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happy 11, baby linc!

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My absolute favorite time with you is when you snuggle up in my lap or in my arms and just let me hold you.  I can’t get close enough to you or enough kisses on your cheeks.  You are just such a sweet little boy, and it makes me giddy to know that you are my little boy.  God knew exactly what I needed when he blessed my life with you.  I’m the luckiest mama in the world.

-from mama’s letter to you

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What you weigh – 17 lbs. 4.5 ounces

What you eat
  – You are only nursing 4 times a day now…I hardly know what to do with myself! Ha!  You basically eat about every four hours on average now, usually around 8am, 12pm, 4pm and 7:30 before bed.  You only nurse for about 5 minutes each time, though, so I feel like we barely spend anytime nursing now!  I guess compared to how long you used to spend it is barely any time.  You are also still eating your 3 meals of course.  I’ve gotten a little more adventurous in what I make you, and you love pretty much every new meal.  Your favorite now is a roasted red pepper and goat cheese puree.  I also made you a mild Indian dish and you loved it too!  It’s fun to see you try new things, especially when you end up liking them!  I’ve also been trying to get you to practice with finger foods, but you just aren’t that interested in feeding yourself.  You’d much rather me put a spoonful in your mouth….probably because you can eat more, faster that way!  You definitely love to eat!

How you sleep –  Pretty much nothing has changed since your 10 month update.  You still take two naps – from about 10-11:30 and 2-3:30, sometimes shorter, sometimes a little longer.  You wake up about 7:30 or 8, we change your diaper and nurse, and then eat oatmeal with fruit.  Then you play for an hour and a half or so before going down for your first nap.  After napping, you nurse again, then eat lunch before some more playtime.  You then have your second nap, and after that is your loooong stretch of being awake.  We usually go outside, go run errands, or do something fun like go to the park.  Daddy gets home around 5:30, and we eat dinner soon after.  Around 6:45 or 7 we start your bath and then nurse and go to bed around 7:30.  I love the schedule you’re on now!  It’s so easy, and we have plenty of time to have fun when you’re awake!

What you wear – You’re wearing 6-9 month or 6-12 month clothes, depending on sizing.  You’re still in your same shoes, size 1 (Converse) or 2 (Tom’s) but they’re starting to get awfully tight!  I just ordered you a three in sandals to wear on your birthday.

Diaper – Bum Genius Freetime with 2 snaps left open in the middle.  We now put a Hemp insert in overnight and during your morning nap so that your diaper doesn’t leak.

Favorite activities – Pulling up and standing, cruising around the couch…or whatever you can get your hands on, playing peek-a-boo, bathtime, eating, being tickled

Least favorite activities – having your face cleaned, sitting still, we’ve found you’re afraid of the vacuum and drive through car washes (because of the noise)

Big moments in your eleventh month of life – pulling up and walking around things, using your sippy cup (mostly) by yourself, first time to swing, first two teeth (on the bottom)

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crazy days

What a crazy day it was over here!  So many changes happening with these little babies…I can hardy keep up!

Sissy finally decided she’s tired of sitting around watching Bubba explore everything.  She’s been able to crawl for about a week now, but she just didn’t quite have the motivation to do it much.  But today she really took off!  All those people that stop me on the street and say “you’ve got your hands full” – they are finally speaking truth!  Nothing cuter than our tiny girl army crawling from one end of the house to the other:)

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In other news, we had to lower Linc’s crib mattress today.  I laid him down for his morning nap, and he had a little trouble getting settled in.  I heard him cry, so I picked up the monitor, only to see him standing up at the side of his crib!  It took a split second for me to get over how freaking cute he looked, and then I raced in to make sure he didn’t fall out on his head.

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The days are getting busier now that everyone is on the move…but at the same time they’re getting more and more fun.  I love seeing them learn new things; the look of surprise on their faces when they do something new is priceless.  The days go by so fast, and I don’t even have time to think about being tired.  But by the time night comes and everyone is finally in bed, I’m ready to collapse.  Nevermind all the chores and work that still   need to be done.

No one ever said having one baby was easy, much less having two.  But those two have my heart and everything is so worth it!  Even when the dog bowls get dumped for the millionth time;)

Mama loves you, Linc and Viv!!

Oh, and just because I cannot get enough of him in this oversized baseball cap:

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baby boy is 10 months

You are just such a busy little man.  I have come to cherish the moments when I get to cuddle you – like when you’ve just woken from your nap or when it’s time to go to bed.  Sometimes at night I sneak into the nursery and snatch you out of bed just so I can hold you close and breathe you in.  Every other moment of the day you are climbing all over me or trying to escape so you can go explore!

- from mama’s letter to you

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What you weigh – Apparently your weight chart got up and walked off the countertop…but I will find it, I will!

What you eat  – You’re still nursing the same amount minus the dream feed.  Although you’ve stretched out your schedule to be about 4 hours between feedings now, which means your before bed nursing is only about an hour and a half after your dinner feeding.  So, I think we’ll probably be dropping one of those soon!  You’re still eating great!  We’re eating 3 meals a day now, and you take it very seriously!    Some new foods we’ve tried this month are chickpeas, black beans, split peas, cottage cheese, peaches, mango, quinoa, and several others.  I think you’ve gotten a little more picky this month, and I’m finding it kind of hard to keep giving you variety.  You would eat cottage cheese and sweet potatoes for every meal if I’d let you!  Although, the last few weeks we’ve had a problem with you throwing up.  We haven’t been able to really connect it to anything specific, although my latest theory is that maybe it’s dairy?  You don’t always throw up after dairy, but it seems that every time you’ve thrown up cottage cheese was one of the foods you’d just had.  I’m not sure, but I hate it when it happens.  You throw up quite a bit, and I know it makes you feel bad.  But usually within minutes you’re back to yourself again, laughing and trying to crawl away.  We took you to the doctor and she said it may just be that you are a boy who will throw up randomly.  I really hope that’s not true, for your sake and mine!:)

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Of course, you also love to eat the remote….among other things.

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How you sleep –  You are an amazing little sleeper!  We just dropped your third nap, so now you take a morning nap from about 9:45 to about 11 or 11:30.  Then you take another one from about 2-3:30.  Since we dropped the third nap, we moved your bedtime up about 30 minutes, so now we start baths about 7ish, and you go to bed around 7:30.  Most mornings you sleep in until about 7:30 or 7:45.   Sometimes I think you might even sleep longer if your sister didn’t wake you up!  You’re still sleeping on your tummy, thumb in mouth and a light blanket on your back.

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What you wear – You’re now wearing 6-9 month clothes, and sometimes I feel like you’re even outgrowing those!  All of your shoes are starting to seem small too, but technically you’re still in a size 2.

Diaper – Bum Genius Freetime with 2 snaps left open in the middle.  We now put a hemp insert in overnight and during your morning nap so that your diaper doesn’t leak.

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Favorite activities –Crawling!! (army crawling that is), exploring the house, getting into Olive’s food and water bowls, playing with the door stop, getting into the fireplace and tea light stand, eating, standing up (with assistance), taking your bath, being tickled, reading books, laughing, singing “if you’re happy and you know it”

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Least favorite activities – having your face cleaned, sitting still, we’ve found you’re afraid of the vacuum and drive through car washes (because of the noise)

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Big moments in your tenth month of life – started crawling!,  stopped taking your third nap, started pulling up, started eating 3 meals

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baby girl is 10 months

While you are pretty strong willed and you know what you want, you are also so laid back.  You will sit all by yourself on the floor and just play for the longest time.  It’s so cute!  You are still such a tiny little thing, and that is the 2nd thing people always comment on about you, right behind how big, blue and beautiful your eyes are.  While I really want you to gain weight and be healthy of course, I also have to admit I love how perfectly tiny you are.  You are just so so cute and sweet.

- from mama’s letter to you

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What you weigh – Your weight chart apparently got up and walked off the countertop – but I will find it…I will!

What you eat – Still nursing the same amount minus the dream feed.  Although you’ve stretched out your schedule to be about 4 hours between feedings now, which means your before bed nursing is only about an hour and a half after your dinner feeding.  So, I think we’ll probably be dropping one of those soon!  You’re eating habits change so much.  Some days I get worried because you literally will hardly eat anything.  Then the very next day you’ll eat great!  I would say most of the time you are definitely not a big fan of food in general.  You sort of act like it’s all just a big inconvenience, which is pretty funny but it also worries me because your weight gain hasn’t been great lately.  You are eating 3 meals a day now, so that may be why you’re eating less per meal as well.  Some new foods we’ve tried this month are chickpeas, black beans, split peas, cottage cheese, peaches, mango, quinoa, and several others.  You are still pretty picky, and your favorites are about the same – avocado with fruit and sweet potatoes.    You do like cottage cheese quite a bit too, but I try to limit it to just a little bit each day if that.  One other new development is that you have decided you don’t want to take a bottle anymore, which is not good.  I guess I got lazy and didn’t give them to you often enough, and now you just want nothing to do with them.  So, I guess we’ll continue to be connected at the hip until you stop nursing, which honestly is just fine with meJ  Let’s just hope I don’t have to leave you for any reason!

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How you sleep – You are now sleeping from about 7:30 until about 7 – 7:30 am.  We just dropped your 3rd nap, so now you take one in the morning from about 9:45 to 11ish and one in the afternoon from about 2 until 3 or 3:30.  Honestly, your sleep has not been as great as it used to be.  You almost always wake up before Linc, and your naps have gotten increasingly shorter – sometimes only lasting about 40 minutes.  You still sleep great at night though, so I’m not complaining.  We are still swaddling you with one arm out.

What you wear – You wear 3-6 month clothes now, and we’ve expanded your shoe collection a bit as well.  Your feet are still so tiny, so shoes have to fit a certain way to get them to stay on your feet!

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Diaper –  Bum Genius Freetime with two rows of snaps left open in the middle.

Favorite activities – playing peek-a-boo, playing with my earrings (and anyone else who is wearing any), chewing on things, taking baths, being tickled

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Least favorite activities: having your face cleaned

Big moments in your 10th month of life –  more teeth – after getting your upper right one last month, you then got the upper left, the bottom middle right and now the upper right middle

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he might as well be heading off to college

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Little man finally decided he was sick of sitting around wishing he could reach this or that…and off he went!  This past Monday morning, I looked up to see him scooting across the floor like a little inch worm, and my mama heart swelled all up as I started cheering him on.

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My baby is getting so big;  half the time I feel bipolar as I go from feeling so excited to see him do the next big thing, while the rest of the time I find myself nearly in tears because I feel like he might as well be moving off to college.

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One thing is for sure – this boy doesn’t want to sit and cuddle with mama anymore.  He’s always gotta be on the go!  I’m so darn proud of him.  Tonight he fell asleep in my arms after nursing him before bed, and I just sat and stared at him for the longest time.  I know it sounds cliche, but my emotions can just almost not handle him growing and changing so much.  I know one day he will be too big to hold in my arms anymore, and until then I will be soaking up every second I have with him as my little baby.  They are too short.IMG_9952

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