Rylan is still one of the happiest babies around. His smile and belly laugh is infectious. He loves his mama and dada but warms up to strangers within minutes. If Rylan could choose his own adventure each day, it would consist of being outside as much as possible, eating meat and blueberries, watching ceiling fans, opening kitchen cupboards and dancing to music…any kind of music. The kid loves to bounce and clap.
This has also been one of the most challenging months yet. Rylan is beginning to test limits and has a very predictable reaction when things do not go his way. He has taken to folding over while crying to hide his head in his hands. And when it comes to the car seat and diaper changes, he contorts into a full body arch to protest. Sometimes we can’t help but laugh because he is upset over such a silly thing. But other times I get nervous about the toddler road ahead. Behind Rylan’s sweetest smiles, I fear, is a stubborn streak that will surely test us in ways we can’t predict.
However, until then, I am holding onto every cuddle and every nursing session for dear life. I cannot get enough of how he waves his arms and crawls to me at warp speed at daycare pickup. My heart melts at the way he curves his arms through mine when I am holding him, pulling himself that much closer to me. I adore watching him stare in awe at his older cousins. Their bond is already strong and he is going to follow them around like an unshakable shadow in the next year.
Mom’s 11 Month Favorites:
- Holding his little hands while we “walk” around and around the house together
- The fact that he is still up for nursing at least twice a day, and the look that only I get when we hang out and cuddle and play after nursing and before bedtime
- Hearing from his teachers just how social he has become. He is the class “tour guide” during stroller rides, pointing out every tree, building and other sights along the way
- Asking him, “where is the owl or where is the light,” and seeing him think then point to the correct object
- His easy going nature when we are away. My mom watched him for three nights in mid-June and he was his happy and flexible self
Dad’s 11 Month Favorites:
- His extremely inquisitive personality. I love answering his point and “bah” questions with an explanation of what he is seeing. It is especially neat to watch him learn how to recognize, with repetition, the things that he is pointing at…especially ceiling fans and lights
- Seeing him go from crawling, to standing, and walking with support, along with his growing interest in figuring out how to walk on his own
- Watching him begin to mimic mom and dad, and the excitement on his face when he figures it out
- The HUGE smile on his face after being away from us
- How his smile and giggle makes us smile and laugh right back, no matter how challenging the day
Little bud, we love you so darn much! Can’t wait for what the next few weeks have in store.