This month has been absolutely amazing for our little Livi!! We've blazed through trial after trial with Olivia's known food allergies, and have not yet found anything that has caused a reaction. She's cleared for tomatoes, wheat, eggs, and even soybean oil and soy lecithin. We've yet to try milk, the most severe of her allergies, but I think we will challenge soon, and hopefully see good results. And then: cheeeeeeese. I can't even describe how incredibly ecstatic we are over this! We've also decreased her reflux meds, dropping one dose completely and halving the remaining two doses, and she should be completely weaned from it before her birthday.
A few other improvements this past month: sleep! After nearly ten months of waking several times a night (aside from the odd week or so of reprieve), Livi has consistently slept a good 10+ hours most nights this past month (all but maybe three or four, total), waking to nurse early in the morning (around 4-5am or so) and then going back to sleep for another few hours. It's been an amazing relief for all of us to finally get some good sleep, and I'm kicking myself that we didn't move her to the nursery months earlier, as that seems to have been the magic key to sorting it all out. The only "complaint" I have now (you can't even call this a complaint after what we've been through!) is that I usually have trouble getting back to sleep afterwards. It's not too terrible starting the day early though - I usually get in at least a good hour of peace and quiet all alone before anyone else is up.
Yet another big improvement (I told you this month was amazing!!) is that Livi is finally starting to be a bit happier about independent play. I would still say she is quite demanding (at least, far more demanding than either of her siblings ever were) but given the right toys, she'll occupy herself for brief periods of time now. It makes the day flow a lot smoother when I can run to the bathroom, start dinner, fold clothes, etc. without listening to her cry because she doesn't have my undivided attention! Despite having a yucky cold most of the month (and teething), she gets more and more content all the time.
Growth and development this month: we have tooth number three! Her gums are very white right beside that tooth also, so I wouldn't be surprised if a fourth pops through shortly. She continues to zoom around holding on to the furniture or our fingers, and walks independently holding on to her "walker" elephant toy - but she hasn't taken any steps on her own just yet. She refuses purees altogether now, and continues to eat whatever we're eating. She has no clear favorite foods, and will happily eat anything and everything we put in front of her.
Each month our little Olivia gets a little bit bigger, a little bit more cheery, a little bit more independent, a little more laid back, a little bit calmer, a bit happier. We are so incredibly blessed to call her ours. I can't believe in just one short month, we'll be celebrating the BIG ONE!