That first tooth was quickly followed by a second tooth (within 24 hours!). Abby enjoys sitting and playing by herself, and it doesn't usually faze her when she topples over. She just hangs out on her belly and keeps playing!
She's moved on to stage 2 foods, and seems to like different foods a lot better than she used to. Even sweet potatoes! Whenever I introduce something new, she'll scrunch up her face a little as she gets that brand new taste, but then keeps opening her mouth for more.
She eats solids twice a day- oatmeal and a fruit in the morning, and rice and a veggie in the afternoon/evening. Other than that, she's still nursing.
I thought she had an ear infection a week or so ago (unusually cranky, and wasn't sleeping well at ALL), but when I took her to the doc, he said her ears and throat were fine. And she got through it, whatever it was.
Yesterday I picked her up from my mom's, and she LOOKED bigger! I don't know what it was.. and then that night her godmother came over and said the same thing. Visible growth spurt?
She's starting to develop object permanence. I was holding a toy in my hand and she was playing with it. I covered it up with my other hand, and she looked for it, eventually pulling on that hand to uncover it. Wow!
She enjoys smacking the palm of her hand on things (floor, tabletop, me..), and has just discovered what fun splashing in the bathtub can be.
She's getting better and better and scooting backwards, and just yesterday, she got up on all fours and rocked!
Momma got the hint! We went shopping for baby gates today. I got some cabinet locks last weekend, too. Am I ready for a mobile baby??
I went to a baby sale (huge garage sale, essentially) last weekend and got a FP learning table for $1.00! She really likes it, and her cousins were playing on it too. Well worth the buck I paid for it!
She's starting to develop stranger anxiety. She's still social and will smile at people, but she has to have a hand on me, to make sure I'm still there, I guess! Definitely a momma's girl.
Oh, and today two people told me she looks just like me! These are DH's co-workers, so they definitely know what he looks like. Hurray! (Everyone always says she looks more like Daddy..)
She's been officially crawling for just over a week now, and is getting really good at it! About a week and a half ago, she also pulled to a stand for the first time. Whoa, baby!
So, now she's into EVERYTHING! Good thing we had rearranged the living room to make it more baby proof! The other rooms are a bit hazardous, though, so I really have to keep my eye on her, especially until we can get them cleaned up.
She's also becoming quite clingy.. sigh. When I get up to throw away a diaper after a diaper change (I'm only out of sight for a max of 3 seconds), she whines till I come back and pick her up.
If I sit/lie on the floor, she'll crawl over to where I am and pull up on me. If I stand near her, she'll try to pull up on my legs.
But she doesn't do that for anyone else, even DH... Hello, separation anxiety!
No major developments since the last post. She is getting VERY good at crawling and pulling up. She can now crawl over things, which makes her able to get into spaces she couldn't get into before. We're constantly retrieving her from behind/under things (couchs, end tables, recliners).
Because she can now crawl, it became especially important to make sure she slept in her own crib, where she's safe. Don't want her crawling over one of us and fall off our bed in the middle of the night! We had been mostly putting her in her crib at night, but it was kind of lax. Some nights she was with us for just the morning, or the whole night if we were feeling lazy.
So we've been putting her into her crib every night, and with much reluctance on my part, we started CIO. I hadn't done a ton of research on it, but her pediatrician said we could let her cry up to maybe a half hour and then go in to calm her down before laying her down again.
Last night was night #3 of CIO, and it's definitely been a success for us.
Night #1- She screamed for 15 minutes, whined intermittently for 5, and then was out for the night.
Night #2- She cried for only 1 minute! Cried again 10 minutes later for another minute, and that was it.
Night #3- She cried for about 10 minutes. A little while later she whined for a couple minutes, but we haven't heard the I-HATE-YOU screams since the first night.
And the great thing is, she's sleeping through to the morning, and not even demanding a feeding at 6/7 am like she used to. I guess it was just habit? She's been consistently waking at 9 or later for the last several days.
I'm going to try to move her bedtime up again. Now that we aren't all going to bed together, I can put her down anytime without feeling like DH and I need to be ready to be done for the night. So freeing!
Oops, she's found where DH is storing his gaming controllers. Better intervene!
Good grief, time is flying! Hard to believe we're already sending out invitations for her 1st birthday party.
She is cruising like a pro, taking huge steps along furniture, and taking risks. She can stand up from a sit, and loves to dance (bobbing up and down). She is threatening to take her first step, but so far just stands, lets go of furniture, then squats down.
She is sleeping so well now.. I'm really glad we did CIO, as it worked fantastically for us. After the first week or so, she didn't even cry when I put her down. Occasionally she'd whine for a second till she realized where she was, then she'd go right to sleep. Wonderful! She's sleeping from about 9pm-7am (sometimes with a little variation in there).
She's just such a happy funny spirited baby. I couldn't have asked for better!
Oh, and I did get a twinge of baby fever a few weeks ago, but there won't be a sibling quite yet. Just so y'all know.