It has been a struggle to get her to sleep through the night. Historically, we had the girls share the room with us until they were sleeping well. Bethany was still in our room because she wasn't sleeping well. I kind of reached a breaking point where I decided it would be best to move her; as soon as she moved into a different bedroom (about 2 weeks ago) she has had absolutely no trouble sleeping through the night. She sleeps from 8 pm or so until about 5:30 or 6:30. I am a new woman.
We re-arranged the playroom. Toys were moved down to the basement, school desks and Bethany's crib were moved into the playroom. It is a temporary fix for now, but soon (perhaps just after she is one and school is starting) I would like to move Bethany into the girls' room and have a dedicated school room. So convenient that we have a chalkboard wall in there already.
Bethany has been really teasing the idea of walking. She will stand without support for several seconds and on 5/13 she even took a first step. She hasn't done more than that one little inch forward, but she is walking around furniture and really giving walking a good go. She may even be there in the next couple of weeks.
On 5/11 she finally had her first tooth pop through! Bottom center, the one to the right came through first. Three days later the second one started to show through, so now she has a good set of two teeth through her bottom gums. Yay! She loves to give these big, wet, open mouth kisses and bite down when she's kissing; you can feel the kiss a bit more now. She does not bite when she is nursing (because she already learned not to do that!) so that's been nice.
She eats just about everything we eat now. Her favorite food so far was chili. She ate seconds, and then I gave her a little bit more for thirds, and then she was actually digging through the little tray on her bib to get the rest of the food out of it. She has liked solid foods before, but she was devouring the chili.
Bethy is turning into a chatty Kathy as well. She seems to say "dada" pretty consistently for Chris and she does say "mama". She also makes the "g" sound. Signs are starting to come through as well. She will sign "milk" on occasion when she is hungry.
The last big change for this month was I think we finally have a lovey. I have been opposed to blankets for kids for lots of reasons, but the main two are: how dirty they get (dragged around, plus we have a shedding and hairy dog, so it would just gather dog hair), and how hard it is to have two of the same thing. But, Bethany just was not attaching to anything. She did have a favorite stuffed cat, but it wasn't really a lovey. With a painstaking process of ensuring the cat was the favorite (setting two animals in front of her and seeing which one she would go for), I turned kitty cat in a "lovey" but adding a blanket to her paws. She came with me to the fabric store and picked out a soft plushy fabric (polka dot textured fleecey fabric) and I sewed a blanket and stitched it to the cat. She seems to really love it so far. We will see if it sticks.
On Wednesday, for the first time in her little life she is going to travel on an airplane as we go to the wedding in Arizona. I can't wait! It is going to be such a fun time. There will, naturally, be pictures to come of warm weather, swimming, and saguaro.
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