We ended July with a trip up to Bellingham to visit with my good friend Naomi and her little girl Scarlet. Our babies were due around the same date and it was so great to get the girls together. We email almost daily on our mommy-hood, it's one of those special things that you just look forward to doing. Scarlet is petite and full of energy! I was so amazed at how different she was from Sadie and how different she felt to hold. She has this terrific baby talk that sounds like her own language. Sadie loved her and wanted to hug her head like one of her dollies. They enjoyed trying to put their fingers in each others mouths and eyes and playing with toys we set up in the Starbucks. Sadie also spent a lot of the time crawling around the dirty Starbucks floor and picking up dead bees. It was quite the adventure. She just started crawling properly on hands and knees at this time too, which was exciting, and less grubby than the tummy/army crawl that she had been doing for the month previous.
We've been hanging out with our buddy Calvin and his mom Arianne on our walks around the lake. Sadie isn't as snuggly with Calvin as with Scarlet. They are pretty much more interested in snacks than each other.
The changes from 9 to 10 months is so dramatic, she is like a kid now instead of a baby. Her playing has such purpose and she can pick out her toys and characters in books when we name them. She understands so much of what we say and has started doing motions to words we say. She has just started to wave bye-bye and pointing at things (especially planes and birds). She is obsessed with her head that I think started with her daddy playing a 'cup on the head' game. Everything goes on the head including food and leaky bottles. She will pat her head and ears when we say them and pat her chest when we say her name. More firsts, first time in a kiddie pool and first time in a booster seat at a restaurant.
Sadie is cruising like a champ now, walking behind her push truck, foot stools and pushing her high chair all over the house. He favorite thing to do now is to walk with you holding both of her hands. You can only do that for so long before your back seizes up and we have discovered her new little tantrums from not walking with her constantly. A sort of half whine half ear piercing squeal and arm flail, not so much fun. We are using distraction to calm her down from those little moments, which seems to work well.
This month we have experienced some pickiness with food. My good little eater who used to gobble food down as fast as we could scoop it in started to clam up the mouth and do this deflecting arm and face/hair rub which is very messy. We have tried a few new things like more finger foods, organic veggies that she can pick up with her fingers, dipping spoons of baby oatmeal into yogurt to disguise it or adding a blueberry to the top of anything seems to help. This has been trial and error, mostly food stuck in the hair and behind the ears. She started to stuff food down between her legs and drop it over the edge of the high chair for a waiting dog who pretty much lives there now. Our little Schnauzer is going to get very fat on cheese bits raining down from heaven.
This is my new sweet head tilt look, I don't want any of that slop you want to feed me:
Arm deflect #1 with boo boo lips & #2 right up into the hair and eye:
The drop off:
Which is very funny. Guess how much cheese is now in my lap...
The other day Sadie dug a crochet doll body out of my yarn bag. I had been working on it before she was born and then forgot about it. All of the components were done, it just needed to be put together. She was dragging the body around hugging it, so I figured it would be nice to put some arms and legs on it for her. Kitty doll was born. She hugs all of her plush toys, it is way too cute.
Oh! So next on this enormous post, sleep! People are not going to believe me when I say that for the last month and one week Sadie has been sleeping for 12 hours + a night, straight though, no more night feedings. I think it started when we had the super hot weather and the big fans going all night, it just lulled her to sleep all night long. And last night for the first time she fell asleep in her high chair at 6:30 after dinner, I carried her upstairs to her crib and she slept until 8:30am when I went in to wake her! Unreal! I did hear a couple of noises from her during the night which reassured me that she was ok, just having a big sleep. It could be that she is so much more active during the day now and is down to one nap (sometimes up to two hours) during the day. Fingers crossed that I haven't jinks this great sleeping run. She hasn't started teething yet, so we have that to look forward to.
I can't wait for her to start talking. She has her words, Dada, Mama, Abop, Ba, Da, Gee plus a host of high pitched sqealing and raspberry making. She has the sweetest husky little voice and is very serious when saying certain things to us. She also loves to sing in this little sweet soft tuneless way.
I am looking forward to planning her one year birthday bash! We have a lot of friends who having met her yet or only met her when she was tiny, so it's gonna be a blast. Her birthday is on Oct 28th, so since it will be close to Halloween I want to make it a theme party. I'm thinking Pink Kitty party and everyone has to either wear or make kitty ears to wear. Yay! planning a kids party, just one of the great parts of being a mommy :)