Moving: We had our first tumble down the stairs, and oh did my heart just stop for a second! She was climbing up quickly, because my mom and I were watching her, and in a moment of pride, she twisted her body around to flash us a smile, and the momentum took her over and she fell backwards, headfirst, down three or four steps. I was there and caught her before her head hit the floor, but it was terrifying and I had to calm myself afterwards. I’m hoping it scared her too, and that she’ll remember it next time she tries that move again.
Then of course there was this little trick:
Ha, obviously I didn’t let it go on for long, and the thing is anchored to the wall, but still, we gotta watch this girl!
Communicating: Not too much to report this month. Same as always, babbling and progressing well. Oh, but she’s started to tease. She teases her brother, and me, a lot. Usually she just makes funny faces at us, especially when we’re asking her to do something. Oy.
Growth: Louisa has become such a BIG GIRL this month. She seems so tall, so strong and sturdy, and definitely able to hold her own. She has two boys in her life (her brother and cousin) who love to roughhouse, and she seems totally capable of warding off their taunts. Way to go, Louisa!
keeping up with the big kids!
Teeth: Two new molars have begun their epic journey to the surface. That means there’s only one to go!
Food: Louisa got sick in February, and basically stopped eating solids for a couple of days. My milk supply is still going strong, so that’s good, though I feel like the weaning has commenced. I notice that Louisa doesn’t drain the breast as well as she used to, and she usually only takes one side at a time now. There have been more and more instances where I leaked through my shirt (usually at inopportune moments) and it’s taking my body a bit of time to adjust to her changing (dwindling) needs. It doesn’t help that she still nurses a lot at night.
During the day, she sleeps best in the carseat. Second only to my arms, of course!
Just as in the day time, her nighttime feedings have reduced in recent weeks, meaning that I usually wake up in the middle of the night in a puddle of milk. The sheets get soaked, and I end up sleeping in a cold wet puddle. Not ideal, but I know that this phase is also a brief one, and I’m hoping that as her needs for milk die down, it will ultimately mean more consolidated sleep for us all.
On a somewhat related note: one day I got particularly upset in her room looking at her crib that she won’t sleep in. So I made a decision, and I switched it out for her bed. This set was given to us, and it’s tiny (made for toddlers) but at least – when the time comes – I’ll be able to lay down with her in this bed to ease her transition out of our room and into her own. Still no rush on when that will actually happen, but I felt better getting rid of the crib (and I’m sure she’s happy it’s gone too!!)
Favourites: Louisa has become a total book worm! She pulls books off the shelf constantly, and sits down with a good book all by herself. She has a few favourites, mostly ones with flaps to open, but she’ll gladly try new books according to her whims.
Louisa’s kind of a little mamma. She really loves her dolls, and especially her zebra (it used to be Nico’s, but he never really took to plush toys). Whenever she’s upset, Nico is quick to find her Z and bring it to her. Then she squeezes it so tightly. In fact, the other day I closed the door on her while I tended to Nico in the bathroom, and when we opened it again, she was standing there, squeezing her Z. She had gone to get it herself for comfort! Way to go Louisa!