Monday, February 28, 2011

Anna @ 11.5 months

Anna is 11.5 months old.

Eating:

She drinks about 600cc of milk and eats three meals of solids a day.

Her eating schedule:
Morning when she wakes up: milk
Mid-morning before morning nap: apple, yogurt, milk (sometimes)
Late morning/noon: rice/meat/veggie puree
Early afternoon before afternoon nap: milk
Late afternoon/dinner: whatever we eat for dinner, rice/meat/veggie puree (sometimes)
Before bed: milk

She also snacks throughout the day. This month, we discovered her love for citrus fruit. Especially clementines.

Anna eats just fine, not great, but not terrible either. Haha, when she had enough, instead of just turning her head away, she will eat it and spit it out. Annoying, but cute, but messy.

Sleeping:

Anna is active, but she also loves to sleep. She sleeps 11-12 hours through the night and takes two 1 to 1.5-hour naps during the day. Hooray for a sleepy baby!

Development:

Anna started walking independently a few days before turning 11 months, and now she’s just getting better and better at it. She can change directions and turn corners! It’s so cool to watch. She’s always testing herself and trying to do more.

Hubby got her a yellow ball and she practices walking behind it, while kicking it along. For this, we have to hold her hand – but I am sure it won’t be long before she starts dribbling. :)

She has also figured out how to get down steps – butt first. However, she hasn’t figured out the height part yet. For instance, she thinks she can safely get off the countertop or the bed just as long as it is butt first. Crazy girl! She’s lucky we are there to catch her!

Personality:

Anna developed a stranger anxiety earlier than most babies and I had hoped that she would get over it earlier as well. Not so! At 11.5 months old, she still doesn’t like it when people (whether family/friends or real strangers) look her in the eyes or touch her hands. And by “doesn’t like”, I mean she screams and cries with tears and snot running down her face. (She will warm up to them eventually, but still very cautious.)

Along the same line, she also has a touch of separation anxiety. When there are other people in the house, we can’t be out of her sight. (However, when it is just the 3 of us in the house, hubby and I can walk away and be in different rooms without her going bonkers.)

She’s also very sensitive. She can read facial expressions and sense stern voice tones. When we tell her “no”, she gets upset. (But, as long as we keep on talking and explain to her why she shouldn’t do that, she seems to be okay.)

I think Anna may grow up to be a quiet girl – which is fine. Both hubby and I are introverts, so it’s not a surprise. It’s not that we are shy, but we don’t need to be around a lot of people either. I just want Anna to be able to handle herself in unfamiliar situations…which is why we are going to take her out whenever possible as soon as the weather warms up.

Stranger and separation anxieties aside, she is at a super cute age - constantly exploring the world, happy with the simplest things, and full of smiles and giggles.
11.5 months
11.5 months

6 comments:

  1. She's almost the big 1! Is there going to be a big celebration? My friend's baby is turning one at the end of next month and another blog friend's baby should be hitting that milestone in a couple months. Plus, my boss is having hers later this week and I'm off to visit a special little baby on Wednesday. Lots of little ones running around these days :)

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  2. @ Dorkys: There will be a little at-home celebration in her honor...hope everything comes together at the end. I am busy planning it right now!

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  3. I think this is all to be expected. There wasn't much action in her little world over the winter. But with the weather warming up, she'll start to blossom like the little flowers in our garden. The more time she spends outside, the better she'll be with the world.

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  4. Haha, I just wrote about clementines on my blog too! Love them!

    And wow, walking, kicking a ball around, AND going down stairs butt first! Go Anna!

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  5. Happy 11 and 1/2 months Anna!!!

    I love that picture of her greeting the doggies at the door!

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