Thursday, May 23, 2013

11 Months Old (2 Weeks Late)

 Dear Davin,

I'm late again.  Let's not dwell on that though!  It seems that I am doing a much worse job keeping up with your baby stats than I did with your sister, but I'm working on remembering specifics and trying to do better!  :)

The big milestone this month was FOOD!  You finally started tolerating it - and now you can't get enough!  You rarely eat regular baby food anymore, and your aversion to textures seems to be mostly gone, too!  You like macaroni and cheese, turkey deli meat, shredded cheese, bread of any kind, applesauce, yogurt, bananas, strawberries, mandarin oranges, Gerber crunchy sticks, tiny bites of chicken and hamburger, rice, mashed potatoes, and carrots.  (Oh, and teeny little bites of ice cream on occasion).  You haven't shown much of a love for peas or green beans.  You usually have yogurt and Puffs for breakfast, one or two snacks a day, and a combination of the above foods for lunch and dinner.  You still nurse 4 times a day, and I'm thinking the weaning process isn't going to be super easy.  You still like to gnaw on your sippy cup but don't get a ton out of it just yet.  You also haven't mastered a straw yet.  Oh, and still no teeth!  You still don't say a lot, but you babble and I can tell you'll have lots to say soon enough.

I expect all this food is going to help your weight gain increase again, but we'll see.  My rough estimate with our home scale is 19-19.5 pounds.  You can still wear 6-9 month clothes (and even a few 3-6 months), but almost all your shorts and tshirts are 12-18, so you wear them with plenty of room to grow.  You still wear size 3 disposable diapers and we've given cloth another go and may start using those at home most of the time.  Your hair has really grown and gotten thicker, and it's still blonde!  And everyone comments on your gorgeous blue eyes no matter where we go.

You are a crawling machine, and your balance is improving so much.  You've taken 1-2 steps a couple of times to lunge toward me (or something else), and have even done maybe 3-4 a time or two.  But mostly you just get too excited and fall forward.  You can stand for up to 15 seconds I would say before you just go back down to your knees or try to walk.  You can push your walking toy all over the place, and you're also still a champ at climbing stairs.  You are a climber for sure, you climbed up on the couch by yourself the other day!  At first you weren't a huge fan of crawling around in the grass now that the weather is nicer, but you're getting used to it now.  You still sometimes do a half crawl/half walk, which is pretty cute.

You are obsessed with being near a running vacuum cleaner, dust buster, dishwasher, dryer, and anything that makes noise.  You still love to push any toy that has wheels all over the place.  You even make a "vroom" sound with your cars!  You want to get near an Ipad or phone if you see one lit up, and you like to get up close to the TV when it is on.  When we Skype with Nanie or Neena/Pa Bill, you immediately speed-crawl to the Ipad and start grunting and shouting as loudly as you can.  It's hilarious.  You also still love bath time and are a mess to handle in the tub!

Some of your best tricks are waving and saying "hi" and "bye", clapping (especially if someone says "yay"), giving smooches (sometimes complete with a mmmmwah! sound), and shaking your booty on command.  You are still super attached to Mommy, but will go to most anyone if I'm still around.  You've cried on occasion at Child Watch at the Y and at the church nursery.

Your sleep is so all over the place.  You've been doing consistently good at night, sleeping all night from about 8:45 until at least 7:00 in the morning.  You've had some better naps with me, where you'll stay asleep for anywhere from 15 minutes - 2 hours (very rare).  You still like 2 naps a day if we're home, and will sleep in the car if we are out in the morning at your normal time.  If Daddy puts you down for a nap, you'll usually sleep much better and stay asleep at least an hour - and usually much longer.  I can't figure out why, but he puts you down most of the time on his days off.  You've still been in our room (which is mind-boggling to me since we moved your sister at 3 months old!), but as soon as we get back from the beach we are kicking you out!  I don't think it'll be too big of a deal, but we'll see.  Your nursery is too cute not to get some use!

Everyone comments on how happy, sweet, and smiley you are.  Although you really are most of the time, you are a pretty high maintenance boy when Mommy is around.  You like constant attention most of the time, but luckily have a few times each day where you will entertain yourself.  I know we'll have lots of fun this summer as we enjoy the weather and fun outdoor activities.  Your next post will be for your ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY.  I cannot even begin to comprehend how that is possible - this year has flown by.  I still think of you as my newborn.  I love you to pieces and I'm so glad I get to be your mommy!

I love you sweet Spud!
Love, Mommy
*not digging the photo shoot*

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