11 Month Update

On September 21, baby brother turned 11 months old! The fact that we are almost at 12 months old already is blowing my mind. This last year has flown by and has been such an incredible experience as I’ve watched my two little ones interact together.

This past month has been one of the top months for us. Everton started to walk fully and is motoring around the house more and more as the days pass! He still typically opts to crawl as he can get around a lot faster that way but he is also incorporating walking more and more into his daily routines. One day he’ll crawl most of the day and the next he’ll spend the majority of his time practicing his balance and taking steps.

Within about one week Ever got three new teeth. The poor guy suffered the most through these three as they all quickly emerged. He got his first two top teeth and a fourth one on the bottom, making for total of eight teeth. There were a few naps that didn’t go very well and a few random wakings in the night during this week but overall, he was a trooper and always put himself back to sleep.

As fall approached I switched baby brother’s meals around and started to incorporate a breakfast item in the morning rather than just milk. He still breastfeeds when he wakes up around 8:00 am but by around 8:30-9:00 am depending on the day I give him yogurt, cheerios or fruit. He now has his baby cereal which he still LOVES mixed with water (as the breastfeeding supply has finally been depleted) and puree for lunch between 12:00-1:00 pm. He still dislikes carrots and will refuse to eat them.

Sissy bear started preschool this past month which meant I had to change baby brother’s nap schedule around to accommodate that. I started to stretch him in the mornings so I could get both of their naps on the same schedule. This meant no more morning nap at 11:00 am and instead keeping him up until about 1:00 pm. He did great with the change and now naps from about 1:00 pm – 2:30-3:00 pm. His nighttime sleep schedule has also changed a bit to accommodate having to be out the door in the early morning. He is now going to bed around 7:30 pm and wakes up around 7:30 am. He then happily hangs out in his crib till about 8:00 am before I get him to nurse him.

In terms of language, Ever is saying his best version of “bye bye” as well as waving as he says it. “Dada”was his first word although the association of the word to his father isn’t quite there yet. Each time I try to get him to say “mama” he ends up saying “baba” happily. It seriously feels like I am living in the Jimmy Fallon, ‘Mama’ book. He has also mastered the word “gramma” so not sure why he’s struggling with mama!

Activity wise, he loves to take off and crawl towards the stairs and climb to the first landing (about two steps up) before he turns around to look for me. Once I approach him he giggles happily at what he has done! He is just starting to open drawers and cupboards in the house but hasn’t done much damage in those areas just yet.

One more monthly update to go! Happy 11 months baby brother!

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