Saturday, December 21, 2013

11 Months Old!

Better late than never! Little Miss Abigail is 11 months old already! This has been a big month for our girl. She's now pulling herself up, cruising, pointing, waving, making lots of new sounds, and following simple requests. It's so amazing to see her change and learn! She understands so much and I know she gets frustrated when she isn't able to communicate her wants with us. Abby has started signing "milk" and "all done", although not consistently. It's fun to see her do the signs though, especially when she does them on her own without me or Dave signing to her first. She has started sucking her thumb a lot more. It used to be something that she only did in her crib, but she learned that it makes her feel better and so whenever she's upset she grabs the nearest stuffed animal and has a little cuddle. It's absolutely adorable, but at the same time I wonder if she will be a thumb sucker well past babyhood! 

Another very big change for Abby is that she is finally night-weaned! A few weeks ago I decided that I was exhausted and tired of nursing in the middle of the night. I knew that physically she did not need to eat in the middle of the night, but in the end I always gave in and ended up nursing her because it was the easiest thing to do. So, one night Dave and I just decided to be strong and resist any night feeding. Dave went in to comfort her and then it took her a looong time to settle back to sleep. She didn't really cry though, so we let her be and eventually she did fall back asleep. That was a few weeks ago and since that first night we have never gone back in her room! She occasionally wakes up and chats or fusses a little, but she settles and goes back to sleep on her own. It has been great!!

We are really looking forward to Abby's first Christmas and then next month we will celebrate her first birthday! This year has really flown by!

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