Well hello there 2019, your already moving to quickly for me to keep up but I am so ready for all the goodness you will be bringing with you. As I write this blog post for Zoey’s ten month update she is on the floor talking baby babble to me as she drinks out of her sisters drink bottle, swear it was just yesterday she was a little bundle of newborn squish who did not crawl all over the goddamn floor exploring everything she can get her little hands on.
We started sleep training this week, well today will be night three with trying to do it. It has been pretty rough but not as rough as I expected it to be thankfully, I think because before I get stressed or upset at the hardness of sleep training I have to repeat to myself to be calm and react kindly because this is a learning experience for Zoey and in the end all the tears and her crying will be worth it. I think when we did it with Phoebe we were just both not prepared for the sleep deprivation and Phoebe was a horrendous night sleeper, I remember we had to stand at her crib for ages for her to get to sleep but once she figured it out it was magic. Once Zoey masters sleeping in her crib and falling asleep without me she will be getting so much more sleep which will be so much better for her but also for us too. UPDATE - I spoke too soon and the sleep training has been quite challenging for us all, it has only been a few nights and I have no idea if we are doing it right but I really am hoping for a miracle soon because the sleep deprivation is slowly adding up. Last night our stupid neighbours were so damn loud and decided to start playing loud music at 3am right until 5am. Zoey and Phoebe were sooo restless and we just wanted everyone to settle but with that constant noise from the neighbours it was not happening, we eventually had to report them to the police and they had already gotten multiple reports from them before so thankfully they shut it down quickly. I just need Zoey to settle herself really soon because I need to sleep, I am unsure how to venture into the world of night weaning her also since I have not gone this far with breastfeeder before.
First night with sleep training was rough there was alot crying from Zoey and we put her down the same time as Phoebe which was a mess because Phoebe is not quiet, at all especially when she does not want to go to sleep. So Zoey did not settle by herself for some time and she needed our help with doing so, she kept waking up hourly or so, I tried not picking her up at all and just rolling her onto her side encouraging her to fall asleep. A few times I patted her on her back until she slept just so she would get some rest, I think she only put herself to sleep once when she woke up but at but least she did it herself once which means she can do it again. I noticed after midnight she would sleep for longer stretches which I want her to do when she goes to sleep so at the moment we will work on that and hopefully she will improve more. Night two I was tired so wanted her to sleep more so I picked her up a few more times than the first night and settled her more also, I think she slept a lot more in her crib than the first night but still woke up hourly until after 11:50 when she slept right through until 4.23 for a feed. Maybe I need to stretch out her feeds more because she just nurses for comfort majority of the night.
Since Zoey turned ten months she has been pointing more often at things that she wants or sees or waving at things that she wants, she has been eating much more things still loving all the mangoes she can get her hands on and sadly she still has no teeth yet which I am sure once she has she will eat literally anything we put in front of her. Zoey has been working on her baby babble more each day and I swear sometimes she says words but I am too quick to catch them, I think very soon she will say her first word. She is one emotional girl, she is a spoilt little princess that's for sure and when you take something off her she lets you know that she wants it back, if Phoebe takes something off her she zombie crawls over to me upset about it and now if she gets hurt sometimes she says “oh” and gets sad. She has been rocking on all fours and seems to do it more in her crib for some reason, she is also getting better at lifting herself up on her arms too, she tries to get on her knees also especially in the bath tub recently. Zoey loves to stand with some help, she is just so happy when she does it and she walks slowly when we hold her hands. She is progressing so beautifully and I cannot wait to see how much she progresses before her birthday. Zoey is almost almost saying “dada”, “dog”, “hi” and nodding her head when she says things which is quite amusing, she is just so close to saying actual words and really finding new ways to communicate with us which is fun.
Anyway here is some captures we took the other afternoon, I particularly love the one of Zo just outright rejecting more avocado, she is so not keen on it at all and her just loving having a bath. One day soon she will probably just crawl right out of it at this rate she is growing.