Well, my sweet baby girl is 11 months old! I'm not sure how this happened, but it did! Addison loves books now! She spends a great deal of her play time bringing us books and making her cute little noise at us that tells us she wants something. She loves for us to point out pictures and name things. She will bring book after book after book. Addison says "bah bah" in a cute little whisper and waves one or both of her hands to say "bye bye." She also learned how to put the rings on her ring stackers this month. She can even do the wooden one with the smaller holes, which is really impressive to me! She will sit and put every single ring on, which is also amazing to me! Addison constantly points and makes her little noise now to get our attention. She is communicating for sure! She says "dadda" all the time. She will say "momma" on cue, but not randomly like she says "dadda." Surprisingly, she has not done a lot of practicing her walking. She doesn't love to use walkers and she will cruise on furniture sometimes, but often prefers to get down and just crawl. When she wants to get somewhere fast, she puts her head down and just takes off crawling. It is so funny to see! And this girl does not sit still - for anything. You can probably tell by this month's pictures:). The ones with me and Jackson were attempts to get her to sit still and smile - failed attempts!
Addison is still our little "sleep warrior." She does not love to go to sleep and will cry for over an hour sometimes before giving in. It's so hard for us because we know she is tired - and if we go in there to try and calm her down, it just makes it worse when we leave. Poor thing. She still gets up 1 or 2 times a night to eat. Wow, I wonder when that will end. As far as eating, she still nurses 3 times a day and 1 or 2 times at night. She goes through phases where she refuses ANY baby food. Lately, she'll allow us to feed her baby food straight from the pouches, so she can suck it out. But she won't eat anything off of a spoon. She is so picky. If we pull out something she doesn't want, she turns her head all the way behind her, straining her neck, to let us know she does not want anything to do with it. It's almost like she's saying, "Take it away please!" She is definitely not the best eater or sleeper!
Addison has found her voice with her brother. If he takes something she really wants, she does not hesitate to scream and then cry. It's so sad to see. However, if she doesn't care either way, she lets him walk all over her. Often times, she sees him coming and drops whatever toy she has and crawls away before he gets to her. She is avoiding a confrontation! If she really wants what she is playing with, she will sometimes throw herself into my lap so I will protect her (and her treasured toy:))! She is one smart girl!
I am so in love with my baby girl. She is just so precious. I still have moments when I look at her and remember being pregnant with her and have tears spring to my eyes because I can't believe she is really mine. I can't believe I have a daughter. I just can't believe how blessed I am. In one month, my baby girl will turn 1 year old. Now I know why parents always say, "You will always be my baby." It's cliche and annoying when all you want to be is a grown up, but as a parent, I know it is true. Jackson will always be my baby boy and Addison will forever be my baby girl. No matter how old they get. Happy 11 months, my sweet baby doll! I love you more than you could ever know.