July 21-August 21 went by so quickly, sweet Liam. How is it that every month goes more quickly than the last? I’m asking myself how much longer I can call you my BABY because you look more like a toddler every day. I decided I can call you that any day and year I want, because you’re our precious gift, even if (and when) you’re taller and bigger! 🙂 From ten to eleven months, you have been very busy, Liam Ball!
Firsts: Where do we begin? Something mildly significant, like…your first steps?! You began “side-stepping” and still spend most of your time doing this, especially along the ottoman, couch and loveseat, and dining room bench. But on August 4, you took your first (few) independent steps. I was worried you’d do it in the nursery at church that morning–you held off. Then, we went to a church cookout, and I wondered… well, you held off until we got home! So glad we were both home with you when it happened! You really could take off any minute if you were distracted enough, we think. You FLY when (barely) hanging on to one of us or a piece of furniture, but you’ve figured out crawling is VERY fast… so why walk?! 😉
You met your cousins, Emme and JB, your aunt Janna, and your uncle Ben when they came to visit us for a few days at the end of July. What fun cousin time you guys had! JB gave you five a lot, and within a few days of them leaving, you were trying it on your own…haha. We really wonder if following Emme and JB around sparked the urge for independent steps, since it happened a week later! We had lots of fun with our family in town. We rode the train at Steele Creek Park, ate lots of yummy food, played hard, and gave lots of hugs. We wish we could see them like this EVERY day!!
You have made so many communication milestones this month. You have been undeniably saying and identifying babies (Ba-ba) since July…but you’ve added some more “tricks” since then. You point to any and every thing and body. You started pointing to specific people when asked, like if I say, “Where’s Daddy?”–you’ll point to him in a picture. You say “Da-Da” all the time, but with lots more purpose than you used to–and you finally say “Mama” more. You had a span of a few days where you said it nonstop which were pretty much the best days ever. Don’t worry–we’re back to Dada and the occasional shoutout to the woman who birthed you. 😉 You whisper “Pop” or “Popopop” when we ask about Poppy, Pappy, or see a…yep, you guessed it, Puppy. Surely context clues are helpful, haha! You started signing “all done” after meals (and often now initiate signing it when we say “last bite”…and sometimes try to say “ah duh,” hehe). You say “buh” (bird) and sign it! I noticed you did that one day during Baby Signing Times and then when I pointed it out when we were swinging and playing outside, you did it repeatedly–it’s definitely on purpose! You did it when we saw planes and helicopters during race week, haha. I don’t blame you–they’re in the sky, too, which is super confusing…but we’ve cleared up most of that confusion now. You say “bah” (ball) and get it when we ask you. You say “boo” (book) and get those, too–you’ve even pointed to a “bah” (ball) in a book and thought the moon in Goodnight Moon was a “bah” also (Again, no shame, because it totally looks like one!). You try to imitate LOTS of sounds and words. You wave lots more and often initiate it when people are leaving or when greeting someone (at the library, a restaurant, Daddy going to work, etc.)–in other words, you make many friends, little boy! You try to say “hi” and play with your phone or “bye”–usually when we’ve hung up with someone or after someone has walked away. You say “tttt” and point to the lights, “tttt” when we blow on something or sign that it’s hot, “dah” for dog (you try signing it some, too), and, well… “tttt” for cat. So pretty much anything ending with a “t” gets that sound… but you’re trying! We feel like a communication light switch has been flipped this month.
Speaking of light switch…you’ve always loved lights and fans, but the obsession these days is OUT.OF.CONTROL. You can now switch lights on and off and are pretty much dangerous! 😉 You regularly point to the switch then look at the light, and repeat this times about a million because you want us turning them on and off constantly. 🙂
You received a Cozy Coupe (Little Tikes car) that a friend gave us so you’ve been cruisin’ the ‘hood and lovin’ it. You are especially interested in opening and closing the door and gas cap (and often initiate putting mulch and rocks and other miniscule things into the gas cap…hilarious). You also “shoot hoops” with the 3-in-1 sports center we have. You can dunk a ball in that thing, and you love dancing and jumping when the music/lights/sound come on after you score a point. (And you’ve figured out if you want it to do those things without actually even putting the ball through the goal, you can trigger it, haha… too smart for your own good!)
Likes: Getting out and about, playing in the water, LIGHTS, feeding yourself, the library, BOOKS, your sippy cup with water, babies… those are some of your favorite things. It would certainly be easier to make a list of what you don’t like! You’re Captain Curious, so you’re constantly exploring and figuring out how things work.
Dislikes: This month, we’ve had to take things away from you sometimes–like a phone or remote, the typical off-limits things. You still hate hearing no and we regularly say, “Obey, obey without delay!” You are very smart and can be very sneaky–but you are also very sensitive to being told no and we are grateful for that. So, likes–exploring…dislikes–anything forbidden while/after exploring! 🙂
Eating: Wow, you’ve taken off eating! You have 3.5 (heh) bottles each day… half goes into your morning oatmeal, then solids and one 6 oz. bottle with lunch, a snack mid-afternoon, solids and 6 oz. milk at dinner, then a final bottle before bed. This will change tremendously in the next month we know. Bittersweet, because it’s means you’re growing up–but Mommy’s life will get a teeny bit easier! 😉 You love feeding yourself. Fruits you’ve had to this point: strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, apricots, pears, peaches, plums, pineapple, cantelope, bananas, apples…do tomatoes count? 🙂 Veggies: green beans, peas, sweet potatoes, carrots, corn, yellow/acorn/butternut/zucchini squashes, spinach…are there more? Other stuff: scrambled egg, hard boiled egg, black beans, pinto beans, refried beans, hummus, pita bread, pasta, beef, chicken, pork, rice, olives… I know I’m forgetting lots, but many times you’re eating what we are, or at least a portion of it. It’s wild to sometimes go out and give you some of what we’ve ordered. You’re getting so big!
Sleep: You sleep 11-12 hours each night consistently! Fighting the afternoon nap is becoming more and more common so we are close to experimenting with cutting it out. It’s too early according to “the books,” but it’s miserable for both of us if you spend a couple hours fighting it… so change is a-comin’, baby.
Measurements and Sizes: You could go to size 4 diapers at any time but we are using the rest of our size 3 first. 🙂 12 months is the best clothing size, although a few 9 month pieces that ran big still work, too. Mainly you’re in a size 3 shoe, too… except you can already rock size 4 Toms!
What makes you YOU this month?: We love how you tend to sway back and forth between phases of independence (“reading” by yourself, moving things back and forth and side-to-side in your own little world, cruising downstairs in your walker, etc.) and those of cuddles and needing your mom and dad to stay close. We love how you love people and make so many people’s days better by “talking” and waving to them or doing something funny. We love how curious you are and your fascination as you try to decipher how things work. We love how you give kisses, call most any kid “ba-ba,” point to the “tttt” (lights), and warn us that something is “tttt” (hot). We love how you notice the smallest things–an army of ants marching under the deck or a herd of cows moving across a field or a butterfly or bird flying through the air…and that’s just while you’re swinging. We love how you love music and dance and making noise, beating on a mixing bowl, shaking your tambourine and jingle bells, or jumping when music comes on TV or the radio. You are joy epitomized and we are so grateful for these eleven months with you, Liam.