Kate, Kate monthly posts

Kate 11 Months

Dear Kate,

I had it all planned out in my head. Today, you are 11 months old and tonight was going to be my last night nursing you. I’ve been holding onto nursing by a thread. We’re down to one session right before bed each night. I’m sure you’re barely getting anything but I’m having a hard time being ‘done’. You are my last baby and I’m never going to nurse again. There is a big part of me that is so ready to be done. For the last 5 years (minus a few short months) I have given my body up to you three babies between growing you inside or feeding you outside. I’m ready to have my body back to myself again. BUT there is another little part of me that can’t believe it’s over. I am proud to have carried you inside of me and nursed each of you for an entire year (minus 1 month for Kate). It takes a lot of work, dedication and sacrifice to do that. I never had the option to sleep through the night, unless you did. There was no taking turns between Daddy and I on who would get up with you in the middle of the night. I did it several times a night, every single night. But I also bonded with you and felt your little breaths against my chest when you feel asleep being burped. I smelt that sweet milk breath and listened to you snore in my arms. I heard the ‘hupe hupe’ noises as you gulped the milk spilling into your mouth. And because of all of this, I can’t just ‘be done’. I need to know, enjoy and savor the last time I will nurse one of my babies. And tonight just wasn’t that night. You bit me, were squirly, and kept crying as you were trying to nurse and I just can’t end on a note like that. So, we continue but will imagine that it will end at some point before your next post.

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Another huge milestone this month was crawling. You were army-sliding backwards last month and this month you kind of figured out forward progression by reaching for things from a sitting position. The crawl started out with the the dead leg pull, where one leg made no contributions to moving forward  but was just drug along. Eventually you figured it out and crawl everywhere pretty quickly. The bigger thing is you just want to pull yourself up on everything. You have no interest in toys but love to pull yourself up on furniture, my legs, sides of counters, tables and have even attempted the stairs.

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This month you cut a couple more teeth, another two on top and one on the bottom for a grand total of 7 teeth!

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For as long of a winter as we had, the spring has been pretty amazing. We pretty much went from 2 feet of snow to 80 degrees. You love being outside and feeling the wind in your soft baby hair.

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Sleep continues to be awesome. You go to bed around 8 and wake up around 7ish. Still taking 2 naps a day, each one lasting 1.5 to 3 hours long!

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Finding enough food to keep you full is a challenge. You just shovel everything into the good old hatch. You are obsessed with berries and avocado–like you diminish and entire container of berries in one sitting by yourself and just keep signing ‘more’

Lately, I have felt like you are a twin to Lexi, just 5 years later. So I pulled up some pictures of Lexi at 11 months and then of William too and was SHOCKED at how similar you look to both of them. All three of you at 11 months.

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Little Kate, we love you so much and are so thankful we have you all to ourselves. Happy 11 months!

Love,

Mama

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William, William Monthly Updates

William 11 Months

Dear William,

I’m a little beside myself that in 30 short days, you will be 1! Gah! The weeks go by slow, but the months go by fast. Everyday with you is an adventure sweet boy and my heart just explodes for you. I love your wet slobbery kisses and the way you nuzzle your head into my legs. You are so smiley, good-natured and adventurous. You love to laugh, be tickled, go upside down and be wherever Lexi is.

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You have quite the slew of nicknames. Most of the time mommy and daddy call you William or Bud. Lexi has created a handful of names that she calls you but the most common ones are: Bud, Buddy, Willse, Rude and Buddy-rude. We ask her where she gets these names and she has no idea–maybe it is Daddy’s creative thinking?

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William, you are such a little snuggler. So far, you are a total mama’s boy–I’m really hoping this doesn’t change over time. You love to crawl over and snuggle your head against my legs while playing on the floor or nuzzle your face into my arms. You also love to (and frequently) initiate kisses. They are open mouth and super slobbery, but the best.

Everything on the eating front continues to go well. You LOVE food–any kind. We have yet to find something you don’t like. You have a particular affinity to bananas (and really all fruit). We’ll walk pass bananas in the grocery story or you know where we keep them on the counter and you’ll pull yourself up to that spot and start grunting. Grunting is a common theme when it comes to wanting food. You’ll grunt and wave your hands up and down to let us know you want food or more food. I constantly hound you to do the more sign and even physically move your hands to do it sometimes. You did it for about a week, but have gone back to waving and grunting, which is slightly confusing as it is very similar to ‘all done’. I know you know how to do ‘more’ ‘all done’ and ‘milk’ but your preferred communication for all of these is to grunt and wave. To help with all that eating, you have 7 little chomppers. Your top right and bottom right came through this month. You absolutely LOVE to nurse. I cut out the two sessions I was doing at work (yeah to no more pumping–even if it was only 1 day a week!) so now you have bottles at daycare, but we are still nursing in the morning and before bed. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but it is kind of funny/interesting. While you nurse, you love to move around. You are constantly kicking your legs and moving your free arm around. You’ll grab my hair, play with my necklace, touch my nose or my teeth. You are just always on the go (and it has been like that since the very beginning)

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Sleeping is getting better. You take a nap around 10:30ish and 2:00ish. Naps at daycare are never more than 40 minutes but at home, your morning nap is about an hour and your afternoon nap is about an hour and a half.  Most naps now, you are put down awake. You’ll often cry and fuss for about 3-5 minutes but fall asleep pretty quickly. For bedtime, I really try and make it to 8ish to nurse and then you fall asleep nursing. If I go anytime before then, you are up before 6:30 and that is just too early for your mommy. With that schedule, you’ll usually sleep until 6:30-7:00ish. Occasionally, you’ll wake in the middle of the night, but I let you just cry for a little bit and then you’ll fall back asleep.

You’re getting closer to walking. You are very stable free-standing and love to walk behind your walker. In fact, almost every evening when we get home, Lexi pushes her stroller around the house and you chase her with your walker while I get dinner ready. You need a little help in steering it or turning but have a hoot of a time with it. For several months, you’ve been able to squat down from a standing position without any assistance, but there have been a handful of times now that we’ve seen you squad down and then stand back up without holding onto anything. You haven’t figured out how to stand up without anything from a sitting position, but I think you’re pretty close to taking your first steps.

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Favorites:

    • LEXI! You love to be wherever she is. About half the time she likes it, the other half she is annoyed you’re in her business and is constantly taking things from you and pushing you out of her way. (don’t worry, she spends lots of time in time out for this behavior)
    • Cars, airplanes and trains–you love to push them around and mimic the noises we make
    • Balls! (we also think you’re getting close to saying ‘ball’)
    • crawling up the stairs–you think it is a game and a race
    • Banging your hands on the screen of the fireplace–which terrifies me as we use it frequently and I’m worried that it might still be hot some time when you do this if I ever turn my back
    • Unrolling toilet paper rolls
    • Walking/running behind your walker
    • Little people barn toy you got for Christmas, particularly the horse. It is always the first animal you pick up to play with
    • Other kids. Your two main pals from daycare moved up to the next classroom and you are bored out of your mind without them. You’re moving up to the next class next week, but the past couple weeks, the teachers have been moving your around to the different classrooms to keep you entertained.

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Dislikes:

  • Diaper changes
  • Sitting still for anything
  • No interest in books
  • Whenever mommy leaves you

Other notes:

  • You’re going to have wavy/curly hair sweetie. The back is already starting to curl up pretty good!
  • You wear size 12 month clothes and size 3 diapers. I have no idea what size shoe yet-but it is on my list of things to get you measured.
  • You have NO interest in a pacifier. You pretty much quit using it around 6 months, but I gave you one today as I had taken all of your extras home from daycare and you didn’t even try to suck on it. You chewed on the handle and then threw it down.
  • You’re getting better about drinking from a sippy cup. You’ve been able to do it for many months now, but didn’t figure out that you need to tilt it back to actually get something and just this week I’ve started to notice you doing this.

Happy 11 months sweet boy! We love you!

Love,

Mama
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Alexis Monthly Posts, Lexi, Uncategorized

Lexi 11 Months!

Dear Lexi,

11 months sweet girl! In 30 short days you will be one! Of course, this month you didn’t disappoint and provided many smiles, excitement and pure joy to everyone around you.

Favorite Moments

Around 10 ½ months, you added walking to your skill set. You had taken steps here and there but before bed one night you took eight steps in a row and then repeated it again and again and again. Crawling is still your preferred form of mobility, but you walk a little further and a little more every day. It is truly so sweet to see you stagger around with your arms waving in the air and your bare little feet clomping and gripping the floor. I just can’t get enough of it.

IMG_2119This month, you attended your first wedding and were so good. You had so much fun seeing all of your cousins and mom enjoyed dressing you up in the first of many matching cousin outfits! You were pretty tired by the time the dance started, but loved all of the music that was playing throughout evening.

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IMG_2165 IMG_2126We had a few warm weekend days over the month and were able to enjoy some walks and fun at the park. While at the park, you had so much fun holding my hand, walking around and exploring the leaves and the sticks. You would pick up the sticks, wave them around and crinkle the leaves in your hands. Generally, you were just fascinated by the sounds and feelings they made.

IMG_1998 IMG_1995 IMG_1993This month, you’ve officially learned how to imitate or copy behavior. If you hear Mommy and Daddy laughing in the car, you’ll laugh, which will make us laugh again, in which you laugh. It is a silly cycle that never gets old.  You will also sniffle with your nose and blow with your mouth when we do.

Your curiosity and awareness to your surroundings really is amazing. You are constantly asking ‘What’s that?’ Admittedly, the pronunciation isn’t quite there yet, but you can tell that you’re attempting to say that and you use it in the right context. You’ll hear a car go by or a helicopter and you’ll stop what you’re doing, look towards the sound, tilt your head just slightly and say ‘What’s that?’ or we’ll turn a light on and you look up at it and say ‘What’s that?’

Halloween took place last week and you dressed up as a cow. You had several visitors stop by to view your costume and had so much fun seeing all the kids come trick or treating to the house. You were just in awe of all the costumes and loved waving to all the kids.

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Notes:

Eating: We think you may have a corn allergy. You get a little rash to the right of your mouth and TERRIBLE diaper rash whenever you have corn as a main ingredient (raw corn, Kixs, corn chips). You’re still at 3 bottles a day, and I am officially done pumping. There is more than enough frozen milk to get you through the month! And as far as table food goes, you’re like a garbage disposal. You eat and eat and eat!

Sleep: You continue to be a champion at sleeping. You go to bed around 9 pm and wake up around 8 am. You take two naps; one at noon for about an hour and a half to two hours and another at 4:30 for about an hour. Going down for naps has been hit and miss. Initially, I thought you were getting better as you weren’t crying as often or as long, but then in the last week, you have proven that theory to be wrong and SCREAM in anger when it is nap time.

Teeth: Your bottom right tooth popped up this month, and you have been showing lots of other teething signs but nothing to show yet.

Personality: You tend to be shy when seeing new people, but usually warm up and start smiling and chatting within 20 minutes. You love to observe people and things going on around you—much more than be involved in the action. You’re timid around things that are new and a little scary, like the top of the stairs, the edge of the bed or even walking on your own.  You love bath time, clapping for yourself, playing patty-cake, playing peek-a-boo, playing with puzzles, music, eating, being outside, running your fingers on the screen of the fireplace, being chased and getting tickled.

Happy 11 months Lexi-pie! Mommy is so excited for your 1st Birthday Party!!

Love,

Mama

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