Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Pebbles at 3/4

Pebbles is 9 months old today, and to celebrate, she cut her first tooth. Like her big sister, she cut the tooth quietly with no extra fussing, fever or runny nose. Far from being fussy, she actually did very well at putting herself to sleep with just a little crying yesterday. More on that very fascinating topic of infant sleep later.

I think it is safe to say now that Pebbles has two words: "Hi" and "doggie." This is hilarious not just because Pebbles refers to everything four-legged or furry (including herself in her Halloween costume) as "doggie," but because that was Nutmeg's first word too. I took the girls for a short visit to the Brookfield Zoo yesterday, and it was a delight to see Pebbles blowing raspberries and ecstatically crooning, "do-ggy, do-ggy" at a guinea pig and a weasel.

Really, the baby is delightful in general. She is just starting to have extended periods of belly laughs, and if bottled and prescribed, these leaughs could surely cure the black plague or at least unsightly toenail fungus. She babbles with great animation, she pats us with apparent affection and is clawing us less than she used to.

She started accepting the occasional spoonful of food again. Although her true love is still O cereal, she ate several green beans tonight with apparent relish. She's getting pretty good at drinking from a sippy cup. Today she tried grapefruit juice and loved it.

As for sleep, she's improving. After we sort of fell off the cry-it-out wagon and had to start over on Monday, she has been going to bed at a few minutes after 6 p.m. and getting up at about 6:45 a.m. Yeah, baby. The return to standard time helped us get that bedtime way early, but miraculously it did not cause either of our kids to get up super early. My apologize to all y'all out there who had trouble with that. From the blogs I read, Monday was like an early rising epidemic all across the land.

Pebbles still wakes up twice to nurse at night, once at around 10 p.m. and once around 4 hours after that. So she roughly sleeps three 4-hour shifts. We'll work on that later. Napping is still not ideal but improving; she took two naps today, but I have not been successful in getting her down to sleep before she shows signs of tiredness. Often she ends up falling asleep in the stroller only after spending an hour failing to nap in her crib. Which of course makes it impossible to get the next scheduled nap in.

I think Pebbles weighs about 15 pounds now. When she stands up in the tub, which she loves to do, she has the most adorable baby gut hanging out. She's starting to really notice and study details going on around her. Today we went to Pollo Campero and she could not get enough of watching an employee tie helium balloons all over the joint.

Oh, she also ate her first fast food today -- bits of rice out of the burrito I shared with Nutmeg. She really liked it; I think she is sick of all the steamed, unseasoned stuff we feed her. Surely this early taste for fast food foreshadows a lifetime of Ronald McDonald birthday parties. Well, we had three-quarters of a year of purity.


Notta Wallflower said...

Sounds like Pebbles is doing quite well! I'm glad that the sleeping situation is getting better. If it makes you feel any better, K was close to a year old before he went without night-time feedings.

Kori said...

She is so adorable. I can't believe it's been nine months. Wow.