Baby's First Year: Week 27 (Babbling & New Nap Times)

Michele Zipp

baby sitting in chair smiling
Photo by starburst1680

Meet starburst1680, brand-new first-time mom to Kathryn Grace. She will be sharing with us the roller coaster ride of her first year of motherhood. Check back every week for all of the emotion and exhaustion — right up until Kathryn's first birthday.

Week 27:

Right now Kathryn is in 6- to 9-month clothes and size 3 diapers. She took a pacifier for a few months after she was born, but ever since she discovered her thumb, she wants nothing to do with a pacifier. The only thing she likes to do is chew on them, but she likes to chew on everything these days. Still no teeth and it doesn't look like she'll get any in the next few days, but I'm no expert.

She is just as sweet as can be! My husband and I are always saying how perfect she is. Her favorite thing to do is jump in the doorway jumper. Her favorite food is still bananas but she isn't a picky eater. My husband and I can usually get her to laugh pretty easily by making funny faces and sounds.

She's a pretty laid-back and quiet baby who is rarely fussy. She will play independently for at least half an hour at a time, maybe longer but I don't think we've ever tried. She is getting great at sitting up. She is pretty stable now but still tumbles over on occasion. When she does fall she may cry a bit because she is scared but it usually doesn't bother her. She also has very strong legs. If it weren't for balance, I think she could stand up on her own for a few minutes at a time.

She still has a little stranger anxiety but it is a lot better than a few weeks ago. We did, however, discover this week that if you put on a hat, Kathryn doesn't recognize you. My sister was getting ready for work wearing a baseball hat and came in the room where Kathryn was. Kathryn got upset and acted like she didn't recognize my sister. My sister was talking to Kathryn but Kathryn didn't calm down until my sister took the hat off. When I got off work that day I greeted Kathryn and then I tried putting the hat on and got the same reaction. It was kind of funny. Maybe she is just trying to tell us we don't look good in hats. :)

One thing that is new is that we adjusted Kathryn's schedule this week. Previously she had been taking four naps: two short ones (30 to 45 minutes), one long one (1.5 to 2.5 hours), and one that was somewhere in between. I noticed that Kathryn had been waking up earlier and earlier. She would usually just talk for a bit and put herself back to sleep, but it was still interfering with my sleep because I could hear her talking. Also when we would put her down for naps, she would often fuss or just lay there and talk for a little while before falling asleep. So we decided to cut out one of the short naps (the late one) and push each of the other three back a little. It took a few days for Kathryn to adjust but now she is doing great. Today she only woke up about 15 minutes before my alarm and now she goes right to sleep when you put her down for naps.

(We're celebrating starburst168's first year with baby, so thanks for keeping your judgments about parenting choices to yourself.)

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