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Sunday, June 5, 2011

11 Months Old

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My little man is just that...a little man now. Every day he moves farther and farther away from my swaddled infant. His independence grows almost as much as his personality daily. And you know what...? I'M LOVIN IT MORE AND MORE!! I adore the tiny baby phase and I may be in a tiny bit of denial about just how much I miss it but he is so much fun! I'm sad and bored when he goes to sleep and I just. can't. get. ENOUGH of him during the day. He really is the best!
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He's holding steady in the 17lb range which hasn't changed in 2 months. But, he is still gaining and has a healthy layer of 'fluff' so I'm not worried. He is one healthy boy. He eats well, sleeps well, plays well and loves like nobody's business.
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He fell asleep standing up. I looked over and he was out.

He is one kissin fool. When he's eating, he takes a bite then wants a kiss, repeat. And they're not small, closed-mouth kisses either. He opens that mouth and gets ready to slop on one ya. And, honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. They're precious! My mom calls baby drool "melting baby sugar" and it is so true.
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He has been a talker since he was 4 months old. He said "nay nay" non-stop from that point on. He is constantly babbling and telling some story or another. For months he's been saying "mama" and "dada" or the more frequent "a-da" which we like even better but he hasn't been consistent with displaying his certainty in who or even what those words mean. He will call me mama exclusively for a few hours but then he will randomly call the couch mama. The same goes for dada. But, there is one word he perfected this month and there is no mistaking that he understands EXACTLY what it means. He says it at the perfect time every time. Now, he gets such a kick out of our reactions that he does things on purpose so he can say that word. Have you guessed what it is yet? "Uh oh". He drops things, looks at us and follows it up with the sweetest little uh oh all. day. long. When our air conditioner kicks on and makes the loud boom it is curiously doing, its followed by an "uh oh" from wherever he is in the house. His binky falls, uh oh. A car door slams, uh oh. He "accidentally" drops his cup, uh oh. Once, in the middle of the night and I'm convinced in the middle of Cole's sleep, the dog jumped off the couch and the resulting bang got a faint uh oh from the baby monitor next to my pillow. I clicked on the video screen and he was passed out. So, we are calling 'uh oh' his first official word that is said consistently with no mistakes.
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He is now one mobile dude. He didn't crawl til 10 months but now he doesn't stop crawling. He repeatedly wakes himself during the night by rolling onto his stomach and winding up on all fours before he knows how he got there. He can't seem to stay off of his stomach now that he knows it gets him from A to B. In the bath, all he wants to do is wiggle around on his hands and knees. We've had to barricade our living room with one of those 8 piece linkable gates because the dogs don't quite know what to make of the mobile thing that pulls on their tails. He is pulling up on everything and has almost mastered his way up to crawling on the couch. When that happens, its all over. Right now I can take the dogs out our flip over the laundry when he is in his area but soon I will have to anticipate him falling off the couch. It just gets harder and harder, doesn't it? I'll be happy when the need for baby-proofing is finally over with all of our kids. Then I'll have Cole in school and a whole new batch of fears to consume my time. Anyway, back to the motor skills. He does walk when he is holding onto something or with his walker. I still think its going to be a while before we see any real, unassisted steps but I'm not in any hurry. This kid is a puzzle solver and a talker if I ever saw one. He is so stinkin smart, its crazy. He can get his way out of anything, into anything, analyze everything and do basically anything I can do. Now, I'm no Einstein but he still impresses me and keeps me on my toes. He uses tools. Like the cavemen did in their adult-hood. He finds long items to knock things down from shelves too tall for him to reach, he assembles things I didn't expect him to be able to do for many more months. And anything can be used to make music. He has got the beat.
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He got into the pudding at a bbq.
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Meal-times are going well. I was strongly urged by my OB and my Pediatrician to breastfeed through one year. I am pleased to announce that I will make that goal!! I fretted, worried, researched and prepared myself and it all paid off. Our weaning schedule is going perfectly (a few slip ups due to sickness and teething) and I will have him completely weaned within a couple weeks after his birthday. We're solidly down to the morning and the night nursings. Beyond that, he gets big boy food. We're still doing some purees because I have a ton of them and because he is under weight and eats much more quantity with purees. We're still introducing new solids all the time. I adopted Krystal's morning smoothie routine into our own because the only green thing he will eat is green beans (go figure). This smoothie has bananas, strawberries, apple juice, a wee bit of whole milk (to get his system used to it) and a handful of fresh spinach. The strawberries mask the taste of the spinach and he gobbles it all up. I make it thick and have to spoon feed him because he just won't drink out of the top end of a straw, despite my best efforts. I am still having a very difficult time getting him to eat meat of any kind. I can occasionally get him to eat one of the mixed meat and veggie jars of purees but I usually have to tip the spoon of each bite with something sweet. He loves fruit of any kind or texture. Purees or solids, he gobbles 'em up. I think we can safely say he has a sweet tooth. The vegetables, not so much. But, I will prevail! I will find some way for this kid to get a well balanced diet if it kills me. But, lets just say, I'm not stressing out about it too much right now. He eats and I'm grateful. I'm going to the Farmer's market on Saturday morning and am planning to stock up on everything fresh so I can take a whack at Krystal's muffin recipes too. Because Cole decided he no longer likes his oatmeal. He has been eating oatmeal every morning since 5.5 months but now, he won't have anything to do with it. He violently shakes his head no every time I get near his face with it. I can, of course, lead it with some applesauce on the spoon but I don't want to have to trick him into eating every single thing by caving into his sweet tooth. Speaking of spoons, he is getting more and more interested in holding the spoon and feeding himself. I'm excited about that!
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It is officially summer here in the Gateway to the west and we are a'cookin. But, our subdivision pool opened and we're livin it up! He didn't really know what to think of it at first but he has really come around. He even starts to drift off if we hold him still in his floatie. I so desperately wanted to take him swimming but with the c-section, I just didn't have the strength to do anything. But, we're making up for lost time now! He is my kid so his gills should start showing through soon. I'm not quite ready to take him in the lake at my mom's house yet but he is going to have many years of swimming the 170 acre lake with me.
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We are in full swing with birthday party plans. Invitations have gone out. Games and crafts have been made. The food has been planned. Now all we need is Mother Nature to cooperate. C'mon dry weather. Keep your fingers crossed for July 3rd. His birthday came really fast. I worried that if I got too wrapped up in the planning early that it would make the time go by that much more quickly and I was right. I feel like he was 9 months old shopping for the first of the craft supplies with me just a week ago. Now, its only just a few short weeks away. I'm happy and oh so nostalgic. I can't believe how big he is and its incomprehensible how quickly it went.
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first hair cut
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Here are some outtakes from a trip to the park. His sun/squinty face is hilarious.
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Dear Cole,

We are coming to the end of your infancy and I just want you to know how much fun we have had with you during these last 11 months. You are easily the best thing that ever could have happened to us and I'm so grateful at the wonderful blessing you are. God truly picked the best baby for us and you prove it every day. You are just like us in that you demand constant physical affection. Grandpa always worried that I wouldn't find a man affection enough to keep up with me but I did and we have instilled that quality in you. You are happiest when you are snuggled between us getting smooches from both sides. You are a kisser and a hugger just like us. You always want to touch. You prefer to explore the world by making us go with you. You're happy to discover on your own but you light up when you see that we're right next to you discovering too. You love to bring us your treasures and show us how they work. You like to share your food with us; sometimes forcefully so. You are such a delight and already have the qualities that many adults could stand to learn from. We pray you continue to grow in love and wisdom and in a confident knowledge that you are loved beyond measure. You are everything we hoped for and so much more than we ever knew to want. I love you with every fiber of my being and every bit of my heart. You are my baby and will always be.
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