Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Gideon 11 Month Update

Age: 11 months old!

This kid is not a baby anymore.  He is a certified, authentic, all out little boy!  He is the absolute most fun he's ever been.  His energy is off the charts, his curiosity is insatiable, and we get a better glimpse everyday of who he is.  This kid likes to "tinker" with electronics or appliances, pulls up on everything he can, has a relatively long attention span as he focuses on one toy at a time, and enjoys routine.  He's enthralled by other kiddos so while he doesn't love huge gatherings, he will snuggle right up to a few friends and be content. He's an absolute joy, a pistol, makes me laugh about as much as his daddy, and has our hearts totally captured.

Weight: 22.3 lbs  Gid has not really gained tons of weight in several months which is normal for breastfed babies.  The doctor isn't concerned, especially as he's started moving more.

Length: 28.5-29ish inches

Sizes (diapers, onesies):  Size 4 diapers, 12-18 month everything else

Eyes:  Blue!  He has been getting more compliments on them lately and then he does a shy, bury his head into mom's shoulder thing.  So sweet.  

Hair: RED AND CURLY!!!  It's so cute and soft.  A man at the bank today was smitten with him and commented on how he never sees red-headed babies anymore.  Well, I had a live one right there for him to admire! I adore Gid's beautiful, unique hair.  It's one of my favorite parts of him.

Sleeping:  Still overall a sleeping champ unless he's getting in teeth.  His current schedule is nurse to sleep at 7:15-7:30 pm, sleep until 10:00 pm when I dreamfeed him.  Then last night he got back to his usual schedule of sleeping undisturbed until 5:30 am.  I nurse him then and he's back to sleep for 1.5-2 hours.  He reliably wakes up right around 7:00 am.

He naps 1-1.5 hours twice a day and always at 9:00 am and 1:30 pm.  I'm so grateful for a kid who sleeps.  I really think it helps him feel better, learn faster, and have the energy for exploring more.

Eating: He's really slowed down on the solids. He just has no real interest.  He opens up for a few bites, a max of about 4 at most meals.  Once in a great while he will eat an astounding amount but not often.

His main calories/hydration is nursing.  He drinks from a sippy cup and loves anything protein, salty, or carbs.  He's so happy with salmon, hummus, and avocado everyday all day.  He loves when I blend canned coconut milk (the thick creamy stuff) with peaches and banana.  TONS of calories and fat so I'll do that all day.

New foods he's tried include nectarine, plum, corndog, mandarin orange, vanilla ice cream, mushrooms, basil pesto and a chocolate chip cookie.

Milestones:  This kiddo is so sharp!  He's learning anatomy and at just a few days shy of 11 months can show you where his tongue is when asked.  So sweet!

He crawls fast as lightning, pulls up on everything, and walks along the edges of anything that will hold him.  He reliably knows "ma-ma", can click his tongue, mimics any facial expression and most sounds.  He knows the faces of "his people" and adores them all.  His dexterity is something to be admired.  He has 6 teeth!

Memorable outings:  We actually canceled many of our trips this last month due to his insane/unending sicknesses.  But we have been getting together with lots of friends and are attending a mom's group/bible study that he had a lot of fun at this last week!  Lots of kids his own size to play with.

We have several airplane rides coming up THIS WEEK and next week.  He's going to be a pro.  Also, please pray for us!!

Favorite toys/activities:  Gideon thinks it's so fun to pull up on the washer and play with the buttons and yell into the empty drum.  He likes to pull out tupperware, play with measuring cups and generally dissect our kitchen.  He has one hall electric outlet he's obsessed with and leaves the others alone.  He likes to bee-line to the fridge if it's open and loves a floor fan in our bedroom with all of his heart.

He's happiest when he can crawl or be around a few friends that are his same size/developmental stage.  He loves to knock over lego towers, tinker with wooden toys, play farm, read books on mama's lap, help Daddy get ready, and show off all his skills to his grandparents.  If the toy is on wheels he likes to push it across the floor and gets pretty pumped about any book with flaps or textured parts.

Words/sounds:  Ma-ma" and lots of sounds I don't have enough space to describe.  He likes to click his tongue, smack his lips, clap, and more

Nicknames:   Lou Lee, Lou, Little Love, Giddy Con Queso (from daddy), Giddy Lou Who (from Aunt Linny), Giddy Puff (from Aunt Linny), Giddy Face (from Maggie), Giddy Pantz (from Maggie)
The usuals...Giddy Bear, Giddy Up, Gid, Giddy, Itty Giddy Titty Monster with the tiny hiney, G (from Uncle Clint), Mister, Man Cub

Funny moments: I was ROLLING yesterday when I got a video of this sweet kid showing me where his tongue was when I asked.  He stuck it out so far and it just cracked me up!  He also was laughing at us over the weekend when we quickly stuck our tongues out at him and I got his hilarious belly laugh and giggle on video.  He makes us laugh so much.

Looking forward to:  I cannot wait for this child to walk.  I know it might be harder but it will open back up for us outings like the aquarium, zoo, etc.  Right now he likes those places but is frustrated I won't let him crawl all over the gross public floor.  I also look forward to him getting more into solids so we can regularly start chomping on some yummy new foods and being a little less attached to mama's boobs! :)

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