Hannah is 11 months old as of last Thursday! Yep, this is a week late. Another month of quite a few changes for Miss Hannah Bean. Hannah's personality is really shining through. She is so sweet and loving. When she's in the mood she will really snuggle with you. Hannah is also independent, inquisitive and adventurous.
*Schedule: Only a few changes to Hannah's schedule this past month. During the week I wake her up about 8 and on the weekends she is up by 9 at the latest. She eats breakfast right after getting up and then nurses about 15-30 minutes after breakfast. If we are home, she'll take a nap around 10-10:30 for about an hour or slightly longer. She'll have a bottle before lunch. If we are out running errands she usually takes a nap in the car. Hannah nurses again about an hour after eating lunch and then takes her second nap of the day. This nap has continued to be a 2+ hour nap--hooray! Depending on when she wakes up from this nap she may or may not nurse once before dinner. We try to eat dinner around 6:15. She nurses again around 7:30 and I am happy to say that she no longer naps after dinner. This has changed bedtime in a very positive way. She is most often in bed now by 9 after having one final bottle of the day.
*Stats: She was 19 lb 15.5 oz and 29 inches long at her 9 month check-up. As she is currently taking her nap I'm not exactly sure what her current stats are. I can say that today I bought size 4 diapers and we'll make the switch as soon as all the size 3's are gone. She is now wearing all 12 month clothes and some of them are getting tight. Pajamas are 12 or 18 month size. Her hair is continuing to get longer but there's still not much. It is still very light in color and sometimes there is a hint of red. Her eyes are still blue and we're thinking they might stay blue since there hasn't been any change in them yet. Hannah now has 8 teeth.
*Food: Hannah loves to eat! Seriously, she loves it! This past month we have again tried so many new things--grapes, cantaloupe, apples, mashed potatoes, sugar snap peas, broccoli and other things I'm sure I'm forgetting. I am thrilled to have such a good eater! I am also starting to wean Hannah. I think that we are both ready for this transition although it makes me sad. She is nursing about 3-4 times a day and has a bottle 2-3 times a day.
*Activities: Hannah is still into whatever she can get her hands on. She really enjoys getting her hands on stuff she's not supposed to have--the TV remote, computers, our phones (maybe it's an electronic thing). Oh, she also has figured out how to take the outlet covers out and chew on them. What a great skill (in her eyes anyway). Her fascination with balls has continued and she likes to put them into different things and take them out again. Hannah is still enjoying pushing things along the floor and crawling after them. She also seems to be getting more interested in listening to stories. They have to be short books but at least we're making progress.
*Mobility: Hannah is still not walking. I fully expected her to be walking by now but I'm completely okay that she's not. She is still walking along anything she can hold onto and within the last few weeks we've noticed that she is getting more brave about moving between objects and stands for just a bit longer before plopping down to crawl. Also within the last week or so she is allowing us to help her walk where as before she would immediately plop down on her bottom rather than put weight on her feet.
*Favorites: Hannah is still a big time momma's girl although she loves to see her Dad come home from work and must immediately be in his arms. Hannah loves to sing and dance--it's really evolved the last few weeks. Other favorites: eating, feeding herself, playing peek-a-boo, bath time and just moving in general. Hannah also really loves to swing. She gets very excited when she realizes that we are taking a walk to the park and bounces in her stroller until we get to the swings.
*Noises/Talking: Hannah now has recognizable words (at least to us) for Dad, Maggie/dog, Daisy/kitty, brother and thank you. She is saying bye bye and has an adorable wave to go with it. She also has a sound for hi--it's a squeak that imitates the low to high pitch you hear when you say hi. Hannah loves to have sound conversations with any person within hearing distance.
*Events: Grandma and Grandpa Johnson were here for a few days at the end of October. Hannah celebrated her first Halloween--she was a ladybug (and very cute I might add). And we've enjoyed lots of trips to the park so the kids can be outside and Hannah can swing.