Sunday, November 18, 2012

Landon / Eleven Months

Here we go, the countdown to your first birthday! I really cannot believe we are here already. I find myself just hanging on to every ounce of you and cherishing you during this phase, because you are growing up way too quickly. This past month has been so fun with you.

At eleven months…

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I have no idea what you weigh or how long you are, but we will find out at your twelve month doctors appointment in a few weeks. You are wearing 9-12 month clothes across the board, and size three diapers.

You are eating SO so well now. I kind of laugh at myself for being concerned about you and your self feeding, because what a difference just a months time has made. Just a few weeks ago you wouldn’t pick up anything but cheerios and puffs because they were dry. Anything slimy or squishy you turned your nose up at. Now, there really is nothing that you won’t pick up. You really love bananas, mandarin oranges, and green beans. We’ve also let you try everything we eat, and you like chicken, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and rice. Each week we add more finger foods to your diet, and you do really have eaten everything we offer. You are eating more solid food, and less formula than you were last month, only taking 4-5 ounces at each meal. I really look forward to making the switch to whole milk and getting rid of this formula thing all together. I am so, so proud of you!

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We celebrated your first Halloween! I said in a previous post that I really was not a big Halloween person when I was growing up…I really didn’t care to celebrate it. But having a child really heightens the excitement around every holiday, even those we used to not care about. I was so excited about your first Halloween, unfortunately you came down with your first cold and and really weren’t feeling it. We put you in your costume (a monkey!) and took you to see Mrs. Liz (your sitter) and her family, Erin and Joe that live across the street, and then we came home. Aunt Alison, Uncle Justin, Macy, and Sam stopped by while they were trick or treating to see you also. After that, you decided you had had enough of this “monkey business” and so we ended up snuggling and watching Hocus Pocus while daddy gave out candy to the trick or treaters. I really get excited thinking about the next few Halloweens when you understand more and eventually when we can take you trick or treating! Love you little monkey!

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As I said, you came down with your first cold. Which completely broke my heart. It really wasn’t that bad, just a runny nose and congestion, but pair that with teething and you were one unhappy baby. Lots of Tylenol and Benadryl, and lots and lots of snuggles (which I didn’t mind). For several nights you woke up in the middle of the night crying and we would bring you in with us to snuggle and get you back to sleep before putting you back in your crib. As sleepy as we were the next day, it is so worth it. I know those snuggles are numbered, and I truly love any moment that I get to hold you and love you. I know one day you will be mister independent and want nothing to do with it! Thankfully you started feeling better after about a week.

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You went to your first ECU Football game with us! This is something your daddy has looked forward to since before I can remember. He grew up going to ECU games with Boppa (your grandfather), and always knew he would share the same experience with his children. You really did so well at the game. Somehow, you slept the first half of the game, and then woke up and took it all in for the second half. You learned to clap at the game also, by watching everyone around you clapping. We were so proud of you for how you did for the trip and the game. You are such a trooper! It was so fun to take you back to the place that I met your daddy and where we shared so many great memories (and ECU won!).

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This month you learned to clap, give high fives, and wave on command. You are cruising on everything, and standing up unassisted for longer periods of time. I have no doubt that you will be taking those first steps very soon. You are a baby on the move and constantly crawling and climbing and exploring. You love playing in the Tupperware cabinet, and you also love taking laundry out of laundry baskets. I have to fold clothes while you are asleep because you really like to unfold everything and pull it all out of the basket. You love cars, trucks, and anything with wheels. You love books, and swinging on the swing set in the neighborhood.

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So here we are, you are eleven months and we are busily planning your first birthday party and getting ready for  the holidays. I am looking so forward to all the celebrations and family time, and remembering where we were a year ago awaiting your arrival into this world (even if you were 8 days late….I really will never let you forget that). We  love you sweet monkey! Happy Eleven Months!!

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