baby : 10 - 11 months

posted on: Monday, December 10, 2012



These last couple of months have flown by. Last time I looked I had a tiny baby and now miss lady, while still little, has made all sorts of developmental leaps. I think sometimes I underestimate her because she's the baby of the three -- I forget that she can understand so much now.


Now she shakes her head 'no' or nods her head 'yes' (usually about food). She has become a pickier eater and has spurned all my great home-cooked veggies in favour of rice, avocado and lots of finger foods. For snacks she loves fruit and yoghurt and toast.


She points to everything, loves seeing the dogs around our neighbourhood and ducks in the park. She can give me a toy if I ask her and thinks her preschooler brother is hilarious. He is always trying to make her laugh. She loves hugs with her biggest brother -- she is a great snugly hugger now; she wraps her arms around our necks and rests her head on our shoulders. It melts our hearts. She has so many big people to love her -- her 15 year-old brother is as tall as her dad now.


Her main word is dada and he is the only person she calls by his name. When she calls for me, she does it with a cry.

She has just dropped to one day sleep (so I am typing this as she plays in the lounge room. Yo Gabba Gabba might be on TV too ;) and she is having one and a half or two bottles a day plus a breastfeed. I can feel my hormones shifting as all that lovely oxytocin (the breastfeeding hormone) is depleting. But mostly we are doing well and weaning slowly. Miss lady, or my vanilla bean as I sometimes call her, loves giving me big 'kisses' which sometimes leave bruises. I teach her to be gentle by telling her ('be gentle') and stroking her head or arm to show her what I mean. She is a great rough and tumbler because the preschooler wrestles with her.



On her next update she will be one! I can't believe it. I still haven't written her birth story, but I want to -- if only for her, in case she'd like to know about it one day.


Next year will bring all sorts of changes for us: she will be starting daycare for two days a week, the preschooler will be starting big school and I will be going back to uni. And I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel of all the sleepless nights. It's exciting!

If you fancy catching up on the lady's babyhood here she is at 9 months8 months7 months6 months5 months4 months3 months2 months1 month and newborn.

{miss lady is wearing a vintage terry towelling suit with an owl and pussycat print that used to be mine as a babe. she is looking at these board books: 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, 'That's Not My Monster' by Fiona Watt, 'Where is the Green Sheep?' by Judy Horacek and Mem Fox, ' Being Together' by Shirley Hughes, which was her biggest brother's book and 'Baby Animals' which was her dada's  baby book.}

22 comments:

  1. Lovely photos - as always.

    I love these types of posts - they are always my favourite to read...and to write!

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    1. I know what you mean, they're kind of like public baby books aren't they?

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  2. What a sweet little miss you have. I enjoy reading about all that each new month has brought to your little household :) What will you be studying at uni next year? x

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    1. thanks amanda! I'm going back to my masters in creative writing. I was one year in when I deferred to gestate and baby care ;)

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  3. She is divine! And that vintage romper, oh, my!

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    1. vintage is so great isn't it? I love when I can dress her in my old baby threads (so does my mum!).

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  4. Bron, she is beautiful. I remember that weaning well. Gentle and slow was best here too. What an exciting year ahead. Mine is back to sleepless nights and baby care. Haven't strayed far from that yet, but I already know how quickly that tunnel is travelled. Xx ashley

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    1. oh it seems so long when you're in it and then it's over in a flash. long days, short years. x

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  5. My baby-girl is almost one month younger than The Lady. I love your post. I can read, what is waiting for me ;o)

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    1. oh, it is such a cute age isn't it. I love all the hugging!

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    2. Yes. Hugging is fantastic. My girl loves hugs. ;)

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  6. Ah, Bron she is so big now. It seems only yesterday you had her.
    What a great smile.

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    1. I know, right?! the mister says that bottom pic is such a typical face of hers.

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  7. Gosh she is lovely - and I adore her vintage onesie, so cute and summery.
    A great book selection she has there too - on your recommendation ( I think!) we have invested in a few of the "That's not my ...." books and Chloe loves them!

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    1. oh, I'm so glad! the preschooler and the lady can't get enough of them. they also like the sandra boynton board books.

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    1. thanks bridget, I think so too but am undeniably biased.

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    2. such a lovely post for your little girl, and her brothers love is just as unconditional as yours, I love to read something like this and how such a beautiful baby is surrounded with love and care.

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