Sadie

Sadie at 11 Months

Sadie girl is 11 months and closing in on her first birthday very quickly. I truly can’t believe it! Here’s what’s up with Sader Tot at 11 months 🙂

Baby girl sitting up and smiling 11 months

Growth Sadie is 19 pounds and 27 inches tall.

Wearing 6-9 month clothes and some 12 month clothes that are a little baggy 😉

Personality Curious, joyful, and silly.

Baby girl with ponytail

Eating Still mostly breast milk, but she is doing so much better with her swallowing issues! We decided to take a watch and wait approach after her early intervention evaluation results showed that she was delayed in her oral motor skills. Instead of having a occupational therapist come to our home each week, we decided to work on the tips the OT gave us at her evaluation and go from there.

Right around 11 months, she really began to make progress with swallowing. It was like a switch flipped and she “got it” and swallowed pieces of cut up hot dogs, grapes, and bananas. She still has a little trouble with some foods, and sometimes she just swallows things whole, but she is doing a lot better and we are so, so grateful.

Nicknames All the same as previous months with the addition of Sade (which is short for Sadie) and T or TT, which is short for Tot, which is short for Sader Tot. We are big fans of nicknames in the Zottola house 😉

Sleeping Sadie usually goes to bed between 7 and 8 pm and gets up to eat between 4-5 am and usually goes back to sleep until 6-7 am! This can all go out the window if she’s teething or had a weird day of naps or traveling. She still sleeps in crazy positions!

Baby girl and dad smiling and clapping

Looks like A mix of me and Jimmy and sometimes she looks like my brother when he was a baby!

New skills She started taking steps right around 10 months and hasn’t looked back because she is full out walking now. She’s pretty fast, too! She is climbing everything, stacking things, putting toys in baskets and taking them back out, mimicking facial expressions, and babbling.

Likes All the same things as last month with the addition of walking and getting into anything she shouldn’t get into 😉

Baby girl smiling with bow in her hair

Dislikes Me setting her down or leaving her when she wants to be held, being laid down for diaper changes, being put in her car seat, and having her arms and head put through clothes.

Favorite products All the same as last month!

Other Notes Sadie went to the beach for the second time and enjoyed playing in the sand and swimming in the pool! I think she’s sprouting more teeth, her hair is almost white on top, and her eyes have settled into a hazel-y brown color.

I believe that’s everything for Sadie girl at 11 months! She is so much fun, keeps us on our toes, and one of the biggest blessings in our lives ❤

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Highs and Lows in Parenting

Whew, we had quite the day earlier this week. It started out completely normal… until we had an ambulance at our house.

Baby girl smiling while sitting in grass

Sadie was hanging out with me in our bathroom and fell backwards and hit her head. She falls all the time, so it wasn’t too big of a deal. She cried pretty hard, so I picked her up and snuggled her in my arms until she stopped.

About a minute or two later, I looked at her and she had blood coming out of her mouth. It was on her hand, her shirt, shorts, and face. I tried to check in her mouth to see where the blood was coming from but couldn’t find anything. I started freaking out and decided to call 911 because I wasn’t sure if she had a concussion or why she would be bleeding from her mouth after falling backwards.

The 911 dispatcher told me to call back if Sadie became unconscious and said an ambulance was on its way. Within a few minutes, we had a team of paramedics checking Sadie out and asking about what happened. They had me try and open her mouth and inside her upper lip we found a cut. I have never been more relieved for my child to be cut in my life!

The paramedics offered to take Sadie to the local children’s hospital but I declined since we had figured out she was bleeding from the cut in her mouth and not from a head injury, lol.

Sadie was playing on the kitchen floor while Jimmy and I were eating dinner that night and she stood up and took her first steps.

Baby girl smiling in shoe store

What a roller coaster of a day. I went from worrying that Sadie had a concussion to witnessing her first steps just hours later. If I’ve learned anything about parenting, it’s that the highs are higher and the lows are lower.

I would do anything to never have Sadie experience hurt–physically or emotionally. At the same time, I know that’s not realistic in this world and the trials of life develop our character. The lows of parenthood are tough. The highs, though? Wow. It’s amazing to watch this little being that God has blessed us with. We see her grow, learn, and develop right before our eyes and there’s nothing like it.

Just like God develops the character of our children through tough times, He develops their parents right along with ’em through all the highs and lows ❤