Eleven Months Old!

Dear Israel,

Today you are eleven months old! Lately I have been a bit emotional thinking about how you are approaching your first birthday. I just want to freeze time and keep you as a baby forever! Then again, it would be nice to hear what you are saying when you babble all the time, and it would be nice to not have to tote you around everywhere (although I'm sure I'll miss it) because you're getting heavy! I just feel like every day is not enough- I want more of you! I'm so thankful that we are your parents forever, because we love you so much and just want to know you and pour into you so much!

This month you have changed so much. You have started to bang toys together, and you are not always crying 100% of the time during your PT appointments. You are getting pretty good at tummy time and will even put pressure on your arms and hands sometimes. You are starting to roll over, which is awesome in one way but kind of stinks in another. Don't get me wrong, it is AMAZING to see you finally make some developmental progress and to see the fruit of those hard physical therapy appointments! But naptimes and nighttime has become quite the challenge because you sleep on your stomach, and you now know how to roll over onto your back so you can play! There are many times I wake up hearing you giggle on the baby monitor at 3 am. I will go in there, flip you over, pat your back until you pretend you are asleep... but when I go back to bed you flip over to play again! What am I supposed to do with that, son?!?

Other milestones: You have tried a few table foods that aren't pureed and you ALWAYS make this really sad face and hold your mouth open (sometimes the food falls out), refusing to shut it, because you don't like trying new things. Sometimes you end up liking it (chicken casserole) and sometimes I never have any success in getting you to swallow anything (black beans). We'll keep trying! You enjoy your sippy cup when you get the hang of it, but you're not holding it at all. It's a form of entertainment for you though!

Just this week your first tooth started coming in! You have been gnawing on your fist for quite a while so we are glad that you are finally getting teeth.

You are still taking 2-3 naps per day, although it has become harder to get you to sleep some days! You also are no longer swaddled at night, and you sleep on your stomach. You had a few nights where you slept almost the whole night, but those were short-lived before you started waking up 3-5 times again. We've tried a few times to wean you from your middle of the night bottle but sometimes we cave and give it to you anyways.

Your favorite songs are "If you're happy and you know it" and "The itsy bitsy spider." You still love your singing puppy and your hands, but you also like these small toy balls that rattle.

We love you precious boy. You bring so much joy to us!




  1. So close to that one year mark! Savor every day!

  2. How fantastic that he's making so many strides! I love that he's discovered the flipping over thing...hey, when ya gotta play, ya gotta play. Haha!


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