These months seem to just go by faster and faster as we go along! Here's an update on what's been happening with Lorelai for the last month:
Solid Foods: We've started giving LL some little pieces of solid food so that she can get used to chewing and swallowing something that is not just pureed. We started her out on puffs and yogurt bites and she has done really great so far. It took her a little bit to get used to chewing and swallowing, but she's got it now! For snacks, we also give her pickles (very rarely), cheez puffs (the Gerber baby kind), regular yogurt, and we just started her on baby mum mum's this weekend. By far her favorite snack is regular yogurt. She ate an entire container the other day AFTER she ate a bottle and her dinner. She LOVES it! Here's a video of LL eating some of her puffs for a snack!
Sleep Issues: LL is definitely not much of a napper anymore! Since she has become mobile, she hates to nap! I really think that she understands that life goes on while she sleeps, and she doesn't want to miss anything! Her morning nap is usually around an hour, her afternoon nap ranges from an hour and a half to just an hour, and her afternoon/evening nap is usually just a half an hour long. That is not much napping! On the plus side, she is sleeping GREAT during the night! This little girl is so worn out that she barely makes a peep at night! Matt and I MIGHT have to go in once to giver her her paci, but it's not usually more than that. And she starts to wake up at 5 instead of 6 in the morning (grrr) but if she does we feed her and she goes back to sleep. Not our favorite thing in the world, but it's the only way that we can get her back to sleep. We definitely don't want to start the habit of her waking up at 5! We also are having a really hard time with putting her to sleep because she crawls around her crib and then stands up and bangs on the side and looks out. It used to take her 15 - 30 mintues to go to sleep at night and now we're up to an hour some nights! We have to keep going in and laying her down and giving her her paci. But by the time we make it to the door, she's back up again! Eventually, she wears herself out and goes to sleep, though.
Crawling: We most definitely have a mobile baby now! When she first started crawling, it was very akward. She couldn't go very fast or very far and she didn't really move her legs very well. Those days are gone! This girl can book it! She is a pro at getting where she wants to! Here's the first video we got of LL crawling!
Pulling Up: Her second favorite thing to do besides crawl is to pull up and stand. Anything that she can crawl to and stand up, she will! She loves, loves, LOVES to stand and I think she'll be doing it by herself here soon.
Teeth: We finally have a tooth! After about 6 weeks of teething, we finally had a tooth break through! It is her bottom right tooth (so it's on the left when you're looking in her mouth) and it's so cute! It still isn't poking through much, but there is no mistaking that it is there! There are days when we think that she's teething again, but so far we haven't seen anything else. I'm kind of enjoying just that one little tooth right now and I'm not rushing the next one!
Bathtime: LL has finally gotten to where she loves bath time! She sits up on her own during the bath, and we have little toys for her to play with. She also has finally learned to splash the water! Splashing is one of those things that Matt and I decided that we didn't mind her doing, but she never did it! After about two weeks of sitting by herself in the tub, she finally got the hang of it. It is so cute! We used to spend only 2-3 minutes in the bath total, but now we're closer to 10-15 because she likes it so much! The only bad thing is she tries to stand in the tub - a big no-no! We're in the process of trying to teach her that you stay on your hiney or your hands and knees, but it's still a process! Here's a video of bath time!
Talking: Lorelai has always been a pretty vocal baby. She says "ahhh" and "gooo" and similar combinations, but until the last week or so, she's not repeated sounds. She's just started saying "babababa" over and over and I LOVE it! She has the sweetest little voice and her face looks so cute when she says it! Obviously we're trying to get her to say "mamamama" or "dadadada", but so far it's a no go. She's said "mama" twice now and both times it was in the middle of screaming/crying - Haha! I know it'll come soon enough, I'm just glad for the little bit that we get right now! Here's a video of her saying "babababa".
Walking: She's obviously not walking on her own right now, but she will walk with help! We don't do this with her too much, but she likes it when we do! Sometimes she won't be in the mood and she won't really go anywhere, but sometimes she'll take off! Realistically, I hope she won't walk for a little while yet. I really like the crawling stage (but it IS an adjustment) and I don't want to skip over this phase to quickly. I can't imagine having a walker at this point!
Independent Play Time: We've really started to work with LL on independant play time. We want her to be secure enough to play on her own sometimes and not always have to have someone occupying her. To start independant play time, we set her pack-n-play back up and we put it in the living room. She usually has independant play time twice a day. Once in the morning after breakfast when Matt and I are getting everything ready to leave, and once in the evening while we're getting dinner ready. We don't use the pack-n-play as a babysitter, and she's never in there for extended periods of time, but now that she's crawling, we needed a safe place to put her so that she couldn't get hurt! She can average about 15-25 minutes of independant play time before she gets frustrated and wants up. She also does not take to it everytime - sometimes she'll cry and we have to go get her out, but we're working on it! I think it's super important for her to have that time to herself!
Hair: It's growing so much! I don't think we'll have enough for pigtails or anything for awhile, but she can sufficiently hold a bow in it now! It's funny because it looks so long to me, but when other people see her they ALWAYS say "How'd you get that bow to stay in?!" and I always think "Ummm....I just clipped it in..." She does have enough, even if it doesn't look like it!
Paci: We're still only using this at nap time and at night, so I'm really at a standstill on when I think we're going to try to phase it out. I know we don't want her to have it past a year, but I'm clueless on when to take it. Do I try to phase it out now? Do I wait 4 months and then do it? I guess I don't feel the urge to get rid of it right now, because she only uses it as a sleep prop and it does really help her go to sleep. I guess I'm still really undecided on this issue.
Sippy Cup: We try to give LL water in her sippy cup every couple of days, and I think Matt's Mom gives her water in a sippy almost every day. We really need to buckle down on this and start giving her bottles through a sippy because I would LOVE to be done with bottles! I do know that when she drinks from a sippy that she gets some water, but I also know that she gets frustrated and doesn't drink alot from a sippy. I guess if we started giving it to her more often, she wouldn't have a choice but to drink from it. I think she just gets frustrated because it is a completely different sucking action than a bottle and a bottle is "easy" for her. Hopefully we'll get better in this department in the next month!