Tuesday, January 26, 2016

11 months...so big so fast!

Paige is 11 months.  I might tear up every time I think about that.  I just can't believe that she is almost a year.  A few weeks left.  She is getting big.  Learning so many new tricks.  Changing from baby to toddler.  Since she is our last baby, I'm not handling this as well as I did with Harper.

Paige is about 19 pounds, which is about 50th%.  It would seem that she was bigger because her rolls and chunk seem much more prevalent.  She is inches tall, which is about average too.  She looks so much like Harper, especially 1 year old Harper.  She has long hair for a baby.  It already is curling up at the bottom and running way over her headbands.  We even got it into pigtails this month.  She is getting into size 4 diapers.  She is starting to wear shoes, size 2's, but her feet are a bit chubby and her heel is skinny.  So shoes don't stay on at all.  She is in 12 month clothes, and I just can't seem to take her out of her footie pj's.  She

She is still on the same routine.  Wakes up around 6:30, bottle at 7, breakfast at 7:30.  Nap around 9:30.  Bottle at 11, lunch at 12, Nap from 1-3.  Bottle at 3, Dinner at 5, Bath at 6, Bottle and Bed at 7.  She has added in more food and less ounces at bottles but she isn't consistent.  We are trying to wean her off bottles slowly while adding more snacks in between meals so that she doesn't need them.  She seems to be doing pretty well so that's awesome.  She loves berries, carbs, starches.  Basic baby snacks - puffs, wheels, cheesies.  Applesauce pouches are so convenient and she likes them.  This month she won't eat blueberries or bananas or green beans.  She will always be happy with a Ritz cracker.  She is drinking water some at meals, but not a ton.  She still chokes a bit, like it comes out so fast that she doesn't know how to swallow so it all spills out.  But she still likes to play with her cup.  She has started "dropping" it on the floor and wiping her tray off with her hands, throwing all the food to the ground.  I nicely but firmly tell her, "No mam."  She looks at me, waiting to see if I'm kidding, and then the lip comes out quivering.  She just starts sobbing and wailing with a cry that is all it's own.  It is literally the saddest thing I have ever seen.

She is really into walking these days.  She loves to hold onto anyone who will walk around the house with her.  She holds hands or grabs onto clothes, anything to pull up and walk around.  Harper is the best and walks with her every where.  Lately, she has been pulling up on Harper's back and they walk together in circles around the kitchen.  One night, Harper roamed reading stories from the bible while Paige trailed behind her holding her nightgown.  She is good at walking around the playroom holding on to various objects.  Pushing her walker around the living room.  Cody tries so hard to get her to walk without holding on.  She probably could do it, but she won't.  Anytime she can tell that he is trying to let go of her hands, she immediately sits down.  She is getting close though!

She still babbles all day long.  She loves to repeat the ma-me sounds.  Like, all day every day, day in and day out.  Mimi has decided it sounds enough like her name.  Pop wanted his name too so he tried one night and she actually got it!  We work on Sissy a lot too because I'm sure that will be her favorite word.  She likes to make funny noises and laughs and then watch us die with laughter at her.  Anytime she can get a laugh, she will keep repeating her actions.  Such an entertainer.

She still sleeps ok.  She is sleeping all the way through the night.  Sometimes she cries out or talks in her sleep, but always puts her self right back to sleep.  Still, the more she sleeps, the more she sleeps.  When she gets on a trek of bad days, it just continues to get worse until she can't take it anymore.  She still goes to bed at 7ish, because it seems that she will always wake up around 6:30-7 the next morning.  Over the Christmas break, for a few days she let us all sleep in until almost 8am and it was glorious.  She has her paci, her blanket to cover her face, and her warm blanket for her legs.  She loves her blankies.

She is getting better about playing with toys.  She will play with barbies and dolls now (she loves "babies").  She loves to sit and pull everything out of a box or bucket.  She likes to take something completely apart and then move on to something else.  Her favorite thing to do in the playroom is climb on the little red chair.  She climbs up it and then stands up in it.  Sadly, she isn't the best balancer and falls frequently.  But it never phases her for long because she goes right back.  Climbing around the couch is about the same.  Always afraid she is going to fall off, but she just crawls and jumps and falls around like crazy.  And she is happy doing it.  She loves her new Cozy Coupe Truck too.  She likes to climb in and out.  She likes to be pushed around by Harper.  She likes to walk around it and push it around.  It's a fun jungle gym for her.  She also likes her busy board.  She likes to pop the door stopper and turn the light on.  She still likes her little house/door in the living room and it's our go to toy when we need to sit her down for just a bit.  Her other activity that always keeps her happy is pulling books off shelves in her room, Harper's room, or the playroom.  She loves to destroy and sit in mess.  She also likes books, so this one is one of her favorites.

She does much better at church and BSF.  She likes all the ladies now and doesn't cry for long at all.  She still always needs Harper with her if I'm leaving her, but it makes it so much easier to drop her off.  Harper is always willing to stay with her and make sure she is ok and happy.  They always play together wherever they go.  People tell me how shocked they are that if Paige is upset, she is immediately comforted by Harper.

Harper and Paige are already best friends.  Honestly, it's crazy how much they love each other.  Paige adores Harper and Harper is her second mama.  They spend so much time together and never get tired of each other.  They play well together and love to do anything together.  Harper is the best helper I could have ever asked for and Paige is the best baby.  It's amazing to see these two sisters together.  When I found out we were having two girls, this was my dream.  Sisters that would love each other more than anyone else and take care of each no matter what.  Love them both so much.    

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