I realized the other day that Riley is almost 11 months old and hasn’t been the solo subject of a blog post since her birth story. Oops! I promise, she has had more accomplishments than being born! It’s just hard to separate her news from Zoe’s news these days, since their lives are so intertwined.
That being said, here are a few Riley-specific updates. (Zoe will make her way into a few of these photos because, well, you’ll see.)
How big is Riley? SO BIG.
As I type this, she is a week away from being 11 months. She’s approximately 20 pounds and wears size 3 diapers, 12 month clothes, and 18 month PJs. People always comment on her squeezable thighs and happy personality. Many also comment on her hard-to-pin-down ethnicity. Her skin tone is very similar to Zoe’s now, but her eye shape reflects some of the other aspects of her heritage. She has a head full of curls, but her hair is finer than Zoe’s hair is.
She has one tooth. It kind of makes my life.
She is very affectionate. Kisses, cuddles, skin-to-skin…she soaks it up, and returns it.
She had a great run with sleeping through the night, but things change, and recently she has been waking up once during the night about 3x/week. She has also started to fight her predictable 2x/day nap schedule. I have learned in my 2.5 years of parenting that the only constant with kiddos is change, so I’m not too grumpy about it. The Keurig Rivo espresso machine that I got for Mother’s Day mayyyyyy also contribute to my positive outlook (#bestgiftever) and if she gets too fussy, there’s always the option of sacrificing my body to let her get a good nap in.
She started crawling at 7 months, waving at 8 months, and clapping at 10 months. I may have made up the last fact because I haven’t written in her baby book since she was 8 months old and it all blurs together. Anyway, she has no shortage of things to clap about, as her sister has several stage personas and two guitars.
This is where I want to mention how special it is to have two girls who are close in age. Riley adores her sister.
They don’t get along all day every day, but when they do, it’s beautiful to watch.
In other developments, Riley is experimenting with walking (with assistance or a walker).
She also loves to pull up on furniture.
Her favorite toys are a Melissa & Doug wooden stacker, the play kitchen (the doors OPEN AND CLOSE, GUYS!!!), and balls. This is Riley’s demure face:
This is her wild face:
She says “mama” (mostly indiscriminately,) “hi da” on occasion when David gets home from work, and the occasional “buh” when someone leaves. Like her sister at this age, her most consistent word is an excited “dohhh!” for our dog. She loves to wave “hi” and “goodbye,” and (adorably!) will usually offer a goodbye hug!
She still isn’t a great puree eater, but loves her bottles. Over the last month, I’ve tried to cut her afternoon bottle since her pediatrician told me to start weaning her, and girlfriend was NOT HAVING IT. As of today, I’ve decided we’re back on the sauce, because I think she’s still hungry without that bottle and I can’t take any additional misery between 4:30 and 5:30 pm.
Her deepest and truest food love are the Plum Organics kale and apple teething wafers. She squeals with excitement when you rustle the package. Pavlov would be proud.
I would describe her overall temperament as fun, easygoing, independent, and loving. I think the best description of Riley that I’ve heard is “she is the kind of baby that makes you want to have lots of babies.” Unfortunately, someone says we’re done with babies (that someone is the smug looking guy in this photo, and Zoe, we’re in agreement).
Since I have been told that this is my last baby, I’ll try to do a better job of documenting her life from now on 🙂
Riley is a fun, sweet, wonderful little blessing and we are so thankful for her presence and light in our lives!