The past month has been absolutely wonderful… maybe my favorite month with her yet. But I say that about every month. They truly keep getting better and better!
Bonnie learned to wave, finally. And she also learned to crawl. FINALLY. I was beginning to thing that one was just never going to happen.
She can stand and pull up very well, and can walk along furniture, or while holding my hands. The first thing she does when she wakes up each morning is stand in her crib and look around.
She still has six teeth, but has two new ones that are beginning to pop through her gums on the bottom. Her bottom ones never seem to bother her as badly as the top ones do when they are coming in. Thank Goodness. Teething woes are the last thing this little girl needs right now!
Our biggest challenges this month have been getting Bonnie through and over her sinus infection, which took a solid three weeks, and beginning the process of weaning. Transitioning from four feedings to three wasn’t hard for Bonnie at all. But cutting back to two has been really difficult for both of us. It is so hard to watch and hear my baby cry, knowing that I could fix it instantly by nursing her. And I want so badly to be able to nurse her, but I’m still very motivated to get her weaned over the course of the next few weeks, in spite of what an emotional journey it’s been so far. Even though she will take a bottle, she is very particular about when she will take it, and if she is really hungry or tired, she just wants to nurse. There have been some really heartbreaking moments over the past week, but I’m continuously amazed by how adaptable she is.
Baby-led weaning was so fun and stress-free. Since I knew Bonnie was getting everything she needed through my breast milk, I was never focused on how much food she was getting. I was only focused on introducing her to new, wholesome foods, and letting her experiment with them. Some days she ate, and ate, and ate, and some days she would not be interested in eating at all. And it really didn’t matter either way. But now that she’s beginning to rely more and more on food for nutrition, calories, and mental and physical development, I’ve found myself a little stressed over what to give her, when, how much, etc. I’m open to any ideas and suggestions that any of you might have! The more, the better!
On a brighter note, Bonnie started swim lessons! The lessons were a gift to her from my mom, for her first birthday. (We’ve always given birthday gifts early in my family. None of us handle suspense well.) Her first lesson was Sunday. Andrew got in the water with her this time, but I will usually be the one with her, and I cannot wait! She loves the water, and I’m hoping to foster that love in her for years and years to come.
As I sat near the pool watching her, I realized that this would be the first of many hours spent taking her to activities and events, watching her and taking pictures, feeling proud of her, and awed by her. I can’t help but wonder what she will want to do when she gets a little older: swim, dance, play the piano, play golf… Her little personality has blossomed so much just in the past month. It is crazy to imagine what she will be like in the next year, two, and three.
The joy that she brings into our lives each and every day is beyond anything I could ever have imagined.
And for all you Mommas-in-Waiting… Hang in there. Because the wait is so worth it.
So, so worth it.