Whenever I look back at my previous monthly update to refresh my memory before writing a new one, I laugh at what I thought was going to happen soon. I wrote last month that I thought Sunny was going to walk any day now. Nope. Also, I thought she was just about to cut her molars. Nope, not that either. Oh, and I was so excited about how well she was sleeping…hmmm, not so much. It’s been a great month; it just wasn’t what I predicted. But when is it ever?
Sunny still isn’t walking. I think she’s not interested in slowing down to figure it out. She’s learned how to push little stools around to get what she wants, and that little smirk you see on the right photo is because she’s about to shove all the books off the end table and climb on top of it. This morning I found that she had moved Ria’s little chair up to the computer desk and was happily clicking away at the mouse and waving my tablet stylus in the air. If you see any strange forum posts under my name, I’m not to blame! She can take the odd step, so Mr SH and I encourage her to practice by sitting across from each other on the floor and she takes a step before flinging herself into our arms. This quickly degenerates into her crawling back and forth and headbutting us with snuggly love. Today, however, she walked around outside holding my hands for probably 20 minutes. Adorable, but it killed my back! Again I say, any day now! For real this time! It’s funny — she started crawling 6 months younger than Ria and I was sure she’d walk younger too, but it looks like they will hit that milestone at pretty much the same age.
Sunny is a little scientist, and she wants to see how everything works. Dropping food off the tray to see if it falls is fun, but shoving things through the cat door (which leads to the basement stairs) is even more exciting. I’ve been tripping over a lot of playfood on my way downstairs. She also loves to pass things to people and then take them back again; we can pass a block back and forth over and over and over (and over).
Her communication skills have become a lot clearer this past month. She says “no”, “oh no!” “yep” “go” and “kitty.” She also points to things she wants, and opens and closes her fists when she wants something. She reaches up to be picked up and will swat your hand away if she doesn’t want to go to you. She’s extremely snuggly and gives great hugs, complete with a pat on the back.
Sleep, unfortunately has hit a bit of a regression this month. Apparently a 13 month regression is a thing, although she wasn’t having a wonder week when it was at its peak. She was, however, nursing like a newborn (literally, every hour or sometimes two around the clock) for three days which leads me to assume there was a growth spurt in there somewhere. She’s still up about three times a night which is sad, but at least she goes down great at night and has a half decent nap every day, so that’s still better than before we sleep trained. I’m hoping that she’ll pass out of this rough patch without retraining, but we’ll have to see. We’re going away for a week and a half at the end of the month, so I won’t bother worrying about it until we’re home again. Oh, and still no molars. I swear she’s teething. Can you teethe for 2 months without a tooth? One little sleep change — with daylight savings I shifted her bedtime from 6pm to 7pm in hopes that she’ll wake up an hour later as well. I’m just not a morning person and I like 7:15am a lot better than 6:15am. So far, so good!
She’s a lovable, hilarious little girl (and maybe still a baby…for a little bit longer) and she makes me laugh every day. I’m looking forward to all the playing outside we’re just starting to get into as the days get warmer and longer. Many adventures to come! (And Ria is awesome, of course, but she’s not changing enough to make interesting milestone posts these days.)