12.5 months: Baby Report

January 2, 2019

Genevieve is a delight. (PS: Her name?  Is now on the top 10 list of searched names in Nameberry.  Oh well.  This may be a testament to how basic I am, but I don’t care — I still love it!)

She is also whining right now, and has been since exactly 5:08 am (notably, she went to bed at 8:00 pm – so this its just over 9 hrs.  And her cumulative napping time yesterday was under 2 hrs, so she is not getting disproportionate daytime sleep).

She will turn 13 months in approximately 10 days.  In many ways, she acts older – the way she plays reminds me of the older kids, probably because she’s been watching intently and soaking in their actions for the entirety of her existence.  She will stand in front of the play kitchen carefully placing toy after toy on a shelf — I never saw this incredibly cute and almost tidy behavior in either of the other 2!

She is similar to A when it comes to verbal development, with a fair number of words for her age.  The list now includes:

“me me me” (her indication she wants to nurse)

She will also repeat “Viva”, our nickname for her.

She is generally pretty gentle and happy.  She goes down for naps very easily.  She still loves to nurse (and has done a lot of it while I have been off these past two weeks).  She is a fairly good eater but a bit pickier / more hesitant than the other 2 were at this age.  This has not stopped her from maintaining her 85% position on the weight chart at ~24 lbs.  She is fairly tall for her age too, at 64%.

She is the last to walk!  I am pretty sure both of the other two had it figured out by this point, though I think she is close.  She took 3 independent steps yesterday (her PR).  She loves to be carried around.

And sadly, she’s my worst sleeper!  Potential reasons:

– less structured nap schedule than the other 2
– longer period of breastfeeding
– we have been in other people’s houses / in transition a lot, making training a bit difficult (and I never needed to do extensive training with the other 2, who kind of ‘got it’ by 6-7 months)

I have been starting to ignore her more, though, just because it feels age appropriate and I am somewhat desperate for her to go through the night.  I’m thinking 7:30 – 6 am is not an unreasonable goal for her age (10.5 hrs), even if some of that on the morning end is spent playing.  WE WILL GET THERE.  I was just about to write that she feel back asleep but . . . nope.  And she’s saying “daddy” because I think she’s figured out who is trying to sleep train her and who is somewhat less firm . . .


  • Reply rose March 10, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Watching the other two she sees they walk and SHE GETS CARRIED, held close, snuggled. Not walking has privileges, proof she is very bright.
    Thank you for posts and sharing the joy!

  • Reply Ana March 10, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    OMG she is precious! Little stinker knows she can get away with the sleep shenanigans. Happy NY and good luck on the sleep front.

  • Reply Erica March 10, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    She is adorable, enjoy her baby squishiness. I hope she figures out the sleep situation soon. Good luck moving!! <3

  • Reply Beth C March 10, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    I am hyper aware of name popularity….probably because my sister was one of what seemed like 50 Lindsays in her grade! My goal was to choose names with unambiguous pronunciation/spelling and between 50-150 on the name rankings. It’s a personal problem. Hah. My girls’ names were #93 and #70 in the latest list I saw so I succeeded.

  • Reply Kelsey March 10, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Don’t worry there’s more name variety today than in the past. So in the past if you’re name was #3 more popular there were more girls with your name like 80,000 (just throwing out a random number) but now people have more name variety so even if your name is #3 only like 15,000 other girls have that same name (again just random numbers)

  • Reply Cbs March 10, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Aww, she’s such a cutie! I think the nursing is awesome but definitely doesn’t help sleeping. All those words – what a clever cookie!

    I finally cut my guy off from night feeds at 13 or 14 months. He’s now 17 month old and wakes up and lists his grievances ‘mama gone, dada gone, kitty gone…milk peas!’ but if he’s not ill / teething, he’s finally sleeping through 6 of 7 nights.

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