She’s changed a lot over the last month, it has been a busy month of course with lots of changes to the normal daily routine and so forth. She’s coped with it well and has in fact been a veritable social butterfly, enjoying all the attention.
Food & Drink!
Amy is becoming increasingly independent with her eating now, she really doesn’t want to be spoon fed unless it’s something like yogurt. She will eat pretty much anything with her fingers however she can’t be trusted with a bowl or plate of food in front of her as it will very quickly all end up on the floor! We just give her a little bit at a time on her tray and let her deal with it like that. She drinks plenty of water, especially now she has her fabulous new Penguin cup. In terms of her bottles there’s one in the morning, the afternoon one is now hit and miss depending on what we’re doing, one for bedtime and usually one during the night. She certainly enjoyed her daily hit of Hotel Chocolat from her advent calendar – she’s more than a bit gutted that the whole chocolate for breakfast thing is over!
Go on, ask me. Is she sleeping through? *sigh* No, no she isn’t. She slept through for Granny and Grandad at the start of December and I think she’s maybe done it twice since. There is no pattern as to when she wakes, it could be midnight or 5am but she does wake, almost every night. The last few nights have been particularly bad and I think there might be some teething pain at play there. I’m desperately hoping that by the time I’m writing her 15 month update that she’s in her own room and we can be working a bit harder at cracking the sleep issue.
Day time sleeps are random – during the holidays she has been sleeping in till around 8.30am which has meant she could keep on going through most of the morning and then have a sleep in the afternoon. Of course not being bound by the school runs allowed that flexibility. Since being back at school this week we’ve managed some good morning sleeps but not so much the afternoon. That 3.15pm pick up really does sit awkwardly for her. If she’s really struggling I will let her have a quick snooze when we get home at 3.30pm but I always worry about how that will affect her come bedtime. When the other two were this age they had settled themselves into a nice routine of a short morning sleep and a longer afternoon one but they didn’t have the school pick ups to contend with. I can’t really decide what to do for the best.
Weight & Height
Amy is steadfastly wearing her 12-18 month clothes now. All her sleeping bags have got too small and she’s sleeping in 18 – 36 month sleeping bags now which seem to swamp her. I do think she’s tall for her age though. I’m looking forward to her being able to wear more of her skirts and dresses once she’s walking too!
Although there’s no new teeth to report this month and I think we’re on the verge of cutting several new ones.
This month Amy took her first steps – under duress! For the last couple of weeks we’ve been encouraging her to walk from one adult to another between the two sofas but she’s not really bothered and will happily drop back to her knees if we let her. She would be more than capable of walking if she wanted to – I just think it’s a lack of confidence. She can stand unaided, but doesn’t really do it very often, and has the control in her legs to move down to the floor easily. I tend to find she’s most likely to stand unaided if she has her hands full! I had originally said to my Mum that I thought she’d walk in the New Year and I dreamt last night that she just looked at me and ran across the living room but really I have no idea. If she really wanted to she could start tomorrow but she’s in no hurry (and in reality neither am I! I’m not ready to give up my baby yet!)
This has been a big one for Amy this month – to go along with her already very positive and sociable vocabulary of “Hiya” and “yes” she now says “cheese” when you take a picture of her – I promise I’ve not taught her that, she’s totally picked it up from Chloe! She also says Daddy very clearly (I’m not sulking about this honest) and I’m pretty sure she’s saying “book” too. My cousin was absolutely convinced she had said Margaret last week, and whilst I did hear it too I think it was just a very happy coincidence of sounds!
Family & Friends
At the start of December we left Amy for two nights with my parents and she was absolutely fine – I don’t think she missed us at all! (Which bodes well for future bookings Mum!) She has really enjoyed the festive period and all the social activity that goes along with it – lots of time with friends and family. I love that she crawls up to you now and pops her arms up for a love – as my Mum says it’s so lovely that she’s able to choose to go to whoever she wants and ask now. You know she wants you. She’s got a very definite soft spot for her Granny too!
Her absolute most favourite thing is her thumb and a good old hair twiddle. She obviously gets a lot of comfort from it. In terms of toys she’s really enjoying the Happy Land people – I think they’re just a great size for her hands, she still likes putting things in pots and she loves the new Ikea kitchen in the playroom as it’s a great height for standing at!
Not so favourite things
Much like last month she still won’t wear hats, hoods or mittens and she won’t let me bundle her up in the pushchair. This has been a bit of an issue over the last week or so when the temperature has been much lower and we’ve been out for a walk. I think I may need to invest in a snowsuit for her after all. She can also be quite clingy at the moment and isn’t keen on seeing Mummy walking away from her!
And that hair!
Aunty Nic gave her fringe a good trim on Christmas Eve which has tidied her hair up nicely. I can get it into a ponytail but the sides are just a bit short so we’ve discovered that bunches are the way forward. Because she likes a good twiddle of her hair when she’s sucking her thumb she had managed to get herself such a knot in it that I had to cut it out – so I’m now making sure her hair is brushed and tied up daily, which means she just twiddles her bunches instead. Little cutie.
You can read all about Amy’s first year here: