Thursday, January 3, 2008

11 Months

Oh gosh, it's been a while. The holidays are over and now I need to catch up!
Ruby is just motoring along. She's been very vocal as of late. Her vocalizations range from sounds like a sweet little baby to sounding like Rosemary's baby. She's got some "words" in there but I don't think she's quite figured out that they have meaning - she "says": dada, hi! and what sounds like jack or cat. It's pretty fun to watch her play with her toungue and lips -- sometimes she makes a big "O" with her mouth and sings to us.
Ruby is also catching on to the wave. If you tell her to say hello or bye, she'll wave. She's quite the princess about it too -- elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist. Our little debutante. She also likes to clap and will start it whenever she feels like she needs some smiles from us. Or when we ask to play patty cake. She's also starting to like to play patty cake with her stuffed kitty.
She crawls all over the place and pulls herself up with ease. She loooves walking while holding onto our fingers and gets really upset when we stop to do fix dinner or eat. She has really taken to drumming and everything is a potential drum or drumstick. This is probably one of those things that all babies do but we find it especially endearing since .... well..we've got drummers in the house.
Ruby mostly eats anything and everything. We've stayed away from some of the real danger foods - honey, citrus, nuts, shellfish etc but she's had most everything else. We give her a little of whatever we are eating and she gobbles it up. She's recently had salmon and spaghetti - both of which she seemed to really like. She goes through periods where she only wants to eat what she can give herself but otherwise she's pretty easy in this department. She has little interest in drinking from a cup, however. We give her one at mealtimes and sometimes she'll get into getting something out of it but mostly she bangs it on the table. I've tried different types of cups but no dice. I think it's something that she's just not ready for yet so I'm just waiting....I'd like to get her off the bottle in a month or two. We'll see how it goes!
Sleeping ..yeah that old issue. It's the same. Sleeps great some days not the others. "Naps! I don't need no stinkin' naps!" seems to be her motto though she does sleep better at night when she has one. I am secretly jealous of all those people whose babies sleep 2-3 hours during the day....
It's pretty crazy that she's nearly one years old. I have found myself saying to her on numerous occasions, "When you were little you used to..." WTF? When she was little? She IS little! But, but, but...she's big now. She's practically a TODDLER! I almost don't have a baby anymore but a KID. I am freaking out right now.


Los padres de Marcos Gabriel said...

I'm so with you on all accounts! I can't believe our little babies are 11 months (Marcos on 1/8). Marcos is just about the same on food, words and activities (walking, getting upset when we stop to do things). Oh the joys do seem endless. Ruby is so beautiful!!!!! Those eyes are just breath taking. I can't wait for our next reunion.

Otto's Mommy said...

It's hard to believe our babies will soon be 1 year old and yes, no longer babies, but toddlers. I'm like you in that it's exciting but unbelievable how quickly they grow. Cheers to you for being such a wonderful mother.