This month's photo album is HERE.
This is it, the last few weeks until Aurora’s first birthday! How did it go by so fast? Can we push down on the brakes a little, slow things down please? 10-11 months was a huge month for Aurora, mainly because halfway through the month she took her first steps! She had been pulling herself up unassisted for a while, crouching down into a squat to play, and then one Saturday afternoon while I was baking a cake with Luna, she stood up and then suddenly a look of determination tinted with a little fear showed up in her eyes. And she walked! Three steps, then three steps again and then five steps, straight into my arms! I wasn’t expecting it quite so soon, Luna started walking a couple of days before her first birthday, but it has been really cute to see her stop and start and dare a little step here and there. She is obviously taking her time and rightfully so, and she looks like the cutest little penguin every time she walks!
I still haven’t been able to get her walking on video because it’s very random when she does it, and even though Luna usually warns me by yelling “BABY WALKIN MAMA” getting the phone out usually causes her to drop to a crawl and race towards me. One day soon maybe! By the way, it is adorable how Luna is excited about Aurora walking, apart from the fact that she now thinks that she can just grab Aurora’s hand and pull her along with her. I had to teach her the concept of baby steps… That said they play together more nowadays, and Aurora stands her ground with Luna a lot more. Luna is possessive with her toys, which isn’t surprising, but it’s really funny hearing her tell Aurora to “share”. I suppose at some point they will learn the importance of sharing with each other and others.
I just weighed Aurora and she is now 23.4 pounds, so she’s put on a little over a pound since last month. I haven’t been able to measure her, but she is most definitely longer/taller! Her eating habits are getting better and better, she basically eats everything that I give her, especially cheese, and she can usually handle portions of any size now (although she does have a tendency to fill her mouth like a hamster and then attempt to chew which doesn’t always work out so well). She also has 8 fully grown teeth now, and while I hope this is it for a while, I doubt it is. Teething hell is constantly upon us, between Aurora getting 2 or 4 teeth at a time and all of Luna’s last molars coming through together. That said, Aurora is in good spirits most of the time, and is always smiling so it isn’t that bad! We really hit the jackpot in the happy baby category here, and although there have been a few mini tantrums here and there, she is usually easily placated.
July was a fun month with loads of activities, July 4th and the State Fair the main ones. While Aurora didn’t really get to participate much in the fair activities (I’m looking forward to introducing her to the petting zoo and pony rides next year), she seemed to like watching the horses. She also thoroughly enjoyed the fireworks display on July 4th. It was a lovely day all in all, and the first time that we had been able to enjoy a July 4th celebration altogether as a family seeing as one or both of us has always had to work on that day, and I will always remember how excited and amazed both of the girls were when the fireworks started going off! I was quite surprised that Aurora wasn’t scared at all, she was shrieking for joy instead, and then promptly fell asleep nursing halfway through. And by the way it’s World Breastfeeding Week again this week, so I shall be posting some photos on Instagram to do my bit to #normalizebreastfeeding and #normalizeextendedbreastfeeding (I can make even longer hashtags if you like), and just being the annoying person that I always am! Talking about breastfeeding actually, Aurora has a much easier natural “schedule” than Luna has ever had – she nurses in the morning, before naps and then maybe once or twice in between, and then during the night. Thinking about it, Luna was very similar at that age (and I was pregnant), so I suppose it doesn’t show anything about how things will unfold in the future… Another boobmonster in the making then I suppose!
I’ve always loved that moment when you can see a baby absorbing new information, letting it soak into their brains and then waiting to see when it will all resurface. I’ve been going over words with Aurora, saying them over and over again, watching her huge brown eyes take it all in, knowing that it will all come back out again at some point in the future. I love how I say people’s names and she immediately looks in their direction, or towards the last spot that she saw them in. I love how she gets super excited every time Joey Ramone the cat comes near her, and how, even though she pulls his tail and sometimes tries to flatten him, his favourite place to sleep at night is in the top corner of the bed, right by her side.
Another one of my favourite things to watch Aurora do is dance. She has this adorable head shake thing that she has done for quite a while now, but it’s getting more and more pronounced. Yesterday she was rocking out to KMFDM and it was awesome! I wish I could have caught it on camera, but I was too busy dancing too!
I’ve had to take down the baby gate from one spot and put in another as she has been able to escape despite everything I would put in front of it, and has now figured out how to climb up on things and it scares me! I just have to come to terms with the fact that she really is practically a toddler now, and most definitely not a baby anymore. It’s so bittersweet. I want to hold all those moments when she lets me cuddle and kiss her tight and never let go of them, because soon she will be running off to join her sister in her adventures… There is so much more to look forward to, I know, but why does it have to go by so fast?! Little happy pumpkin, full of smiles and so much love, she will always brighten our lives. That cheeky little smile can lighten up the darkest of days, I kid you not!
So, I shall start to prepare Aurora’s first birthday celebrations and wonder how we got here already! A year ago I was lumbering back and forth to the hospital every few days to check her wellbeing, drinking liters and liters of water with the hopes that she would stay inside me as long as possible, and now we have this big, gorgeous, bouncing toddler-baby! Life really is amazing.