Wyatt turns 11 months old today! Only one more month to go until he’s a year old – hard to believe!
This past month has been a lot of fun! Wyatt is so expressive, and he’s getting more and more mobile. He still army crawls all over the house, and we’ve started putting barricades up to keep him away from dangerous areas (like the stairs). He’s been pulling himself up to his knees to play with things, and he looks so grown up standing on his knees. It probably won’t be long before he’s pulling himself up to his feet! Sometimes when he’s on his hands and knees he’ll straighten his legs so he’s balancing on his hands and feet – it’s cute! I haven’t been able to capture a picture, unfortunately.
This month Wyatt said his first word! And it wasn’t “mama” or “dada”. I still haven’t had that moment where I know he is talking about us when he says those words. But right around Derek’s birthday, I noticed a couple different times Wyatt said “baba” when it was about time to feed him again, and then if we didn’t give him his bottle right away he started crying. I just knew when he was saying “baba” that he was asking for his bottle!
I’ve been a lot more aware of how Wyatt is trying to communicate with us this month – for example, when he wants solid food he’ll start making chewing motions with his mouth. It’s so fun to see him start to communicate! And I know whatever word he ends up using for me and Derek won’t be far behind.
He’s also been waving more, but still just when he feels like it. Though he will copy me if he sees me waving or clapping, and it melts my heart.
We’ve been trying more table foods this month, and Wyatt eats cereal puffs and bananas pretty well now. I think we may start trying pieces of pears or noodles soon.
He was making the funniest facial expressions while he ate the other day, and we tried to take a video – excuse the poor quality, and the fact that Derek and I were laughing every few seconds, but we couldn’t help it – it was so funny! He’s never done that before, and I’m pretty sure he was doing that face on purpose to make us laugh. And see that hand thing he does? He does that any time he’s happy or excited.
His sleep is still pretty good at night, though it’s been a little rougher lately because I think he’s going through a growth spurt. Over the last couple of months though he went from one nap during the day to two naps. Usually babies drop a nap around Wyatt’s age, but I guess he decided to add one! I think it’s because he’s growing, and I’m okay with him napping a little more right now – I might as well enjoy it while I can!
He’s in mostly 12 month clothes now for the length, though he can still fit into a lot of his 9 month clothes (and even a couple of his six month shirts). He’s long, but pretty slim – he’s on almost the tightest setting in the waist of his cloth diapers.
This month Wyatt also got his right upper tooth (on the 26th), and I think he might be working on his molars soon, because he’s been grabbing his ear a lot which can be a sign of teething (he doesn’t have an ear infection).
Of course the big first this month was celebrating Wyatt’s first Christmas! But he also got his first haircut, and we celebrated Derek’s birthday together as a family for the first time this year.
He’s been doing such funny things lately too – he’ll make silly facial expressions to make us laugh, which is just adorable. He is definitely initiating play with us (I just especially noticed it this month).
He does the cutest things. After Christmas, I had a plastic container of chocolate covered raisins, and I was sitting on the floor next to Wyatt while I ate them. He grabbed the lid to the container and started balancing it on his face. Every time he had it balanced he would get so excited and look so proud of himself, and when it fell off he’d grab it and put it back on his face again! It was so funny – of course I had to grab a picture!
The other day he smiled at my mom and I by scrunching up his whole face (which I did as a baby too). When he’s on the floor and gets excited about something he’ll drop to his “superman” position on his stomach and kick his legs and wave his hands – it makes us laugh every time, and Derek’s mom told us that Derek used to do that as a baby too! It’s fun to see the ways he takes after each of us.
I won’t be able to call you a “baby” for that many more months – even this past month there were a couple times when you moved your head just right, or had a certain expression on your face, and it struck me how grown up you are starting to look. You lose a little more of your “baby-ness” every day, and I’m just holding on to all these sweet moments when I can still call you Baby. But I want you to know that though you won’t always be a baby, you’ll always be my baby, and I treasure every single day of being your mama! I love you, Sweet Boy. I’m so glad God gave you to your daddy and me.