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11 Months!

Wow! Claire is already 11 months old. That means the countdown to 1 is one!
11 months!

Development

This month has been significant in terms of Claire’s development. I don’t know how much she weights or how long she is, but boy has she become fun and even more mobile!

Claire loves music, and her toys that play music. She started “dancing” which is adorable. She’ll wave her arms, and also bounce up and down when she’s standing.

She also learned how to say “no.” No idea where that came from, but it’s one of her favorite things!

OH. And she decided she’s ready to PUSH her walker! Of course, she pushes her walker into the wall or a piece of furniture.

Eating

Claire continues to eat 5 oz bottles 4 times per day. She also eats a smaller 2-3oz bottle before bed.

We’ve been giving her more pureed food — different brands and combinations. She does not like textured food. Any kind of chunkiness gets spit out. It’s hilarious! But she’s starting to enjoy foods other than fruit — veggies, pureed meats, etc.

She also started to feed herself food other than bottles. She used to do everything BUT put a piece of food in her mouth, but now she is slowly but surely starting to feed herself solids and chew and mash. By the way, baby cookies are GROSS.

Fun!

Claire has been in the pool a couple more times. At times, she acts a little unsure about it, but as long as we are close (and she’s had a good nap), she enjoys the water.

We also went to a couple of David’s kickball games. She enjoyed being outside, although she didn’t really venture off of her blanket into the grass. But she loved going through my purse!

I went on a work trip for a few days right when she turned 10 months, but she did fine. She stayed with my grandma during the day and David took care of her at night.

OH. And she got to go on stage for the first time!
Recital 2016 - 11 months
Brite Starz had their 2016 recital on June 11, and she came out onto the stage with me at the end when they introduced the teachers. It was so much fun!

 

Next up: Claire’s 1st Birthday!

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10 months!

Bath night is the best!

Baby Claire is already 10 months old! Less than two months until she is one. And wow, is she moving and learning so fast nowadays.

I had to leave on a business trip on the day she turned 10 months, but thankfully I had a late-morning flight so I was able to spend the morning with her.

As you can see by the picture above (which David kindly sent to me while I was out in LA — so I got to show her off to my colleagues!!!), Claire LOVES her baths.

This past month we also decided that she also loves the pool! We put her in our pool for the first time, and she loved splashing around and kicking her legs.

pool baby

Speaking of kicking her legs, she also started riding in the grocery cart seat. And she (usually) really enjoys it — kicking her legs real fast and looking around as we stroll down the aisles.

first time in the grocery cart

Her legs are getting really strong — she’s able to stand up for a good amount of time now…

 

standing up

…and she’s even started to couch surf! Watch out world.

couch surfin'

We’re frequently greeted with her happy, smiling face as she stands up in her crib when we go in her room to get her up in the mornings.

Good morning!

Other things she enjoys doing these days include crawling over to her box of books and pulling all of them out and “reading” them…

little bookworm

…Playing with Charlie, including chasing him around the house, petting him and laughing at him…

a dog and his baby

Crawling into my office and pulling the picture of me and my grandfather off of my book shelf, and getting the phone and playing with it — pushing buttons and playing with the cord…

loves playing with the phone

She went to her first kickball game a couple of weeks ago. David is in a social kickball league so we got to enjoy the game (they lost but the weather was nice).

first kickball game

Claire got to meet some other babies and kids of David’s coworkers, and play in the grass on her blanket. But that’s when she discovered … mom’s purse!

lovin' mama's purse

The biggest thing from the past month, though, is that we celebrated our first Mother’s Day together! She “made” this for me at “school” the week of Mother’s Day, and I LOVED getting it. Her first “art” project!

Mother's Day Project

And we enjoyed church, dinner and spending time with David’s family.

first mother's day!

Now, let the planning for Claire’s first birthday party begin!

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9 Months!

Wow, Claire is already 9 months old. And boy has she grown a lot!

Height: 26.5 inches
Weight: 20 lbs (!)

First Easter

Going to Easter Service I LOVE Christmas, and I loved Christmas with Claire. But Easter was absolutely wonderful this year. Claire was able to really play with toys and have fun with her basket, and she is so much more expressive now, even though she’s always been very expressive. But even with all of the toys, she loved the tags the most. 🙂

Loves her toys, but loves the tags more Easter Sunday

One of her favorite Easter presents was a puzzle with her name. I got it on Zulily. 🙂 She loves to take out the pieces… and then put them in her mouth!

Eating her Puzzle

Standing up

Since Claire started army crawling everywhere, we decided we need to get her a big playpen for the living room. It’s hard to keep up with a mobile baby! Well, a couple days after we started using it, she pulled herself up to standing!

First time she pulled herself up to standing!

It was one afternoon, and I put Claire in the playpen while I was cleaning up the kitchen. She crawled over to the side to see me, and started grabbing the sides with her fingers. I watched as she slowly pulled herself up onto her knees and then to her feet. It was incredible!

Eating & self-feeding

Claire has been grabbing onto her bottles with both hands for a while now, but all of sudden she decided she wanted to feed herself. I feel like I should be sad about this, but I’m so proud to see her developing and becoming more independent … and it’s so much easier. I can get work done while she’s taking a bottle rather than having to take a break.

Feeding herself a bottle

She’s still eating purees, and she’s loving it! Fruits are her favorite, but she’s also taking to meat and veggies more.

Claire knows when we’re getting ready to feed her solid foods. We put her in her chair, and she watches us intently as we get her purees ready! She anticipates it, too, kicking her legs and putting her arms up. She’s so funny!

Meal times are also some of her happiest times. It’s easy to make her laugh and get smiles 🙂

First ballet class

This past month, Claire also got to come to a ballet class with me! I had just one 1-hour ballet class to teach, and for some reason there was an issue with her grandparents watching her, so I decided to just take her with me.

I didn’t snap any pics (dang it!) but my students loved seeing Claire in person, and she seemed to enjoy being in the studio — and watching the girls dance! She fed herself a bottle at the beginning of class, and then she started crawling all over the studio. I would let her roam as long as she wasn’t getting in the dancers’ way, but I did pick her up and execute a ronde de jambe en l’air while I was holding her! My students were amazed! Claire didn’t fuss at all, but I don’t think I’ll be taking her with me every week. 😉

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