First steps, baby signs, a new Bunny, Little Squigglers and Waterbugs – it’s been an eventful month for my little lady…
I’ve not had Jasmine weighed since last month (she was 23lbs 6oz). I started packing away her 9-12 month clothes today *sob* as nothing in that size fits her anymore. I always feel so sad when I put some of my favourite items of her clothing into those vacuum bags. Always a good excuse to go shopping for more baby clothes though, right?
We seem to have returned to a better sleeping routine this month. Jasmine goes to bed around 7.30pm and normally wakes around 8.00am.
During the day she has a nap in the morning at around 10:30am (if we’re not out at one of our baby groups) which can last anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours. Most days Jasmine will nap again in the late afternoon for an hour or so. On the days she doesn’t, she ends up very, very grouchy!
Jasmine still eats very well and enjoys most food…. even if it’s not her own! Nobody else can eat anything without her sampling it too. Jasmine has always disliked bananas but if I have one? She points at it and makes her ‘Uh! Uh! Uh!’ noise until I let her have a bite.
At the moment, when she’s finishes eating she has a terrible habit of just throwing her food on the floor which she never used to do. Just as well we have a dog, eh?
She’s still having 3 bottles of milk a day –
1x 7oz late AM before nap time
1x 6oz around 3.30pm before PM nap
1x 7oz before bedtime at 7.30pm
We have introduced cow’s milk with no problems so once we’ve used up our current box of formula we will make the switch to cow’s milk.
This week Jasmine has taken her first proper steps – 3 or 4 at a time to walk between mummy and daddy. She’s so good on her feet but now needs to learn to be more confident with it. She still prefers to cruise around furniture at the moment but she is getting braver and braver every day. It won’t be long before she’s a fully fledged toddler.
We *think* Jasmine has said her first word: “Heidi” but it’s so high pitched that it’s hard to tell. It certainly sounds like that’s what she’s saying though!
This month Jasmine has added more signs to her baby signing vocabulary – “more”, “eat”, “bird/duck”, “pig”, “up” and “down” and “shoes”.
Last month Jasmine had learned to climb on furniture and would often throw herself off said furniture head first. Now she’s got a technique to get down from sofas, beds etc. by swinging her legs around and slowly lowering herself feet first. As you can imagine, I am really rather relieved about this milestone!
Every day she shows me that she understands the world around her a little more. Today she found a small baby brush and started brushing her hair with it. She’s obviously learned this from watching me brush my hair in the mornings. It made my heart melt. Now I really have to be careful what I do and say around her because she is like a little sponge!
What else is new?
Jasmine had her 1 year jabs a couple of weeks after her 1st birthday. One in each arm and one in her leg. It’s always very upsetting to see her in pain but we are so lucky that we live in a country where she can be protected from all sorts of nasty diseases. She was over the shock of the injections very quickly and fortunately, didn’t have any side effects. :)
Jasmine has become addicted to watching our Sing & Sign DVD. We can end up watching it 2 or 3 times a day, if not more. I wake up in the morning and go to bed with the songs stuck in my head! At least it’s educational I suppose. And she seems to be learning a couple of signs a week at the moment so it’s obviously all going into that noggin’ of hers!
This month we started going to ‘Little Squigglers’ messy play and sensory sessions. We’ve been to 3 so far and each week Jasmine seems to get more and more into it. She often prefers the ‘dry’ activities over the real messy ones but I still end up going home with paint in my hair and porridge over my jeans. :)
Two weeks ago we started Waterbugs swimming lessons. The first week Jasmine was incredibly nervous and just wanted to be hugged tight the entire time. By the second session she was getting more into the swing of things and was jumping off the side of the pool into my arms. I’m hoping she will continue to grow in confidence each week. I’m so very proud of my lil’ Water Bug! :)
Jasmine has been very bitey lately. She seems to get frustrated very easily (she’s in her 8th leap and the frustration probably stems from trying to learn to walk). She will bite whatever it is that’s bothering her – her walker, me, toys and even the radiator! I’m hoping this little habit passes very soon. If nothing else, I’m worried about her damaging her teeth!
We’ve also been having some toilet/bathtime issues… I’ll leave it at that.
We lost Jasmine’s Jellycat rabbit in town the other day which was horrible. Thankfully she took to the exact duplicate that we bought for her. But I’m very upset about losing her original Bunny!
Likes: Sing & Sign DVD (a bit too much), Bunny, peanut butter on toast, walking whilst holding mummy or daddy’s hand, Heidi, bath time, spaghetti, pulling things out of the cupboard, her noisy bird toy (or anything noisy for that matter), the swings, rides on her SmarTrike.
Dislikes: nappy changes, being dressed, waiting more than 5 seconds for her milk to be made (I get the stink-eye and a frustrated double-handed milk sign aimed at my general direction).
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