I can't believe we're already posting about first birthdays!! It seems like just yesterday we were all waiting for, or talking about, our newborns.
Here's a bit of what's going on here:
Eleanor is about 20 lbs., not sure on her height. She is such a petite little thing, until you see her undressed, and then she looks like a buddha-baby with her chunky thighs and fluffy tummy, hehe.
She is eating everything in sight, except bananas and avocados. She gives me this look of utter disdain, spits it out, and tries to throw it as far away as possible. Like, "WHAT in the WORLD are you giving me?!! That was like poison, MOM!" She LOVES chicken, turkey, eggs (esp. the yolks of my breakfast eggs), very tender beef, sweet potato, butternut squash, apples and applesauce, frozen blueberries, black olives, salmon, steamed broccoli, green peas, black beans, pinto beans, black-eyed peas.... I found some purees that are in a vacuum-sealed package (ella's kitchen, maybe?), and she likes those, too. Good for the diaper bag. We've been slow to introduce grains, since our babies tend to not digest those as well until they are a bit older. However, in a moment of desperation (I was trying to finish something quickly in the kitchen, and needed to distract E for a bit), I gave her some cheerios. Oh.my.goodness! You'd have thought I gave her gold! She loves them so much, she almost won't eat anything else if she sees the box on the counter. She looked at me like I'd been holding out on her, and screamed (very loudly!!) for more when they ran out on her tray.
She's finally figured out how to get water from her sippy cup, too, and is most proud of herself. She loves drinking out of it, loves to carry the cup around by the spout with her teeth. Other than very small amounts of water, she gets all her fluids from nursing, which is just fine with me.
Sleeping is sort of hit or miss still. She usually takes one good nap in the afternoon. Morning naps disappeared about 6 weeks ago, sadly. She loves to nurse all night long, which is mostly ok with me. I miss having long stretches of sleep, but am glad for her to get the calories and nutrition, since she is so busy during the day, she often won't nurse more than 2-3 times throughout the day. Having been here with 4 other babies, I know this phase passes, and before long, I'll get more uninterrupted sleep.
How am I doing. Well, mostly pretty well. I've not lost as much weight as I'd like, but again, I've been here before, and I know it will gradually come off. I'm looking forward to the warmer weather, and to being able to bike with my family to the beach this summer. We have lots of plans for being outside and being active, and it's hard to wait for that. I've been trying to get outside to walk a few times in the week, but that's not consistent. The weather has given us lots of snow, ice, and slop, which makes it hard to walk. I've had several falls on ice in the past, so I'm kinda paranoid about walking with less-than-ideal footing, esp. when I have the baby on my back. But, that will soon be behind us, and when it is, watch out world, here we come!
Birthday plans: we'll probably just have a small celebration with family, and maybe one other close family that has a baby very close in age. I have a GF carrot cake mix that I will make into cupcakes for E, and will make a chocolate cake for DH, whose birthday is the day after Eleanor's.
Everything else: Eleanor starting standing on her own briefly, of course, at 10 months, and has gradually increased that until now she can stand for quite awhile. She is so cute standing there, playing with something, and then just plopping down on her bottom. She walks around the furniture, along the wall down the hallway, pushing a chair across the floor. She will walk with me if I hold her hands. She has taken a few *very* small steps to me, but then gives me the look of "wait, I can't do this", and sits down. Very funny! She has mastered the stairs, and can go up and down, although I can feel more gray hairs sprouting every time she climbs them. She LOVES her big brothers and sisters, and wants to be where the action is. She will leave me and go find them wherever they are. Her laugh is totally infectious! She makes us all laugh, and then that makes her laugh, and it's all good. She is a great spirit-lifter even on the dreariest of days. She has 8 teeth, and I think is thinking about cutting molars, although I can't feel anything yet.
There is more, as I'm sure there is for all of us, but it would take a book to tell about it. I love this age! It goes so fast, and I am trying to treasure up every day in my heart.