It wasn’t long after her birthday that little miss Louisa decided to grow right up all at once. No longer a baby, she exudes personality and spunk. She’s got a great laugh, a real sense of humour, and a tiny defiant streak that shows just enough character without being obnoxious. Obviously, I just love her to bits, and I’m really enjoying the emergence of this little person.
Moving: Louisa is becoming a fast walker. She rushes around the main floor of our house, narrowly avoiding furniture and corners. She’s also getting pretty good at negotiating steps, though not without supervision. She’s in the not-so-great phase of being able to climb up on things, but not back down again, so that if I leave her alone for a minute or two, I’ll usually hear her chirping and whining, and find her standing on top of their play table or draped over the arm of a chair.
I like that she’s adventurous, and with her height (more on that later) I’m sure she’ll be a pro at getting back down sooner rather than later.
Communicating: The babbling, the pointing, the indicating. She is a great communicator, and easily mimics the sounds we make. Her first official word is “Wow” which she said in the bath a few weeks ago with exaggerated emphasis. So cute, though no other words have emerged since. Oh well, they’ll come soon enough.
Louisa has had some attachment issues lately, though, and she cries A LOT for her mother. Sometimes she’ll tolerate simply being in the same room as me, but often only being in my arms will do. There have been a lot of tears and a lot of screams when I’ve had to put her down.
Growth: Louisa had her 12 month well-baby appointment on January 7, and her measurements were pretty much on track for her. She’s now 21lbs and 31 inches. She seems like a really tall girl now, and so much like a toddler it’s scary. She wears size 18-24 month clothing, and most of her shoes, which I had stashed in her closet because they seemed so big, no longer fit.
Teeth: There’s an upper molar poking through her gum, but it’s taking its sweet time. Oh teething, how you’re working a number over poor Louisa!!
Food: This doesn’t seem to be as much a concern for me this time around. Certainly the fact that she eats pretty much anything (the only thing she really turns her nose up at are bananas, of all things!) and being a second-time mom, I’m not keeping track as diligently as I did with Nico. We are in this tricky pattern where she nurses a lot at night, which means she’s not that hungry for breakfast. I have to make more of an effort to sit her at the table with her baby cereal every morning, even if she only eats a bite or two. Otherwise, she eats when we eat, what we eat. It’s nice.
Also, we’re still breastfeeding on demand, though that demand has dropped a bit lately. Is she self-weaning? ACK, what is this I’m feeling? Relief mixed with dread and layered with nostalgia and denial. I know our BF’ing days are numbered, but I thought I still had a few months left…
Sleep: There was a period at the beginning of January where Louisa was waking every hour or so. I was so tired that I wanted to cry, I was irritable and snappy, and totally desperate for sleep. Then her molar erupted and she went back to her “normal” sleep schedule of waking only twice a night. It was a relief, but unfortunately I hit a bought of insomnia, and it took me a while longer to benefit from her fewer wakeups.
She still sleeps in our bed with us, and averages about 9 hours of sleep a night (in 3-hour chunks) while I’m “functioning” on about 6-7 hours a night. Not ideal, but moving in the right direction, I think.
She has also started to consolidate her naps into a largish one in early afternoon. Though sometimes by 10am she’s already so exhausted that I can do nothing but snuggle her down into her carseat for a small nap. She sleeps best in her carseat and only fitfully in her crib.
Favourites: Louisa loves to climb, as mentioned above, but she’s also really into her toys these days. Of course, being cooped up inside during these cold winter months, it’s no surprise. She absolutely LOVES this play pizza the kids got for Christmas, and also her dolly and stroller. She plays with the trains and has figured out how to work the lighthouse and coal hopper. It’s really great to see her manipulating these tiny toys so well, and it doesn’t take her long to figure things out.
She also wants anything that her big brother might be into. Natch.
She also got a book about colours, with flaps to open, and I often find her pulling it off the shelf and flipping through it. She comes by her fascination with books honestly, since I haven’t been as diligent about reading to her every day, but I can already tell that both kids will be readers.