Quinn went to the day home a lot this month because I was working full time. She was pretty shy and cautious at first and liked to have the day home lady close to her all the time. She cried at drop offs but close to the end of the month she stopped crying and just had a pouty lip. She would be done crying as soon as the door closed and she couldn’t see me any more lol. We were still breastfeeding when I wasn’t working, so usually 4-6 times a day depending on if it was the weekend or not. I noticed a dip in my supply for sure. She got 2-3 bottles of formula during the day when she was at day home. She got 3 meals and 1 or 2 small snacks, but she was still getting the most of her calories from milk. She’d pull herself to stand on all of her toys but wasn’t too coordinated to try and walk yet. Her favorite toy was her music table – she liked to pull herself up and dance. She also liked her little piano. Her favorite food this month was raspberries, yogurt, cheese, and peas. She got her first fever and it lasted a few days It got up to 40 at one point so we brought her in to get checked out but all was fine (thankfully). I spent my first two nights away from her when I went to CARNA meetings and Matthias held down the fort. She could say Mama and Dada.
The big ONE! She started to say Daddy, and would say it all the time. By the end of the month she added in Mommy. We breastfed until the end of the 12th month, the reason we stopped was because my supply dipped and I wasn’t sure how much she was getting before bed. I wanted to fill her up and cut out the dream feed at 10pm but when I tried to stop that shed wake up in the middle of the night wanting more milk. So she started getting a bottle before bed (starting with 3oz and working up to 6oz) but breastfeeding throughout the rest of the day and first thing in the morning, probably 3 times a day. We went cold turkey at the end of the 12th month and she didn’t really notice I don’t think? Eating was pretty much the same but she started getting more of her calories from food instead of milk. When we stopped breastfeeding she would get 1-2 4oz bottles of milk at the day home. We transitioned her from formula to milk during the 12th month and that went okay although she initially had (and still sometimes gets) constipation from the milk. I’m really glad we did Baby Led Weaning. It was a seamless transition as she was still getting the same food at each meal time we were eating, she just started swallowing more of it. She does really good with feeding herself and only having 2 teeth didn’t really slow her down. Day home drop offs got a bit harder as she was only going part time instead of full time, so she’d cry again when I dropped her off but stopped right when I left. She started pushing her toys around and haaaaated when I’d close the baby gate to keep her in the living room (she still loses it when I do this now lol). She was still napping twice a day, usually at 9am and 1:30pm. We did a Cake Smash photo shoot for her birthday and had a little family and friend birthday party at our house. Both were lots of fun
Quinn’s vocabulary has expanded quite a bit within the last few weeks. She can say Mommy, Daddy, Cat, Dog, Puppy, Uh Oh, Hi, and Bye. She talks non-stop but most of it is gibberish. She comprehends quite a bit though – when you say “Come here” and she doesn’t want to she will turn and crawl away as fast as she can. Same with “Should we change your diaper?”. She also shakes her head No to everything haha. I planned to do sign language with her but never really did it consistently, so she understands the words More and All Done, but doesn’t have a sign associated with them. I think the cutest thing she does is when she gives you a big open mouthed kiss haha. While she knows lots of things she will only do/say things you ask if she wants to – so you can ask her for a kiss 5 times in a day and your lucky if you get one. Haha figures.
She LOVES Paw Patrol. Her current favorite thing is standing at the windows and looking outside. Shes also a huge fan of the water table. She can walk holding one of our hands but shes pretty unsteady. If she holds both of our hands she goes a lot faster. Other favorite toys include cell phones, remote controls (but only if they have batteries), books, and emptying the cupboards.
This last month the Day Home drop offs have gone a lot better. No more crying at all She goes 2-3 times a week depending on how much I’m working. She also decided to go from 2 teeth (which she got at 10 months and then never got any more after that lol) to 6 teeth in a matter of 2 weeks. She has a 6oz bottle of whole milk in the morning and before bed and eats 3 meals and 1-2 snacks a day depending on when her nap(s) fall. Her favorite foods are all carbs, yogurt, strawberries, peas and carrots, and her least favorite food is broccoli, salad, spinach, and anything else green (besides peas).
She’s in the process of going from 2 naps to 1 nap, depending on when she gets up in the morning. If she has two naps they are at 9:30am and 2:30pm and if she has 1 nap its usually from 11am until 1pm-ish. Bedtime is 7pm and she usually wakes up at 7am on the dot. We bought a humidifier for her room and it adds a lot of white noise which has stopped her from waking up when Matthias gets up for work at 5:45 (Hallelujah) – we are ALL happy about that one haha. After we stopped breastfeeding I noticed she started sucking her thumb more as a comfort thing. Mixed feelings on that lol. I sucked my thumb for too long, so I hope she doesn’t do that, but I also like that she is able to comfort herself.
Shes a sweet, cautious girl. Quiet when she doesn’t know the people she is around but chats away when she warms up. She’s very observant and likes to have someone she trusts with her in new situations or around new people.
It’s funny, I didn’t realize just how much she’d changed over the past 4 months. She’s really gone from being a baby to a little toddler (even though she doesn’t quite toddle yet). Reinforces the saying “The days are long but the years are short”