Weight/Height: We haven't done a weigh in or any other measurements - but according to her two piece pj's she's grown at least an inch or two.
Clothes: I bought a 18-24 month onesie to put away for later this summer - but I tried it on her and to my surprise it fit. Say what? Sizing is so weird. Why do they always fit like two sizes ahead? Why don't they just size it properly? It's one thing that makes me crazy. I feel like we totally skipped the 12-18 month clothing - she must've had a growth spurt last month. As for diapers - we officially bought our last box of size three. They are getting a little snug around the waist. But good run - we were in size three for a good 5-6 months.
Eating & SleepingEating: At the rate Eila is going I feel like we will be nursing forever. However I am in no rush to stop. Seriously - we worked so hard to get things established I am so thrilled that she is now a champion nurser. I've tried to lessen our daytime sessions by offering snacks and meals to prepare for daycare - but she usually wants to top it off with a snuggle and nurse on the chair. Also, I have decided that I am not going to pump while at work. It was a tough decision - but Eila just won't drink breast milk from a bottle or a cup so I have dumped so much hard work down the drain. It just really isn't worth all the fuss - for her just to refuse it. It's really depressing. I'll pump during the day only if I feel myself getting too full - and to try and keep up the demand. So we will transition her to whole milk and water for daytime fluids - and nurse during the evening, night and mornings (which are her main nursing times anyways).
As for solids - things are going great. I have my moments of frustration where I prepare her a meal and then she just tosses it all on the floor - but then there are the times that she gobbles everything up. She tries almost everything that I have give her - and hasn't really shown much dislike to many foods. Even if she shows that she doesn't like something - I keep trying to offer it. Asparagus for example - she was pretty hesitant at first - but now she eats it up. The only two things she's not crazy about are bananas and peas, however if you offer them - she'll still sample them and then toss them on the floor. But out of everything - this kid loves her fruit, cheese and cheerios.
Sleeping: We've been working hard at having Eila nap in her crib. It doesn't always work - but it is getting a lot easier to set her down. We've figured out that it's all about our timing - if we let her nap too long in our arms it's game over, the same if it isn't long enough. There is a fine line between the time that she falls into a deep sleep before she starts stiring again. But about 50% of the time I can get her down in her crib for a nap - and the best part she naps for at least 45 minutes to an hour. We are hoping that she'll pick up some awesome napping skills at daycare next month, fingers crossed.
Routine & MilestonesRoutine: Nothing really has changed from last month - that's the good thing about routines. However next month - we are about to shake things up with Eila in daycare and me back to work.
- New Tooth: Eila now has a total of eight teeth - all in the matter of four months. She popped out her lower left lateral incisor - she showed all her normal teething signs; finger sucking, chewing, crankiness, eczema breakout and restless sleeping and then one morning I saw it there. And since that's about the amount of her mouth I can see - I am not sure if there are any more teeth in there. You need a vice to get a good look.
- Walking: Seriously this is what she practiced all.month.long. From the day she turned 10 months old she took four steps - and then from there she was unstoppable. It took her about two weeks to get really steady on her feet - and then after that she was gone. Now I have a little tiny baby that walks all over our apartment. To be completely honest - it has made things a lot easier. I don't have to carry her as much - we get out of bed and then she walks with me to the living room. She follows me for diaper changes. I run to the bathroom and then holler for her to come find me - I get to pee in a few seconds of peace. And for Eila - she is totally loving her new found independence.
Social & EventsSocial: Eila is still as social as ever, she is still slow to warm in new settings, but the time for her to get comfortable is getting less and less. I noticed that if people ignore her a little - she warms up a lot quicker. But if you are all up in her face - she backs off a lot. Makes sense really.
- First Easter: Easter was never a big deal at my house when I was little - and Steve can't remember so we weren't sure what we were going to do for Eila. Finally I gave in and decided that we'd get her a basket. It was her first Easter after all. For Easter day we spent the day with Steve's side of the family where Eila decided to inform everyone that she was going to learn how to walk.
- First Hotel Stay: Steve had an out of town conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Eila and I totally crashed his hotel room for the night. It was awesome - but I think it blew Eila's mind too much that we decided to head home a day earlier since she was exhausted from exploring every inch of our room.
Favourite ThingsBaby Gear/Toys: Eila has two babies, one is The Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Love to Play Lil' Sis and the other, her most treasured, is a care bear we bought her for Christmas. Cheer Bear to be exact. She lights up as soon as she sees it. She also drags these two around the majority of the day. I am thinking of buying her a duplicate so she can keep one at daycare with her.
What Eila Likes:
- Fruit! More specifically strawberries, raspberries and mango.
- Cheese! It's always the first thing she eats.
- Going outside. She loves long walks in the stroller. Since I flipped the seat around and she can see a lot more - she has been so much happier on our walks.
- Bath time with Dad!
- Not napping!
- Playing with her baby friends!