Another month has flown by. While everyone keeps asking us about your birthday party this November, we’re just trying to soak in these last months of you being a baby. Because if we’re being honest here…this has been our favorite month yet.
You are doing so much yourself these days — using the pincer grab to eat food, sipping out of a sippy cup, crawling quickly, pulling up to your knees and sometimes onto your feet. We are starting to glimpse the life you will lead as a toddler through these small steps toward independence. It is so fun to experience your delight at being able to do these things.
You’re also starting to develop a sense of humor, laughing at things we do and sometimes say. Chances are, you don’t get the joke all of the time, but you love to participate. Speaking of participating, you bounce when music starts playing and clap your hands at sporting events or while we’re watching a game show. You are plugged into the world around you, and your actions make it all the more evident.
What makes this month so much fun for us is the sweet, cuddly little girl you’re becoming. You have never been much of a cuddler, but lately, from 5 p.m. onwards, you’re content to cuddle with both of us. Whether we’re playing on the floor or watching Curious George, you love to relax in our arms.
Though everyone who loves you is excited for your first birthday, we’re not wishing away any of this time. We love watching you grow, learn and develop, little girl. You’re so much fun to be around right now, and we love that you’re showing you love us!
Mom & Dad
Weight: 17 lbs, 4 oz
Height: 28 1/2 in
Clothing size: 9 – 12 month clothing
Charlotte Likes: BOOKS, the Curious George theme song, waving, sleeping, eating grown up food, sticking out her tongue, sipping from her sippy cup, music and watching football.
Charlotte Dislikes: The initial moments in her stroller, colds and still not getting her way.
Firsts: Pulling up, sipping from a sippy cup on her own and feeding herself.
Diapers: Still doing cloth diapers. We’re not super in love with it now that we’ve switched to formula (more about that later), but it’s still something we want to continue.
Sleep: Sleeping 11 hours each night and taking two naps a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. These are about two hours each.
Feed: Sadly, we’ve switched to formula full time. My milk supply was just too low; I was pretty sure Charlotte was only getting an ounce or two during feedings, which were followed up by 3 or 4 ounces of formula.
I did everything to try and increase my supply — supplements, herbal teas, lactation cookies, a change in diet — but nothing worked. After a few weeks of this, I realized my reasons for continuing to breastfeed were entirely selfish. I wanted to make it a full year because I said I would. But really, I was kind of depriving Charlotte. It was not an easy decision, but after a few days, I was over it. Charlotte’s putting on weight, and I’m now enjoying spirited beverages whenever I want. Win-win.
Happy 10 months to our big girl!
Also, an update on Charlotte’s head. I feel like we’ve seen a big difference in the past few weeks, but we’ll know for sure when she gets scans again in early October.