Our littlest turned ONE in May, and he continues to be a joy. He seriously cannot stop smiling, and makes others feel welcome simply by looking into their eyes, smiling, and waving. He loves to get down and dance at every opportunity, like while the blender is running. Drums are his favorite instrument, and he does a great job keeping the beat. He’s beginning to like reading – especially the BabyLit and Duck & Goose series – after not caring much for the first year of his life. Now, we read many books a day to him. He plays quietly by himself for a good amount of time, just checking in with me periodically to give me hugs. It’s lovely.
- Weight & Height: At his one-year checkup he weighed 20 lbs (~10th percentile) and was 29.75 inches long (~50th percentile). He’s growing right on his curve and was in the 25th percentile weight for height.
- Clothing: He’s just now wearing 12-month clothes, and will be for a while.
- Diapers: size 3
- Teeth: 4 on top, 3 on bottom
- Sleep: He goes to bed between 8:30 & 9 and wakes up for the day between 7 & 8, with usually 1 nighttime wake up (but sometimes more than that if something is going on with him). He generally takes one afternoon nap for 2-3 hours starting around 12-1pm, but sometimes still does a quick morning one that messes up his afternoon one. Sleep has been a challenge, but hopefully will continue to get better. On the plus side, he goes to sleep easily, just doesn’t stay asleep.
- Nursing: He continues to breastfeed a lot – primarily before he goes to sleep and when he wakes up. He takes at least one nursing break in the middle of nap, and doesn’t seem like he wants to give it up anytime soon (although I’m feeling more and more ready to be done, especially when he’s biting me!)
- Food: He prefers to feed himself, which can be messy! He doesn’t love food, but likes cantaloupe, strawberries, yogurt, green beans, beans and rice, and peas. Plus, he enjoys snack food like chickpea puffs and yogurt melts. I offer lots of food to him, but he’s picky about what he actually consumes.
- Movement: E began walking at 11 months (Easter Sunday) and is now working on running and climbing.
- Words: Mama, Dada, Dog, Head, Hi, Bye, Door
Other Things: He understands so much more than he can say. For example, if we say you need to sit in the chair, not stand, he will sit down. We’ve started working on getting him to stop doing things that hurt (like pulling brother’s hair)…although we continue to work on that with Henry so we know it’s an ongoing process. He gives fantastic hugs, and sloppy, wet kisses and we are all so in love.
My littlest is now 11 months old! He seems too big these days, even though he’s still in the bottom half of the growth charts. His strength allows him to endure Henry’s endless tackle hugs, wrestling, and crushing sitting attacks with minimal fuss. He loudly cries out when it gets to be too much for him, but I tend to freak out before that happens. He crawls with lightning speed, forcing me to close off rooms of the house so he won’t explore without supervision. If he can find a toy with wheels (walker or large car or truck) or even one without (blue IKEA stools), he walks around pushing away. He cruises the furniture and people present in the room, and stands without holding on to anything for several seconds at a time.
He is ready to walk. But I’m not ready. The world as I know it as a mom of two will change in the instant that happens. And I’ll be running down two little boys headed in opposite directions instead of a toddler and baby. I’m excited to see him motor on his own, but sad at the same time since he’s my last little.
Motherhood is strange that way. The baby stage exhausts and frustrates me at some point each day (often more than once), but my heart seems to be breaking to see it go. Elliot is my snuggler; he’s always loved being close to wherever I am and maybe he won’t play and then come over for a hug and return to playing anymore. His favorite way to sleep continues to be on top of me (or Keith). While exhausting and not feasible for normal sleep, I can’t help but feel overwhelmingly suffocating love for him when he is sleeping in my arms after (while) nursing. But I’m so ready to sleep for more than four hours in a row sometime soon.
He’s been sleeping much better at night and is only waking up 2 to 3 times versus the 7+ it had been from months 6 to 10. He still takes two naps, a short 30-minute morning one (probably due to being out and about with his bro) and a longer 2-3 hour one in the afternoons (usually split by a mid-nap nursing session). He sleeps best in our bed, but I don’t so he spends his nights and some naps in his crib in the project room. We’re waiting until he is big and strong enough to share with Henry, who still isn’t the best sleeper and tries his best to sleep in our bed each night.
Elliot’s smile and laughter are ever-present. Everything brings him joy! He especially likes pointing out all the birds in the sky, making fart noises with his mouth, getting dirty while trying to eat leaves, taking things out of things and putting them in other things, and dancing. The world is his dance party and anything can spark him moving his body to the beat.
He just cut his 6th tooth and enjoys feeding himself finger foods. We still give him purees, too, but we mostly have to trick him into eating them. His favorite foods at the moment are eggs, black beans and rice, pears, and yogurt. Luckily, he doesn’t seem to have any food allergies (we’ve still been holding off on giving him oats since he had a sensitivity a few months ago).
He’s had a virus or ear infection or cough pretty much every month of his life, but that comes with the territory of having a big brother who wants to share everything with him. It looks like he inherited my immune system, but at least he remains mostly happy when he’s ill.
Finally, his favorite words are mama and dada. He also says words that could be construed as milk, head, hat, and brother, but aren’t quite there yet. He points as his main basis for communication and shakes his head no repeatedly when he doesn’t like or want something. His voice is beginning to sound like Henry’s, so it can be difficult to tell who is crying or yelling. Poor kid, he gets called HenryElliot all the time already, and we aren’t even old yet! At least he doesn’t mind right now.
Elliot is becoming a little boy day by day. At his 9-month checkup today, he weighed in at 18 lbs, 7 oz (25th percentile) and measured 28 and 3/4 inches long (50th percentile). He’s on track for everything for his age, and his second ear infection has cleared up. It looks like two more teeth are cutting through, which will bring his teeth total up to 6.
He loves trying to eat anything and everything, except for actual food, which he only eats in the evening. This makes for adventures in picking up tiny items from the floor, trying to keep up with the vacuuming, and encouraging Henry to clean up his toys – all before Elliot quickly puts them into his mouth.
He crawls remarkably fast, especially because he only started doing it at 8 months while we were on vacation with the Bad Kids. He giggles with glee as he chases after Henry from one side of the house to the other. Being a mom to two boys is loud and raucous already!
He started cutting his two bottom center teeth just before Christmas, and gave up on nighttime sleep around that time. He grew his two top center teeth while on vacation in January, and we didn’t even notice until the pearly whites poked through. That’s what sleep deprivation will do for you – he was awake every one to two hours and needed to nurse each time! That means he gained about two pounds during that period, but I feel like no amount of sleep will allow me to catch up.
We just moved his crib out of our room this past week, and he seems to sleep more soundly. He has had a couple nights of good sleep, followed by a night of terrible rest. I hope it continues to involve less wake ups and more consecutive hours of sleep for everyone.
He suffered two ear infections in the past two months, necessitating antibiotics that he doesn’t like. They only seemed to bother him at night; he remained his smiley self during the day. He is social and loves for people to smile and play with him. He claps his hands and dances to music, stretches his hands above his head to tell us how big he is, and pats his head when we ask him to locate it. In other words, he’s a wonderful, typical baby!
(Fine, he’s 7 months old at this point, but as the second child I think I’m doing pretty well with his written updates; I’ve already done more than with Henry!)
Elliot had his 6 month checkup on Monday, a bit delayed since his doctor was out of town at his two-month mark so the rest of his checkups are almost at the next month mark to have the right spacing between shots. I’m almost a month delayed at this post so it’s no big deal. He is now 27 inches long and 16 1/2 pounds, which the doctor says puts him around the 50th and 25th percentiles, respectively. He continues to be smaller than Henry was at 6 months (28.5″ and 20 lb 13 oz), but I love his littleness.
This kid is so full of joy – everyone smiles with him when he’s around. His favorite person is Henry, and he babbles, sings, and dances with him. He’s doing a great job of sitting on his own and rocks tummy time. He’s creeping and rolling to get places, and tries to push up on his hands. Frustration is setting in that he can’t crawl yet, but to that I don’t mind…an immobile baby is a wonderful being. He pushes on his feet to stand in our laps and loves jumping on us and in his Jumparoo – he works on his fitness all the time.
He’s making delightful sounds from his baby Wookiee growl to silly squeals to belly laughs. He definitely communicates his feelings. He rarely cries other than when he’s hungry or tired or being loved too hard by Henry (although he’s started protesting when I leave the room).
He usually takes two (sometimes three) naps, a short one in the morning and a longer one in the afternoon, but life with big brother can easily cut one short. Nighttime sleep has been less predictable. He can go 5 or 6 hours between wake ups, but usually is up every 2 to 3 hours, and some nights he wakes up more often than that! I live on coffee to compensate.
He’s started eating new foods despite not having any teeth; his favorites include oatmeal, sweet potatoes, pears, and mangos. He doesn’t seem to like apples, avocado, or carrots. He’s still not taking a bottle well, but since I’m home with him it doesn’t matter a ton (I just can’t get solo time for more than a few hours in a row.) He has days where he can’t get enough mama milk, and others when he doesn’t want much. This is frustrating for me, but he’s thriving. He is a lovely little boy.
My smiley, little Elliot is four months old now, and doing things. The past week he has been focused on rolling from his back to his stomach, waking us up multiple times a night when he realizes he can’t easily return to his back. Even better, he has started to laugh – mostly at us for doing silly things, but also at life in general. His spirit is so joyful he is a pleasure to be around. He had his first cold and trip to the doctor to assure us it was only a cold, and still has the remnants of a cough. He is always drooling…copious amounts of drool the likes of which I have never seen. Please don’t tell me he will be getting teeth; I like to live in blissful ignorance that they are probably forming sooner than later.
- Henry, Mama, and Daddy (in that order)
- Chewing on whatever he can grab – fingers, toys, blankets
- Cuddling with people
- Reading (eating!) books
- Sophie the giraffe
- His car seat
- Not being able to roll off his belly (even though he has done it in the past)
Welcome to the world, Elliot! We’ve been waiting for you to join us, and we’re so happy you arrived early on May 13, 2016, at 3:32pm, but perfect.
You’re so much smaller than your big brother – 18.5 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces – but you showed up a week earlier than he did so that makes sense.
You have such a strong sucking reflex, and you’re adapting to nursing like a champ – cluster feeding already. You love to be cuddled and worn in your Moby wrap, and would sleep on someone all the time if you possibly could. We know it’s early, but you have been so relaxed and chill, compared to Henry, I like the balance you’ve brought to our family so far.
We all love you so much, especially Henry. If he could love on you all the time I think he would. He has given you so many kisses, pats, and tickles and you’ve more than tolerated it – you’ve embraced it.
Welcome to team Walbolt!