I think that Melody is still recovering from the Boston trip. She has been sleeping a lot more than usual this week. And her nap times have been earlier. Twice, she has fallen asleep while playing. This was an hour before her nap. I went to prepare her bottle and came back upstairs to find her like this. I ran to get the camera and she didn't even stir when I was clicking away. Still nothing when I went to shut the blinds and curtains. I called out to her and she ignored me, so I finally picked her up and fed her and then put her down for her nap in her crib.She is 10 months old today! I really can't believe that she is 2 months away from being 1 yrs old. Didn't I just have her recently? I hate to admit it, but I am getting old. Most of the time I don't feel it, but on her difficult cranky days, I am trying to catch my breath at the end of the day. Her birthday is a few weeks before mine so there is no denying that I am indeed turning another year older. Having children will age you faster, but as I age, I am laughing and rejoicing with my little sweetie pie. She brings us a lot of joy and happiness.
We went for her 10 month check up this morning and these are her stats: 16lbs and 27 inches. Her head is a whopping 44.7cm, which puts her in the 60% on the chart. Crazy because her height was only 18% and her weight a measly 4%. I think she gets her big head from her dad. I keep worrying about her small weight gains, but the doctor thinks she is perfectly healthy and has been consistently growing. She said that she has a cute belly and chubby thighs and nice full cheeks, all signs of a healthy baby. And she said that the chart is based on Caucasian babies, so Melody would never be in the 90%. She has seen DH and she sees me all the time, so she laughs when I tell her I worry about her petite size. We are both not big people. In fact, I am under 5 feet.
She may be petite, but that baby can eat! Ever since she started solids at 5 months old, I have been making my own baby food. I bought the Fresh Baby So Easy Food Kit while I was pregnant and was so excited when I could finally use it. You can buy the trays separately, but it's nice to have the cookbook, too. It tells you what fruits and vegetables babies can eat when they reach a certain month. Plus, they give you the amounts of fruits and vegetables that will fill up the two trays. Each cube equals to a 1 oz serving, so it's easy to pull out the right amount out of the freezer to defrost or heat up.Look at the color of the carrots and peas. The jarred stuff does not have that vibrant color. And it really doesn't take a lot of time. I use a little mini food processor to puree the veggies and fruit after they are cooked, a Cuisinart Mini Prep Food Processor, and it gets the job done. After they are frozen, I pop them out of the trays and into heavy duty freezer bags. I have on occasion bought some jarred fruit when we traveled because I ran out just before we were leaving. The frozen cubes travel well, too. I put them in one of those insulated cooler bag with ice packs and they have survived many 4 hour drives to Boston.
I am blessed with a very good eater. She will try everything and anything. I can't believe how much her tummy can hold these days. Her favorites are tofu and pasta. I have a real carb lover on my hands. She pants for pasta when she sees it. Pants like a little dog!