Two days ago, Anneliese turned 10 months old. It’s hard to believe she’s almost a year old!
(Sorry in advance for the weird color in these pics… fluorescent gross lighting at night. ew)
Anneliese is just. So. Cool. I can’t get over her.
The babbling has begun. She doesn’t do it constantly, but when she has something to say, it’s profound. She’ll talk to her toys, or answer questions I ask her, or say hello to her mirror-self.
The floor bed is getting a work out. This is the stage everyone wonders about in the beginning. “But what will happen when baby starts crawling?” This is what happens. She has just started climbing out on purpose. It’s super-cute. And I don’t discourage it much because that’s the point. She CAN get in and out. I want her to practice.
And the last couple nights/naps? I’ve been able to lay her down awake (but calm/rested/nursed) and either sit with her, not patting her back or anything, or even leave the room while her eyes are still open, and she goes to sleep. Sometimes if she won’t lie down after a few attempts, if she seems HAPPY (but I know she’s tired), I’ll leave her on her bed and close the door. She fusses for about a minute and then it’s quiet.
Last night when we did that, I know she climbed out of her bed, because some of her laundry was on the floor the next time I went in there, but when I went in to check on her after 40 minutes of QUIET, she was asleep on her bed. She knows what it is for.
This morning, she woke up at 5am, and I just held her until about 5:30 when she was trying to nurse, then nursed her, and put her on her bed (around 6). She sat up. So I held her again, put her down again. She sat up again. One more time, and finally I just decided to leave her. I closed the door and she fussed a little but by the time I got back to my own bed across the hall, she was quiet. I watched her on the monitor as she looked around the room from her bed, picked up her pacifier, put it in her mouth, lay down, and fell asleep. In 4 minutes. She’s getting the hang of things.
Oh… and after that, she slept till 10am. Then I watched her on the monitor as she crawled off her bed, looked around a little, then stood with her tummy and head resting on the bed. Super cute and kind of funny. Eventually, after about half an hour, she started calling out for me, and I came and got her. Eventually she’ll be able to wake up happily, crawl off her bed, find some toys or books to look at, and entertain herself for a while before needing me. I’m so excited for this!
(Blurry iPhone picture of the video monitor when she was resting her tummy on the bed)
Anneliese doesn’t dance yet, but when I turn on music, she gets excited, grins, and claps. She loves it!
She has FOUR teeth now (can you see in the picture on the right, below?) and almost 2 more. Any day now. I really thought the next 2 would cut last week but they’re taking their dear sweet time… my poor baby is hanging in there though.
She pulls up on furniture sometimes, but it’s not really a compulsion for her. She’s content to explore details of things, more than large expanses of area. She has taken a couple “cruising” steps but nothing really significant there.
She’s really working on her language though. When she babbles, it sounds like speech. She has great inflection and it’s usually easy to tell what she is trying to convey. And? I think she’s said some words. No joke. I don’t know how people know what their baby’s first word was though… because it seems gradual. If “hi” counts as a first word, does it count when she waves to people and says “haaa” ? I think so. She has done that, and said “baa” when we leave. I know she understands what it means (along with waving) and is trying to make the same sounds I do.
I was singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” to her the other day, and at the end, I would stop, ask “More?” and then sing some more if she seemed receptive. Well after several times, when I asked, “More?” she said, “aaall done” (in a baby voice and not 100% clear, but it really sounded like the words “all done”) so I asked her, “Really? All done? Finished?” (and signed “finished”) and she whispered, “Yeshhhhh.” Tell me she’s not talking. I won’t believe you.
This morning I was giving her blueberries while I cooked some eggs. One at a time. Each time she finished one I asked, “Do you want more?” and about 5-6 times she said “yesshhh,” so I gave her another. Finally I went to get my camera, and what do you know? She stopped doing it. Of course. But I swear this girl is talking. You’ll just have to believe me.
I love getting to know Anneliese. She is such a sweet, quiet, introspective girl. She watches everything around her, and offers shy smiles to strangers. She is so gentle with her baby friends, even when they climb all over her and poke her in the eyes (hehehe). She is learning so much (She put a puzzle piece where it belonged in the puzzle the other day! Instead of just taking them all out! And she was trying to put the balls in the holes in the toy above.) and I’m so excited for whatever comes next.