Audrey is already ten months old, and getting sweeter with every passing month. She is mobile now, and into EVERYTHING. She is not walking yet, but is crawling. She can stand and walk along furniture, or while pushing things, and can take a few steps at a time without falling. And she prefers all of that to crawling, but will crawl if it’s her only option. Long story short, Audrey’s desire to walk exceeds her ability. This results in LOTS of bumps and bruises.
She is still loving her pacifier, and I am in no rush to kick that habit. After having Bonnie, who did not want anything to do with a pacifier, it is really nice to have a baby who will use a prop to help her soothe herself. She’s a trip with her paci too. When she is nursing before a nap or bedtime she will hold her pacifier in one hand. When she’s done nursing she unlatches, casually pops that pacifier into her mouth, and goes to sleep.
I do sense her wanting to nurse less and less recently. This is bittersweet, because I love nursing her, but I also like the idea of getting dressed in the morning without having to consider what I can nurse easily in! I sense in my spirit that Audrey will be our last child, and this makes every milestone bittersweet. I find myself clinging to each moment a little more tightly than I did with Bonnie when she was this age.
She is, of course, replacing nursing with eating. Some favorites are avocados, bananas, green beans, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, Cuties, and (weirdly) salad greens. So far, she isn’t much of a meat eater. But she loves bread. She will chew and chew and chew on bread for as long as I will let her.
Audrey has finally become a decent night-time sleeper. Her naps are typically pretty short, but she is able to put herself to sleep. That’s been a long time coming, and I’m proud of the slow, steady work she and I have done on that. The “sleep training” that I’ve done with Audrey was a lot different than what I did with Bonnie. It is so crazy how different both girls are. Even as infants, it was obvious that they both needed to be helped with their sleeping in very different ways.
Audrey and Bonnie are jiving better all the time, and it is fun to watch their relationship develop as they grow older. At ten months and almost three years old they already have a love/hate relationship, and I see lots of arguments, hearts-to-hearts, learning moments, and sweet moments in our futures.