It's been 4 months since I last wrote.
Laura Kate is now 9 and a half months old. Wow. How is this happening so fast?!
She's still my biggest joy. The cutest, sweetest, silliest, smartest little girl I've ever seen!
She can say "mama" and "dada". She ADORES her daddy.
She started crawling just a couple days shy of 8 months.
She has pulled up a couple of times over the last few weeks but yesterday was the first day she consistently pulled up, like she really finally figured it out.
She's an amazing eater. We're still doing baby led weaning and I cannot say enough good things about it. There's not a fruit or vegetable or meat that she won't attempt to devour!
She is still exclusively breastfed and definitely a mama's girl because of it.
*After re-reading the paragraph that was originally here I realized that I came across like a jerk so I wanted to apologize to any formula feeding mamas that read it and decided they wanted to throat punch me! I kind of deserved it. For the record, while I am a huge breastfeeding advocate and believe that almost everyone can breastfeed, I know that the support from family, friends, work, and the medical community really isn't there for so many moms making it something that is not in the best interest of mom or baby. But i do hope that is something our society can change. I didn't mean to shame anyone who formula feeds either by choice or circumstances beyond their control. Hope you can forgive me for being an insensitive jerk.
Her favorite game is to play with Colston, our 3 year old chocolate lab. She might like him better than me or her dad!
She loves the cats too!
And when she is nice, the love her too!
She loves Bijou too. But since she is an old, arthritic, cantankerous grouch we keep them separated at all times!
She still doesn't have a single tooth, despite the fact that I've been convinced on multiple occasions that she was teething and one would be popping up any second over the last 5 months or so. But nada.
At her 9 month check up she weighed 19lbs 8oz and was 27.25 inches long. 66% for weight and 33% for height and 50% for head circumference. She's basically perfect.
She has recently found her voice and after months of considering her a quiet baby who didn't do a lot of babbling she babbles all the time these last few weeks or so. Which is great because as she has gotten more independent and crawls around and out of my sight I can hear her the whole time and know where she is and pretty much what she is up to!
And simply because I think her Easter pictures are some of the best ever, I'm throwing them in right here!
Everyone likes to give new parents all these warnings about how hard each stage and new thing is. Crawling was probably the biggest thing I was "warned" about. About how I really didn't want her to become mobile when I would excitedly tell people she was close to crawling. About how hard it is when they're suddenly on the move. How they'll demand so much more attention and things will be really difficult. I actually found myself a bit fearful of it. But now I say that's a load of hogwash. And when I tell people that I love that she is crawling I'm now warned, "Oh just wait til she is walking. Then you'll really be in for it.". Doubt it folks. For one, I've really come to see that it's all about perspective. Just because one parent has a hard time with something does not mean I will see it as "hard" too. But crawling/mobility is the best thing ever in my opinion. She doesn't require more attention or a constant set of eyes and entertainment. She's not as whiny as she was when she desperately wanted to crawl somewhere but couldn't. Now she gets up and moves. It's so much fun to watch her discover something new around the house. And for the first time in forever, I can actually watch her from a distance and get other things done. If she wants to see what I'm up to, she doesn't have to cry to get me to come get her and I don't have to babywear all the time (and while I do love it, it can be a bit hard on my back when I'm bending over the washing machine!), she just gets up and follows me. And in following I feel like we're having so much more fun together. I know she's learning so much because she's able to interact instead of just sitting and watching.
She's what I'd consider an average sleeper these days. She started out an amazing sleeper. Sleeping through the night (5-6 hours) from the minute we brought her home and going longer and longer over the next couple months (10-12 hours straight most nights with no feedings in between...oh those were the good ol' days, haha). I think it was around 4 months that she started regressing and we had a hard go for a while until she got back into a "good" rhythm. Then around 7 months I swear she didn't sleep at all for about 3 weeks. And I thought I was going to die from sleep deprivation. Pretty sure it was a growth spurt because she was her absolute chunkiest at that time too. 99% weight for height! She was soooo round! :D But once it was over she suddenly started taking naps for the first time since she was a newborn. They started out at just 45 minutes twice a day and have now progressed to two hours in the morning and 30-45 minutes in the evening. This would be the reason I have time to blog today! She still wakes up 1-3 times a night. She goes down around 7:30. She usually needs a dream feed around 10:30. She might wake me up at 1am and 3am if its a rough night but usually its just a 3am feeding and then she'll sleep until 7:30. But she still will only co-sleep or sleep in her swing. Every few weeks we try out the crib again and she can only fall asleep in there if I crawl in with her and nurse her and then she wakes up every 45 minutes and I have to do it again. We've pretty much decided we will get her a hammock when she outgrows the swing. ;)
TTC is back on my mind a LOT lately. She is just so amazing and fun that I cannot imagine not trying for another. Our family isn't quite complete and we will have a brother or sister for her at some point one way or another! We're seriously thinking about another IVF in January. But there's so much to consider...the thought of parent led weaning is absolutely heartbreaking. But I cannot breastfeed and take fertility medications as they'd pass to her and no knows how harmful that may be. And I cannot wait too long to try again. The average 31 year old should have 25-33% of her eggs still be "good" (genetically normal and healthy). We know that with our IVF we had 12 eggs and only 1 was genetically normal, that's only 8%. That's about the norm for a women in her mid 40s. And now I'm 33....
Tick Tock. Tick Tock.