baby girl: 11 months

Best. Month. Ever.  Yes, I’ve been busy and just trying to keep my head above water, but MacKenna has been learning so many new things lately that I can’t help but take advantage of and love every second I get with her.  But, it’s hard to believe that I only have one more of these updates after this!

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(You can find previous month updates in the Baby Girl tab at the top of the page.)

Milestones + Accomplishments

We have teeth!  1.5 to be exact.  One has definitely broken through the surface and the other one is really, really close.  And she has handled it amazingly well!  She’s drooly and a little fussy, but otherwise, she’s sleeping great and being the happy baby she is!  Now, if only she would grow some hair…

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MacKenna is officially crawling now also!  She did the army crawl for a ridiculously long time, but all of a sudden, she started crawling.  And now she is everywhere.  She follows me (and Matt and the babysitter) around the house everywhere, and girl is FAST!  She’ll put her little head down and just move as fast as she can.  It’s so cute!  She’s also pulling up, kneeling, and climbing on everything, but she doesn’t quite get the whole walking thing, which is fine by me right now.

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Kenna also learned how to wave and point this month, which are by far my 2 favorite tricks.  She pretty much understands everything that we say, but isn’t able to really say words yet.  She says “dada” for everything, which, of course, Matt loves.  She tries to say “cat” but doesn’t quite have it consistently yet.  She does know who the cat is and will look and point when we ask her where the cat is.  She also knows who mama and dada are, the fan, the light, and will point to anything that she wants.  Such a smart little girl!

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What We’re Working On

We’re trying to teach her new things every day.  After the Rams win on Sunday, I’ve decided I want to teach her to do the “touchdown” sign.  I think it will be hilarious!  We’re also working on blowing kissing – she can get her hand to her mouth, but then she gets distracted and puts her hands in her mouth.

The partial weaning has been going well.  I nurse her in the morning before work and, when I’m home, before bed time.  If I’m not home in the evening when she goes to bed, Matt gives her a bottle of breastmilk and I pump on the way home.  I haven’t dealt with and engorgement (never really had a problem in the first place) and my supply doesn’t seem to have decreased either.

As far as weaning goes, I don’t even have a clue where to start.  She drinks out of a straw, but not very well.  Most of the time, she spits everything out.  I think my first move will be weaning her off formula to cow’s milk (I think – Matt + I don’t drink cow’s milk, but I think it will be fine for MacKenna) and then trying to get her to drink out of the cup instead of the bottle.  I really know nothing about weaning, so any advice would be helpful!

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Mama’s Miles

I’m still dealing with my inflamed serratus anterior muscles, although it’s gotten much, much better.  No more stabbing or shooting pain, but a lot of soreness.  Especially after days where I play a lot of volleyball with my girls.  Luckily, running isn’t an issue, although I’m still not doing much for speedwork.  I’m hoping to try some 400 repeats this week, but if I’m still hurting, I’ll continue to keep my runs easy.

I have 2 races scheduled for the fall:  the Mo’Cowbell 5K on October 7 and the Run to the Lights 5K in Branson on November 9!  I’m so excited about both of them, but I know it’s going to kill me not to be able to race them.  Hopefully I’ll be feeling better by both of them!

Random Tidbits

  • Doctor’s visits:  None until her 1 year checkup at the end of October.  Let’s keep it that way!
  • Current weight:  I weighed her about 2.5 weeks ago – 14 lbs 3 oz.  I’m hoping she’ll reach 15 pounds by her 1 year checkup.
  • Current clothing size:  Mostly 6 month clothes, but she’s pushing it in her sleepers.  Planning on busting out the 9 month clothes soon!
  • Breastfeeding:  Partially weaned.  Not sure if I’ll keep doing that after the year mark.  I will probably drop the morning one for sure (I need that extra 20 minutes!), but might continue the bedtime one until she decides enough is enough.  We’ll see though… 
  • Loves:  discovering new things, pointing to everything, eating!
  • Dislikes:  getting her diaper changed (she’s been dealing with some really bad diaper rash – I stripped the diapers and that seems to have helped) and of course, the car seat.  She also hates being told “No”.

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I can’t believe she’s going to be ONE in a month!  I will be savoring these last few weeks of her infancy before she is officially a toddler.  *sigh*

  • Such a cutie! And yay for getting better at solids!

    I’m interested to hear more about your partial weaning if you don’t mind continuing to post about it. I’m going back to work in a few weeks and am thinking about doing the same!
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  • Sarah L

    My younger sister was bald until she was three! She had such fine, blond hair that she didn’t look as though she had any, your baby girl looks the same way!

    She’s adorable by the way!!!

  • Glad to hear she’s going better at feeding herself. It can definitely be frustrating!

    Lyric didn’t start crawling until 4 days after her 10 month bday and how that’s she’s almost 11 months she’s everywhere and so quick! It’s crazy. She still won’t stand though. Whenever we try to balance her on her feet she picks up her legs and crosss her ankles. Weirdo. So I’m not too optimistic on having a 1 yr old walker.

    I can’t believe M is still in 3-6 month clothing. You’re definitely getting your money’s worth!!

  • Ignore my many typos. I’m using my iPhone…

  • Mary Kratochvil (Kristen’s great aunt)

    Love the pictures. They are great!

  • alex

    My son is so similar to her…he is 9 months old and has NO interest in crawling. He barrel rolls everywhere. Its always hard to watch every other mom with 5 month olds, etc crawling already but I have to remind myself…we all get there eventually! she is such a doll :)

    • Couldn’t agree more. My Chet is small too. I had a mom argue with me about his age in the book store the other day….there was no way he was the same age as her baby (blah. blah. blah.) :)
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  • Double Digits! Oh my! That happened fast!

    MacKenna and Chet sound so similar, but you have us beat on sitting. 7.5 months and still not interested. :)
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  • Jen

    Awww…these pictures of your beautiful little girl just melt my heart!!! SOOO happy to hear that she is eating better now! :)

    I was wondering if you are doing the St. Louis color run? I have a few friends who are, so was just curious… Sounds like fun, but I know that it is not the most competitive event & you are a TAD on the competitive side (rock star)! :)

  • Hilary

    I can’t believe she weighs 14.5 lbs. Her chubby legs and arms make you think she is bigger! My 10 wk old is 13 lbs 11 oz! Lol chunky monkey but she was big from the get-go :)

  • She’s so sweet! I love that last picture. My little guy is about 2 weeks younger than her and quite the lazy non-crawler too! He’ll do a mixture of scooting and rolling to get where he wants to be, and he does an awesome downward dog, but… I think he’s content being carried. Hah. I rarely see “late bloomers” in the blogging world, so I’m happy to see that other healthy, happy babies are taking their time!
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  • Marie-Sophie

    I LOVE no-hair babies!! :-) My boyfriend was one hairy baby, he’s got dark brown hair and I have blonde hair, so I figure chances are very slim that my baby will be bald like I was :-) .. McKenna is adorable as always and you like like one fit mama!! Admiring your training efforts (as I wrote I am just worn out from working non-stop … but after my holidays I’ll definetely try to follow your lead!) *cheering you on !!!* (like I promised! :-))

  • Jen

    She is SO cute and so smart! I can’t believe she knows what all those things are. W does the touchdown sign! I’m such a proud mommy. :)
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  • I am also trying to start partial weaning (my LO will be 1 at end of Sept and I am so done with pumping!) and would be interested in any advice you have as you get into it.
    How did you strip your diapers? We are having stink issues and I tried washing in hot with a Tbsp of blue Dawn and rinsing until no more suds, but had no luck, they still STINK as soon as he pees in one! Any suggestions?