Bonnie is such a happy, content, sweet girl… Even when she is teething! She’s also very friendly and social, which makes me think she is going to be far more outgoing than I ever was. She must get that from her daddy. Both her smile and her cries melt my heart, although she is not much of a crier at all, especially since she’s mastered the whole sleeping thing.
She is down to two naps a day, both about an hour long. I really love that she’s only taking two naps now, as it really frees up our day, and not so much of it has to be structured around naps. Even apart from naps, Bonnie has outgrown her 6-8 month schedule, and has worked her way into a new schedule. It literally happened overnight. I could sense that she was ready to drop the third nap, so after struggling with that nap for a few days, we spent a day transitioning to a new schedule, and she took to it beautifully. It is amazing how much babies can tell you without being able to talk! Without her third nap though, she has been going to bed around 5:30 or 6 at the latest, and sleeping until between 6 and 6:30am. I am thrilled that she is able to sleep for such long stretches at night, but I do wish she’d stay up a little bit later so that Andrew could spent a little time with her before bed in the evenings.
Since Bonnie is awake for longer stretches between naps during the day, she is able to spend significantly more time eating and experimenting with new foods. She will eat almost anything we give here, but especially seems to love this banana bread. If she sees the bread while she is eating something else, she will be fussy until I give her the bread. It’s hysterical, but also kind of alarming that she already has such strong food preferences.
Eating more does mean that she is nursing less. She only nurses about 4 times a day now, whereas, just a week ago, she was nursing about 7 times a day. I have seriously mixed feelings about this, and even cried over it the first day. But I know it’s the natural progression of things, and watching her learn to eat new foods is really, really fun. Each time she eats a snack or meal in her high chair, she drinks some water from her sippy cup, and she saves breastfeeding for first thing in the morning, before both naps, and right before bed.
Bonnie is still wearing size 9 month shirts, pants, and dresses as she has been since she was 6 months old. But for the sake of length, she wears 12 month onesies and footed sleepers. She is so long and tall! It will be interesting to see how long she keeps that up! Overall, her physical growth seems to have slowed down. I am so happy about this, because from birth until about six months she was growing so quickly we could hardly keep up.
She has such big, blue, expressive eyes, and something about them makes her look older than she actually is. Something in them makes me think that she will be wise, and I pray every day that she will be. I pray that God will grant her wisdom, and I also pray that the fruits of His spirit will be made manifest in her life even at a young age.
On Thursday we are taking her to GRS to see my doctor and nurses there. I am beyond excited to see them again, and for them to see her! I anticipate they will be seeing me as a patient again in the not-so-distant future, but for now, Andrew and I are both soaking in every moment with Bonnie Claire.