Thursday, October 16, 2014

How do I almost have a ONE YEAR OLD? - Colt's 11 months!

HOLY CRAP - HOW IN THE HECK DO I HAVE AN ALMOST ONE YEAR OLD LITTLE BOY? I can't believe how quickly this year has gone - I am so amazed at how healing this little boy is in my life!

It's been a struggling realization that as this little boys 1st birthday approaches, that my mom's anniversary is close on it's heels. I can only hope that I've made her proud this year as I constantly maneuver my way through this crazy journey of motherhood. I can't even begin to count the billion of times I've wanted to call her for advice, encouraging words, someone to listen to me cry or scream, or for her to just tell me that I'm doing a great job raising this little boy. I never imagined a year ago that my mom would never live to meet her first and only grandson. Every day I struggle to find a new normal in my life, but I am SO SO very thankful for all the people that love and support me and my little family. Despite the overwhelming sadness that comes with unexpectedly losing your mom, I wake up everyday feeling blessed beyond belief.

Age: 11 months

Stats: 17.5 pounds - ugh STILL!

Clothes: More 9 month clothes and I attempt to put him in 12 month clothes but he pretty much drowns in them!

Diapers:  Size 3 

Hair Color & Eye Color: I still have a blonde haired, blue eyed baby boy!

Eating: It's been a better month - he still isn't too fond of baby food and will most likely be on formula past a year, but we are okay with that as long as this little boy is happy and healthy! He does eat 2 meals a day of baby food and most days he loves it! He is also obsessed with puffs, rice crackers, pinwheel crackers, and baby cookies! No real reactions this month - except one mild one to raspberries or pears (it came him a eczema rash all over his body - wah!) 

Sleeping: Still a great sleeper - almost 12 hours a night! We have started to wake him up during the night to give him a bottle since we are trying to make sure he gets as much food as possible a day!

Favorite Activities/Things: Now that this little boy is crawling all over the place - he loves to explore EVERYTHING! He loves splashing in the dogs water bowl and spilling it all over the floor and attempting to eat dog food (ha!) He loves turning on and off the x-box (because it makes a noise and lights up). He also loves attempting to pull down the cable thing that's connected to our cable box (no fun!) But, he is so curious and loves playing! Oh yeah and how could I forget his CRAZY OBSESSION WITH BUBBLE GUPPIES? I swear that's the only thing that can make this little boy smile and happy!

Favorite Words: He now says "dadadadada" all the time and sometimes says "mama" - he does a ton of babbling still, but not many words.

Least Favorite Activities/Things: Same as before - I can't tell you how NOT FUN diaper changing time is now for us - he seriously hates it and so does this momma! Not to mention that he never sits still long enough for me to get his new diaper on, ha! He also hates being tired and sleepy - and he's now to the point where he doesn't want to be rocked and cuddled before bed (wah!) He still hates being cold and having his clothes changed. And the separation anxiety whenever we walk out of the room (or walk from the dining room to the kitchen - which is 15 steps away) he will go nuts and scream until you come back to him (seriously he will freak out if you walk 10 steps away from him!)

Favorite Moment: I love his little personality - he now pulls himself up to standing position and we love going to the park every week so he can swing in the baby swings! He loves to laugh and climb all over mommy! His smiles brighten my day! 

Least Favorite Moment: This has been a great month - no least favorite moments ;) 

Other Milestones: He's doing so much better with a sippy cup now and knows how to drink out of a straw (but refuses to drink his milk out of a sippy, but loves drinking water during lunch and dinner time! But he also loves throwing his sippy out of his high chair about 1349273592375 times while eating!) He pulls himself up to standing position on our living room ottoman (still trying to get him to straighten his feet when he stands!) and loves crawling around the room at a fast pace! He also wore his first pair of shoes (on a daily basis) this month - his yellow mocs that this momma purchased off of Instagram!

10 months!

Age: 10 months

Stats: 17.5 pounds - STILL

Clothes: Finally in some 9 month clothes

Diapers:  Size 3 

Hair Color & Eye Color: I still have a blonde haired, blue eyed baby boy!

Eating: It has been a rough month for us - probably the roughest we have had. He had a few food allergy reactions - which led us to the allergist where we found out he has some severe food allergies (which we already knew - but it was good for confirmation)! So now that we know what to stay away from, hopefully our little man will start gaining some more weight! He also had hand foot and mouth - which hindered his eating this month too. Not to mention being sick and have digestive problems - like I said, we just can't catch a break!

Sleeping: Still a fabulous sleeper - except now he's going to bed even earlier now that I am back at work - he usually goes to bed around 7 or 7:30 but we start our night time routine around 7 (unless he's fussy, then we start earlier). We always start with a bath (he LOVES the bath), then a bottle, a book and then bed time! He usually sleeps until 7:15 am - yup, a full 12 hours without waking up!

Favorite Activities/Things: He still loves bath time and exploring any and everything! He loves going on walks and being outside in the sun. He loves cups, tupperware and spoons still - and LOVES throwing things! His great aunt Liz bought him some stackable cups that he LOVES clanking together! 

Favorite Words: He now says "dadadadada" all the time and will sometimes say "mama" - but it's still mostly babbling.

Least Favorite Activities/Things: Same as before - he hates being sleepy and turns into a monster when he needs a nap or bedtime! He also still hates being cold, changing his clothes & getting his diaper changed - Mommy's started to hate changing time too because this kid rolls EVVVERYWHERE & it's so hard to get him to sit still long enough to change his diaper! He also is having some separation anxiety and hates when people leave the room! (This has definitely NOT changed from last month!!!!)

Favorite Moment: HE'S CRAWLING!!!!! And I mean he's crawling FAST! The second you turn your back, this little man is off! 

Least Favorite Moment: All of his allergies and food reactions, hand foot and mouth which we had to take off almost a week from work for, digestive problems and eating issues - like I said, it was a rough month!

Other Milestones: Clapping all the time. He also loves reaching out for mommy to pick him up! We recently introduced a sippy cup but he still thinks of it as a toy and throws it off his high chair - but we're working on. Now the paci, definitely not working on that - I think I'm going to send this boy off to college with it!!!