Eleven Months.

Another month passed, another day where I will tell you that my baby is growing up too quickly.  And while I do really marvel at how fast these months and milestones have passed, I wouldn’t trade today to go back in time to any other age.  I can’t believe how much fun we have.

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So far I’d say this month has felt the shortest.  It really does feel like last week that I sat down and wrote about his ten month milestones.  I’m guessing that’s because I’ve barely sat down since then – we’ve been running and racing as fast as he can go. 

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I used to describe him as “into everything” – but now I’m seeing that he’s not just eating flowers and turning over baskets because he’s wild and destructive.  He’s actually into everything – he’s absorbing, learning, discovering, and improving.

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It is so amazing to watch him master a new skill or learn a new way to communicate.  He signs when he wants more, knows how to clap and wave, and loves to mimic funny faces and noises that we make.  He loves nothing more than being let loose in a big wide open green space where he can run.

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He seems to be going through a looooong teething stretch right now.  His drooling is OUT of control, and has been for weeks.  He also has this new thing where he constantly sticks his tongue out on his right side. 

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He has all eight front teeth, so I’m assuming molars are next?  Whatever it is, they seem to be taking a long time to get here.  Again with the tongue…

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It’s possible that the teeth are affecting his sleep a bit too.  We were doing pretty well with sleep for about one blissful week.  Then he got a cold and we traveled home with a three hour time change.  Ever since we’ve been back, his sleep has remained very OFF. 

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For a few nights he was waking up 3-4 times a night – reminiscent of the newborn days!  Now we’re back to just one wakeup each night, which is our norm.  Maybe this sounds crazy, but I don’t really even mind it anymore.  It has been almost a year since I’ve slept for more than 5-6 hours at a time, and I’m used to it.  I figure he’ll do it when he’s ready.

He naps really well – very consistent with two naps each day, usually lasting somewhere between 1.5-2.5 hours each.  We have a good rhythm in our days right now, although I know it will change soon enough.  I used to dread his short, unpredictable naps because I always felt stressed about how much I was trying to cram in during that period.  While I still work during his naps and try to get a lot done, I’ve let go of a lot of that self-imposed pressure.  Now I look forward to our playtimes when he wakes up!

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I know I probably sound like a total sap, but I’ve spent a lot of time recently just slowing down and focusing on how lucky we are to have him.  I have a few people very close to me who are dealing with some extreme parenting challenges – children with disabilities, a friend who actually lost a baby, and another with pregnancy complications.  It really puts things in perspective for me that the “worst” thing I have dealt with is interrupted sleep.  So I continue to remind myself how blessed I am to have this gorgeous boy to wake up to. 

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That’s not to say that motherhood hasn’t presented any challenges.  I definitely have my off days, and occasionally I still get overwhelmed.  But more often than not, the confusing and frustrating days of infancy have passed, and now we just hang out and enjoy each other’s company.

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When he was a little newborn, I used to think I’d want him to stay that way forever.  I saw moms with older babies and assumed they all still longed for the tiny, snuggly newborn days.  And while I loved those days then, I realize that what we have now is so much more fun.  We are able to DO so much together!

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Of course, it’s not all about me.  And for as much as I love playing with Cullen, he’s totally bored of me.  Nope, for him it’s all about D-A-D.  We often wait outside or in the park when I know Casey is on his way home from work.  There is nothing more precious than hearing Cullen squeal with delight when he finally sees dad get off the bus.

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Did I mention he has started kissing?  Big, drooley open mouthed kisses.  Hugs, too!  If you hold out your arms from across the room and ask for a hug, he will come running into them.  Makes my heart ache.

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It has been a great month, and so the countdown begins now as we head toward one year.  I’m not going to focus on it too much, and instead just enjoy the hilarious little boy that he is now at eleven months. 

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Eleven Month Rundown:

  • New Foods:  eggs, quinoa, lentils, tomatoes, peaches, smoothie
  • Breastfeeding:  4-5 feedings a day – still going!
  • Teeth:  Eight and counting.
  • Noises:  Dada, nana, BA.
  • Weight:  Not sure, but trying to feed him as much as I possibly can!
  • Likes:  His new playroom, peekaboo, chasing games, pushing his toy cart, Scout the singing dog, pulling books off shelves, eating paper.
  • Dislikes:  Diaper changes, his infant bathtub (just retired), the stroller, having his nose wiped, having to share toys.

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