Thursday, June 16, 2011

Jude is 11 Months Old!

I cannot accept the fact that in one month from today, I'll have a one year old. I feel like that means that this is my last month to have a baby. That's honestly kind of sad. However, Jude is SO cute and SO much fun that I'm not too sad :) I love every stage, and this one is no exception. Here is what Jude has been up to the past month:

-The biggest development with Jude this month is that we dropped his early morning feeding. I had been feeding him right before he went to bed at about 8, and then he would sleep until around 5am and I would feed him to get him back to sleep for a couple more hours. I knew he was capable of going without that feeding, but I was just scared to drop it because I didn't particularily want to start my day at 5am! We decided that it was time to drop that feeding, though, since I will be weaning him pretty soon, and feeding him at 5am won't be an option anymore. I'm happy to report that dropping that feeding has been MUCH easier than I was worried it was going to be! David goes to Jude's room when/if he wakes up, and just gives him his pacifier, and he usually goes right back to sleep. Unfortunately, David has to be the one to go to Jude's room, though, because if I go, he wants to eat and will not go back to sleep until I nurse him -- I know he isn't actually hungry; I think he is just in the habit of eating when he sees me. So, since we've dropped that 5am feeding, Jude nurses 3 or 4 times a day now. I am planning on weaning him over the next month, and that is kind of bittersweet, but I'm really proud that we've made it this far.

-Jude still takes 2 naps a day, and he definitely still needs that morning nap, so I don't think he will be transitioning to 1 nap a day anytime in the near future. He has been sleeping about 11 or 12 hours a night, but he does still wake up for his pacifier once or twice a night. He sleeps all night sometimes, but not very consistently. I feel like we've come so far in the sleep department that I can't really complain. Maybe one day, Jude will consistently sleep through the night!

-He still eats mostly babyfood. He is starting to like table food more and more, so hopefully soon we can ditch the babyfood! He will eat little piece of cheese, bread, butter beans, carrots, and puffs. We have tried lots of other things, too, but those are the things that he's eaten the best so far.

-He crawls everywhere and is into everything. He loves to play and he definitely tries to keep up with his big sister. It's so cute to see the two of them play together! Jude puts everything into his mouth, so Aubrey knows not to leave any little things laying on the floor, and she is usually good about watching out for her little brother :) Jude pulls up constantly, and he has started cruising a little bit. I don't think walking is in the very near future, but I know it won't be too long!

-He has four teeth, and I've been wondering if he is getting more because he has been a little fussy lately, and he's been drooling a lot. No new teeth have popped through yet, though. He looks super cute with his four little teeth!

-He babbles all the time, and the thing he says the most is "da da da." He also says "uh oh" when he drops something, and "by by by." He squeals a lot, too. His voice and noises are the cutest ever!

-He will play peek-a-boo when he's in the right mood. We say, "Where's Jude?" and he puts his little hands over his eyes. Then he pulls his hands down, and we say, "There he is!" and Jude just giggles and laughs. It's SO adorable!

-He is still a Momma's boy, and I love it! When I pick him up from the nursery, he is always so happy to see me, and he just holds onto me and lays his little head on my shoulder. When he's tired, he doesn't want anyone else to hold him. He likes David a lot, too, but Aubrey is his favorite. He gets SO excited when he see her. He kicks and laughs and squeals. It makes me so happy that they love each other so much.

Even though it is a little sad for me that Jude is growing up so fast, it's also so exciting to watch his personality develop and start to really show. He is just a content, happy baby almost all the time, and he's a joy to be around. I am SO in love with my baby boy, and every day with him is a gift. We can't imagine our family without Jude, and we're forever thankful that God gave him to us!
These pictures are getting more difficult to take......


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Genevieve said...

Congrats on dropping the 5am feeding! I am so glad it was much easier than you had anticipated, that gives me some hope!! I totally know what you mean about being a little sad he is almost a year old, time just flies by and they are not little babies anymore...anyway Jude is looking as adorable as ever. :)