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Teagan’s 11 Month Update

In one more month, I lose my baby to toddlerhood. I’ve started feeling really emotional about it. It’s hard to put into words why, it just feels like time is moving too fast. When she was born I told myself that no matter how tired or overwhelmed I was, I was going to enjoy every phase of her. And I have. Every stage has presented their own challenges but I have truly enjoyed every part of her. I have never once wished away time or been excited to be out of a phase. I think that’s why I feel somewhat sad approaching her first birthday. Because I have loved and been all in present to each stage and it still just flown right by. I just imagine her whole life being that way and I’m not ready to not be her playmate of choice.

Sleep: Teagan is still sleeping through the night typically 10-11 hours. Her naps have mostly been inconsistent but the last week or so she has been taking over 2 hour naps which has been aaaamazing but also really weird. I zoom in on the monitor multiple times to make sure I can see her breathing. Dramatic, I know but it’s just out of character for her. Fingers crossed this is her new normal.

Breastfeeding: We are still going strong with our breastfeeding journey. I almost can’t believe that. In the first few months, I didn’t know I could make it to the next day so making it to 11 months is beyond words. The downside has become her really not being interested in a bottle at all so Cary can no longer assist in that area. But she has started on strawed sippy cups so if we are out and about I typically put some breastmilk in there and she does fine. I still can’t bring myself to breastfeed in public, I don’t know. I’m a prude.

Solid Food: She is up to 7 teeth with no new ones in sight. She still steals all my snacks. She still isn’t a huge meat eater but in the past week she’s actually been trying more and more. When we first started solids, she would eat any fruit or vegetable but over the last month she became really uninterested in vegetables so we had to give her the pureed pouches just to make sure she was getting them in. Thankfully she can eat the pouches unassisted so it’s pretty easy. The last few days she’s been back on the veggie train so fingers crossed it lasts. Her favorite foods are blueberries and cheese. Girl after my own heart.

Personality: She is still a very low key baby but I will say that this has been her most fussy month yet. I thought maybe she was teething but none in sight. I feel like I’ve been seeing more and more what toddlerhood is like. The smallest thing can cause a meltdown. At this point her meltdowns can be solved quickly but it’s scary seeing bits and pieces of the future showing itself. While a fussy month, it has ironically been the month she has also been the most loving and affectionate. She is still super attached to me which I love. I want her to always prefer me and love me most. Don’t judge, it’s every moms dream. #mommysgirl

Other Updates:

She is full on crawling…really fast. She pulls herself up on everything and can walk with her little push walker. She has also started standing unassisted for a few seconds at a time. I’m thinking we will have a walker on our hands sooner than later.

Weight: 22lbs

Height: Eek still no idea? I guess we will find out at the 12 month appointment

Teeth: 7 little chompers in there. For a while she was not into the whole teeth brushing thing but now she doesn’t seem to mind it.

Clothing: Still fits into some 12 month clothes but I mostly put her in 18 month just because it seems more comfortable. She is in a size 3 shoe but even that seems to be getting a little tight. Amazon like her mama.

Hair: Still a red head

Eyes: Blue

Words: She is saying dada especially in response to me asking her to say mama. Insert the eye roll. She is also saying “uh oh” and always in the right context which is just hilarious. She says yeah but it’s usually when she wants more of something. Guess our baby sign language isn’t working. Anytime I say “I love you” I swear she says in back, in her own language of course but it’s always the same way, same syllables.

She waves hi and bye. Claps and dances. Gives hugs and kisses.

I think the biggest change this month has been how independent she has become. She plays independently so well. Sometimes I’ll look over and she is just going through her books or playing with her ball, completely content. It’s pretty amazing but also really sad to see her need me less each month.

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