I don't know why I even pretend like I'm going to post these updates on time anymore. Regardless, there has been a lot going on in Julia's life since I last posted. For one, I was right about her teeth...she did get several all at once...her four top middle ones! We had a brief reprieve from the teething pains, but now I think it's back in full force...see the constant "finger in mouth" look displayed in this month's picture.
On the sleeping front, we're still about where we were last month. I think she just may be an early bird, because it seems that 5:30 is as late as it gets, usually. She also still does some of her late night talking, and I can't figure out if that's due to teething pains or too much daytime napping (or some other mysterious force). I've just accepted that a full night's sleep is not in the cards for now.
Julia moved up to a new class at school this month, and she seems to be really enjoying it. In Infant II, she has more time and space to move around and crawl and play...all of her favorite things! Of course, this new found freedom means that she's also not napping as well, but luckily, she still doesn't get too cranky in the evenings, even without much nap.
This month Julia also started pulling up on everything! I love to watch her mind work as she attempts to figure out how she can hold her baby, pull up and get another toy, and then take everything across the room. I know she is dying to walk so she can accomplish this! I can just picture the lightbulb moment when she realizes she can travel AND carry things with her. Life will never be the same! It's been very funny watching Julia play, because obviously we have lots of boy toys around the house. Of course, Julia will play with blocks, legos, and cars, but she's really started gravitating toward her babydoll, which is so fascinating to me. We haven't really emphasized playing with babies, but it seems that girls and boys are just wired differently. She LOVES that baby and lights up when she sees it...she calls it "A-DAAYEEE". She's also started saying, "uh-oh," "Mama," and "Dada" although I'm not positive that she associates Mama and Dada with me and Zach.
There are lots of things I'm forgetting, and of course, this post doesn't begin to capture Julia's little self. But, hopefully it will at least give me a reminder of what was going on at eleven months. I can't believe my baby will be one in just a few weeks! It has gone too fast...