Typing “11 months” sends me into a slight panic. One more month and you’ve been with us a whole year. . . it’s hard to believe! You have really changed a lot this month and have become even more amazing.
You can sign “all done”, “more”, and “milk” now and use them fairly often but you also have faster ways of getting your point across. Sometimes instead of signing for milk you’ll just dive into my chest or pull at my shirt and instead of signing for more you’ll screech as loud as possible until I ask if you’d like more. Either way, you’ve really started communicating what you want If I have to take something away that you shouldn’t have, you let me know your mad by hitting both of your ears. You’ve definitely started showing a lot more “sass” this month. Although you don’t like things being taken away from you, if it’s your brother doing the stealing you usually don’t mind which is good because it happens fairly often. He has gotten SO much better about sharing toys with you though. You are starting to steal his toys now and he’s not liking it! You absolutely adore him and it is the most beautiful thing to watch the sibling relationship grow.
You are getting two more teeth on the top and bottom which will soon make a total of 8! In the past when you’ve gotten teeth in, we’ve known in advance by the lack of sleep we all get but with 4 coming in at one time. . . you’ve still been sleeping pretty good. You don’t even know how much it’s been appreciated! You have formed your sleep and nap schedules a lot around T’s and it seems to be working out well for everyone. I know most babies at this age get 2 naps still but you’ve been a 1 nap baby for a while. You both go down for naps around 1pm and usually sleep until 4 or 4:30! Most of the afternoon. Which is nice because it gives me some quiet time to either nap also or get things done around the house. You usually go to bed around 7:30 or 8pm and wake up around 7:30 or 8am. . . sometimes later. You have been waking up to nurse just once most of this month.
We are still breastfeeding but after dealing with mastitis for the 10th time this month, I have decided to start the weaning process soon. I’m going to try dropping one feeding every 3-4 days and see how things go. I plan to replace most of the feedings with donor breast milk if we have it, and if not we’re going to try you on the raw cow’s milk we drink or possibly goat’s milk. Ideally I want you to have only breast milk until the age of 2 but I know realistically that probably isn’t going to happen and I’m trying to deal with it! I’m seeing ONE more doctor about our issues next week – he’s an acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. My hopes aren’t high since no one else has been able to figure out why I keep getting these infections but I’m not giving up without a fight! Either way, you’ve had strictly breast milk for an entire year and it blows my mind. It can be done!
You dance and bob your head anytime you hear music. If you’re standing you do this cute little up and down full body movement and if you’re sitting you’ll either spin your whole body around in a circle or just move your head from side to side. I hope you end up loving music as much as we do.
You are still my good little eater who will try anything and everything. Some meals you even eat more than your brother! It amazes me. It always surprises people when they see me give you a whole strawberry, a raw carrot stick, or a big piece of chicken. I’ve never really cut things up small for you because you learned to take little bites off. It wasn’t easy watching you learn how to eat in the beginning but I trusted you knew how to do it and you did! So thankful we discovered baby led weaning and never had to bother with purees. I really hope your willingness to try everything hangs around a while longer.
Some of your most favorite things right now include – following your brother around everywhere and trying to do whatever he does (including standing on the table and jumping on the bed!), reading books with mama, your seedlings lovey doll, FOOD!, drinking out of T’s sippy cup instead of your own (because his usually has some juice and yours is always water), playing “I’m gonna get you!” chase, rolling around on the couch, riding around outside in the wagon, watching Yo Gabba Gabba, and playing in the shower. You love the water. We took you to Aquatica for the first time (the day you turned 11 months) and you were all smiles the whole time!