Monday, August 20, 2012

Eloise - Month 11 - 12

My little baby is now 1, and no longer a baby. I can't call her a toddler yet, I still think of her as my little, tiny baby.

What a big month we've had, finishing with her first birthday. She was sick for a few weeks, with her first stomach flu as well as a nasty cold.

We had a lot of fun though, and ate at delicious places like Public, Balthazar, Gramercy Park Hotel, Brooklyn Farmacy, Artisanal, One Girl Cookie.

We also went swimming at the YMCA where Eloise loved being in the water after some initial hesitation.

Our dear friend Lisa Maher visited us this month from Sydney. Together we went to Governor's Island to see the jazz festival and Central Park.

Developmental

  • First steps! Eloise started to let go and take solo steps - 3 or 4 at a time. She is more confident cruising around the furniture, using the the walker or holding onto our hands. She charges across the floor while holding onto our hands in particular.
  • New sounds: Eloise is making new noises (like nanana) and high pitched shrieking.
  • Following directions: Eloise is getting really great at understanding what we're saying. She does things like comes when we call her, stops when we say no.
  • She also shakes her head emphatically for no, nods for yes, points at things she wants very clearly, even the door when she wants to go out. She loves looking at pictures and points to people, so we tell her who everyone is in the photos.
  • So curious. She loves looking at everything, pointing at things that she wants to know more about.
  • Waving at everyone. She's so friendly and social.
  • Clapping when she's happy.
  • Babbling happily in gibberish.
  • Giving us hugs! So great.
  • Bouncing up and down to music.



Food

  • The girl loves to eat! She loves things like goats cheese, milkshakes, fruit, goldfish crackers, grilled cheese sandwiches. I have cut out the midday breastfeed, replacing it with more food and cows milk. 
  • She really loves anything we're eating and drinking, and loves to drink out of my giant Camelbak.
  • Wants to feed herself. Doesn't like being spoon fed very often anymore.


Sleep
We had some sleep regression while Eloise was teething or sick, but generally she has settled into a routine where she sleeps from 6:30 or 7pm till around 5:45 - 6:45am.


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