Thursday, February 26, 2009

Our Growing Girl...

So, I haven't updated for awhile about Nora, so here goes!

I've been working part time since the end of January, working only 3 days a week so I can spend more time at home with my little munchkin. It has been working out great. For those 3 days, she gets to hang out with Grandma and her uncles, so she has the best care possible while Mama is at work! Everyone has a great time while she is there!

Nora is sleeping pretty well at night. She goes to bed relatively easily (most nights) by nursing to sleep after bathtime. She usually drifts off by 9:30 pm. She wakes only 2-3 times during the night to nurse, and gets up in the morning around 7:30 or 8 am. On days we go to Grandma's we try to get her up around quarter to 8 so we all have time to get ready and out the door.

Bathtime has become much more fun. She has all but outgrown her little seat and refuses to lean back in it b/c she wants to be upright or on her belly "swimming"! She loves to kick and swim and chase her bath toys!

Out of the bath, she is a pro at rolling over from her back to her belly! Almost as soon as you set her down, she flips over and starts playing. She has a few favorite toys (a little frog, a pink and white striped cat to name a few) and looks for them when she starts playing! If we hand her the wrong toy, she definitely lets us know by tossing it to the side until we give her the right one! She knows what she wants and is very determined to get it! Although, lately, she's more interested in playing with empty water bottles or trail mix containers.

She is definitely starting to get more interested in what Mama and Daddy are eating, and tries to grab our plates or our spoons and forks. It's so great to see these changes, and watch her develop and learn. She is still 100% breastfed for now and will be for a while longer. We will start offering her solids after she is 6 months old, starting with soft fruits (like avocados or bananas) and cooked vegetables. We aren't planning on feeding her baby cereal at all, but instead offering natural fruits, vegetables, and other foods that she can feed herself. This concept of self-feeding and baby-led weaning is something I've done quite a bit of reading about, and Chris and I feel it is the best for her and makes the most sense.

She is wearing mostly 9 month sized clothes (some 6-9's) and weighs (according to our scale) just over 18 lbs! She will be 5 months old in just a few days, and we honestly cannot believe how fast the time is going by and how quickly she is growing. At the same time, we love each stage as she grows, learns, and interacts with us more!

Now as Spring draws closer we are really looking forward to playing outdoors, going to the park with her and taking more walks. Winter has been long and cold and we are READY to move daytime outside!

1 comment:

Mama Goose said...

Micah is 18 lb at 4 months. Let's hear it for healthy babies!

We're also looking at BLW. I love the pictures of your daughter!