Sunday, July 8, 2012

Caiden - 11 months

I know it's cliche, but I don't care...I can't believe that Caiden is 11 months old! This year has gone by faster than any other year of my life but I've really tried to savor the sweet moments and enjoy each stage while also looking forward to the next because I know it just gets better and better. Of course it goes without saying that there have also been a lot of hard moments, tears shed and sleepless nights.

The last time I blogged about what mr. Caiden has been up to he was 6 months old and toothless. Since then he cut 4 top and 4 bottom teeth and is currently working on molars. When I'm all done having children and that child cuts the very last tooth, I'm throwing myself a party and all my mommy friends are invited!!

He's also started doing all the things you'd expect - sitting up, rolling both ways, eating solid foods, and army crawling. He's not crawling on his hands and knees yet or pulling up on anything. Regardless of that he still manages to get himself into trouble. One day he fell out of the exersaucer. How can a baby who does not crawl, pull up, or climb anything fall out of an exersaucer? I have no idea!

"Remind me how this rolling thing works? Look up and think rolling thoughts?"


Introducing solid foods was different than I was expecting the second time around. For the first two weeks Caiden would cough, gag, and spit out anything I fed him. It didn't matter if it was pears, bananas, squash or peas. Then one day, out of sheer frustration I gave him a teeny tiny piece of a Cheerio. He gummed that thing up with the biggest smile on his face!

Ever since then he's been eating table foods although I finally got him to eat some baby food for awhile. Prunes were a success from the 2nd bite but everything else was hit or miss. Watermelon is definitely a favorite along with pineapple, turkey, and spaghetti. He has a big appetite and loves to eat! If he sees Adelyn eating something you can be sure that he wants to eat it too. He's become quite vocal about it which is creating some lovely meal time challenges.

Caiden has always been a good napper. He usually takes a 1.5 - 2 hour morning nap and 2 hour afternoon nap. Bedtime can still be a little tricky. Most nights he goes down well for me but he hardly ever goes down for a babysitter. We just keep the swing in his room and he usually ends up in there until I get home. Last night though he had a big breakthrough and went right to sleep in his crib for Gigi!

Caiden is a pretty sweet and happy guy. He still loves to cuddle, loves his daddy, and thinks Adelyn is hilarious. In the past month he's become much more vocal and would really like to join all the different conversations going on around here. He's also very playful and loves to tease - usually by pulling our hair. Caiden adds so much love and fun to our family! We can not get enough of his cute smile and funny little laugh.