Monday, August 15, 2011

Eleven Months

Hello! Sorry I've been away for a while. Left the kids alone with my mom for a week while Daddy and I vacationed in the Caribbean. Didn't have any adorable Ant stories to tell you while we were gone. So now I'll just get you updated on the latest Z milestones and then we'll be back on track. Deal? Alrighty.

Z turned ELEVEN months old a week ago today. Wow. Since last month he is talking up a storm. He's almost got a couple "real" words under his belt, but mostly he is in love with just talking to himself. He goes on and on as though he has full thoughts he is expressing. He kinda' says, "Ma" and "Da" and "Ba", but I think he's just barely got an idea that those mean something to us. He does say, "up" a lot lately. I think he just likes to make the "p" sound, but Daddy picks him up whenever he says it, so maybe he'll catch on pretty quickly.

Z now has 6 teeth fully visible in his little mouth and they are adorable. He got his first haircut on Saturday. He sat on Daddy's lap and all went very well. (Flik was not a fan of his first haircut, oh so long ago.) When Z crawls, it still looks as though he doesn't have full use of his legs, but boy does he do it fast. He is cruising around the furniture and is so eager to let go that he stretches as far as he can to get to the next piece of furniture. But he is not standing on his own yet.

He is still sleeping through the night, but has been waking up lately, crying for 3-5 minutes, and then falling back to sleep. He still sleeps with a pacifier which may never get taken away. Mommy still hates that we didn't take it away when he was four months old, but has no intention of fighting that battle right now.

Z is an amazingly happy little guy. He naps well, eats well, and is pretty much smiling whenever he is awake. We really couldn't ask for a better baby.

OK, here's the run down of Z's 11 month stats according to the authors of the What to Expect... book series. At 11 months a baby...

... should be able to:
  • get into  sitting position from stomachcheck
  • pick up tiny object with any part of thumb and finger
  • understand "no"
... is probably able to:
  • play patty-cake (clap hands) or wave bye-bye
    doesn't play patty-cake. does clap hands. doesn't wave bye-bye.
  • walk holding on to furniture (cruise)
  • point or gesture to something to get needs met
    um.... gesture, yes. point, no.
... may possibly be able to:
  • pick up a tiny object neatly with tips of thumb and forefinger
    How neatly?
  • stand alone momentarily
  • say "dada" or "mama" discriminately
    um.... depends on who you ask. Definitely says it. We are divided on the "discriminately" part.
... may even be able to:
  • stand alone well
  • indicate wants in ways other than crying
  • roll ball back to you
    Roll ball? Yes. To me? No.
  • drink from a cup independently
    um... We haven't given him any cups yet.
  • use immature jargoning (gibbersih that sounds as if baby is talking a made-up foreign language)
    That's what it sounds like to me. Check?
  • say three or more words other than "mama" or "dada"
  • respond to a one step command without gestures ("give that to me")
  • walk well
OK. One more month of What to Expect updates. (I'm not sure who's happier about that: you or me.)