Ezra [11 Months]

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July 20, 2015 by texashekmans

Ezra is more talkative and active now than ever before. He seemed to grow up a lot in the past few weeks, most specifically when we were traveling to NC and MI and back for vacation. Also, he got his first professional haircut in June which makes him look so grown up and completely blond. All the baby brown hair is gone. I can’t believe he will be 1 in a month. It makes me sad and crazy because I don’t want to be that Mom who is so sad that her kids are growing up. But its true. It’s all together wonderful and yet still sad! Here are the general updates…

Hanging with Dad.

Hanging with Dad.

Size: He is still so big! Seems like he is really stretching out now, as he is chunky still but looks really really long to me these days and less chunky overall. He is wearing all 12-18 month clothes, and really the 12 month ones are starting to get tight. It’s hard to keep up with his clothes sizes, seriously. Already in size 5 diapers which is the biggest size that Violet ever got to, at 22 months she was in that size still…

Eating: He loves to eat yogurt! He almost never turns it down, and its no surprise as we buy him the super creamy plain whole-milk Greek yogurt.  He eats it almost every day for breakfast and sometimes to top off his dinner too. He also loves to be spoonfed purees of fruit, vegetables and meat. His favorite is to be spoonfed while he has snacks in both hands. French fries, pieces of toast, snap-pea crisps, etc. in his fists while someone feeds him like a king. Must be nice!! Sadly, he is eating so much solid food that he is starting to stop nursing as much. He nurses in the morning when he wakes up, after his first nap and before his second nap. Then he hardly nurses before dinner and he just seems distracted and less interested than he used to. I feel sad about this sometimes, but am thankful truly that I got to nurse him for so long already and that he has always been a really great and healthy eater.

Sleeping: He is doing great sleeping through the night from 7 or 8ish to 6 or 7ish. And he did really well even in our hotel rooms all throughout our vacation travels. Every once in awhile he wakes up and talks/cries/stirs for a while around 4-5am but he can go back to sleep on his own until 6 or 7ish. The hardest part is putting him in the crib to make sure he keeps learning/knowing how to put himself to sleep. He is such a snuggler and I nursed/snuggled him to sleep most of the time on our 2 week trip…due to all of the random places/sounds/transitions/schedules. So coming home to our normal life has meant some re-training in the sleep department in terms of getting him to be able to put himself to sleep. It’s heartbreaking because he does cry for 5-10 minutes after I put him down, but then again, its only 5-10 minutes. And its more like protesting, than crying. But bummer.

Talking: It seemed like he gained a ton of new words over the days/weeks that we were traveling. He used to only say Da-da and ball, and randomly Mama. Now he specifically will say all of those on command, and he also will answer my questions if I say “do you want this, or do you want more?” he will answer “ya”. It sounds more like “la” and he even sticks he tongue out while he says it, but its clearly his affirmative “ya” and its so nice to be able to have him communicate in this way! He also started saying “papa” when we were with my Dad, his Papa, in Michigan and he often says “ma” for “more” and he sometimes “dog” though it sounds like “da” still.

Moving: He is army-crawling officially and has been for the past month or so. He doesn’t seem too interested in getting his stomach off the ground though, and he is pretty quick even at the army-crawl so I don’t know if he has the incentive to change it up much. He really doesn’t have the ability to put much weight on his legs yet, but he’s starting to try to pull himself up on some furniture. I think we are pretty far from walking though, and that’s ok with me, he is already growing up too much so fast.

What he loves: Playing with and copying Violet, rolling and catching a ball, playing with any of Violet’s toys, playing with dogs, swings, splashing in pools or baths, being held and talked to, being put into his sleep-sack with his monkey-lovie for bed/naptime, making loud noises/music, playing in sand, riding on a boat!

Recent pictures:

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Bath time fun. This was in June, when he was 10 months old.

Sleeping so peacefully that I could open the door and take a picture. Precious.

Sleeping so peacefully that I could open the door and take a picture. Precious.

Having fun at Emma Long Park in Austin.

Having fun at Emma Long Park in Austin.

Playing ball with his sister.

Playing ball with his sister.

Mama kisses.

Mama kisses.

How he napped in Michigan!

How he napped in Michigan!

Dad and his son.

Dad and his son.

Ezra loved Papa's boat right away.

Ezra loved Papa’s boat right away.

Snacking.

Snacking.

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