This month's album is HERE.
Ahhh it feels like I only posted the last month’s summary yesterday!! It really does go by even faster the second time around… I try to capture everything like I did with Luna, but it’s a lot harder when you have a very demanding toddler needing your attention all of the time too. I had to reread the last post I wrote for Aurora to remember where we were last month and to see what had been accomplished over the past few weeks! We left off at her sitting unassisted and also pulling herself up into a plank kind of posture. Well a few days after I posted that entry she was actually started sitting up all by herself from any position, and crawling around like a little maniac! And then a few days after that she pulled herself up onto her knees and then her feet… So we now have an extremely mobile and fast little baby on our hands! Did I say little? I don’t really think that is a good way to describe her really. She’s huge!
Sometimes I wonder if it’s in what I eat because up until a week or so ago she was still nearly exclusively breastfed with a few spoons of other food here and there every day! She’s about 21 lbs now and over 28 inches long, so cuddly and big and full of chubs! I know it won’t last that long anymore and now that she’s so active she will probably slim down, so I’m making the most of it. She is however already quite a bit bigger than Luna was at 12 months (17lbs and 27in)! We have recently added another solid food feeding into the day, so she’s at two now, and I have also been giving her some little pieces of cereal and crackers now that she has stopped gagging on every mouthful. It took her a while to get used to eating anything other than breast milk, but she finally seems to be enjoying trying out different flavours and textures (and still has that amazing ability to find the tiniest crumb of something that Luna has dropped on the floor – the other day it was a piece of banana peel!). I’m probably going to add another feeding later this month with yoghurt and/or cottage cheese. To be honest I have found that however you go about it, as soon as the child reaches toddler age they become super picky anyway, so all I hope for is that we can at least instill a healthy relationship with food now, and then hope for the best later!
I don’t know if I have ever met a happier baby to be honest. While Luna would cry a lot, and sometimes it was hard to figure out why she was crying, with Aurora it’s easy. She cries when she’s hungry, tired or uncomfortable. Other than that she is pretty much constantly smiling. There is a lot less of the separation anxiety that Luna had at this age, and it is easier to settle her at night. She needs her regular sleeping pattern, and her regular nursing sessions, but other than that she is usually quite content playing with her toys and trying out new things like climbing and standing and balancing. Of course she does have her moments of irritability and crying, especially as she is constantly teething, but she seems to be able to smile through a lot of that too.
The other day Cesar picked her up when she woke up crying around 10pm and when I came walking back into the room her face lit up with a huge smile. There are some days when I feel like I am just one giant milk machine, and a smile like that makes me realize how I’m much, much more than that. I keep telling myself that this is not going to last very long and to try to slow time down until each minute lasts an hour. In a few years the girls will be off playing together, best friends, and those smiles may not be as spontaneous as they are now.
I don’t know if it’s a normal worry, or if I’m just silly, but I do sometimes worry that Aurora will feel left out at times… With Luna being a lot more demanding and Aurora being so laid back I worry that I will sometimes overlook Aurora’s more emotional needs at times. Of course I don’t WANT to, I just want to make sure she is as comfortable at expressing them as Luna is (and Luna is, very much so). Is that silly? Maybe I just think back to myself as a child, often hiding thoughts and feelings because I didn’t think they mattered… And I know that that is more of a personality trait rather than anything else, and there is not anything wrong with being more private. I don’t actually really know what I’m even getting at here! Maybe I just want to be able to always be there for them. I think that’s a very normal feeling. I asked my own mother yesterday if one ever stops worrying about one’s kids, and she said no, and then you start worrying about your grandkids too! I suppose the worry just becomes a little different with age. That said, the worries I had with Luna when she was a baby (is she getting enough milk? why won’t she ever sleep?!) were different with Aurora (how can I make sure she gets the same amount of attention I gave Luna when she was tiny?!). I suppose with “practice” and perspective things shift a little. I know I compare both kids a lot, and they ARE very different, both physically and personality-wise, and while this is completely normal it never ceases to amaze me. I think I’m just amazed at how two people can create two different beings.
Luna has my skin tone and dark hair, and Cesar’s eyes. Aurora has Cesar’s skin tone and lighter hair, but my eyes. Sometimes when I look at them together they look like twins, and other times they are definitely sisters, but also not the same. Aurora looked more like me during her first months, and now she looks like Cesar’s mini-me, and I bet that this will all change again over the next months. I love watching both sisters interact during the day, playing together then playing alone. Aurora explores every inch of a room, lifting carpets and peering under chairs and investigating all of the toys that Luna discards. She squeals in excitement and is practicing her vocal abilities, she has even said “mama” a few times while looking straight at me, but I don’t think it really means anything yet. Well, of course I do, but I’m also aware that she’s just learning how to make noises!
I’m going to try to post this now as it’s taken a few days to write (two very needy and clingy children this past week!) and otherwise I will never finish it. I’m so glad that I already sorted and uploaded the photos. Next month Aurora will be 9 months old and will be weighed and measured again, and will most likely be taking her first steps unassisted if she continues along this path (cue wide-eyed emoticon). Or maybe she will slow down and take a month off trying to be a toddler… Who knows, every day is a surprise with this little girl!