Well, Addison is getting closer and closer to walking. Right now she can stand for short amounts of time without holding on to anything…that is if she forgets that she’s not holding on to anything. If she realizes at any point that she is not holding on to anything, she will get this terrified look on her face and slowly reach her hand out to whatever is closest to her, once she is securely holding on to it she will squat down and sit. It’s pretty funny.
She has also started doing this thing where she’s kneeling, but one foot is up on the ground and she sort of bounces there. It looks like she’s about to stand up, but she never does. She just bounces. It’s pretty funny.
She is getting solids at least two times a day now, which is an absolute mess!!! She’s been constipated lately, and we couldn’t understand why. We took her completely off of rice (or other grain) cereal, and fed her fruits and veggies to her hearts content, but it wasn’t helping. We finally decided maybe it was the formula we were feeding her, so we switched. Sure enough it worked. But then we started trying the cereal again, and it plugged her right back up! So I’m not sure what to do. I’ll talk to the doctor about it next week…
Speaking of which! I got an email at the beginning of the week saying, “Next week your baby will turn 1!!! I was like, “What, no, that’s not right.” So I went to check the calendar. Sure enough, next Thursday, she’s one! I couldn’t believe it! I can’t believe how quickly the past year has gone by!!! Addison has also learned that when she’s in her high chair, if she coughs, I come running. She absolutely loves chewing on fruit, so a lot of times if I have to clean the kitchen or cook I will put her in her high chair and give her some watermelon chunks or peach slices and just let her chew on them. Well a couple of times she bit off a little more than she could chew, and coughed a little. I was worried that she was choking so I ran over to her. She was fine, but then a few seconds later I hear this little dry cough. I look over and it stops and she smiles at me. I smiled back and went back to what I was doing. Suddenly I hear the cough again. I look back, and it stops and she smiles at me. I believe we need to teach her the story of the boy who cried wolf.
She’s also getting much better at getting what she wants. This past week Bart left the diaper bag all zipped up in her play area. She somehow figured out how to unzip it, pulled out the formula can, opened it, and dumped it on the ground.
We have set up a baby gate in the door that leads to our kitchen so that she can play in the front room and I can work in the kitchen without worrying about her coming in there. We have molding at the bottom of the door way, so we usually put the gate up about 4 inches from the ground. Yesterday I was clearing out the dishwasher, and I look over. She is laying on her stomach flat on the ground, reaching her hands under the gate to try and get something on the kitchen floor!
She’s also really starting to learn how to talk…not that she understands what she’s saying, but she’s always saying stuff. When she wakes up, she almost always sits in her crib and babbles to her self for at least 15 min. Also, when she’s playing with her toys, she’ll talk to herself.
We’ve tried to get her to consciously say words too. I think she’s finally catching on…although she doesn’t quite have it. Whenever I say, “Say Mama.” She smiles, and very obediently says, “Dada.”