Harper is now 11 months old and is becoming a toddler right before my eyes. We have learned lots of new things this month and can't wait for our birthday party next month.
We are finally learning to say "mama." It's cute to see her try the "m" sound. Her new favorite thing now is trying to talk over us in the car. Cody and I will be having a conversation and suddenly she is talking, very loudly, and very continuously. And of course she is so stinking cute we just smile and laugh at her and ask her what she's talking about.
Playing with her new book in the car
She is walking...ALMOST! She started standing up right after she turned 10 months. Each day she would stand a little longer and a little longer. At first, she immediately sat down. Then, she'd enjoy standing for a second or two but would still squat pretty quickly. Now, she just stands there doing whatever she wants and doesn't realize she's standing on her own until about 30 seconds. Then, about a week ago, Cody and I tried the walking thing. She really didn't want any party of it. She would just fall forward from one person to the next without even moving her feet. So a few days ago, we were so proud when she finally walked 1 step from me to the couch (she really wanted that remote). Since then, she will take a step or two a day. I'm sure she'll be walking in no time.
Standing - It's blurry because she was taking a step!
Her food is pretty much the same but she has added snacks to her daily diet. She has puffs and juice for her midmorning snack and a nutrigrain bar for her afternoon snack. And usually she scarfs down every bite of snack I give her. She likes people food way better than baby food, that's for sure. Last week, she was throwing food to the dog, so I got up to put the dog outside. But Maggie was quicker and had caught the food in the air before it hit the ground. This of course delighted Harper and her sweet laugh was contagious. So we sat there and laughed together while Harper threw her bites of food and Maggie caught them. Then of course I realized what a nightmare I was creating and that ended quickly.
Throwing food to Maggie
Eating her granola bar
Our house is constantly in a state of chaos. No matter how quickly I pick things up, she is capable of taking everything back out just a quickly. No more folding clothes, there's really no point. No more worrying about books being torn or pages ripped - she's going to get them no matter what. So now we just play and live in chaos. It's more fun for her that way anyways. She is also getting taller. She is now able to reach the 2nd set of drawers in her room and the kitchen. She now enjoys playing with the tupperware and the ziplock baggies (300 in one box means hours of fun).
Playing with a box of 100 trash bags means tons of fun
Harper is still one of the happiest babies ever. Every stranger that meets her loves her. She still acts bashful but eventually comes around. And she will still pick Mom over anyone, but she is used to her grandparents and Aunts. And she always loves other kids. They are just her size.
Sitting in a wagon (for the first time) with her friend, Avinley
Drinking from their own cups got boring, so they switched
The only bad part of this age is the fact that she has started wanting to have her way all the time. In the movie, Dumb and Dumber, there is a scene where they are in this car driving to Aspen and Jim Carrey asks "Want to hear the most annoying sound in the world?" And proceeds to shriek "Eeeeeeeehhhhhhh" for about 2 minutes. It's horrible. But I would say Harper can do a pretty good impression of that. When she doesn't get her way, she just whines until she is distracted or gets what she wants. Such a turkey. And of course she cries when we tell her no. Which is a lot these days. Either she'll get used to it or I'll go crazy and just give in.
Playing at Mimi's house (she never gets told no there)
But I feel like she is just turning into this amazing little girl. I pray every night that she would be different. Stand out. But a light in a dark world. That others would see some difference in her that they can't explain. That she would get to tell others about Jesus because they see His joy in her life. So we are already excited about seeing what God has in store for her. Because our sweet baby is becoming a toddler. And that's gonna be some fun years ahead.