Tuesday, September 25, 2012

letters to duke - 11 months

September 22, 2012

Dear Duke,

Gosh, I just love everything you do.  I'm so fascinated watching every little face and every little move you make.  You do this new little side-nose-squint thing, which I call the Mowgli face.  It is hilarious!  You breathe in and out of your nose intensely when doing it as well.  I have yet to capture it on video.  That's my goal this month.

You're still doing your funny little crawl and haven't really made any advances in the whole walking thing.  You pull up with ease and have, without knowing, been standing alone.  Once you figure it out though, you quickly sit down on your bottom.

You have discovered preference.  You want things and you don't want things.  You make this very known. :)  I have to say "no" quite a bit these days as you reach out and try to touch, hit, or put things in your mouth.  There are many things, like the DVD player, that you will crawl up to, look at, and then shake your head because you're so used to watching us do this.  In the instances that you are really mad to be told "no," you try to bite my wrist or arm or whatever you can get to the fastest.  It's funny to watch you do this, but I try not to laugh because you really can't go around biting people, Duke.  They even did a song about it on Yo Gabba Gabba, which you love.  And as far as teeth are concerned, you still have 6.

You have also discovered imitation.  You imitate noises, movements, and faces that we make.  You and I spend lots of time each day doing this.  You do your own version of "uh oh" when you drop something and "off" when we turn off lights.  One of your favorite things to do is sit on the floor and use your feet to spin around.  When you do this, we sing the song, "Round and round and round he goes.  Where he stops, nobody knows." 

This month was a fussier month.  Because you're taking more risks, this means you have more falls and head bumps.  For the most part, I let you cry and see if you can get past it on your own.  If I can tell it was a bad one or I just can't handle it, then I sweep you up into my arms and hold you.  You've also been more clingy this month.  There have been times when you do not want me (or whoever) to put you down.  Usually once you find toys to play with, you're okay.  But sometimes, you just want to be held.

Your schedule has remained pretty much the same.  You take 2 naps that are around 1.5-2.5 hours each and you're sleeping 11.5-12 hours at night.  Waketime before those naps is usually an hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours.  You're eating 5 times a day, 3 of which are supplemented with veggies, rice cereal, and fruit.  We started the weaning process a couple weeks ago so at this point, you're only nursing 3 times a day.  For the other 2 times, you drink formula from a bottle.  When you nurse, you only eat about 6-8 minutes.  Nurse Sara weighed you and you are 20.5 lbs.  We didn't check your length, but judging by your legs in that picture up there, I know you've grown!

Duke, I am in love with this phase we're in with you.  You're so mobile.  You can get to where you want to be and you can explore anything and everything on your own.  You play by yourself and with us.  You're perfectly content banging blocks together, chasing balls, and snuggling up with your over-sized monkey.  We laugh, we tickle, we smile, we roll around, we chase.  It's just so fun.  I'm trying to soak in every ounce of this phase that I can.  I love you, sweet boy.



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