10 month review.

Topic : Breastfeeding

So CBJ turns 11 months old tomorrow.

I didn’t ever get around to her 10 month update….

Better late than never, right?

I guess this can be her 10 month review and let me tell you, she’s been busy.

Here’s the sticker shot…



Do notice that the sticker is missing.
Yeah…she’s not taking pictures with her stickers on anymore.
She’s FAR to busy playing with it for that!

And there’s no more sitting with her photo sessions.
Always on the move.

Not gonna sit down for the pic mom.
Nice try though…

Eating anything and everything is also the usual.
Especially paper, tags, any type of chord (phone charger, computer charger, blowdryer) and anything the makes “crinkly” sounds.

Nom, nom. nom

I think the biggest change this past month is her size.
She’s always been a cuddly child but she has gotten so much much longer and heavier.
Now when I hold her, it feels like I’m holding a toddler, not a baby anymore.

This is bittersweet for me.
There’s always love that she’s getting more animated and interactive but I am constantly reminded of how much she is growing.
I have found something that helps me to deal a bit better with Clarabelle growing up…

I’ve started to write her letters.
Letters about our breast feeding sessions are the ones I have been writing.
If you read this blog, you know I breast feed CBJ and it is tremendously important to me.

I want her to know that.
I want her to see my hand writing telling her about what it means to me to feed her.
To hold her.
To have that time with her.

And as the days and weeks go by I know our time breast feeding is going to be moving closer to ending (I hope this is in a long time but it WILL end at some point).
So I write to her.
About what it feels like to hold her, to be quiet, to have that special time for just her and I.

And with the writing, my memories are out and I know they won’t slip away.
It helps me to be less clingy.
Less sad.
More open to change.

Change is good.

More CBJ.

Lots of sass.
Wrinkling her nose and making sniffing noises is her thing.
Clearly we do it right back to her.
It’s kind of like talking.
Or something…

standing. all. the. time.

And she’s a happy kid.

She looks like a toddler, right?
So big!

Please believe she’s not always thrilled.
She likes what she likes when she likes it.
And make it snappy.

She does not like her changing table anymore.
She also isn’t into shoes (not that I try often), nor does she want her clothes changed.
Also not into having things taken away from her.
She does a pretty good hissy fit (and I would know…).

She’s gotten very good at shopping.

mirrors are the ultimate shopping mom’s babysitter.


Anthropologie is one of her favorite stores- shocker.

She’s thinking about walking.
Thinking hard.
Crawling harder….

But really she “walks” along the window seals, the couches, her toy boxes.
I’m fine with the crawling, trust me.
More mobile is great but she already takes tumbles so I can’t imagine what walking CBJ will be like!

supported baby steps

She’s getting a bit more interested in food (not a ton though, I thought she’s be eating more but we nurse on and she keeps on trucking).
We’re still doing Baby Led-Weaning, still happy about it.
Some bread, green beans, cereals.
And she likes fruit (like her mama).
She’s having some apple in the pic below and is thrilled.

I seriously LOVE this picture.

So that’s been the past month in a brief review.
Clearly we have a good time around our house and Clare-booty keeps me on my toes.

Tomorrow she’ll be 11 months.
I’ve already got her 1st birthday decorations ordered (Etsy…you get me every time!).
Hopefully I’ll be a bit more prompt on her monthly “update” or you know, I’ll do another “review”.


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  • Meghann Parson August 27, 2014

    Emma, I have the same problem with Tess who is not quite 22 months. Still nursing and sometimes refuses to eat. We add raw sprouted protein to her smoothies. Not a huge amount but just a little. She will almost always eat eggs, pancakes and bacon (I'd very easily be ovolactovegetarian but Daddy is a meat eater) or eggs, guacamole, Brown rice and black beans. Or avocado. Those are my only two "go to" meals. And carbs. She'll eat cookies or crackers for days. Glad the doctor was supportive, I've been thinking about going there as well. I'm sick of the weaning conversation.

    • ReplyEmma August 27, 2014

      Scrambled eggs are a hit so I'm going to keep offering, avocado too.. I was impressed by Little Flower, it is so refreshing to be in a place that supports breastfeeding. Not a formula pamphlet in the place. And applause for continuing to breastfeed? Makes me want to go daily! It's far by driving standards (least from our house) but worth it to be able to not get hassled about parenting choices.

  • Bethany May 14, 2014

    Good job, mama!

    • ReplyEmma May 15, 2014

      :) thank you friend!

  • Lara October 18, 2013

    Wow, I'm so glad we aren't the only ones who have gone through all these ups and downs with nursing. G is still nursing strong at 14.5 months. There were times when I swore he was weaning himself (8/9 months, and I cried and cried), and nowadays lately he nurses like a newborn. Some days I have so much milk that I'm still spurting and needing nursing pads, other days I think he looks at me like, "Turn it on, mama!" I think the lesson after we have put all this time in it should be: our babies and our bodies know what to do! :)

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