few steps to me, then gave me a big hug! I was so proud and you could tell by the look on Parker’s face that she was just as psyched.

Parker is still the best little eater. She has three meals a day and one snack. The only food that she turns her head to is avocado. I have to be sneaky and mix it in with other food to get her to eat it. This past week she had it mixed with cream cheese on homemade organic Focaccia bread and she gobbled it right up. Another thing that she’s not a fan of is bottles. For the past month she’s only drank about 3oz of breast milk daily at daycare. When the teachers get out the bottle she pushes it away. So we switched over to breast milk in a sippy. She's not a huge fan but she's getting used to it. While she’s dropped her afternoon bottle/nursing session, she still nurses in the morning, before bed, and three to five plus times in the night.

I haven’t been the most stellar baby sign language mama but I have been doing the signs for nursing and food and Parker totally gets it! She hasn’t signed back to me yet, but when I do the signs she gets super excited because she knows good things are right ahead! It’s amazing to see how well we can communicate non-verbally. Parker is still gabbing away and now says dog. She also started saying Nana after my mom practiced with her while she was babysitting!

Parker has now mastered the art of opening cabinets and drawers. She loves all the cool things that she finds—strainers, baking pans, dish towels—and likes to pull it all out and throw it on the ground.

It’s hard to believe that next month I’ll be blogging about her birthday!

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