Last time I gave an update on Ella she was 4 months old, and I had no idea that we were about to go through 4 month sleep regression. But you know all about that, and at this point in her life there is SO much more to Ella than her sleep schedule.
For one thing, she is EATING! I mean really eating. Solid food, finger food, everything. We started her on rice cereal around 5 1/2 months.
I was trying to wait until 6 months because of food allergies, but sister was HUNGRY. She did wonderful with rice cereal, and we slowly started adding other foods. I am having a blast cooking for her and introducing new food. Right now her favorites are :
- blueberry puffs (I am use the Organic Super Puffs)
- blueberry or banana Stonyfield Yo Baby yogurt
- steamed Spinach pureed with apples (my favorite to make too because its SO easy!)
- broccoli pureed with pears (again, very easy to make)
- shredded mozzarella cheese (cannot get it into her mouth fast enough)
- apple cinnamon oatmeal
Ella used to love avocado but one day after having one for lunch she woke up from her nap covered in hives and with almost totally swollen shut eyes. I had a minor freak out, pulled on my big girl/mommy panties and then took her to the hospital. They said it was just a mild reaction but to avoid avocado’s for the time being. She will most likely grow out of it, thankfully. A life without guacamole does not sound like a very pleasant life to me.
Ella starting crawling at 7 months and man, she is on the move. One of my favorite things to do right now and just walk behind her as she explores. I cannot imagine what is going through her mind as she explores our house. She is seeing everything with brand new eyes, and I want her to always have a healthy sense of adventure. I am not really into telling her “no” at this point, unless she is doing something that is dangerous (why is my house so full of SHARP EDGES!). I will obviously need to start setting boundaries and telling her no soon, but for now I am just enjoying watching her take in this whole new world. She is an expert furniture surfer now too and we had to replace our coffee table with a leather ottoman in hopes of avoiding any severe head injuries.
Her sleep has been AWESOME (knock on wood) we practiced graduated extinction for sleep training at 6 months and it worked so well. She takes two long naps a day (morning nap is usually about 2 1/2 hours after she wakes up and afternoon nap is around 2PM most days) that range in length from an hour to an hour and a half. She is in bed asleep by 7PM, and generally sleeps until 6 or 630. Every 4th or 5th day or so she seems to be ready to party at 4AM, but luckily those days are getting fewer and far between.
I have said it before and I’ll say it again, this is my FAVORITE age