Sunday, August 28, 2016

Benjamin is 11 Months!

The calendar says it's so but my heart is failing to accept that sweet Benjamin is 11 months old! Our precious little is only one month until one and I'm not ready!

Ready or not, mama, this boy is growing more toddler-like by the day. He is constantly on the move and has begun to throw some very toddler-esque fits when we try to hold him back.

Of course, the big update this month is that he's walking!

He's not yet a full-time walker, usually taking just a few steps at a time. I've seen as many as 6 consecutive steps. But his first instinct now is to walk and he will take a few steps before stumbling and crawling the rest of the way. He can also pull up to a stand with out having to hold onto something. 

He has started growing more communicative both with words and gestures. He says "mama" very proficiently and often! He tries to mimic other words and sounds. He's also started picking up some signs. He picked up "more" pretty quickly which was a welcome change from shrieks, though currently his version looks more like he's clapping his hands. We've also been working on "all done", again to replace the shrieking. He hasn't quite applied it to the eating situation, but today I rocked him to sleep and snuggled with him for a while before putting him in his bed. As soon as I put him in his bed, he woke up, sat straight up and signed "all done!" quite triumphantly, Funny boy! He's started trying to wave bye bye and is working on blowing kisses.

He drank his last bottle this month. His teachers reported that he was refusing them, opting instead for his breastmilk in his sippy cup with his meals. So now he's drinking all of his milk at school that way, giving us a few less things to wash but one more symbol of babyhood left behind. On the weekends though, he is still nursing about 5 times a day. He continues to be a great eater as long as he can feed himself. He refuses anything given to him on a spoon. He has 6 teeth, 4 on top and 2 on bottom.

On his 11 month day, he finally slept through the night! We put him to bed at 8 and he didn't wake until I got him up at 5:45 to nurse before I had to start my day! Go Benny!

You better believe I am soaking up these last, fleeting days of his babyhood.
Happy 11 months precious Benny!

All three boys at 11 months. I think he continues to favor Jackson.

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