September was the last of our "busy" months. We had weddings scheduled for three of the four weekends last month and I worked the weekend we weren't at a wedding. In the midst of all that, though, we had some normalcy during the weeks.
We got Eleanor to the doctor for her 12 month check up - we were a couple weeks late due to my work schedule and just being unable to find the time to get here there. All went well, so we can check the doctor off the list for the next couple months. She doesn't go back until 15 months (though we did have to go in last week for a flu shot).
We have enjoyed the slight cool down in weather by spending a ton of our time outside. We occasionally meet Chris on campus to take a walk either there or in CW.
If we're not walking there, we are always walking around our neighborhood. Eleanor and I (on days that I'm home) go out at least three times a day to walk or bike ride. Sometimes she rides in her stroller, sometimes she pushes her own stroller, and sometimes she just walks next to me.
Occasionally on our walks, we'll stop by the neighborhood park to play on the swings or the slide. Eleanor is getting more and more into the playground equipment as she gets more adept at controlling her movements.
Animals are still a big thing for Eleanor. We will see deer in the neighborhood occasionally, but her favorite place to stop is one of the houses on our street who let their cat and dog roam around outside. She loves trying to find them to pet.
We went to a baby birthday party that included a bounce house this month. Cousins were turning 1, so there were tons of baby friends there. Eleanor was a little iffy on the bounce house at first, but then she got really into it and had a great time. She thought it was so funny to walk around and fall and not get hurt.
Eleanor has a Redskins dress that she wears on many Sundays now. The first time she put it on was when Chris had her (I was working) one Sunday and he sent me a picture from church of Eleanor in her Redskins dress. I hear that people were very entertained at church by her outfit.
Eleanor still likes to get into things she shouldn't be getting into, so we have now baby proofed the important cupboards and cabinets in our house. That doesn't completely stop her though. In particular, she likes to eat dirt, so she has on many occasions knocked over a plant when we weren't looking to achieve that purpose.
We are trying to get Eleanor to eat more food and to drink milk from a sippy cup. Pretty unsuccessful on the milk front in September, but she is coming around now (in October). We will eventually wean her, but it's a slow process.
Eleanor loves to visit her friend Hannah. She knows which house is hers and since we're outside so much, occasionally she just runs into her (and literally runs).
The other day, Eleanor did this to our computer screen...took me awhile to figure out how to fix. Not cool.
While the siblings were visiting, Eleanor took a spill into a door frame. She had a knot on her forehead that did not look pretty, but as she was teething at the same time, she wouldn't let us put ice on her head, she just put it in her mouth. It was very scary - I was about to take her in to an emergency room because as I was standing there, the bump was growing and growing. She stopped crying pretty quickly though and acted totally normal so we ended up not taking her in.
Great month, on to the next...!