Layla has reached the age where she is very active, interactive, taking everything in, and learning every minute. It seems like she was just born, so it’s funny to me to see what she is like now and think that she’s totally different now to the little baby who pretty much just used to sleep all the time. Let me count the ways that she is “new”:
1. Her hair is coming in thick and fast. It was just a few weeks ago that the sides and back of her hair had fallen out and most of her hair that was left was just on top. Every day I can see she is getting more and more hair and it seems to be getting longer quickly. When Hayden was her age his hair had fallen out but was coming back in very light blonde. This does not seem to be happening to her; I don’t think she will ever be blonde. I don’t think it will be long before she starts getting some baby curls. 🙂
2. She is an eating pro. She gets three meals a day, and she’s an eager eater. My stepdad said it best: “She eats with her whole body!” Her little hands and feet move in excited circles as she eats. Cutest. Thing. Ever. I guess I will have to qualify this by saying that she is a very eager eater as long as I have added some yogurt to whatever I’m giving her. She will open her mouth like a little birdie when there’s yogurt mixed in, but otherwise she’s not as keen. The last couple of meals I have forgone the yogurt and she has still eaten it, but in the past she wouldn’t even open her mouth if it didn’t have the good stuff in there!
3. She is finally taking naps in her crib. This has been a looooong time coming. I only have myself to blame for her nearly hitting the 8 month mark before she would sleep in her bed during the day. I didn’t push it because 1) when I work it was easier to let her fall asleep on her nursing pillow while I worked than try to get her to nap upstairs and then have to manage going up and down the stairs continuously with the real possibility of her never falling asleep. I knew if I kept her with me she would definitely fall asleep and it would be, well, easy! And 2) the times I did try to let her “cry it out” in her bed she would start getting in a habit of crying whenever I put her in her crib, even at night. If I didn’t bother with it during the day, then the nighttime routine wasn’t negatively impacted. Obviously this approach wouldn’t work for most families, but it was fine for us. But now that she is taking naps in her bed it just feels like she is so grown up!
4. She has been sitting up very steadily for a while now. She’s not crawling, but she does kind of wiggle herself in the right direction when she is lying on her belly and wants something. But no scooting or crawling or anything like that.
5. She LOVES laughing at Hayden. She is very interested in him. He loves making her laugh, too. He will shake his head back and forth which usually gets her laughing. In fact, he was doing that this morning when we were taking him to preschool, but she hasn’t been feeling well and she was watching him but not laughing. He was telling me that she needed to be laughing because he was doing that. lol! When she and I have been home on a workday and Hayden’s been at preschool, she gets visibly excited when I put her in her carseat when it’s time to go get him (and she doesn’t get excited when put in her carseat any other time).