Madison is 11 months old. Life has been a little different around here these past few weeks. Breastfeeding has been an issue and sleep has been all over the place. And my hormones have been a little crazy.
It’s hard to believe that she is only a few weeks away from turning one!! Absolutely crazy!!
Madison has changed so much. Every day I am presented with different challenges and emotions.
As a first time mom I still find it challenging to read Madison’s signs and giving her what she needs.
For example, yesterday I just started crying in the middle of the day. For no real reason. I’m blaming it on hormones.
Madison woke up early at her afternoon nap (she only napped for 30 minutes). I held her for a little bit seeing if I could get her to go back to sleep but all she did was cry. I felt so bad for her. I didn’t know what to do. Do I put her back to sleep and let her cry or get her up?? My mind is constantly being filled with these types of thoughts. I took her downstairs and made up a snack for Michelle and me.
s I was making the snack I made it wrong (at least I thought in my head I did) and just started crying. Michelle came over and was confused on why I was crying. She told me she would make the snack and told me to go play with my daughter. I went over to Madison (still crying) and she just gave me the biggest hug. She knew exactly what I needed. Love that child!! After that I started to calm down.
Life with an 11 month old. Rejecting the breast, freshly picked shoes and day care.
Hope you enjoyed the video!
Madison did a great job in her photography session the other day.
It was a little difficult to get her to stay in once place as we took the pictures.
She loves just about everything.
She loves exploring new things and trying new things.
She pulls herself up onto anything. She is one fast crawler!
She is not walking yet but she is starting to get more comfortable with standing and letting go.
She has a few favorite toys.
She absolutely loves reading books.
One new thing these past few weeks was when Madison discovered our dvd section of the house. Now she loves making a mess in the family room with taking all the dvds off the shelf and onto the floor.
She loves hugging and being with Jax (he is still her favorite).
Another new thing this month was that Madison got shoes! I ordered some baby moccasins from Freshly Picked.
Love. Love. Love.
Madison is unsure about them, but I love them!
How is solid food going? Baby led weaning?
Okay. I say okay because she is starting to get a little picky with what she eats.
In general she will eat anything … but she has her ways of eating it. If I am cooking up anything fresh that is what she wants. Doesn’t matter what it is. She will usually eat it. Then I take that same food that she ate earlier, give it to her again, and this time around she isn’t a big fan (oh how I hope this isn’t a sign of her becoming a picky eater). When I give her solids I have to have a variety of things to offer her. She seems to get bored with something quickly.
Also, she has turned into more snacking throughout the day instead of eating “meals”. Not sure if this is normal or what, but it can be a little tiring on mom.
If you want a more complete list of what she has been eating for solids check at her 9 month update. She pretty much eats the same thing off that list. I did add in some turnips and blueberries this month. She wasn’t a fan of either. She does love her plantain waffles which makes me happy because that is what I eat for lunch almost everyday.
How is cloth diapering going?
Great. No issues. I did order a new cloth diaper from Charlie Banana that I’m super excited to try out.
See my full update on cloth diapering here.
How is breastfeeding going?
This definitely was the hardest thing for me. Overall, I was blessed with Madison being great at breastfeeding. She nursed well until recently. Not sure if it is teething related or that she is just starting to dislike the boob less and less now that she is getting older.
I admit this is hard on me – very emotional. I envisioned breastfeeding Madison for at least a full year and maybe a little longer. But lately she only really nurses about 2 times and gets a bottle offered to her throughout the day. Sometimes she drinks the whole bottle and other times she just has 1oz. I know every child is different on when they are ready to stop nursing. I wasn’t expecting it yet. She fights the breast during the day so I have just stopped. When that happened my milk supply started to really slow down.
I haven’t produced milk in my left breast in weeks! Madison only likes the right breast so that is the only breast providing milk. Weird having my breast small again (I miss them being full of milk, haha). As my milk supply started to get less and less I added in some formula to Madison’s diet to supplement the few feedings that I couldn’t pump enough milk.
Another huge emotional adjustment for me.
So breastfeeding is going okay. Changing. It feels so weird not nursing her the 4-5x a day that I was for so long.
How is sleeping and napping going?
It’s all over the place lately.
Some nights she takes a good 20-30 minutes to fall asleep. Other nights she is sleeping within 5 minutes. Her bedtime is around 6:45-7pm. She has been waking up at 6am where she used to wake up at 6:45 or later.
Her naps are on average an hour long. Some days her morning nap is 1.5 with her afternoon nap being an hour. Other times they are both 1 hour 15 minutes.
She hasn’t shown signs yet that she is ready to drop down to 1 nap yet. But as I am writing this post she fought her afternoon nap yesterday. She only napped 30 minutes. I have read that when they start sleeping less and less at the second nap could be one sign that they might be ready to go to one nap. We shall see how it goes.
I’m not sure if Madison is teething again or not. She has been wanting to suck on her frozen apple slices a lot. Been more fussy than usual. Her eats and sleep have been all over the place.
Signs of teething for her but no upper teeth yet. Maybe they are just getting ready to break though.
I hate seeing her in pain or discomfort.
Besides all that, things are really going well. I really love being a mom. It is the best job in the world even with the ups and downs. I am so blessed and grateful every single day to live the life I have.
Madison has taught me so much these past 11 months. I am so excited to continue this life journey with her.
I can’t wait to celebrate her 1 year birthday soon!!
Thanks for letting me share my journey as a new mom and Madison’s 11 month update.
Now it’s your turn —>
When did your little one stop nursing?
When did your little one get their upper teeth?
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