11 months update

Filed under: baby's progress,photos,video — by Lauren on September 19th, 2007 @ 11:48 pm

11 Months (oh boy!) bear picture

When Anya was a newborn, she acquired skills slowly, something new every few weeks. Now we just can’t keep up. She surprises us constantly, and it’s wonderful.

More words! Anya says “up” and points when we are at the bottom of the stairs, “Elmo” when we look at her Sesame Street books, “nose” when she’s pointing to someone’s nose (including her own)…we hear something new every day. She repeats her name, and we’ve been teaching her to lift her hands and say “Touchdown!” since football season has begun. The other day I asked her if she wanted to have an apple for breakfast, and she looked up at me and said “Apple!” It was awesome. She fully understands what “Bye-bye” means and says it in appropriate situations unprompted. There are more, but we’ve lost track of how many words she knows now. She’s got about 7 signs that she uses regularly, and we’re working on several others.

This month Anya decided that breastmilk is only good directly from the source, so we are done with bottles. She won’t drink it from a cup either, but she does love drinking water from her sippy. Also, we introduced broccoli, unsuccessfully at first. She had no interest in eating the steamed stuff, whether plain, with cheese, or even pureed with peas, cheese, and garlic.  What finally won her over was giving it to her raw – turns out she likes it much better that way, just like her mom. Last night I gave her a whole “tree” to gnaw on and she had a fabulous time. (Lex referred to it as “broccoli ice cream.”) Now that she can handle almost any finger food and doesn’t really need baby food, she’s finally decided that eating from a spoon is acceptable and has even eaten a whole jar at one meal more than once! Very silly.

I still maintain my initial prediction that Anya won’t walk before her first birthday. She’s a crawling and cruising machine, but hasn’t gotten the hang of standing on her own for more than a second or two, and that’s only if we stand her up and place her feet in the right place. You know what? I could write a lot more about what Anya’s up to, but it’s much more fun to watch:

Update from Lex: In case you’re not up on your American Sign Language, you’ll see Anya sign “cereal” (which is our symbol for Cheerios) by essentially making the “OK” sign. She raises her arm up as she does it. A little later on in the video, she signs “book” by putting her hands together with a little clap.)

Day care is going much better. Yesterday was the first time she didn’t cry when I dropped her off! I’m not quite sure how big she is now. We don’t go to the doctor again until she’s 1… Oh my gosh, she’s going to be ONE!

4 Responses to “11 months update”

  1. Papa Ducky Says:

    What a FABULOUS video! I liked it better than CATS. I would watch it again and again…and I did :-}

  2. Mommy aka Grammy Says:

    What a precious darling girl she is!

    That video is very special. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Laura McIntyre Says:

    Hiya – new to you blog. What a lovely little girl you have, she sounds so smart and im so impressed at her talking.

  4. heidi Says:

    Wow! Anya is doing great! Thanks for sharing, Kody & I really enjoyed her.