This has been a big month for Heidi.
She is walking! Kind of! She is still in the stagger stages, and I haven't been able to catch her on video yet, but for the past week or so she has been doing the 2 to 5 step thing where she will walk to see us. She walked to see Erica at her house the other day! Such a big girl.
I am fairly certain that she has officially said her first word with meaning (outside of "mama"). When she wants to be picked up she has crawled toward me saying "up up up up". It's pretty cute.
She continues to be the world's best eater. Sophia has been going through a toddler phase (I think) where she is more, let's say, discerning about the foods that she'll eat. But whatever Sophia isn't eating, Heidi will eat her own portion and then finish off Sophia's! I feel like I just can't keep enough food in her little tummy. Still the only thing that she doesn't seem to love is shredded cheese...but she loves almost every other kind of cheese, and just about every kind of fruit. She recently tried those little mandarin oranges for the first time and wolfed those right down. She likes chili as well, especially the beans but she eats up all the turkey too.
She absolutely loves playing peek-a-boo and just gets a kick out of it. If I am in the kitchen cooking she will get herself over to the oven (usually by standing up and walking with one hand on the cupboards) and pull the kitchen towel down from the oven door handle and start playing peek-a-boo. But she'll play with anything she can hold... swaddling blankets, daddy's sweatshirt, a teddy bear, even a necklace (though this didn't cover her face too well). She also really loves push or walker toys. We have a little alligator push toy and also a baby stroller that is a good height for her, and she loves to walk around behind them (or in front of them and push them backwards). Her other new favorite thing is swinging - she loves to be either in an infant swing or swinging in somebody's lap.
This past month we moved her from her infant car seat (already!) to a larger, permanently-in-the-car rear-facing seat. Her little legs were dangling off of the end of the infant seat so it was time. She still doesn't love riding in the car, though it does help when she and Sophia can interact in the back because the two of them will babble to each other (or, shout) and they both seem to keep each other fairly amused. Along that note, Sophia is now in a booster with a back that buckles in using only a seat belt! Wow did she get big quickly.
She is becoming quite the snugly little girl. She has a couple of stuffed toys in her crib, primarily a small stuffed penguin from Oma and Papa when they went to Holland, and a plush pooh bear, and often I will find her in the morning or the middle of the night snuggling with a plush. Then in the mornings when she wakes up I will hear her chatting with them and playing with them, and when she is ready to get out of bed in the morning they usually come flying out too!
She has just about weaned herself. Once she started to eat solids she fairly quickly lost interest in breastmilk, especially during the day, and now she doesn't nurse at all except for right when she wakes up in the morning and right before bed in the evening. I do, however, have about 6 or 7 gallons of breastmilk in the freezer so I am putting it in her sippy cup to drink at breakfast and lunch time, and have contacted a donation center to see if I am eligible to donate my breastmilk. Hopefully somebody can put it to good use!
|This might be my favorite picture ever. I love the baby toes curled underneath.|