I am currently chronicling our little guy’s life through (in part) a series of letters that I’m sharing on this blog. It’s important to me to document his little adventures, his growth, the changes I notice in him, and our memories of him.
This one is a bit late in the month – I can’t believe my baby will be 1 year old in just over two weeks! For me and this project, late is much better than never. My overall goal is presence, not perfection.
You are 11 months old! It’s sort of your last month as an infant – next month, I can’t just count your life in months anymore. This first year with you has been such a fantastic adventure.
We spent quite a bit of the last month with Mimi and Grandpa in Kona and you had such fun! Now we’re spending time with Daddy’s parents – you love all of the attention you’ve gotten from both sets of grandparents over the last few weeks!
Here are a few things I want to remember about you at this age:
I want to remember how aware you are. You seem to know everything that is going on – you know when it’s bedtime; you know when Mommy has been gone on errands; you know that strangers in the grocery store love it when you flash them your enormous smile. You also know when Mommy’s not around to enforce bedtime and you give whomever is putting you down quite the bedtime battle.
I want to remember how, ever since you learned to crawl, you’ve been working so hard to get UP. You started pulling yourself up to your knees on stairs, chairs, rocks at the beach and now you can pull yourself all the way up to standing on just about anything!
I want to remember what a fantastic little traveler you are. I was terrified to take you on our scheduled red-eye flight back from the beach, but you were a champ and slept the entire way. You also adjusted to jet lag so quickly!
I want to remember how you crawl like a baby gorilla, swinging your shoulders back and forth. It’s so cute!
I want to remember how your hair got bleached by the sun at the beach and turned you into a strawberry blonde.
I want to remember the things you are doing and loving and learning too. I want to remember that you are
loving water and your turtle pool. You are so brave in the water now! You visited tide-pools with Grandpa and splash wildly whenever you sit in a calm pool. The waves still scared you a little, understandably. Now you spend time every day in your turtle pool and love spraying water everywhere.
trying to tackle the stairs. You’ve tackled a stair-step just a few times and somehow one day managed to make it up onto a table. I can tell that I’m going to need to block the big stairs soon.
chasing Papa’s cat and trapping him under the bureau. You are less fascinated with petting the cat and more with simply crawling after him as fast as you can possibly go. If you disappear suddenly, I know that I can normally find you sitting by the dresser where the cat likes to hide, patiently waiting for him to come out.
loving pesto, quinoa, and strawberry yogurt. You have always been a pretty good eater, but when I pull out the quinoa, pesto, or strawberry yogurt, you wiggle with excitement. I waited until just recently to introduce you to strawberry flavoring and you eat like you’re trying to catch up from 11 months of missing out.
cuddling your elephants. You have quite the collection of stuffed elephants for bedtime and nothing makes you happier than cuddling with them. Mostly, you like to chew on their noses.
shopping anywhere that I will take you. Stores and lights and the strangers there fascinate you.
playing with Mommy and Daddy. You laugh wildly at being tickled. We can also play little games together now, like hide-and-seek. You can help me put blocks IN the bowl and pull them OUT on command, with a little encouragement.
recognizing faces on screens. You love watching videos of yourself. While we were away from Daddy, you laughed when I showed you pictures of him and you wave at Mimi on FaceTime.
Can’t wait for your first birthday party, my baby boy!
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