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Ava Is 11 Months Old

How did Ava become so old?  My neighbor had a baby a few weeks ago and it’s amazing to think that Ava used to be one of those tiny snorfling babies.

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I love, love, love this stage right now where she’s becoming more dexterous and is starting to understand words.

Ava’s monkey face

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Independence/Motor Skills

  • Ava is a speed crawler.  She likes to follow me through different rooms.  What’s really interesting is that at night if I leave the room she cries and crawls after me while sobbing.  But during the day, she just follows me without complaint.
  • Ava is going to stand on her own any day now.

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  • She is getting better at feeding herself.  She used to grab at the food.  Now she can use her pincer grip to pick up portions of the food.
  • We play this fun game where she crawls as fast as she can to get to the edge of the bed.  I grab her legs and pull her back to me.  The further she gets over the edge, the more she giggles.
  • Ava likes to play what we call The Sock Game.  She grabs a sock and shakes it vigorously while yelling.  Sometimes she throws the sock and retrieves it, to start the game all over again.  She played the game with this bunny.

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  • Ava is into everything.  EVERYTHING!  You can’t leave her alone.  I’m so screwed when she starts walking.

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Foods and Liquids

  • Ava is so independent, she will only eat from a spoon if I give her finger food.  
  • She doesn’t really like purees anymore so I’m trying to find soft foods that she can feed herself.  I’ve been baking breads and cakes, which sometimes she likes and sometimes she smears all over her chair.
  • Ava will consistently eat grapes.
  • She will often eat cheese and pasta with pizza sauce.
  • She wants variety in her diet and is more likely to eat food if it’s what we’re eating.  Tonight she ate a ton of asparagus casserole.

Making sure there isn’t any high-fructose corn syrup in her juice

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Sleep

  • Looking at last month’s statement about how Ava goes down easily is amazing because it’s been such a struggle since her sickness.  I’ve been instituting the cry it out method since Ava got better, and it’s going okay.  Tonight took six minutes of crying from putting her in the crib to sleep, yesterday was 11 minutes, the night before was two minutes, and the night before was four minutes.  For the most part, she’s been going down at 8 and sleeping until 10:30, then 12 or 1, when I bring her back into my bed.  She wakes up for the day between 6:15 and 7:15 if I’m lucky.

Language Skills

  • No new words.
  • We’ve been pointing at objects and telling Ava the names of the objects.  As a result, Ava now likes to point at things and babble.
  • Ava loves to be read to.  She prefers books without too much text, but you can read more if you scratch at the characters.

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