Happy 11 months, Mirah!

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Mirah,

Time is going too fast. You're almost 1 now and I haven't even mentioned your 11 month milestones!!

Here's what you've been doing recently....

1. Drum roll please!!!!! You are WALKING!!! Yep. It's been a long time in the making, but you are now moving yourself from place to place on your own two feet. You haven't exactly crossed an entire room yet, but you're regularly going about 8-10 steps at a time. Needless to say, your parents are very proud.

2. Eating much more finger foods. Over the holiday vacation in North Dakota you became very good at feeding yourself. You love bananas, cheese, bread (fave), Great Grandma Gunlikson's meatballs and potatoes, and various types of meat crumbles such as sausage, ground turkey, and ground beef. You still prefer most of your vegetables pureed. You are funny about food preparation. You will gnaw on an apple, but refuse applesauce made with the exact same pureed apples. You love pureed carrots, but you scoff at the mini cooked carrots. I guess they seem like different things when prepared in different ways. *Edit* I guess you don't like carrots in ANY form. At least this week anyway.

3. Tooth number five in! You now have 2 on top and 3 on bottom. I believe the sixth is about ready to show itself because your night sleep has been a little more interrupted these past two weeks.

4. And so we must talk about the inevitable---- sleep. I've been trying some new things with you lately at bedtime. I'm trying to teach you to put yourself to sleep without being rocked. I am attempting to do this with little to no crying. I'll let you know how it goes.

5. You drink from a cup like a big girl. That is with no sippy spout, just a plain old cup. I think you are actually more effective when you drink from a cup, too. Sometimes with a sippy you get kinda playful and end up spitting out most of the water.

6. You're cool with a babysitter. Since we don't have family in town and we are on a strict budget, we haven't had you in daycare or even had a babysitter. Over the break you spent a lot of time alone with your grandparents and you got used to being away from mom and dad for short periods of time. Just this week I decided that I needed to do something special for myself and so I got a gym membership. Babysitting is included. YES! And to my utter joy, you are okay with hanging out in the babysitting room while I get some exercise. Wow. It's pretty much changed my life. So thank you, my dear, for being so adaptable. Mommy really appreciates it.

One little side note, today we had a special Mommy and Mirah moment. You were tired and almost ready for a nap, but not quite there yet. So we sat down in the rocker and read/sang "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and "Hush Little Baby" together. You were so nice and calm that you just rested your head on my shoulder and I sang. Periodically you would lift your head up just to look at me and then lie in back down to take in the song. What a great moment together. Thanks for giving me that.

I need to go rest for a bit, while you nap. See your smiling eyes soon, but not TOO soon. (hehehehe).

love you my sweet M,
Mommy