Wednesday, August 15, 2012

11 Months

Dear Andrew,

You are 11 months old today!  It is amazing how fast you have grown.  Every day Daddy and I look at you and realize that you are not a baby anymore, but instead have turned into a little boy.  You walk all over the house now, in fact, your favorite thing to do is to walk down the hall of our house, go into your bedroom, pull all of your books off of your bookshelf, and then sit there and look at your books.  If you aren't doing that, then you are pulling your towels and washcloths out of the bathroom drawers.  Your favorite book is "Animal Kisses".  You love to feel all of the different types of animal kisses and will look at that book over and over again.  You walk all day long.....all over the house and outside.  This is fun....but it means that Mommy chases after you all day and doesn't get to get very much done while you are awake.  You still don't like to stop walking and playing to eat- but you have been better about eating lately, which makes Mommy feel better.  You really like to eat Greek yogurt and Cheerios.  You say "Momma" and "Dada" and we think you said "bye" the other day.  You also sign "Bye", "All done", and "Milk".  Grandma says that you say "baba" for your bottle but we haven't heard you say it yet.

You love figuring out how things work.  One of your favorite things to do right now is go around the house with Daddy and make everything "work", like turning light-switches on/off, turning the fan on, opening/closing doors, turning the water on/off, etc.

You have turned into a good sleeper!  You take 2 naps every day, and they are usually about 1 1/2 to 2 hours long, and you sleep about 11 hours every night.  You go to sleep without any fuss, and Mommy and Daddy just have to put you in your crib after listening to music and you fall asleep on your own within a few minutes.

You are a little attached to Mommy right now.  We got to spend all summer together, and since Mommy just started back working at school a couple days a week you don't eat or sleep as well when she isn't there.  But, you have so much fun and don't seem to want to leave hanging out with your big cousins when she comes to pick you up after she works.  They love playing with you and you like walking and chasing after them.  You also have 6 teeth!  They all seemed to come in at once, but you are still chewing on everything and drooling a lot so we know you are getting more.

Your favorite thing to play with right now is taking everything out of a toy.  You like to take all of the balls, blocks, things in Mommy's purse, etc. out and put them on the floor.  This is usually okay, but sometimes Mommy gets tired of putting things back where they belong.  You also really like balls.  You like to throw them and kick them while you are walking.  You also like to play the piano, and still love music.  Sometimes you will only eat if Mommy sings to you while she is feeding you.  You know what "No" means, and most of the time you listen when Mommy or Daddy tells you no, but sometimes you don't and then you have to have a time-out in your crib for a minute.  You learn really fast though, so that only happens once in a while, usually when you are really tempted to pull on something that is in an electrical outlet.

You also love swimming!  The past few months we have gone swimming several times in Grandpa/Grandma's pool, and you love it every time.  You have always liked water, but you really like swimming with Mommy and Daddy.  You splash your arms and kick a lot and are already ready for swimming lessons!

Every day we are thankful that you are our little boy.  We can't imagine what our lives would be like without you and are so excited to see what this next month brings!

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