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William 16 Months (1 year 4 months)

My sweet little William,

This past month has been so fun. We are officially into summer and from what we can tell, you love everything about it. You insist on being outside at all times and just stand at the door begging to go out. You giggle when you dump sand through your fingers in the sandbox and stop to analyze the soft grass blades between your toes when running around barefoot. You love chasing balls, being chased, playing with sprinklers and going down slides. In fact, the only way you prefer to go down is head first. For the most part, you do pretty good at catching yourself but have had a couple spills here and there.

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We’ve set up the pool a couple of times; at first you weren’t a fan of the chilly water, but when the sun had warmed it up a bit, you had yourself a grand time splashing, going down the slide into the pool, drinking the water and lowering yourself to waste hight and them jumping up and giggling with delight. Each time, you’ll look to me for a reaction and I’ll give you some kind of surprised look and you burst into laughter, sometimes so much you fall down.

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We also went to the beach which was a big hit. You loved sitting in the sand and splashing and kicking your legs. You loved picking up the wet muddy sand and having it side out. Thankfully, you there were only a few occasions where it ended up in your mouth. Mama is also grateful you have an obsession with hats to protect your sweet skin from the harsh sun–your big sister is very opinionated about when she will and will not wear a hat.

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As much as you love everything outside, I would say your two favorite things are lawn mowers and trains. You insist on sitting on daddy’s lap while you mow the lawn. You help steer and will chat away while you two mow. It really melts my heart to see my two Williams out there together in matching earmuffs just motoring along. Even when you aren’t mowing you love to climb on it and wiggle the steering wheel and even have the ear muffs on. It is the first place you run to when you get in the garage.  You also really really like trains. I randomly brought up the train bin from the basement and it has been a big hit. You’ll pull pieces out and run the trains on them, or on the floor or furniture or my legs, really anything that the wheels will move on. You refer to them as ChooChoos and make the noises as your pushing them along. You also really love to carry them around the house wherever you are going–which is awesome to be constantly picking up trains throughout the house at all times.

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Words

  • Clearly understood words: Baby, Hi, Bye, No, Bubbles, Ball, Mama, Dada, Mine, Uh-Oh, pease (please), ChooChoo
  • Things only mama understands: Mi= Milk; Ba= Bottle (even though it is a sippy cup), Do=Show, shoe; Da=done, down; Woof=dog; moow=cat; H=hug and hop (meaning bunny), Dat=Hat and hot; Pa=papa; Boo=moo for cow

Favorites:

  • Books: 100 first words, Vehicles, Little Blue Truck
  • Playing in the bathtub
  • Drinking Milk
  • Food: Marshmallows, popsicles, ice cream, eggs, raspberries, blackberries, crackers, cereal, crasins, watermelon, avocado
  • Mama
  • Thomas the train, Choo Choo Bob
  • Horses
  • Climbing
  • Making people laugh

One Saturday, Dada was gone and you just refused to take a nap. So we sat down and played cars and trucks and read books and played with your farm. We played peek-a-boo behind a plate and oh my goodness did we have so much fun and do you make me laugh. It was so good to have some solid one-on-one time with you where I wasn’t distracted to do laundry, clean the house or start making dinner. It was just good solid play time with you and I. You soaked up that time and love to make me (or anyone) laugh. It will be interesting to see if you continue this comedic personality (like your dada) as you get older.

Dislikes

  • Swinging
  • Looking at my phone; if you want me to be playing with you and I look at my phone you shake your head and try and take it out of my hands and throw it–clearly we’re too attached to these things and I’ve been working on not looking at it while you are awake
  • Lexi taking stuff from you; this is understandable to get upset about this, but you will start crying if she comes near you. You know Mama will come rescue you and are using it to your advantage you smart little boy! You’re a little bit of a whiner and cry-baby and we need to work on toughing you up a little bit 🙂

William, every ounce of you oozes with sweetness from your curly baby hair to your pure blue eyes and dimple in your left check to your cuddly-teady-bear hugs, love for trains, tools and machinery. You so much more of everything I had prayed my little boy would be. Your mama, dada and sister love you more than words could ever describe.

Love,

Mama

PS. I think this happened about a month ago, but I don’t think I ever wrote about it. You have really taken an affection to your raccoon stuffed animal and your navy blue blanket. You take them out of the crib with you and when you see it laying in the floor your run to them and nuzzle your face into them.

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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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William, William Monthly Updates

William 10 months

Merry Christmas and Happy 10 months William!

What better way to celebrate 10 months with you than also celebrating your first Christmas. Oh bud, you are such a joy to be around and melt my heart each time I look at you and your big smile. Your emotional mommy got choked up several times over the past two days as I took a moment to really stop and appreciate how blessed we are to have you and Lexi. You are both healthy, intelligent with unlimited opportunities ahead of you and really, that is more than your Daddy and I could have ever dreamed of.

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As we celebrated Christmas with our families, you hammed it up with your cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. You loved watching the commotion of all of the activity going on and playing in all the wrapping paper.

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You also celebrated your first Thanksgiving and were a big fan of potatoes and Great Grandma B’s Cherry 7up Jello salad.

This month also brought you quite a bit of pain. Your top right tooth FINALLY came through and we’re still waiting for your top left one, which feels like it has been sitting on the underside of you gum for almost 2 months now! Just poke through little guy. Your bottom right tooth is also working on making its way to the surface. These have been giving you small grade fevers (~99 degrees) and lots of runny noses. You’ve also had a could that turned into an ear infection. Amoxicillin didn’t do the trick as it wasn’t going away and turning into an infection in the other ear, but now seem to be on the up and up.

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This month, you’ve really taken off on the crawling front! You crawl on all fours everywhere and pretty quickly. You and Lexi love to chase each other. There was one day, that she was driving in her crazy coupe and you had pulled yourself up on it behind her and she started driving and you were holding on the back with your feet sliding on the floor like you were waterskiing behind her. I tried to get a picture, but it was happening quickly and it was kind of blurry and you fell pretty quickly too.

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In addition to crawling, you pull yourself up on everything and scoot along furniture. You often let go of objects and free-stand for 5-10 seconds. You really love to do this while I’m sitting down and then trust fall into me. You laugh and giggle and do it over and over again.

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Right at the end of the month, you also figured out how to crawl up stairs. You’ve been trying to figure it out for a couple weeks, but all of the sudden it clicked and you want to do it constantly. I’ll put you down, and you B-line for the stairs.

Favorite activities

  • Laughing. Period. You love to giggle. And Lexi loves to make you giggle. You’ll laugh and smile and she’ll run to me, Mommy, buddy is giggling at me! You thoroughly enjoy being tickled and hanging upside down, so you can giggle.

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    • You think animal noises–especially pig noises are hilarious. Are you noticing a theme here?
    • You also love to eat. We have yet to find a food you don’t enjoy and want to be eating whatever everyone else is. You’ll see food and start pointing to it and grunting while bouncing your arms up and down. You sign ‘all done’ and we’re working on ‘more’ but you haven’t used it consistently yet. Over the past few days, we’ve started to pull your highchair up to the table with us (verses using your tray) and you seem to really enjoy being part of the group. No surprise here, but you really love to nurse. You get very upset if I walk out of the room in the morning before feeding you. In fact, when I go and get you from your crib each morning I’ll pick you up and your lean right over into my arm to get yourself in position. Once I sit down in the chair you start kicking your legs, waving your arms and cheering in delight. You usually nurse in the morning before each nap and before bed. On daycare days, you usually get fussy by the time we get home and want to nurse. I think this is more of a comfort thing for you verses actually needing to eat. It will be interesting to figure out how to wean you from nursing.

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    • Shaking and banging toys
    • Chasing Balls and driving cars and trucks

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  • Clapping (although you’ve been doing this for several months now)
  • Unrolling the toilet paper and splashing in the toilet
  • You went on your first ride this month at Mall of America for Lexi’s birthday. A ride on the carousel and the little train. You were pretty frightened on the carousel when it first started, but didn’t scream the whole time–just had a death grip on the poll.

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Dislikes:

  • Diaper changes
  • Sitting still for more than 2 minutes
  • reading books, as it requires sitting still for more than 2 minutes
  • Getting squeezed by Lexi too hard or her taking toys away from you or not being able to get into her stuff
  • Leaving mom

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Others notes:

  • You stopped taking a pacifier around 5-6 months.
  • You will drink from a sippy cup, but only if it is held for you. You’ll pick it up, but haven’t figured out you need to tip i backwards to actually get anything from it.
  • You did amazing with all the Christmas decorations. You had no interest in the Christmas tree, which was a huge relief. Daddy has really been working with you on 1-tough and you did it very well with a lot of the Christmas decor.

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  • You figured out pointing. You crunch your other fingers up and will extend your pointer and now point at all sorts of things–your favorite being the other babies from Christmas cards that are hanging on the cupboards.

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  • You say mama and dada and for the most part use them in the right context. Mostly you’ll say mama when you want to be picked up or nurse–never on demand.
  • You continue to love daycare. You love chasing balls with your little friends and will reach your arms out to Mrs. Laura when I drop you off. It is such a relief to know you are loved and in good hands while mom and dad are at work.

Merry Christmas and happy 10 months sweet buddy boo. Momma and Dada love you so much and love getting to love you each day as you have made our lives so much better.

Love,

Mama

 

William, William Monthly Updates

William 9 Months

Dear William,

NINE whole months. It feels like forever ago that you became a part of our family but I’m a little bit in disbelief that my baby is close to 1! Gah!! You’ve made some major development this month and and it has made you a little more content with life. You can crawl on all fours but prefer to arm crawl. You’ll go much longer distances such as from the family room to the kitchen–which I’m sure is a pretty good workout and would explain why you’re hungry all the time. You also can get to a sitting position from laying down and pull yourself on everything. You love to stand and are so darn proud when you pull yourself up on something new. It is so sweet to see the delight and sense of accomplishment on your face. So crazy that such a little human can feel those things. Now that you’re mobile, you seem much more content when I put you down or leave your side because you can easily get yourself a new toy or come see me.

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Your top two front teeth have also popped through and the other two front teeth are days away from breaking skin. These have caused you some pain and usually two wake-ups a night but not like the pain from the first two.

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Eating continues to be in your top 3 favorite activities (along with hanging out on Mom’s hip and pulling yourself up on everything). We have yet to find a food that you don’t like. And you eat a ton. You will easily eat a whole piece of pizza. For breakfast this morning you ate an entire banana, puffs and a whole piece of toast. I’m starting to not even break foods up for you anymore cause you do so great. Today, I cut your toast in half and you ate it (crust and all) like we do and gave you a whole apple slice. You still nurse 5-7 times a day. I know you don’t need the middle of the night sessions but when you wake up, it is just easier to nurse for 5 min than to get you to fall back asleep. I’ll probably regret this later but daily survival is done on a day-by-day basis.

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Sleeping hasn’t changed with the exception of napping in your crib at daycare. I switched jobs at work and don’t have the flexibility to stay and rock you for a half hour twice a day anymore. I come nurse you and then bring you back to have to fall asleep in your crib. Each day is so different but if I had to guess, I would say you usually sleep about 45 min for the morning nap and another 45 for the afternoon.

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You had your first halloween and dressed up like a dinosaur for the halloween parade at daycare and then for a picture with your sister on the day, but enjoyed handing out candy with Grandma.

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You continue to be the sweetest and cutest little guy ever. I love coming into your room to find you standing at the crib and then to start jumping up and down as soon as you see me enter. Really, I get the response every time I see you and it never gets old!

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We love you so much William (or Will-se, buddy, brodder as Lexi likes to call you)

Love,

Mom

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William, William Monthly Updates

William 8 Months

My little William,

You have mommy wrapped around your finger and give me this happy, tingly, squirming in my own skin-i’m going to burst feeling when you flash your huge smile at me every time we make eye contact. I just don’t know how to contain my love for you sometimes. You are the smiliest little guy ever. You smile at everyone all the time and twinkle your eyes while stealing everyone’s hearts.

You are all boy in every way little man. You have a very ‘boy’ look to you and are always on the go. I’m sure this statement will only be compounded by 10 in the next couple months as you become more mobile, but you are always wiggling in our arms, on the ground or bouncing in the jumparoo.

You have a strong affinity to me. You’ll be with daddy playing and doing just fine, but the moment you see or hear my voice, game over. You only want me and will start whining and following me around with your eyes until I come get you, to which you immediately stop whining. This month, you also learned to put your arms up when you want to be picked up. Most of the time I love it and don’t mind carrying you around on my hip while I do things in the house.

Your  two little bottom chiclets are dared to not be the only little pearls in your mouth as you’ve  been showing lots of teething signs. Your top two teeth are on the verge of cutting through. These two teeth have been a dosy and causing lots of pain. We can just see the pain in your eyes and it is heartbreaking to know there isn’t a whole lot we can do to help.  You’ll wake several times in the night to nurse and won’t let me put you down without a full on cry fest when you’re in a lot of pain. Given the fact you only have two teeth, you love table food and by month end, pretty much refused baby food. Foods you’ve had include: banana, raspberry, blueberries,  apples, pears, avocado, broccoli, graham crackers, rice, chicken, cheese, noodles, ice cream, cookies, cake, Kiks, cheerios, toast, english muffin, pizza, cream cheese, turkey, chicken wild rice soup, juice, pancakes and I’m sure many more I don’t remember.  We have yet to find something you don’t enjoy. You can also successfully drink from a sippy cup and a straw, and prefer the sippys with straws.

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With your strong affinity to food, you’re still nursing like a champ. Usually, you nurse when you wake up around 6:30ish, again at 10, 1:30, sometime around 5:00ish and then right before bed. I quit pumping in the mornings this month and it really helped with my sanity. I can get an extra 30 min of sleep every morning and it has re-energized my mentality to nurse longer than what I was thinking. Now that you don’t need to eat on the 3 hour mark every day, it is much easier to plan my days with meetings and still make it work to come down and nurse. I’m usually down 2-3 times a day and LOVE having an excuse to come and snuggle with your everyday and am just not ready to give it up yet.

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You love to cross your legs while your sitting and playing, in your carseat or in the bathtub etc… I think the funniest thing about it is, your legs aren’t very long so to always have them crossed just looks silly.

I think you might be my water-baby. So far, you love the bath. As soon as I turn on the water, you start squirming to get out of my arms and into the water. You love to splash with your hands and feet and are very comfortable laying on your back while I wash your hair. You also loved the hot tub at Grandma and Papa’s house. They put you in your life jacket and you relaxed your head back onto the little pillow and just floated around like a little duck.

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Sleep is a questionable topic for you little bud. With the exception of teething and being sick, you’re a great night time sleeper and are sleeping through the night from between 7:00-8:00 pm to about 6:30ish am. Naps are another topic and there isn’t any kind of consistency. On daycare days, you almost always sleep in my arms after your nurse for about 25 min. The moment I stand up, you wake up. Occasionally, you’ll take another nap in the crib but it usually don’t last more than 20 min.  At home your morning nap will range anywhere from 15 min to an hour and a half, which usually is around 10:00. Your afternoon nap is around 2:00ish and will last anywhere from 30 min to 2 hours. There really is no rhyme or reason for how long it is. Overall, you are just a really light sleeper. If someone sneezes, you’ll wake up, and that has been the case sine your very first days. You’ll fall asleep in the car, but I think there have been less than 5 times, where we’ve been able to transfer you into the house and keep you sleeping. I’m hoping this will change as you get older. With that said, you do a pretty good job falling asleep when we put you down awake. About half the time you just roll over and go to sleep without a peep and the other half, you’ll cry for 5-10 minutes and then fall asleep. You’re mostly sleeping on your stomach or side these days. I’ve started to notice that you’ll sleep better and longer if you are on your tummy and try to position you to roll that way if I put you down after nursing. When you do wake up, you start crying right away to get us to come get you. Occasionally, you’ll chat a little. Either way, the moment I walk into your room you start kicking your legs and waving your hands in excitement to see me. It is the best!

This month, you’ve made major progress in the mobility department. You willingly spend a significant amount of time on your tummy and have become a master spinner and roller. You reach for toys has really expanded, especially while you’re sitting. You lean over so you’re almost on all fours, but haven’t figured out how to move your foot behind you to actually get on all fours. Sometimes, gravity gets the best of you and take a little nose dive, but are usually Ok.

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By the end of the month, you officially started army crawling to get things–mostly to me. I usually get super excited and start clapping and saying ‘Yeah William’ and keep scooting myself backwards to force you to go longer distances, which royally pisses you off. Sorry bud.

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Overall, you don’t seem too interested in crawling, but do want to try and pull yourself up on anything and everything. You do pretty good, but need to keep building up your arm strength and learning how to get your foot out from under you leg. You can usually pull yourself onto your knees but then get stuck. You can successfully pull yourself up when you’re in the bathtub. It is just the right hight that you’re able to get your forearms on the ledge and then pull yourself the rest of the way up, and that is all you want to do in there. It’s also probably one of the most dangerous places to practice, but you seem to have no fear of anything at this point. You have fallen down a couple times head under water in all. I grabbed you right away, but you didn’t seem to mind. Shook your head a little and that was it. (Big Sister would have had a big tearful melt down, even at almost 3) When you do pull yourself up, you are so darn proud of yourself. You have the biggest grin and just start giggling. If you’re giggles could be translated, I swear you’d be saying ‘Look what I did, Look what I did!!!’

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Another favorite milestone this month was learning how to give kisses. When I kiss your checks, you open your mouth and turn your face to me. It is a little gross as my lips are pretty much inside of your mouth but you make this sweet little noise and my heart melts when you randomly grab my face and initiate a kiss. Small body but big heart in there my little William. You’re also a pretty snuggly little guy. You love to nuzzle your face into me or rest your head on the crook of my shoulder. Whenever this happens, I feel like life kind of stops. No matter what I’m doing or where I need to be going, I just stop and hold your warm little body next to mine and just try and soak up your warmth and love because I just know it won’t last forever and really, there isn’t anything more important to me than enjoying these sweet moments with you.

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I’m pretty sure you can clap too. I’ve only seen it once or twice and wonder, are you trying to sign ‘more’ but I’m pretty sure you are clapping. When we play patty-cake, you are able to open your hands all the way (most babies keep their hands in a fist) and clap. More to come on this next month.

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Noteables:

  • You wear a size 3 diapers and 6-9 and 9-12 month clothes.
  • You pretty much always have a runny nose. I used to look at other kids and see the snot or the dried crusties around their nose and think ‘how come parents don’t wipe that off?’ But no more judgement here. I get it.  Sigh. You can’t, it is always there. You wipe it off and then next minute, it is there again. It’s not even that they are necessarily sick, it is just always there. And the annoyance you have of me chasing you around with a Kleenex all the time just isn’t worth it.
  • One final major milestone this month was spending your first night away from Mom and Dad. You spent the night and Grandma and Papa’s and did great. You made it all the way through the night and were a sweet cuddle bug with Grandma.

We love you so much little bud.

Love,

Mama

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William, William Monthly Updates

William 5 Months

Dear William,

Five months old little buds! You are becoming such a fun and interactive little guy. Time is funny thing. In my mind, you’re still just a little baby. It blows my mind that you’re going to be six months next month and will start sitting up and eating food soon.

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Eating Nursing continues to go well. You nurse between 6 and 7 times a day; every 3 hours or so.  I have no idea how much you eat each time, but my guess is between 4-5 ounces. You typically do much better in quiet environments with little distractions and rarely spit up or burp. If you do burp, it is usually 20-30 minutes later. You have started to show lots of interest in our food. You’re constantly reaching for my food or plate. I have given you little crumbs here and there and you spit them out.  Untitled//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Sleep

This month has been long and hard on the sleep front. You were sleeping great and even through the night about 50% of the time and then daycare started and you haven’t slept through the night since. Part of this it is from our swaddling inconsistency. We stopped swaddling at night to help transition to the lack of swaddle at daycare, but that didn’t go well, so we tried to swaddle at night. But, you got used to no swaddle and would try to break out of it while sleeping; which would wake yourself up. It felt like a lose lose situation. Then, you got sick and were waking up several times throughout the night and haven’t reverted back to your typical sleeping patterns of just waking up once or not at all. Hard times bud, hard times. Typically you go to bed between 8 and 9, wake up around midnight and 4:30.  Naps very greatly between home and daycare. At home, you usually take a morning, afternoon and evening nap for 1-2 hours. At daycare, you usually only take a morning nap and we’re luck if you sleep for 30 minutes.

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Development

You discovered your toes this month. At the beginning of the month you would occasionally bring them up to your hands and by the end of the month, you were grabbing and rolling with them. When we change your diaper, you instantly bring those toes up and smile in pride that you’ve grasped them.

You haven’t figured out rolling over either way. You’re getting closer to doing so from back to tummy, but your arm still gets in the way. As a result, you often spin your body in circles all over the place. You really dislike tummy time. We are working on spending more time on your tummy but you just don’t like it. You have rolled many many times from tummy to back, but I still think it is a coincidence with the help of gravity as you never roll when you’re really ticked off.

You’re a master of reaching toys and grabbing them–particularly with your playmat and on your car seat. I love driving and hearing the little vibration from the frog that you’ve just pulled.

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You love to be held and carried around the house. I’ve tried holding you on my hip a couple times, but you’re not quite big enough and do much better being held outwards. Daddy is worried about you becoming a ‘hold-me-baby’; I like to think you’re just making up from not being with us in the day. You particularly like to be held during the witching hour, right when we get home each day, which is always challenging as I’m trying to get organized, make dinner and then get you and Lexi to bed. You wear size 3 diapers and 6 month and 9 month clothes. You still have your little bald spot on the back of your round noggin–but hair is starting to grow. Also, you hair is getting lighter by the month. Crazy to think you were born as a dark-haired little nugget. You recognize faces and light up in delight whenever you see me. You also respond to your name. When I call your name, you look up, lock eyes and smile. You’ve also started to vocalize a bit more. You love to coo and ‘talk’ to Mommy, Lexi and Daddy.

Daycare Oh William, you are adored at daycare. Mrs Laura and Mrs Heather just love your huge open-mouthed smiles. You are so good-natured and are getting more and more vocal. You need to work on your napping there though. When you do actually nap, it is usually in the swing or a bouncer and rarely transfer to the crib very well. For as a hard of a time as I had the first couple of days, I’m really loving you being there. I absolutely love being able to come down and nurse you, get in my cuddles and then not have to deal with some of the more challenging aspects like the poopy diaper blowouts and the crying. I really feel I have the best of both worlds and feel so blessed to have you in such good hands at work. On the flip side, you have pretty much been sick since you started. You caught your first cold 4 days in and it really hasn’t gone away. At the end of this month, you also got sick; had a stuffy nose, watery eyes, cough/sneeze and a fever for 3 days. Untitled//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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You love to constantly move, smile, be held and have our attention. We love you to pieces William.

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William, William Monthly Updates

William Month 4

William,

Oh sweet babes, this has been a very eventful month for our family. The two most notable events include your baptism and daddy’s new job, which means the beginning of daycare for you and Lexi. I have been a roller coaster of emotions, but know it is a really good thing for all of us; we just need to get through the transition. Although I’ve felt like this for a while, I feel you’re officially out of newborn stage and into fun baby stage. We’ve learned each other’s rhythms, you aren’t quite as fragile as you used to be, aren’t having blowouts multiple times per day, go longer stretches without eating and the biggest is pretty good head control. You’re still a little bobble head from time to time, but it makes such a difference when I can carry you around upright opposed to cradled in my arm.

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Sleep

Pre-daycare sleep was going pretty good. You would sleep anywhere from 6-9 hours at night and take 3 naps that usually lasted between 1.5 -2 hours. At night you were swaddled in the sleep sack with the Velcro flaps and naps were with the muslin blanket. You loved to try and sneak those arms out, which usually resulted in shorter naps, but when we got you really tight or had you lay on your hands you would pull some 2+ hour naps. Heaven!

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Once daycare started sleep went to the wayside. There are a lot of noises, distractions and they can’t swaddle and you wake when you flinch from a noise. You went from sleeping 4-6 hours a day in naps to about an 1.5 total You’ll often fall asleep in the swing or in Mrs. Heather or Mrs. Laura’s arms and then be put into your crib only to wake up 10-20 minutes later. You are so exhausted by night, you’ve been going to bed around 8:30. Length of sleep changes every night. Some nights you’ll sleep until 1 or 2 or all the way to 6. It is really different every night. Hoping this next month brings us some more consistency!

One positive benefit of the lack of sleep you’ve been getting is you’re turning into more of a snuggler. You love to rest your head on my shoulder and just snuggle. I can’t help but kiss and squeeze you 700 times, especially because you’ve been a pretty independent sleeper for the past 4 months.

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The other major milestone that occurred this month was the beginning of daycare. Dada took a new job opportunity and when there was an opening at the daycare at work, we jumped on it. I had lots of anxiety about this transition as I knew it was going to be challenging and from my perspectives there were so many perks to him being home. But there were also a lot of challenges for him so we thought we would give it a shot. Two weeks in and you are doing great, which I had no doubts about. Mrs. Heather and Mrs. Laura adore you and love how you are just a happy little baby and can’t get enough of your big smiles. I have to agree. Your whole face lights up when you smile and your joy radiates. Truly, the best little guy! The biggest challenge for you has been sleep. You went from two 2-hour naps a day to three 20-minute naps. You have a hard time staying asleep as you flinch and wake yourself up. Fortunately, you do a pretty good job falling asleep. You are often put down in your crib awake and you’ll play and look around for 20 minutes or so, but eventually you’ll fall asleep on your own without a whole lot of whimpers or tears. You did also catch your first cold after week one. I took you to the Dr. to make sure you didn’t have an ear infection, but you looked very healthy aside from the cold. I fully anticipate a lot of sickness this year—but trying to recognize the positives of building up your immunity now verses later. And like I mentioned above, the ability to nurse and cuddle you several times throughout the day really makes me feel like I have the best of both of the stay at home mom and the working mom roles. Untitled

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsDevelopment At the beginning of the month, you started reaching for toys and would successfully grab them about half of the time. By the end of the month you can grab toys at each attempt. You love to lay on your playmat and watch your star and play with toys on your car seat bar. In line with your fine motor skills, you love to take your nuk out. As soon as it goes in your little hands are up there and ready to take it out, which of course makes you upset. Learn to keep it in bud. You enjoy standing ( of course with help) You have great head control and do a good job in the Bumbo chair, but we have a feeling, you may start to squirm out of it pretty quickly You love to play peek-a-boo and it usually results in some good belly laughs. We need to do a better job of reading more books to you, but when we do, you really seem to like it You are able to roll both ways, however, I think they have been unintentional because there are a lot of instances where you are pretty upset, but don’t roll over. We also haven’t seen you roll from back to stomach, but there have been a few times where we put you on your back and come back to find you on your stomach. IMG_2200//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Notes:

  • weight: 15 lbs 13.6 oz (58%)
  • height: 25 1/2″ (65%)
  • head circumference: 16 1/2″ (58%)
  • wear size 3 diapers and 6 month clothes with some 9 month PJs
  • You’re still battling some acne on each of your cheeks. Blemishes will come and go, but there never seems to be a point where there isn’t anything
  • Poops about once a day

We love you William!

Love,

Mama

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