The days are long but the months are short - I couldn't agree more. Lily is now ten months old and officially in the double-digits. From the 9-Month-Update, you know that she started crawling at the end of May, and sitting up followed shortly after. I can't remember the exact day she sat up, which makes me feel like a terrible mum - I should know these things right? It's just sometimes I'm not sure whether it's still happening by accident, or whether she's intentionally sitting up now.
Fact is, for about a week now she's definitely doing it consciously, so I'd say around the beginning of June she started sitting up. Now that she's mastered this task, she's finally a little calmer again. Once crawling happened, she was just a whirlwind of baby, exploring every nook and cranny of the flat.
Now, she also sits happily for half an hour, reading her books - yes, she's "reading" her books - and examining every toy she has (and there are so many). For me that means I get to breathe a little bit more, and I cannot overstate the pride I feel when I watch her develop.
Apart from her personal mobile achievement, she's become rather clingy lately. She's "Mama, Mama, just Mama", and while I think that's very flattering, it's also annoying as fuck. I cannot even go to the bathroom at the moment without her knocking on the door and crying because she wants to be with me. Daddy - bless him - is just no good substitute at the moment. It's Mama. And Mama only.
Which means, this Mama is looking for every second of rest she can get. Sadly, Lily's day naps are haphazard at best. Sometimes she sleeps for half an hour, sometimes for over two hours - which means she won't fall asleep quickly at night. Navigating her naps and sleep seems like its own full-time job sometimes. On some days it feels like all I do is putting her to sleep - unsuccessfully, mostly.
On the plus side, most nights are really getting better. Tonight I think I only fed her once and she slept through the rest; however, I seem to wake up MORE TIRED when I get a full night's sleep, almost as if my body cannot take the overdose of rest. With a little AC-induced cold, it's not much easier.
In terms of entertainment, putting things out of shelves is the clear winner. She just loves getting all the books off the shelves, clearing out the kitchen cabinets and putting things in and out of her wooden play farmhouse. Sadly, she's not really keen in putting everything back where it belongs, but maybe some day.
We've also decided to do a little naming ceremony (we're not religious, so there won't be a christening) on her first birthday. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we couldn't do it last autumn when we'd wanted to do it originally, but I think her first birthday is a nice date as well.
Speaking of birthdays - I'm still unsure what to get her for her birthday. There are just SO MANY choices, but I don't want to get her any crap she won't know how to use yet; nor something that requires my permanent assistance, like a swing. Maybe a Bobby Car would be nice, and I think it's time for her first doll. We'll see.
I've already decided there will be fairy cakes at her birthday, as I can make them sugar-free for her and delightfully unhealthy for the rest of us. Provided she'll eat anything, as eating real food is not her strong suit, really. She's having a tiny bit of this and that - and even some purees now - but calling it a real "meal" would be overstating it.
As we're delving into the eleventh month, I will keep you posted on my journey through motherhood, and if you have any suggestions for birthday presents or requests, please let me know.