Isla Jean at 11 months
Seriously! How can my baby girl be 11 months old!? We’ve been busy planning her Christening and 1st birthday party, and honestly, I really don’t think I’m ready to have a one year old! I know I say it every month, but she really is changing by the day! So, read on to find out more about Isla Jean at 11 months…
This is a huge one. She’s not quite walking yet, but she’s really not far off. She can balance on her own for short periods of time…until she realises she’s doing it and then goes splat! She also N.E.V.E.R. sits still! She has to be crawling, or climbing, or making you go walking round the house with her, constantly. Even if I’m trying to do something so quickly put on Waybuloo (she’s obsessed with it! As soon as she hears the opening music she stops whatever she is doing to watch it!) she will stand up and hold on to either a chair, sofa or table the whole time she’s watching it.
Last week, she also learnt how to climb our stairs! Eep! At her nursery they have a little wooden thing that has three steps on it, with a little walk way type thing and a slide at the other end (I know, I describe it so well, don’t I?) Her nursery teacher said that she often enjoyed climbing the stairs there, but often fell over. So when we were doing loops walking round the downstairs of our house (Isla would happily do this ALL day if you let her!) she stopped at the bottom of our stairs and started to climb up them. I decided to let her, and just make sure she didn’t fall, as I think it’s useful that she learns to climb the stairs safely. She climbed all the way to the top! So I carried her downstairs, and she did it again!!! She had the biggest grin on her face when she was doing it. She was so proud of herself, bless her! We did go out and buy a stair gate last weekend though. But we’re yet to install it. Instead we just keep the doors closed that lead to the stairs.
My darling Isla Bear is becoming a bit fussy at times when it comes to food. There are times when she refuses to eat food, but if we put that piece of food onto our plate, and then offer it her, she will eat it. If you offer her it off an ‘adult’ piece of cutlery, she will eat it. If it is almost puree like, you can put it in a reusable pouch, and she will eat it!! She’s a pain!
She has recently starting insisting that she feeds herself her breakfast. Previously we had fed her with one of her spoons, but now she takes the spoon off us and does it herself, as long as it is pre-loaded…she hasn’t quite realised yet that she needs to put food on the spoon first when she’s holding the spoon!
Isla is still eating pretty much anything we give her, and hasn’t turned her nose up at anything so far. I do love giving her unusual things to try though. She’s has rabbit, pheasant, black pudding, Marmite, liquorice, venison, beef bourginion and many more foods like that, and loves them all! She loves fish of any kind so far, and will happily just eat bread if we let her…even better if we treat her and put a thin spread of Nutella on it too! In fact, she loves any carbs!
Isla is getting chattier and chattier. We still don’t have any proper words, but she babbles away so much. At bath time she loves playing with lots of bubbles, and I wouldn’t be surprised if ‘bubbles’ was her first word, she is so close to being able to say it at the moment! She’s starting to use more letter sounds when she is babbling, so I think once she starts talking we could have a whole stream of words making an appearance quite quickly. We shall see though.
Isla has also developed a high-pitched scream that could rival Maria Carey! She does it when she is very happy, and it starts off very quiet, you can hear her trying to scream, then it suddenly bursts out of her mouth, and it is deafening! She has the biggest grin on her face when she does it, and finds it so funny! Sorry to anyone that is ever within a 4 mile radius of her when she does it!
I haven’t had her weighed since the start of last month, but I plan on take her on either Tuesday or Wednesday. My guess is she will be somewhere around…..8.75kgs, which is somewhere around 19lb 3oz. Although as she is moving about so much these days, I wouldn’t be surprised if she was a little bit below that.
We’ve just moved up into age 9-12 month clothing. She’s always been a month or two behind in going up a size. Some of the clothes in this size still drown her, but most of her clothes in 6-9 months are too small for her now, so she can have rolled up sleeves and trousers legs for a little while!!
Is it just me, or does anyone else still get sad when you pack away a load of baby clothes? I thought I’d only be like that with her newborn clothes, but no, I get sad with every lot! I read somewhere that over the next two years Isla will grow, on average, 1cm a month. I think that’s a crazy amount! Could you imagine if we carried on doing that for the rest of our lives? We’d all be giants!!
We’re still going strong with breastfeeding. She has a bottle of formula at bedtime still, and she seems very happy with that. And I think, most the time, Daddy enjoys when it’s his turn to give her the bottle. Isla still happily breastfeeds whenever offered, although she does get easily distracted these days. I think she has a serious fear of missing out! I think a fair bit of the time she is feeding for comfort these days, but I don’t mind that at all, I will happily keep feeding her for as long as we are both comfortable doing so. I will be sad when she decides to stop. Although if she decides she still wants to feed when she is 4 or so, I don’t quite know how I’ll feel about that!
Isla has 7 teeth at the moment. Four on the bottom, and three on the top. Her top left middle (as you look at her) is not far off breaking through, you can see the white of it benath her gums, and a slight break through, but it has been like that for a few weeks now. It’s difficult to tell about any other teeth, as she doesn’t let us look at them much, so you have to have a sneaky peak when she is laughing, or lying down or something!
So this was a little snippet of Isla Jean at 11 months old.
If you would like to read how Isla has developed up until now, then check out some of the posts below: