I am very late on this post, but better late than never!! Bella is growing so fast! It never ceases to amaze me at how quickly a baby changes and grows during the first year of life. We are so very, very blessed to have all 3 of our girls and with the addition of Bella, we are just overflowing with happiness and love! So here is Bella’s monthly update…. Growth- She weighs 17.4 pounds! Feedings- 5-6 ounces of breastmilk every 3- 3 1/2hours. Her favorite food to eat is rice cereal mixed with apples or bananas! Her daily food schedule consists of nursing around 6:30am and then again around 9:30am. She also gets rice cereal mixed with breastmilk and a container of fruit with her 9:30am feeding (apples & pears are favorites). She nurses again at lunchtime and eats a container of fruit and a veggie. (squash or sweet potatoes are the only ones she will eat right now, but we keep reintroducing others in hopes she will develop a taste for them). Her next feeding is at 3:30pm and then again at 6pm. With her dinner feeding she has rice cereal w/ mixed fruit and a veggie. Bella nurses again at bedtime(around 7:30pm). Her nighttime sleep has sure been messed up this month due to her being sick:( Sleep- She sleeps a 1 hour nap every 3 to 4 hours during the day when at home. The couple of days a week she is at the sitters, she is entirely too nosy watching the other children to sleep like she should! Bella is a tummy sleeper!(gets that from me!) She absolutely will not sleep on her back anymore and will flip onto her stomach no matter what position she is layed in. Play- Bella LOVES to play sitting on the floor surrounded by lots of toys! Noah’s Ark and alphabet barnyard are her current favorites. She still likes to play in her exersaucer, but her new fav is the jumperoo…..
Development- Bella is saying Mama, Dada, and Baba! She trys to wave her hand around while saying baba, so I am going to imagine she is trying to say bye bye:) And speaking of bye-bye, this month has also brought with it… seperation anxiety! This means she has developed object permanence (the ability to remember objects and people when they are no longer present.)So now when Michael or I walk out of the room, Bella watches like a hawk, and when we get out of site she just crumples and the crying begins. Hope this is a short phase!! *Favorite thing to do this month*- Cuddle, say “Mama” and “Dada” and “Baba”, play with her Little Peoples Noah’s ark, sit in the grass on warm days and watch the cats, and….. as always,play with her sissies!!!