Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Adeline is 11 months old


You are 11 months old!  Can you believe it?  Just think, next month we'll be celebrating YOU and a year's worth of precious memories.  But for now, let's enjoy our last month before you turn one!

This month you are around 24 pounds and wear a size 6 diaper.  You wear 12-18 month clothes.  I figured out that if I part your hair differently, your calics will lay down!  Don't worry, your hair is so thick that once you run your hands through it, it will stick right back up.  And of course, we love it!

This month you have a few new milestones.  The most exciting change is -

YOU ARE ALMOST WALKING!  You can stand up on your own and take about 10 steps without help before you fall, but you are very determined to figure out the secret to walking.  When you push your walking toy around the house, your eyes light up and you cannot stop giggling.  So close!  I think you will be running around by the time you are one.
And I also started putting shoes on your feet.  I only have one little pair of shoes that fit (size 3), and you look so cute in them.  You like to wear them and stare at your feet when they are on.  You like to point to your shoes and then point to William's shoes, Mommy's shoes and Dada's shoes.
At 11 months, you have a few new words!  You say "BAAAAAL" for "Ball" and you like to show me your ball and roll it.  You can say "William" but your sweet little way is more like "ILLA!"  It is adorable when you call "Illa"'s name.  We all know that you are talking about William.  Sometimes you have lots to say about "Illa" and wave your hands around talking in your babble language.  William is so proud of you for knowing his name.  I can tell how happy he is when you call out his name and he's always eager to see what you want.
You found William's box of trains and one of your favorite things to do is stand at the train box and pull the trains out one by one.  You study their shapes, colors and wheels.  You even know who Thomas is and if I say, "where's Thomas?" you pull him right of the box.  You also have a couple of stuffed animals that talk when you push a button on their bodies.  You LOVE it when they talk and always hug them towards your chest and bow your head on their head.  It is so sweet to watch and I wonder how you knew to cuddle with them.  It's amazing how you understand so much of the world around you.
You also like to point to things and wait for me to tell you about them.  It's a new game you like to play.  Most of the time, you want me to hold you on my hip and then you start pointing around the room.  We walk all over the place to study new objects around the house.  You like books too.  Dada reads you picture books and you'll sit still for awhile on his lap.  Most of the books are about animals and Dada makes you laugh every time he imitates an animal noise.  You get a big chuckle out of story time!
You are still a great eater and you are willing to try anything we put in front of you.  I recently noticed that you don't care for your milk bottles that much.  You might take a few sips here and there, but it is rare for you to sit and drink an entire 4-6 ounce bottle in one sitting.  I think this means you might be ready for whole milk!  So, I am going to try introducing whole milk this week because I think it's very important that you keep up the calcium.

You like to go to bed around 7/7:30pm.  You gladly take a few sips of milk and then clammier for your crib.  I just stick you inside with your pacifier, blanket and your sound machine (stuffed lamb) and you are content.  You like to wake up for the day around 6am, but sometimes Dada can get you to snooze on his chest.  When that happens, you are usually up and ready to roll by 7:15am.  

You recently had a horrible cold which set you back in the sleeping department.  I don't blame you.  It was hard enough for you to breath with all that congestion in your throat and nose.  We worked through it, but your discomfort had you up two or three times in the night.  I also found that you'd take an entire bottle in the night and so I gave you milk to compensate for your lack of appetite during the day.  I just wanted to make sure you were staying hydrated, but at the same time, I think I created a small habit for you.  So, we are back to giving you water in the night if you wake up.  You seem fine with the change and I am sure after awhile, you'll loose interest and not wake up.    

I forgot to mention that we started putting you in the church nursery a few months ago.  You don't like it.  Most of the time you start crying the minute Dada gives you to the ladies in the baby room.  It breaks my heart but I know we are doing the right thing.  You need to learn that Mama and Dada will come back and it's important to trust other people.  The ladies at church are very nice and take wonderful care of you.  Sometimes when you are mad and crying, they'll drive you around the hallways in a stroller.  Sometimes you like this and sometimes you hate it.  I know because I sneak out of the service to spy on you.  It makes my heart feel better to check on you even if you are crying, and I would come get you in a heartbeat if I thought you were just too inconsolable. There have been a few weeks when we pick you up after the service and you are SO TIRED from sharing your emotions with the church ladies.  You often times collapse in my arms and hold on to me tight.  I will admit that it makes me feel sad too, but I also know it's just one of the many things I must do for you in life.  Trust me.  Mommy and Dada will always come back for you.

Adeline, eleven months has been a really fun milestone to watch.  Your personality continues to shine through with each and every new discovery.  You are constantly busy and barely leave me time to sit down for a rest. But, I wouldn't have it any other way.  You fill our days with joy and we relish every cuddle with you.  Here's to the final month of your first year!  We love you baby Adeline!


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