Life has been WAY busy and I am way behind, but my OCD nature won’t let me skip any months! I have lots to write about going back to February, especially our trip to Germany for Elodie’s first birthday in April!
But I drafted this ages ago and to keep things chronological, here is a quick summary of our February and March.
We started February with Elodie’s ten month birthday and a weekend in York to visit Aunt Lindsey!
Later in the month we spent a Saturday at the Harry Potter Studio Tour! This was really fun and such a good day for all three of us.
In March, we took a day trip to Rye, a quaint seaside village. We had lunch at an amazing historic tavern, sat by the fire, and it was just lovely. The barman there was so friendly to us and Elodie.
Also in March, we celebrated my first UK Mother’s Day. I got a lovely card handmade by Elodie at nursery which made me cry! I also got beautiful flowers and lovely soaps and lotions. 🙂
We celebrated all the babies’ one-year-old birthdays with our NCT group! So much fun and so amazing to see us all with one year old babies! Really grateful for this brunch. It has been so nice and supportive to have a group of fellow mums and dads going through the same thing at the same time.
And here are some developmental updates for Elodie. First, food!
Since Elodie suddenly began eating off a spoon, she started enjoying all sorts of mashed foods: squash, eggplant, cous cous, and hummus are favourites. She loves yogurt for breakfast and also began to eat porridge like I do (none of that baby stuff for her, just normal oatmeal). We learned she also likes falafel and spicy food, and grilled cheese sandwiches!
She continued to refuse milk in a sippy cup, but did slowly start to learn to drink water.
For most of February and March, she consistently nursed a few times a day when at home with me: first thing in the morning, around noon, and again around 4pm, each time for just a few minutes. I continued to send breastmilk into nursery every day, but mostly it ended up being thrown out. I stopped pumping milk around 10.5 months since I had a lot in the freezer, and just sent in the freezer stash to nursery until just before she turned one. From a practical standpoint, it was very liberating to stop pumping at work and not have to clean all the pump parts every night and cart them back and forth. But it’s also the first step in her weaning completely, which makes me sad. I’m proud of how well she’s done with breastfeeding, and I like that it is such a sweet bonding time for us. I can’t really imagine what it will be like when we stop completely.
- She loves blowing kisses!
- Likes turning pages and opening hidden flaps on books, and generally likes to look inside and under things.
- She began to really get a lot more mobile, pushing up on her knees and up on her feet, climbing over me, and loves practicing standing up (while holding onto something).
- Just after turning 11 months, she began pulling up on the coffee table completely by herself.
- Making lots of sounds and noises and says “Da-da” and “Ma-ma” pretty clearly. One day I swore she said book when we were reading together.
- We had several unusual snow storms in London, and she spontaneously decided to catch snowflakes in her mouth! I didn’t show her that, it was all her idea!
- Continues to have fun in her baby French class and dances way more than any baby I’ve seen!
- It’s increasingly more difficult to get her dressed because she wants to move around so much!
- She also wants to grip her toys tightly and is not happy if you try to wrestle a dangerous non-toy away from her!
- Gives us huge hugs around the neck!
We had a few health scares, including a bout of pink eye and a staph infection on her skin, several colds and high fevers and at least one stomach bug. 😦
As part of her one-year, the NHS sends around a health visitor to do a home visit (!) and check on the child’s development. This was a lovely appointment and we went over a long checklist of Elodie’s developmental progress. I learned that she is doing very well in communication and problem solving, and is in fact advanced for her age! Only thing she is behind on is gross motor skills since she’s not standing on her own or walking yet, but that is not a concern and it could be 15-18 months before she does so. So proud of my little bear.