Eleven Months Old

I can’t believe I am writing eleven months. We have had such a busy month and he has been a trooper throughout. We moved house and then headed to New Zealand where we currently are. I’ll update on all of these things at some point but for now, Jude’s eleven month update.

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I’ve been really impressed with his ability to cope with all the change and chaos. He has continued to pretty much stick to his routine and transition pretty well between different rooms to sleep in.

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At eleven months, he’s cruising around everywhere. He crawls as fast as I can walk and he stands up and furniture walks around everywhere. His balance is awesome and can stand without holding on  – but still doesn’t seem all that interested in taking a step.

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He communicating with us so much. It is really cool. In addition to ‘mama’, ‘dada’, he also says ‘nana’ (for banana), and ‘gee-y-gee’ (kitty cats). He also just in the last week started singing along with us – ‘la la la la’ over and over when we sing ‘Elmo’s Song’. The cutest thing!

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He still loves to share his food with us and most of the time we do the same. He is a little beggar and tries to snatch a bite of whatever we put in out mouths. He still loves bread but if I had to pick a favorite food group of the moment, fruit would be it. It’s been so convenient with always moving around to have an apple, banana, or pear in my purse.

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He also this month started trying to feed the cats more. He loves dropping or throwing food – mostly for the cause and effect. In NZ, he’s been loving throwing bits of food to birds and watching them flock around him!

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We have been taking him out to eat a lot more and discovered there are some really great, kid-friendly places, that are perfect for him. TGIFridays is awesome – they do amazing, super cheap and delicious kids meals.

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A big first this month was him figuring out how to use a straw. I often buy fresh fruit smoothies when we are out and about and have previously tried to share with Jude but he would pull the straw out and fling smoothie all over. After some practice sucking, he finally gets it.

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He is still loving his books and we miss not having more with us while traveling. I have been reading the same 3 books over and over and over to him the past week and a half!

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Paper is also a favorite toy. We let him go crazy on an old Economist magazine.

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He looooved it.

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But it always ends up doubling as a snack.

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Toilet paper too. I have had to take them off the roll as he loves unravelling it and than eating it. I don’t understand as he certainly has enough fiber in his diet!!

IMG_1399We play a lot of peek-a-boo too. He giggles like crazy every time a face reemerges. He also loves when the cats sleep under the covers and he finds them – we do ‘peek-a-boo gee-y-gee’!

IMG_1398Our new apartment if right across from a playground – so perfect as he is just figuring out what fun these giant, colorful structures are.

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Perhaps my most favorite milestone this month is hugging. Out of nowhere he just started hugging us like crazy. He comes up to me and wraps and arm around me and lays his head on my shoulder, or knee, or wherever and cuddles. I adore it!

IMG_2174Sleeping is still going really well. I realized he wasn’t ready to cut down his naps so he is still getting (and needing) two a day. On vacation we have pushed his bedtime back a little to 7pm and miraculously he has managed to accept the change and sleep till 7am.

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He’s always the cutest when he just wakes up and sees us for the first time.

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IMG_1492He’s had a lot of naps in the Ergo this month too. On the long flight over it was the only place I could get him to sleep – as it cut out all stimulation around him. It meant that my sleep wasn’t so comfortable.

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A funny new thing this month was his discovery of his nostril. He often sticks his finger in there now!

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In NZ both places we’ve stayed have had stairs, he loves going up them but didn’t really know how to go down them. We spent the first day constantly showing him how to go down backwards and by the second day he had mastered it!

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Proud Mom.

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Oh, Jude, you continue to steal our hearts. We love all game playing, the giggles, and the cuddles.

Photo on 16-03-14 at 5.12 PM #4

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