11 Months Old

Kalyn is 11 months old.  She is only one month from being a whole year old!  Wow!

This has been a busy month.  First of all, Kalyn is officially walking.  First, she would only take 3 or 4 steps.  Then, she got up to about 12 steps per try.  Then, she got up to about 25 steps.  Now, she pretty much can walk to where she wants to go without falling.  It was kind of funny how at each of these stages she would always take the same amount of steps before falling over. It is really exciting to see her walking, and she enjoys getting around.

I don’t know if I said before, but Kalyn is very into feeding herself.  This month she started eating a whole lot more “real people” foods.  She especially likes bananas.  Since she has a hard time picking up the chopped banana bits I often use cracker crumbs to help make them less slippery.  At this point, she seems to think she is too big for baby food.  She also thinks that if Mommy is eating, then she needs to be eating what Mommy is eating because obviously it must be good, right?

One thing Kalyn started doing this month is hugging things.  It started with hugging the great big stuffed dog Tim got her for Christmas.  Then, it spread to other stuffed animals.  She now will hug me and Tim, stuffed animals, blankets, and other children.  On Christmas day she gave her second cousin Amaia a scare when she tackled her and gave her a big hug. It is extremely cute.

Kalyn also is really developing her problem solving skills.  She’s always enjoyed a challenge, but she is getting quicker at figuring things out.  She now can flip light switches, with a little help.  She remembers where you are and will come back looking for you.  If you build it to keep her out, she will often figure out a way around it.

Just this past week Kalyn has decided it is really funny to do things that make Mommy and Daddy angry.  This especially includes grabbing Mommy’s face or hair, or grabbing Daddy’s glasses.  She seems to have an idea what “No” means and seems to enjoy knowing that she can do them anyway.

When I am rocking Kalyn before she goes to bed she likes to pull her blanket over her face.  This is kind of funny because Tim likes to do the same thing.  I am always the one to put Kalyn to sleep, and I have never really done that for her, it is just something she started doing on her own.

At bathtime, Kalyn’s favorite part is watching and playing as the water goes down the drain.  Sometimes she will poke at the drain early in the bath before it is time to get out.  The drain is a little disc that flips and she likes to move it around and feel the water as it goes down.  I found this surprising because I remember being a little bit scared of the bathtub drain as a child.

Kalyn is also getting better at communicating.  Right now she loves to point at the things she wants.  She points at her stuffed animals, more food, interesting things she would like to explore, and so on.  She also is pretty good at getting across what she wants using noises, even though she cannot talk yet.

Kalyn still loves to babble, and also seems to be starting to sing a little bit.  I’m not totally sure, but sometimes when she hears a song it seems like she is trying to also sing.  She also, of course, loves to squeal and whisper and just explore all the things she can do with her voice.

One last story: Kalyn has had a bad cold for the past few days (she seems to be much better today) and she was really fussy on Sunday.  We tried everything to calm her down, but she just kept crying… until we put on some youtube videos of animals, at which point she cheered right up.

Below I will include all the pictures I took.  It is very difficult to get a picture of her sitting.  In the picture series below she struggles as I try again and again to get her to sit in the chair long enough for me to get a good picture.  At the end, she gets out of the chair and walks away.  Ironically, it was the first picture I took that turned out best.

One Response to 11 Months Old

  1. Gramma Mecham says:

    Gee! I don’t know why that baby is such an independent soul, do you?

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