Saturday, April 17, 2010
Madeline: 11 months
Our sweet baby Madeline is almost a toddler! I don't know how long she is, but we went in for a sick visit and she weighed 16 pounds. Size 6-12 months pants and shorts still fall off of her skinny waist. I am glad I didn't buy much extra 12-18 month stuff for her. Her impending toddlerhood evidences itself in many ways:
~She is proficient at climbing up the stairs and loves to escape up when she has a chance. She is still pretty bad about coming down, though, so the stairs will remain blocked for at least another month or two.
~Her favorite trick is escaping up the second staircase (from the second floor to the third floor playroom, where there isn't a gate because we're not up there that often) whenever I'm busy cleaning her room or drawing a bath or something.
~She is starting to play with more toddler-esque toys, like the play kitchen.
~She refuses most pureed baby food, but is a picky eater when it comes to regular food. Her favorites are toddler food groups: cereal, yogurt, a little fruit, any kind of bread, etc. Exceptions to this rule are any foods she can scam from my plate.
~She is very affectionate and gives lots of love pats, which could look more like love slaps to the uninitiated.
~She signs "more", claps whenever anyone says "yay", and I swear I heard her say "up" the other day. We have yet to repeat that one, however.
~She has excellent balance when standing by herself and I'm pretty sure she can walk, she just won't. Every once in a while she'll take a half step, then realize she is walking and slowly lowers herself to the ground to crawl instead.
~She loves going outdoors, though she frequently tries to eat grass and wood chips. I'm hoping that walking will eliminate some of this.
~Her hair is getting long enough that it looks like wispy old man hair, and she's getting a bit of a mullet in the back. It's still super cute though!
Some outtakes from our photo shoot: