Well hello there, long time no talk! Unfortunately the end of the semester truly got the best of me, and I had to put a few things (like blogging) on the back burner while I finished up 1,000 different papers and exams. But as of 5pm today I am officially done with my first year of graduate school! WOOOO!!!
1 down, 5+ more to go. Yikes.
Anyway, I have a lot of fun posts planned for the next couple of weeks now that I am finally going to be able to devote some time to blogging again, so stay tuned for those! And thank you very much for hanging with me during this crazy semester. I know that my blogging hasn’t been nearly as consistent as in the past, but I appreciate your understanding. Sometimes other things just have to come first.
But today I’m back to share with you Colton’s 11 month update! AHHH!! This is actually the last one before we hit the big ONE! Blows my mind, I tell you. Blows. My. Mind.
Weight: I am not sure of his exact stats, but based on our super scientific measurement of holding him while standing on the scale, I’d say he weighs about 20-21lbs right now.
Eating: Since we are getting close to the 1 year mark, we’re just starting the weaning process. At his daycare, once you his 1 you are no longer allowed to have bottles or have food brought in for you (they eat off of an awesome menu instead), so we are practicing eating primarily solid foods. Right now he eats 3 meals and 1-2 snacks a day, and gets breastmilk 4-5x a day. He eats pretty much anything that is put in front of him, although he gets annoyed at things that are difficult for him to pick up (like spaghetti). Otherwise, he pretty much eats like a teenage boy.
Sleeping: We are super blessed to have an amazing night sleeper. Most nights we get a solid 11-12 hours of sleep out of him, and we even bumped his bedtime earlier lately because he has been showing signs in the evening of being tired. That being said, he is NOT a fan of napping. Because several of the kids in his class have already transitioned to just 1 nap, he has started to do that too, but often only ends up sleeping for about 1-1.5 hours. Thus the need for an earlier bedtime!
Mood: Most of the time he is a happy, giggly boy. He laughs hysterically when being tickled, and loves to talk with anyone and everyone around. He has also started to make this super cheesy-grin face that cracks me up every time. However, Mr. Drama King has definitely made an appearance this month too, and when you take something away or tell him “no” he’ll dramatically flop himself onto the floor. Oh, I can’t wait for those terrible twos!
Clothes: We have a never ending dilemma about clothes. He is long enough to be in 12 month clothes, but because he is so skinny (and has NO butt or leg rolls), he literally crawls right out of his pants. I am just waiting for shorts season so he doesnt look so ridiculous with highwater pants (that at least stay on his waist!)
Likes: Talking, being tickled, being flipped upside down, being chased down the hallway, eating food, big sister Laney, and his favorite blue circle.
Dislikes: When the sun is in his eyes, when you take something away from him, when he is contained (like in a carseat or high chair), taking naps.
Nicknames: Bubs, Booger, Boogs, snuggleboogs
I am: a little stressed about his transition to the next classroom. I’ve talked before about how solid foods has caused me a lot of anxiety, and getting ready to go through ALL of these changes at once (eating off the menu, no bottles, drinking out of an open cup, weaning, 1 nap, etc) is causing me a lot of stress. But I am trying to tell myself that everything is going to be just fine!
C is: an expert at making Colton laugh! He loves to throw Colton up in the air and flip him all around, which makes Colton giggle hysterically. Those two are going to be trouble…
This has been a really busy month for us! This month Colton:
- Visited family
- Went to a Braves game and met some blog friends
- Can stand on his own and is getting SO close to taking his first steps
- Celebrated dad’s birthday
- Went on his first run in his jogging stroller with mom
- Attended a wedding in Charlotte, NC
April has been a really crazy month for our family, with the end of the semester, buying a house, and dealing with a lot of sad situations and stress. But thankfully Colton has been such a champ through it all.
I feel like I say this every month, but this month especially his personality has really begun to shine. He is always talking and smiling, but he has learned the meaning of no (not that he always listens) and will get quite dramatic if you take something away from him. Every time we go somewhere, he is always flirting with everyone around him. He is definitely going to be a trouble maker when he gets older!
Because he has been SO active this month – crawling everywhere, climbing on everything, standing up, and wanting to walk – it has become a lot more difficult this month to take him out to restaurants or anywhere that he is going to be contained. We always joke about just how busy he always is, because he literally cannot sit still to save his life. Sounds a lot like me!
While he got his busyness from me, he also got his dad’s sweet nature. He loves to come up and give you hugs, and will literally just crawl over and lay his head on your knee for a moment before going back to what he was doing. Every time I pick him up from daycare too, the first thing he does when I pick him up is give me a big hug. There is seriously nothing sweeter than baby hugs!
I can hardly believe that this is the LAST MONTH before I officially have a toddler. I don’t know where the time has gone! We have orientation for the toddler class at daycare this week and my brain just can’t fully wrap around this idea! Everyone told me that time would fly with a baby, and you feel like every time you blink they get bigger and that is so incredibly true.
I am so excited to see what this last month of babyhood is going to bring. Let the tears begin now!