Here are pictures from Zoë's 11-month shoot and some commentary about her milestones!
Zoë has been eating table foods with us for the past couple of months. She totally skipped baby foods and hates to be fed. She likes feeding herself! She can eat pizza, noodles, soft fruits and veggies, cheese, crackers and pretty much anything we eat that is soft. She only has her two bottom teeth, too!
Just today Zoë took 8 steps in a row! I've got a toddler now!!! She had been taking a step or two for the past several days but today was the first day she took more than 2 steps and walked toward me. It was so exciting. Abigail and I were jumping up and down and clapping!
Zoë does a few signs. Right now she only signs "more" and "eat". I plan on working with her more on doing signs for "cold", "bath", "drink", "milk", etc.
Zoë still isn't talking much. She said "Elaina" as her first word weeks ago but hasn't said it again since. She says "Uh oh" and just babbles everything else. Her pediatrician says it is normal, though, which is good. Zoë's babbling is toddler babbling, not baby babbling (meaning she mixes up all the babbling sounds to mimic language instead of just saying one thing over and over). My other girls talked so early and had huge vocabs before their first birthdays that I was comparing Zoë to them. I was relieved to hear she is doing just fine for her age!
Favorite things and games- Peek-a-Boo is a huge hit, playing "parachute" with a blanket or towel or just good old-fashioned wrestling and jumping on Mom is fun! Any toy or item that is off limits is her favorite thing to play with of course, too! I think I've got my hands full with this one... Did I mention she loves cleaning out cabinets and drawers? That is her absolute favorite thing to do.
Zoë loves clapping when she's excited or if we clap for her! And she loves giving high fives (if she knows you well enough to give you one that is)!
Zoë's favorite playmates aren't dolls or stuffed animals (she could care less about them). Nope, she adores her sisters. In the morning I'll bring Zoë into my room and if she hears Abigail in her room she wriggles out of my arms and speed crawls to the big girls' shared room to hang out.
Standing by herself in this pic (she's been standing alone for a month now):
Zoë was in the 75th percentile for weight when she was smaller but is now in the 25th percentile and I think I know why! She's a mover and a groover. Always crawling, walking along furniture, wiggling and wriggling. She's never really been a cuddler but still lets me hold her and wants to be held at times. But even now she won't fall asleep in my arms unless absolutely exhausted.
Zoë is still breastfed but now that she is eating three meals and two snacks a day we nurse 4 times a day. She started sleeping through the night when I started putting her in her crib at night for bed. She can now go down to bed full awake and put herself to sleep rather than being rocked and nursed to sleep!