Thursday, 24 December 2015

Parker @ 11 Months

Man photos were tricky this month.  Parker had zero interest in sitting still or smiling for me.  He was happy enough, just very busy.  

A lot has changed this month.  Parker is turning into a toddler before our very eyes.

Height and Weight: I don't really know because this is our first month in a long time without a Doctor's appointment or weight check.  He's probably slightly over 13.5lbs.

Feeding: We had a very helpful appointment with a dietitian this month who has really gotten us on track.  Parker rarely wants to eat purees, so unless it's yogurt or soup I basically let him feed himself.  He will eat pretty much anything.  He had meatballs a couple of times and loved that and also loved quiche.  He eats three meals a day and sometimes has a snack as well depending on timing.  

For breakfast he will eat 10% greek yogurt and banana, or toast with peanut butter and butter and banana.  Sometimes he has an egg and some fruit like banana or kiwi.  For lunch and supper he eats whatever we are eating or leftovers.  He has had tilapia and salmon this month, sweet potato fries and all sorts of veggies.

He is still a distracted nurser but we are trying to focus more on solids.  I'm trying to get him to take a sippy cup and am thinking about weaning since I go back to work in a month.

Sleeping:  In the past few days I finally have him sleeping through the night again.  I would like to take credit but it might be because he's not teething anymore.  The first two nights I got up with him to soothe him but didn't feed him and he slept through the night for about 5 nights since then.  Let's hope it sticks.

Teeth: Parker has been a teething machine.  Poor baby.  He has cut 4 teeth since November 17.  His smile is starting to look a little different!  

Milestones:
Parker is a busy boy!  He is crawling like a champ these days and crawls all over the house.  He is constantly standing up and will pull himself up on anything.  He stands up on the coffee table and walks in circles around it.  He had a few days where every time I put him in his crib he would stand up or sit up and cry and forget that he could lay back down.  He still does that on occasion but not every time he goes to bed.

He feeds himself pretty well.  Our biggest problem is that when he's excited about a new food he shoves it all in his mouth and doesn't chew and then he chokes on it.  He also just won't swallow.  So half an hour later you will find chunks of chicken still in his mouth.

This month he also went from laying down to sitting up by himself.  This gives him so much more mobility.  He used to try to crawl and then fall and start rolling.  He doesn't roll nearly as much anymore as crawling is finally faster.

We just can't believe that he's almost a year old!  I like the saying that says that when you're a mom the days go by slow but the years go by fast.  It's so true.  Some days it feels like groundhog day and like the day will never end and then we will get up and do the same thing tomorrow.  But overall the months are flying by.

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