This month's album is up on Flickr HERE.
I’m in that stage of “how on earth is my baby 10 months old already?!” now. Ten months mean that her first birthday is only two little months away, which also means that summer is right upon us now and I want to enjoy it as much as we didn’t really enjoy summer last year. Granted there are no beaches a few subway stops away like there were back home in NYC, but there is a river and a lake and the coast isn’t too far away. And there is so much of California that we need to discover and explore! I would love to find that dune in Bodega Bay again, the one where I felt on top of the world. And visit some more ghost towns and sunflower fields!
Anyway! Aurora! 10 months old, nearly 22 lbs in weight and 29 inches in height as per her 9 month doctor’s appointment. Everything looks good, she’s meeting all of her milestones at a good pace and now has 6 teeth (those top front teeth were absolute hell for her), and more popping through (finally). She’s still nursing on demand and now eating three meals a day where she usually eats at least some of everything that I give her. I try to mix it up a little and give her at least three “colours”, and she has never refused anything. Luckily her sister hasn’t yet taught her how to go for days without eating anything more than a piece of banana and a gallon of breast milk. I was just reading Luna’s 10 month summary and I see that things haven’t changed much in that department!
There have been no huge changes this month, she’s not walking unassisted yet thankfully, but lots of little changes, all super adorable and heartmelting. Aurora can now say “mama”, “dada” and “yaaaaay” (followed by clapping, which made me realize how often I actually do that myself). Other than that she still babbles a lot and still sings herself to sleep and screams if I leave her in the crib for too long. That same crib that neither child sleeps in, Aurora just hangs out in it while I shower or nurse her sister. I remember being more obsessed with Luna’s words when she was this age, but seeing as Luna didn’t actually start speaking more than a few words before her second birthday I’m not so worried about Aurora speaking as soon as possible. That was until my mum found my baby book and found out that by 9 months I was saying over 10 words. No wonder you can’t shut me up nowadays! Anyway, I think of these experiences just go to show that children will speak when they are ready and there is no pushing them. I’m sure Aurora’s next words will be completely inappropriate anyway, especially as we are reading Roald Dahl (and Luna loves it).
I suppose one of the things that Aurora has to contend with, and that Luna didn’t have to worry about, is having an older sister. While every month things have become a little easier in some ways (Luna is less jealous and more accepting), in other ways they have become more difficult, especially now that Aurora is so mobile. If I turn my back for a second I never know what I am going to find when I turn back around. Sometimes they are hugging, sometimes they are pushing each other, and sometimes Luna is bashing her sister on the head with what I thought was a lovely toy, but has now become a weapon and relegated to the “dangerous toy” box. I have to say though, Aurora stands her ground pretty well. She’s definitely not going to let her sister push her over, physically or mentally, and while I see many a battle between them in the future I also see a lot of love and friendship. They seem to play together more and more nowadays as opposed to just playing alongside each other.
I love watching Aurora play by herself too, her little face scrunched up in concentration until she figures out how to do something. Frustration expressed in sharp screams when she can’t push a square into a circle, shrieks of delight and lots of hand clapping when she finds a toy she loves. Her favourite position seems to be “standing” on her knees right now, crawling around like a maniac, and also standing up so that she can see everything better. She has unfortunately started a phase where she bites me when she finishes nursing (not all of the time, but frequently enough that it has become annoying), and with 6 teeth out that can be pretty painful! I use the same technique that I did with Luna, unlatching her immediately, saying NO and putting her down, so I really hope it will work sooner rather than later! I think that as with Luna, the biting was only when she was finished or not interested in nursing, and it didn’t last long, especially when she realised that it wasn’t doing anything in her favour. I’m still nursing both, as often as each other, and will just go on for as long as needed now. I have a feeling that Aurora may just reduce her sessions little by little as time goes on. But then again, Luna did that when I was pregnant, and look where we are now. Who knows… I’ll miss this time when it’s behind us, just like I miss the time when both the girls were tiny!
Since I hit my first weight loss milestone at the end of May (the weight I was when I found out I was pregnant with Aurora) I haven’t really been checking my weight at all. I did the other day while weighing Luna and realised I had lost another 5 pounds without even trying! Another 5 and I will be at what I wanted my goal weight to be… A bit over what it was before I was pregnant with Luna, a bit below what it was before I got pregnant with Aurora. One thing I have learnt though, no matter how much I weigh my body will always be different now. And that is fine. I’m slowly learning what looks good and what doesn’t and adding to my wardrobe one thrift store trip at a time! I’m so lazy about exercise though, which is probably what I should be doing, outside of making sure that I do at least 10,000 steps a day, so I need to get back into a regular Pilates routine. I would love to join a gym, especially because it would give me a few hours of “me” time a week, so hopefully in the near future!
Ah, I can’t believe another month has flown past, we have created new routines with our mornings in the park before the sun gets too hot and getting used to Cesar working in the evenings again (thankfully not every evening); I’m figuring out good times and bad times to try and get anything creative done, and also letting myself be inspired by all types of different things that I probably wouldn’t have in NYC. Taking photos and learning to crochet and exploring thoughts and places and ideas. It’s fun and helps me stay sane. With that I shall sign off and make dinner for us all, something light and colourful and hopefully delicious seeing as it is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit here again! Only two more months left of these monthly summaries for Aurora… My stomach already feels an empty pit with the speed at which these little ladies are growing… Make time stop a little please, just a moment here and there so I can make sure that I remember it all.