This post is a bit late...bad mommy. The main thing you need to know about this month is that Madison rocked out her Uncle Dustin's halloween wig.....
Eating and Sleeping
Lots of new food for Madison this month. At the beginning of the month, she was eating her fruit out of the
strange net thing pictured to the right. She quickly lost interest in
that though and decided eating out of your hand was the better option. She is particularly fond of yogurt bites and it took me the entire month to get her to pick them up and put them in her mouth herself. The cutest part of this process was when I started putting them in the palm of my hand and holding them out to her - in the expectation she would use her fingers to pick them up. Not a chance. She merely leaned over and licked those suckers right off my hand. After yogurt bites, "adult food" is her favorite. She enjoys cooked carrots quite a bit - especially if made with a pot roast. Other foods I can remember: meatballs, potatoes (mashed and baked), wheat bread, scrambled eggs, eggs over easy, banana, pluot, wheat toast with jelly, whole wheat club crackers, pasta noodles in a mild broth, and uh...yeah, that's all I can think of right now. Getting her to eat her own food is near impossible these days.
Behavior and Development
She can walk by herself now - if a bit wobbly. She still prefers to hold a hand though and she will walk across a room alone in order to con someone into taking her hand. Silly baby. I feel like a moron walking behind her, half hunched, arms well positioned to catch her if she falls. But I'm badass because I am awesome at catching her. :)
Talking is not coming along at all. She primarily hums and moans, mouth closed, and simply smiles at us while we try to get her to talk. Months ago she said mama and dada or rather mamamamama and dadadadada with no recognition of what she was saying, but still the sounds came out. Now, not so much.
Halloween was quite the event. Madison was too cute in her spider
costume, and she really got a kick out of seeing all the people in their
costumes. We spent the holiday at my grandmother's with family, and we
ended up getting 412 trick or treaters.
She absolutely loves new people, will actively seek out new arms to hold her, and has a smile for everyone she sees. Grocery shopping is one of her favorite activities, and not to like brag about my seriously cute baby or anything, but we never go anywhere without at least two people talking about how freaking adorable she is.
This month we went to my cousin Hannah's baby shower in Iowa, and Madison was awesome. She slept for most of the time in the car both going and returning. The time she wasn't sleeping, she was just fine playing with whoever was in the backseat with her. The hotel didn't faze her, the new people didn't faze her, the very late bedtime didn't faze her (in other words, she still woke up quite a few times during the night). Here she is in the middle of the action at the shower:
Every now and then I feel a bit guilty. While I only have to go on campus Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, my job is more like seven days a week, so Madison spends a few hours at grandma's or great-grandma's on Mondays and Fridays as well. And it's not strange for her to spend some time there on a weekend either, especially now towards the end of the semester. It's strange feeling like other people are raising your kid; I'm happy it's family, but still. At the same time, I would never want to quit my job. I love my job, I love working.
I know there are more pictures, but uh, I'm not sure where they are right now (umm..so really they are like still on my camera and my phone and I was too lazy to get them on the computer). I'll add the pics in later....maybe....