11 Months Old

Evan turned 11 months over the weekend and we went to the beach to celebrate! He had so much fun running around in the sand.  Daddy kept dipping his toes in the water, and then lifting him in the air when a wave crashed.  He would then pull Daddy back towards the water for another turn.  He entertained everybody in the near vicinity with his cuteness.  He also tried to eat a shell, which must have looked like one of his puffs.

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Here’s an update on his development:

Evan has mastered his pincher grasp within the last week or so and will feed himself if it’s something that he really enjoys, such as puffs (like cheerios), yogurt melts or cheese.  He will also sometimes feed himself small pieces of fruit.  We’ve introduced cherries, greek yogurt, turkey, pasta, white potatoes, regular oatmeal, zucchini, nectarine, pumpkin and millet into his diet, as well as a few things to make foods tastier: basil, rosemary, and cinnamon. Since he doesn’t seem to want to drink anything from a sippy cup or bottle and doesn’t eat much solid food, he continues to nurse about every 3 hours.  He has 4 teeth now, the second top tooth has just started to come in.

Within the last month, he has gained quite a bit of strength.  He chooses not to crawl, but continues to ‘army crawl’ all over the place, and gets up on his knees all the time.  He then lifts his arm to say…”ok, ready to walk, come help!”  He also pulls up on the couch, the bed, the ottoman, his crib and his toy box, and cruises while holding on.  He can walk with just one hand from Mom or Dad, and a few times has taken a couple of steps between Mommy and Daddy.

His favorite toys are his eggs, blocks, balls, and books.  He really likes toys that open and close, or that he can put things into and then take them back out again, like his birdies and birdhouse.  He also really enjoys opening and closing doors, turning light switches off and on, and pulling the magnets off the refrigerator.

Since he has learned to consistently pull up in his crib, nap time has become a nightmare. He pulls himself to a standing position and then cries and cries until someone comes in.  Mommy usually has to take him on a walk or in the car in order to get him to nap.  We hope it’s just a phase that he’ll outgrow soon.  He was doing the same thing at bedtime for a while until recently.  He goes to sleep pretty easily at night, and usually sleeps from 8:00pm until around midnight.  And will continue to wake every few hours thereafter.  Recently, he seems to want to get up for the day at 3:00am, and it has been hard to get him to settle back down.

He’s 19lbs 13oz now, so he hasn’t gained much in the last month or so.  We are excited to celebrate his first birthday next month.

2 Responses to “11 Months Old”

  1. Liz and Larry says:

    What a wonderful update. Such a happy boy! Great to see him enjoying all of these new adventures. Can’t wait to see the three of you in person.
    Grandma and Grandpa Hill

  2. bev winger says:

    What fun it is to keep up on the many changes that occur weekly to our cute little guy. See you soon. Love, Gram