This month's photo album is HERE
I can’t believe Luna is now one year old!!! I will post a separate entry with pictures from her actual birthday, but here is the last monthly entry… What a year! I will update pretty frequently of course, but not on a monthly basis anymore.
I’m amazed by how things can change or evolve over the space of just a few days! While last month I was worrying about milk supply and eating enough solid food, this is really not a problem anymore. While Luna now nurses 3 to 4 times a day and still through the night, she has at least 3 meals and 2 “snacks” a day, if not more, and will actually yell at us if we are eating something that she is not! Her favourites are still banana and cereal, but she now loves black beans and corn, guacamole and soft, stinky cheeses. She also loves to rub all of that through her hair constantly, and I can’t wash it too often as she has sensitive skin, so most of the time she looks like she has scarecrow hair. And yes, we have tried pulling it back, top knots, pig tails, hair ties, hair clips, but she pulls them all out. So, banana hair it is.
There is a strange mix of neediness and independence that has developed this month. On the one hand only Cesar or I can carry her, on the other she now brushes her own teeth, feeds herself entirely and tries to put her dirty diapers in the bin amongst other things. And the diaper changing part has become a huge chore! She refuses to lie down, so you have to do it standing up, while she is wriggling around like a squirmy worm. I have developed a technique to ensure that we all stay clean and whatever is in the diaper remains in it, but it took a few days! I also feel a little bad because size 3 diapers were fine, but they were a little tight around the legs, so we got size 4. But they are huge! And she has really slimmed down over the past few months, so maybe I should try size 3 again… I must have a few left over somewhere!
The whole slimming down thing is pretty obvious. I suppose it’s because her leg muscles are a lot more developed now and she is on her feet all the time, or crawling when she needs to get away from me really fast, and she seems to have grown in height a little. She’s still a little shrimp though – I still can’t believe she was only 18 inches long at birth! At her 12 month appointment (amidst the banshee screaming that probably scared all the other children off in the waiting room for centuries to come) we found out she is 28 inches long… But she only weighs 17lbs now. She started her life packing on the pounds quite well, but since her 7 month appointment she has actually stagnated and then lost weight each time we have been to the doctors. While it’s not too abnormal to stagnate around this age due to all the activity and movement, she shouldn’t have lost 3 pounds, so we now have to put her on a high calorie diet for the next 6 weeks to see if it helps. She already eats everything anyway, so it shouldn’t be too hard to add more fat to her diet. It’s just hard for me as we eat pretty healthy at home and naturally low-fat so I’m going to have to be a little inventive and less strict.
We ended up dismantling the baby jail and repurposing it as barriers in front of areas that we don’t want her getting into (I was beginning to get tired of putting all the DVDs back onto the shelves every day!). We got these special table corner buffer things from Target but they were awful! She just pulled them off. So I fashioned some homemade ones out of old socks and duct tape and they are much safer! Luna now has free range of the living room and bedroom, she seems very happy with that and it’s a lot less stressful having to follow right behind her every second to make sure she wasn’t eating Cesar’s paints or something from the floor – although I have to vacuum every day because she will put anything in her mouth!
And guess what?! My little sister came to spend the week of Luna’s birthday with us, and on her first night (April 6th to be exact), Luna took her first unassisted steps. She was ready for bed and I really wanted to get a picture of Luna and her auntie, so I gave Karli one of her favourite books, Meg and Mog, to read. She held it up, and Luna took her first few steps, from Karli to me! And then we managed to do it again so that I could catch it on video. Cue much laughter and tears and applause! She has managed to do it a few more times since then but she is still very wary of walking without a wall or a chair or a table to slightly assist her. But she has walked! It’s so cute when she does it!!!
What else have we done… We taught her how to stick her tongue out at people which is absolutely hilarious! And while she is quite shy around adults, she is super assertive around other kids, and always goes up to others to give them a kiss. It’s so adorable! She is really affectionate! I would love to have her play with more children now as she gets really excited when she sees another child! Maybe at the park now that the weather is finally better! My sister actually got us a rear-facing stroller with the hopes that Luna would like it better than her forward facing one. It really does seem to help, although she still cries in it when she wants to be held, she seems to be more comfortable. This is really great for me because front carrying is not really possible anymore with this bump that keeps growing and growing!!
And my time seems to be up… Time to go and cook up some breakfast for Dada in Luna’s own little kitchen. Thank you all for reading all the updates during this past year, it’s been amazing, tough, wonderful and completely unpredictable for us all!!! And may the next years all be similar!