Cole turned 10 months old on Monday, October 10th.
Believe me, I was quick to snap a few shots as this little guy is not one to sit still. But, once they are on the move, what baby does stay put?
Cole is consistently in 12 month clothing, and some 12-18 month sizes fit. He’s on the tall side. He’s moving around so much lately, how am I going to keep those cheeks?!
He’s still pulling himself up on everything, and standing for long periods. Then, he does the slow-mo lower to squat and plop! He is NOT content to be held anymore, like dives out of my arms, and wants to explore. Everything.
He’s my happy guy with the quick smile.
Curls and dimples. Watch out ladies!
He’s working on so many more sounds, it’s adorable. I’ll try to capture more on my IG stories, but “Ma,” is definitely one of them. Oh, and giggles galore. He’s ticklish!
And, lots of clapping. He’s pretty proud of this skill.
EATING & NURSING
We are trying new foods all the time. He doesn’t each much because babies generally get a majority of their nutrition from breast milk or formula the first year.
What he doesn’t eat, Cooper will gladly finish. See him lurking in the background?
He tried turkey sausage–I broke it into small bits–and he went to town. String cheese is another new food that he really likes as are the standards like sweet potatoes, yogurt, bananas, peas, blueberries, fruit and veggie pouches. Hummus is back in the line up too.
He is still nursing like a champ, and I hope to at least keep breastfeeding through his first birthday.
New moms, it does get easier and the feedings reduce. The biggest challenge for me is nursing him and keeping Jada occupied (and quiet). He gets easily distracted, so I have go up in his room, and turn on the TV for Jada, to make it happen.
We were a bit shaky in this area two weeks ago when he was sick. He was so congested, that he wanted to fall asleep upright on me.
Normally, he fidgets until I lay him in his crib, but he was not having that. The bedtime routine was taking exponentially longer.
We ran a humidifier in his room to help, and he’s better now. Thank goodness for breast milk! Of course, I got sick when both kids were sick, and one night it was a complete disaster for sleeping. I can handle little to no sleep when I’m healthy, but I was on the struggle bus big time! Thank goodness Spencer was in town to help.
He is getting closer to sleeping through the night now.
A little wake-up call from big sister. His face, right?!
His sound machine is working really well too. Totally recommend it. Personally, I have to sleep with some sort of white noise too, so I don’t care if I’m enabling a habit. It helps!
He naps in the morning around 9:30 a.m. for about an hour and again in the afternoon around 1:30/2 p.m. Lately, we’ve started getting him in his bedroom before 7 p.m. I nurse him to sleep, and in hindsight, I think we were waiting too late to put him down. Sleep begets sleep, right?
Jada is really embracing her big sister role this month!
We praise her for being helpful and kind to Cole, encouraging her to show him how to play, instead of nudging him away.
He loves her so much.
I can see glimpses of lots of play time in our future. Both kids thrive outside too, so that is always a priority for us whether it’s a park, a neighborhood walk, or going to “daddy’s field.”
Even in the winter, I will bundle them up to get fresh air.
Jada also wants time with just mommy which is super endearing and exhausting. I think that is always a struggle for moms when you add number 2. Your oldest doesn’t get your undivided attention anymore.
So, I try to have small outings, or brother-free time with her when I can. I love the strong girl she’s growing into!
HOW IS MOM?
Okay moms, are you constantly tired? I know someday it will get better. But, man, I need caffeine on the reg!
Striking a balance is a constant struggle for me. I’m a pretty organized person, and I have to be to get the kids out of the door in a timely manner. But, something often gives and usually it’s time I devote to caring for me. You know the drill.
As an introvert, I need, crave alone time, so that means I will stay up after the kids are asleep simply because I need to unwind without answering to another, “Mom!” or playing defense with a speedy crawler.
I love reading and mindless reality shows. No judging please.
Walks with Cooper or time outside with him are another way that I practice self-care. I LOVE being outside, and you can’t help but be happy in the presence of a golden retriever! By the way, Cooper turned 9 years young last week!
I’d love to hear from YOU how you take care of yourself. What’s your favorite way to spend a free minute or two?