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Dear Conor – 13 Months

…and then we were 1

That first year went quick, and I hear the years just go faster. This year is already starting to fly by! It’s taken me a month to get your one year letter written.

You are such a happy boy. I am not sure how we got so lucky, but we really hit the jackpot of happy babies with you!

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We had a small family birthday party to celebrate the big ONE, and you even directed a musical performance at the dinner table with the family. Singing is one of your favorite dinner time activities. Oh, and let’s not forget that we now like to “cheers” all the things!

CHEERS!! #ConorJosephHenry #momlife #cheers

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You also like to throw your food on the floor bit by bit when you are done and “woof” for Mella. That doesn’t happen often, you are quite the eater. Daddy sends me breakfast updates in the morning, it’s not surprising for you to gobble up 3 eggs, a couple of pieces of sausage, toast, milk, and fruit to start your day. You’re completely on solid foods now. We (meaning I) had been clinging on to nursing you once a day, but it didn’t make sense, and you were ready. Won’t say that I don’t miss that time with you though.

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You’re a growing boy that’s for sure! You’re currently in 18-24m clothes and wearing some 2T, and a size 5 in shoes. At your 12 month check-up you came in at 27lbs 4oz and 31″ tall. Your weight jumped quite a bit this month, but the doc wasn’t worried. She said once you start walking you should start losing that baby belly, which I don’t necessarily want to go, it’s so cute! You don’t seem to have much interest in walking right now. You crawl over the place, and even do a little lion routine by shaking your head back and forth, yelling and crawling from room to room, it’s adorable. You can stand on your own, but sometimes catch yourself standing and sit down quickly.

You sleep like a champ. I put you down around 9 pm and you sleep until 7-8 am most mornings. You teased us with some 9 am wake-ups last week. Occasionally you wake at night, but daddy usually goes in and gets you back to sleep quickly.

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You spend a lot of time with Daddy, you two are best buds, and I love it. He takes such great care of you while I am at work. Going back to work isn’t easy, but knowing how well you are taken care of makes it a lot easier. I miss you like crazy, and can’t wait to get home every night. Once I get home we have dinner, some nights a bath, then we play in your nursery reading all the books, and playing with your animals. You can definitely say “duck” “woof” and “moo”. Every time I try to catch you on video though, you freeze up.

You’re favorite book is still the Curious George Goodnight book, you are also fond of Bubbles, Bubbles, and a peek-a-boo book you got for Christmas. You’ve started watching a few cartoons like Curious George, Peg + Cat, and Perro y el Gato (a new favorite of your parents as well). You love eggs, yogurt, sausage, applesauce, and oranges. You’ve started to get a little picky with your veggies, but I sneak them into green smoothies for you. You love feeding Mella treats, and yelling at her when she gets too close and excited.

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I just can’t put into words the amount of joy you bring me and your daddy. Nothing beats that little face lighting up when you see me walk through the door after work. Or, hearing you and daddy laugh and play. I love your bedtime snuggles, you hold on to me tight when I rock and sing you to sleep. Some nights its hard to put you down. You are so loved by your family and especially me and your daddy. You are our sunshine and we can’t wait to celebrate all the milestones this next year brings.

Love,

Mom

Dear Conor - 7 months

Dear Conor – 7 Months

Dear Conor,

I’ll probably say this every month, but I cannot believe you are already 7 months old! Your half birthday came and went, and I am sure these next months will go by just as fast.

Dear Conor - 7 months

At the end of July, your 6 month birthday, you were 15 pounds and 27 1/2 inches long. We went back for some shots at a couple of weeks ago, but they didn’t measure or weigh you since it was just a vaccine appointment. After reading, The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) we opted to put you on an alternative vaccine schedule, so we have to go every month. I still get so nervous every time we take you in for shots (that’s a whole other post/issue).

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As far as eating goes, well, you love it. You are such a good eater. You are still breastfeeding every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. If it’s just you and daddy you seem to go a little longer between milk feedings.

We’ve been doing our own version of baby led weaning for the past couple of months and you do pretty well. We have had a few times you just stuff too much food into your mouth and end up choking, again, you LOVE to eat! This month we’ve been trying to give you two meals a day, breakfast and dinner, just this week we’ve been adding a little afternoon snack while I eat lunch. A few of your favorites this month have been sweet potatoes, oatmeal, bananas, grits, corn on the cob, Mommy’s meatballs, Daddy’s chili, and Uncle Jimmy’s eggplant.

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You have started sleeping through the night most of the time, we have had a night here and there when you’ve been  up at 3am, but it seems to be getting better. After dinner, depending on the mess, we usually have a bath. After a bath we sit downstairs, nurse, and then read a book. You say your goodnight to Daddy and we head back upstairs to the nursery around 8:30/9. I sit and rock you while singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and a couple of songs I learned as a ZTA in college. Sometimes you fall asleep in my arms, others I lay you down in your crib and you go to sleep on your own. Sometimes you cry as soon as I leave the room. You usually sleep until 5 or 6am. Then you get in bed with me, nurse, and fall asleep again for an hour or two.

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This month we picked up an Exersaucer at a garage sale and you absolutely love it! You love the Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks too. You don’t actually get how to put them back in with the lid on yet, but really enjoy chewing on them or banging them on the floor.

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You’ve mastered the army crawl, and get faster everyday, and it’s only a matter of time before you are up on your knees! You go right for everything you aren’t supposed to. There are lots of things on low shelves that need to be packed away. You also love going for the the dog’s toys, and the dog too! We’ve started using the Pack ‘n Play aka baby jail, to try to keep you contained, but that usually only lasts a short time.

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You are all smiles after a good sleep, and have cutest laugh. Daddy can always get some big giggles out of you! You are very curious and interested in touching the texture of everything or putting it in your mouth. I love watching you, watch the world unfold around you. We say everyday how lucky we are to have such a good, happy baby. I wish time would slow down, but I also can’t wait to see what the next month has to bring.

Love,

Mommy