Wow, how have I left my blog for so long? I’ve been so busy with work, projects, the house, kids, etc. that this blog has kind of fallen by the wayside. But before my baby gets any older I figured I better do a catchup post!
Here is a quick rundown so I don’t forget all of her development over the past three months:
COMMUNICATION – Talisa is talking more and more every day, always trying new words. She does some more signs as well, but seems to really enjoy trying to say words. But the signs she makes are very important ones for her and she uses them all the time. When she doesn’t know the word or sign for something she flaps her arms around and says “nahnahnahnahnah”.
PLAY – Talisa’s favorite thing is still BOOKS! She starts her mornings by looking at books and ends her days by looking at books. Sometimes she wants the same book read over and over. Other times she sits through one word of a book before picking up another, and another, and another. She is starting to play with shape sorters and nesting toys quite frequently as well. And she can now stack things instead of just knocking them down! Outside on the playground she can climb the stairs, go to the slide, sit down and slide down, and repeat. A big girl! She also enjoys the baby swing a lot.
SKILLS – Nothing new here, just honing and perfecting her climbing, running, etc. Oh, she tries to jump, it’s so cute. And she does this running in place move that she thinks is hilarious (it is!). She is trying to climb up and down stairs by stepping instead of crawling. She can sometimes manage one or two steps, but then goes back to crawling or reaches for my hand for help.
FOOD – Talisa doesn’t nurse as often during the day anymore. She nurses in the morning, before and after nap (unless she has 2 naps, then just before each nap not after), and at bedtime. She still nurses several times throughout the night, though. She eats most of the same foods that we do, and most her old favorites like frozen blueberries. She is allergic todairy, chocolate, and oranges. she gets hives from chocolate and oranges. I’m hoping she outgrows those allergies! She likes to feed herself with her little fork and spoon. The difficulty is that for some reason she ALWAYS turns the utensil upside down before putting it into her mouth. Maybe because it’s easier to take out that way? So it only works if the food that I’m giving her actually sticks to the spoon/fork. Otherwise it just ends up in her lap or on the floor!
SLEEP – Sleep has still been up and down, mostly down. She had a couple weeks where she had some kind of sleep regression and it was pretty horrible trying to get her to sleep. Though she has never slept through the night, at least she lets me nurse her, then put her in her crib and she’ll go to sleep. But during that two weeks she just screamed her head off when I put her in her crib. I had to hold her until she fell asleep. Not fun when she likes to toss and turn while she’s going to sleep. It was really a struggle. Plus she was waking up every hour for those two weeks. Now her molars are coming through so sleep is all messed up again. It’s hard for her to get to sleep unless she’s really tired, and she wakes up a LOT. In general for these past three months she has woken up every night every 1-3 hours to nurse (occasionally I just have to put her down with her pacifier and she’ll go back to sleep, but 99% of the time she wants to nurse). On good nights she’ll have several 2-3 hour spurts. On bad nights she’s up every 45-60 minutes all night long.
Over the past 3 months she has been slowly transitioning to 1 nap a day. Now she usually has 1 nap a day, but still occasionally 2 naps if she wakes up early or if her nap is short. I actually prefer one nap because it’s nice to get that 2 1/2-3 hour stretch in the middle of the day. The transitional downside is that when she has only 1 nap she seems to wake up 1-2 hours after putting her down at night and doesn’t want to go back to sleep. In the past we always give up and let her play for 1-2 hours to tire her out again. But she’ll get used to that and itcan’t go on (plus I’m SOOOOOO tired) so now I make her stay in the dark room until she goes back to sleep. sometimes nursing, sometimes I’m holding her, sometimes she’s laying in her crib or crying in her crib (I let her cry for awhile if she is insisting on getting up and play, but I stay in the room). It still takes her 1-2 hours to get back to sleep, but I’m hoping as she gets used to this new schedule she’ll stop that waking. There were two or three nights in the past 3 months when she had a 4-5 hour stretch of sleep. That was nice!! Hoping that crops up again and sticks around. I’m still veeeeerrrrrrry tiiiiiiirrrrred.
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT – Talisa has 2 top teeth, two bottom teeth, and now her molars are coming through. They aren’t popping through yet, but I can see them just under the gums and they are definitely causing her discomfort. Could be affecting her sleep lately, but it’s hard to tell as she sometimes sleeps poorly anyway. Her hair has finally grown in the past few months. Not much, but I can see now that it’s going to be pretty curly.
And now for a few photos! These are all from 13 and 14 months I believe, I haven’t loaded any recent photos onto my computer. I’ve been so terrible at taking photos lately!!
Playing in the dirt, a childhood must!
This is what my kitchen ends up looking like every day as she busies herself while I am doing prep work.
Dancing in the rain! She now says “NAIN!” every time she sees it rain.
Swimming, a favorite pasttime. This girl loves water, just like her big sister.
Talisa often looks like this, just a blur running across the room!