Thursday, January 31, 2013

13 months old

Sometimes I find it hard to believe that our baby girl has grown this much and is now a toddler. sob sob. Sarah turned 13 months and time has flown it feels like she was born yesterday.
She is such a strong and active child. sometimes when she gets hold of something that she isn't allowed to have, to get it from her I have to use two hands.
she has such a charming personality though is scared of people.
 That is anyone besides mommy and daddy. when we are out and someone walks towards us she will run behind me while clinging onto me.
she is very talkative, says the same words, come, dada, jiji and udgy for fudgey our dog which sometimes gets fudge so confused. when he is being naughty and asked to go to his bed, as we tell him go to bed, Sarah shouts come so fudge just stands confused not knowing what whether to go or stay.

she has eight teeth, still eating mostly bottled food, though has a love affair with pringles and french fries. she does love chicken as well.
she is wearing size 12 to 18 months dresses and some 18 to 24 months. I think this all depends on the make. the last time we took her for a weigh in was in December and she weighed about 9.9kg head circumference was 46cm and she was 74cm long. she has  now moved to her room and is sleeping through the night woohoo. Loves story time before before bed, she always picks the same book- guess how much I love you.
 She loves to dance and her favourite song is lights by Ellie goulding. she always brings the ipad to me asking me to play the song. And loves to sing especially the hive song. she loves to watch the Disney channel and her favorite is mouk and she also enjoys Jake and the neverland pirates. Although I think I enjoy all the Disney junior shows way more than she does.
she is still breast feeding and will not drink juice but loves water. I'm not complaining about that .
how could I forget, she started walking at 12 months, it was such a bad day for us as a family, I will blog about that when i have the courage. but Sarah just got up and walked across the room.
she is still daddy's little girl. Last week she was fussy before bath time so when I put her in the bath she screamed pushing her head out towards Wayne's direction for him to come and when he came into the  the bathroom she stopped crying.
loves to bath, and loves the outdoors, waling about bare feet on the grass or pushing her doll pram and walker around.
Still has separation anxiety and is overwhelmed on Sundays at church as lots of people want to carry her but instead she slaps me. It's like she is mad at  me for allowing people to touch her.
Im just so gratefult to wayne, for giving me the opportunity to stay at home with her because there is nothing in the world that I could compare to the time we spend together, of watching her grow and have her firsts. Which we have been so blessed to be there when all her first happened. Daddy has been there with it too.
Sarah words can't express how much we love you and what you mean to us. Thank you for making our world perfect. That been said, this is a rare side of Sarah that we see.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nursery Transition

 Two months before Sarah was born I moved to Durban and lived with mom and dad because my gynae is based  there. When I left joburg for Durban I didn't take time off to work on the nursery. I think Friday was my last day and we drove down that very night. So when Sarah was born, for the first three weeks of her being around we stayed in Durban with mom and dad. When we got home her nursery was no where in condition for her to sleep in. We decided she would sleep in the  bassinet and when she outgrew it, we would move her into the camp cot in our bedroom. 13 months later she was still sleeping in our room and had even graduated from sleeping in her bed to sleeping in our bed! I would put her in the cot and when she woke up in the middle of the night, mama was too tired to feed her and put her back so I would just bring her into bed with us.
she was on a routine so when she went to bed at 7pm, we would have to be so careful, shower in the dark, look for stuff in the dark , had to whisper and most of all no watching TV in bed so we wouldn't wake her up. and instead of sleepingnthrough thennight like she was doing before we went to kenya, she would wake up about 6 times to feed and go back to sleep. we werent getting enough sleep, it was ok during the holidays as Wayne was on leave but when he returned to work it was a different story because of breast feeding I was basically sleeping on one side as sarah only nurses from one breast, I woke up sore every morning and I decided enough was enough we were evicting her from our room. she plays in her room everyday goes and unpacks the drawers and toys so I didnt think she would freak out sleeping there without doing it gradually. At 9 months I had decided it was time for us to move her to her room but Wayne was like its too soon, lets wait.

It's now a week today and we are having the time of our lives! Sarah is sleeping much better waking up once a night and I have cut out the breast feeding at night. The first night was scary, she literally was looking for my boob in her sleep and slapping and pulling, I felt so guilty but I had to persevere. She woke up about 5 times and at some point I ended up sleeping on the carpet in her room while saying mommy is here. But it has since gone down, although I'm not getting enough sleep. I keep on waking up thinking I didn't hear her cry.
she has come to accept that its her room and well she seems pretty happy. There is positive progress.