Dear Cecilia: 10 and 11 months

025 006 009 025 026 030Dear Cecilia,

You are now 11 months old. I missed your 10 month post because life got in the way and we got pretty busy. Please forgive me as I try to catch up.

At ten months and eleven months old you continue to be the most amazing eater. We still give you a little bit of baby food just to make sure you’re eating a balanced meal but you LOVE to eat table food with the rest of us. You are already a champ at drinking out of a cup and in the last few weeks you have taken on putting small objects onto your spoon and trying to feed yourself.

Thankfully that last two months did not bring any ear infections. You did however get two colds that were pretty hard for you to shake. Because of the colds and teething your sleep habits have been a little off and you have been waking up once or twice during the night instead of sleep through the night.

You are quite the talker. You babble and babble all day long. It is pretty amazing to watch you make connections and begin to turn those babbles into words. So far you say; Dad (or Dada), Mama, gimi (Jimi), duck, quack. We also think you’re trying to say car, this, that, squirrel, I did. You kind of sign “more” but really your just clapping but you know it gets you what you want so you haven’t changed it. Your high fives are nothing short of enthusiastic and are pretty entertaining.

Speaking of entertaining, you love to dance and shake your bottom. You also love your big brother to pieces and roll around on the ground with him giving hugs and kisses.It melts my heart to watch the two of you together.

Last but certainly not least, you are officially considered a WALKER!!! Around ten months you began taking a couple steps at a time. At ten months 3 weeks you took off and started doing ten or more steps in a row. You’re walking about 50% of the time now and are taking more steps every day.

Everyday you are growing more and more and showing more and more understanding of the world. I love watching you turn into such a smart and beautiful little girl. However, it makes me a little sad that your baby days are numbered.

Thank you for being the sweetest and funniest little girl around.

Love,

Mommy

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11 Months!

Holy Moly, Jimi is 11 months old already!
Once again, Jimi was not interested in sitting still for a photo session….I’m thinking I may try to get a few more photos later this week.

 (Are you really going to make me sit here?)

 Gravity storm while walking

This helped distract him for a minute

Pulling off the sticker
This last month was a big one in milestones for Jimi. He got his first tooth and started walking!!! All pretty much on the same day. Both occurred just after I said on my facebook page that I was pretty sure he would be walking before he got a tooth, so he did both on the same day to prove me wrong. (I’m sure he’s an avid reader of my facebook) We’re still waiting for any other teeth to come in. I think he only have the one on his first birthday. 
My best friend Melissa, who is in her last year of Physical Therapy school, says it’s not considered walking until they take ten steps in a row. Clearly whoever decided that wasn’t a parent, because as amazing as it is to watch him walk more and more those first three, four, etc steps are the most exciting. It didn’t take Jimi long to work his way up to ten steps though. Now I’d say he’s walking at least 90% of the time we’re at home and probably 50% when were out and about and he’s able to.
Jimi’s sleep patterns are still pretty much the same… going to bed at 8pm, up once or twice (occasionally more) before eating at 6am and up for the day between 7-8am. He still won’t eat much real solid foods. It is always surprising what he decides to eat… He won’t eat a piece of cheese but he ate pot roast and potatoes. He won’t eat noodles but he’ll eat bananas. He won’t eat a blueberry but he’ll suck on a lemon wedge. He won’t eat bread but he’ll eat a piece of lettuce. The list goes on.
As far as language development, I’m a little worried he’s falling behind. He “talks” non stop jibberish but he only says a clear ‘Mom’, ‘Momma’ or ‘dawg’ (no I’m not using slang that’s how it sounds) once in a while. We’re still working on it all though. He has begun to properly use the sign for “more” and he is a pro a correctly waving ‘hi’ and ‘bye bye’.
This month we took Jimi on his first couple of hikes. I found a great deal on a hiking carrier with a rain/ sun shield (which proved very useful on our hike today) on craigslist. Jimi likes watching everything from a higher perspective and it must be pretty comfortable because he spent the first half of today’s hike asleep.

10 Months!

Jimi is 10 months old!

I need a faster camera because it was once again nearly impossible to get any pictures of him because he is constantly on the move.
Jimi still has no teeth! About a week ago we were sure one was about to pop up because he was chewing on everything and drooling more than normal…. but we’re still waiting. The only real solid foods I can get him to eat are bananas, pickles, different Gerber snacks and crackers. …We’ve tried different cheeses, pasta, diced steamed carrots, bread and anything else we’re eating that we don’t think he’ll choke on. I’m not sure what the trick is to get him to eat our food… Hopefully he’ll just decide to do it (and soon!). Re-sleep training (see previous post) seems to be going well, at least last night and today anyway he only fussed for a couple of minutes. It’s definitely harder this time around because Jimi is A LOT louder and much more pitiful about it. His memory is getting pretty good, so I always feel guilty in the morning thinking that he’s going to remember I made him cry the night before. Other than ‘Mama’ and ‘Mom’ Jimi isn’t really saying any real words. He definitely already has his own language though, he uses the same sounds repeatedly for different objects. As for walking, I’m not so sure he will be doing it early like everyone has predicted. He seems pretty content knowing he can get around fast crawling. However, he has been standing for increasingly longer periods of time unassisted and can take a couple steps at you when he gets help getting balanced. I wouldn’t call it real walking though.

We took Jimi to the Seattle Aquarium:

Exploring in the ‘Tide Pool’

Touching a Star Fish

Blowing the fish kisses

Shark bait

Watching the Seals swim

Also, we have a new nephew! My little brother’s wife gave birth to a healthy baby boy
Wade Robert Wessels on July 28th.

We can’t wait to meet him next month!