{Month 11} + Soliciting People Who Know How to Freeze Time

We are in Month 11 and only 14 days away from having a 1 year old. It’s actually terrifying how quick 11 months went. Where did the time go? Did I enjoy it enough? Was I present enough every day? I am both happy, yet sad because I already forget many of the days that we’ve had with Calvin. I don’t forget them, but I don’t remember every moment like I wish I could. It’s impossible to do so in the midst of busy weeks, days, and months. I think I’m going to do some research on being present/living in the moment, try it out, and then blog it in the very near future. It’s a topic that I’ve been thinking about so much lately!
I remember when he was trying so hard to roll over and he just couldn’t yet. A few days later he was rolling over left and right and could get across the room by doing so. Then I remember when he could get to his hands & knees and wanted to crawl so badly, but he just couldn’t yet. And in the blink of an eye he could crawl across the room faster than you could count to ten. Then he started reaching for the couch, the table, and trying to pull himself up. A few weeks later and he is walking across the room on the his own. Watching him learn and grow is one of my favorite past times. I am loving his age and size right now – does anyone know how to freeze time?
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11 month stats & facts
weight: 23lbs. 9oz.
still loves his bath but can’t sit still
can walk across the room on his own
talking up a storm
wearing 12-18 month clothing
eating big boy foods on his own
good at signing “more”, “gentle”, and “all done”
eyes are now hazel colored
the center of attention anywhere we go
goes to bed around 7pm, wakes up at 545am – still wakes up once in the night occasionally
Overall, Calvin is a wild man. The cutest wild man I have ever seen. He is extremely determined, independent, and I can tell he is going to be a go-getter. He made the Aquarius cut off by one day, but he fits this sign perfectly – much like his Mom. I say that he is a Mamas boy all the time, and I think that’s true, but he is also obsessed with his Dad. Each night after I feed him his bottle he starts yelling, “Dadadada” because he knows Dad is the king of rocking him to sleep. It has been just us three on our own for the past year and we are pretty much obsessed with spending and valuing our time together as a family.
I know so many others who have an “almost” one year old. I can’t wait to watch all your babes celebrates their first birthdays this year! I’m off to try and put a birthday party together in 2 weeks – will be posting about that at the end of the month ❤
Hope you all have an amazing week – kick ass & take names!

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{Month 10} + Why Mobility Changes Everything!

Wow, I’m really late getting this one up! I took Calvin’s 10 months pics on time (actually 1 day early, go me!) but obviously did not get around to posting along with my monthly mama thought…which is all about my baby becoming mobile!
You guys, a mobile baby changes. everything. I’ll be honest in saying that Calvin really spoiled us as a baby (I’m talking like 0-6 months of age.) He was an exceptional newborn, such a little angel, and we could take him anywhere – we actually still can which has been nice. He didn’t love sleeping, and still doesn’t, but we are really lucky to have had such amazing experiences. He is still awesome of course, but once he started rolling, crawling, standing, pulling himself up, and taking steps, the ass-kicking (for Craig and I) set in and exhaustion ensued (even more.) He is a wild child and cannot sit still for one second – but what 10 MO can right? I now understand (for real, this time) the following statements that I had heard from moms that came before me:
  • Chasing my baby/toddler/child is my daily workout
  • You’ll never sleep again – [however I would correct this to you’ll never sleep again when you want to]
  • I barely have time to finish brushing my teeth or shower
  • Babyproof EVERYTHING! [Calvin particularly loves to grab make-up brushes from under the sink and eat them]
When a baby is not yet mobile, you can put them in a swing, rock n play, mamaroo, etc. Then they learn how to sit-up, then they learn how to wiggle out, then they are too big to even fit in the contraption to begin with. I remember saying to Craig, “what are we going to do when we can no longer put him in something and walk away for a second? Or when we can lay him in the rock ‘n play and lay down beside him?” That comment feels like yesterday and I cannot believe that we are only 6 weeks from his 1st birthday. How did we get here?
Calvin is changing so much every week and truly starting to do things that make me realize he will be a little boy (and no longer a baby) before I know it. I really want to live in the moment and take in all of these memories as much as I can.
What a blessing it is to watch him play, learn, grow and develop. We know we are so fortunate to have a healthy, happy baby and love the excitement and energy he brings to our home.
All that aside – do they make baby chill pills? LOL I am JUST KIDDING. But I feel like the change from small baby to mobile infant/toddler has been huge. How are you mamas feeling about this stage??
THE LATEST:
-We sat him on the scale at home and he weighs ~25lbs.
-He can take approx. 4 steps on his own
-He now has 6 teeth (4 top, 2 bottom)
-Officially in all 12+ month clothing
-Can say mama, dada, up, hi, book, hot, yay, baby, and is very good at mimicking almost any word we give to him
-Is obsessed with making this new surprised, “oh” face on camera
-loves all his stuffed animals…sometimes he is cuddly, sometimes his is biting off their faces
-Loves self feeding himself bananas and raspberries
Some of our favorite items we actually own that teach mobility and learning:
Little Tikes Light ‘N Go Walker Little Tikes Light 'n Go - 3-in-1 Activity Walker
Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity TableBaby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table
V-Tech Sit to Stand Walker
Thanks for following along and keeping up with Calvin! We love you all.

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