Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dear Cody... You're 11 Months Old!

Oh, baby!

ONE month away from ONE! How did this happen so fast. You sweet little boy, I look at you about 100 times a day and am still in awe of you. Your darling little chubby cheeks, your thick blonde hair, and most recently, your scrunchy face little smile. You love to smile like that and it is the cutest thing - sometimes you will also blow in and out of your nose loudly while you do it, which always makes us laugh!

You took your first trip to Disneyland this month and you were such a trooper for the car ride and you loved strolling around the park taking everything in. The characters didn't bother you at all and you enjoyed seeing everything on the rides. You were so great about taking a nap both days in the stroller and you picked out your very first Disney stuffed animal, Sully (we gave you a couple to choose from and you kept reaching for him). It was so special to bring you there for the first time and you were such a good little baby!

This month you have really started coming out of your shell more and letting us know what you want and need at all times! You will scream and yell to get our attention. You love to wave "hello" & "goodbye" and you are very responsive to "how big is Cody? SO big!" (You throw your little arms up into the air). It makes me melt every single time you do that. You are babbling a lot and still mostly just saying "mama" and "dada", although you have also said a few other babbles like "nana" and "baba", although we aren't quite sure what you are referring to with those ones. You also make a lot of smacking noises with your lips and tongue.

You really love to take baths and sometimes you will scream when we take you out. You love getting in with your brother and sister because they hand you all sorts of toys to play with. You love being tossed into the air by daddy and dancing around with mama. You really love to be held and we hold you a lot (not complaining one bit!).

This month, we left you with Gramz and Pops while we headed away for an anniversary trip and you had a wonderful time with them. You are very attached to them and get so excited every time you see them.

You have a few nicknames, mostly Cody-Bear, but I also call you buggy, Cody Shark, buddy, and baby. Nolan and Andie are always in your face and giving you kisses (you give the sweetest open mouth kisses) and they mostly call you Cody-bear. Recently, when I started telling you "I love you" you will lean in and give me a kiss. It's so incredibly sweet.

You love toys and trinkets and you are obsessed with the remote control. We tried to give you a fake one to play with, but you knew. You only like the ones that actually work the television. You also love books, our phones and watches, and anything your siblings are playing with. You are a speed crawler and will roam around the house wherever we go. You are standing for short periods of time, but you still definitely prefer to crawl. Sometimes you will do a goofy little crawl and stick out one leg at a time when your knees get sore.

You are getting longer and bigger everyday. You are wearing 6-12 month and 12 month clothes. You are in a size 4 diaper. You love eating and are not super picky! You are still on a mission to only feed yourself and you are getting pretty good at eating pureed foods when they are in a pack. You also love to eat bananas, waffles, pancakes, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and really anything else the rest of us are eating. I try to feed you new foods to try every day and you do pretty well! You are still exclusively breastfeeding and I feed you on demand. I love nursing you, it's such a special time and I am so proud of our little journey together. I don't think I will be ready to stop at one year, but we will see what you want.

You aren't the best sleeper, but I know we will get there eventually. You are still working on getting several more teeth and you haven't been very comfortable. You are usually up about 2 times per night, although sometimes you're only up once, and other times you are up 4 or more times. You nap well, although we do have to wake you up sometimes when we are on the go for your brother and sister. You do a great job at going with the flow!

One of my favorite things from this month is that scrunchy face smile. You do it on purpose because you know it makes us laugh and we do it back to you. You are such a cute baby and you do so well being dragged around every where. Everyone comments on your light hair, chubby cheeks, and sweet little smile. You only smile when you mean it, but you sure are a happy and mellow kid. Cody, we are so crazy about you. I know you hear it every day, but I hope one day when you read this letter, you can see just how much we have always loved you. I am so proud to be your mommy. You make us so happy and we can't believe how fast this 11 months has gone. Thank you for bringing so much joy to our family!

We love you to the moon and back, Cody Bear!


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