Monday, June 27, 2011

Tyler: Week 48 (11 Months Old)

May 18-May 24, 2011 (47w-47w6d old)

Tyler Update:

  • He started kissing us and I've got to say, it's one of the best things ever!  He looks us right in the eyes, opens his mouth slightly and plants a long still kiss on our mouth.  We always say "Awww, thank you for the kisses" and then he smiles real big.  But, it has to be on his terms!
  • His teeth are coming in well.  I had to install some crib rail covers after finding a few bite marks.  I highly recommend the Trend Lab Crib Wraps if you have a little termite on your hands.

  • He's walking all over the house huffing and puffing, breathing like he's out of breath.  I guess this is his new noise of the week.
  • We had to disable the buttons on the front of the tv as he learned how to turn the tv on/off and crank up the volume.
  • It's very difficult getting a good picture of him these days.  Not only is he constantly on the move, but now he intentionally turns his back to camera every time I aim it at him.  Little stinker!  Now if I put his sunglasses on, he'll pose.  He so thinks he's a stud!



  • He turned 11 months on May 23.
This is probably about the 239th picture I took as he would not hold still.
I only got this one because I teased him with a cell phone.


I took it back as he tried to take off with it.
Little guy was not happy about it!

Ok, REALLY not happy about it!
Ha ha, I just noticed my nanny in the background diving for the couch to avoid being in the photo!


This week in video:

Video:  I love how Tyler walks with his hands in the air!
His stance is starting to narrow a little bit now that he's gaining balance.
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Video:  Tyler loves these closet doors and breathes like he's out of breath.
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Video:  The boy loves hangers!
(This was at bedtime, so we had his diaper double stuffed.  We call his walk the cloth diaper waddle.)
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Breastfeeding:

I've had several people, in real life and on this blog ask me about breastfeeding, so I thought I would answer them here.
  • Am I still breastfeeding and how often?  Yep, around the clock.  I pretty much nurse on demand and the boy is very demanding.  He still nurses once or twice in the middle of the night and while it is exhausting, I love the special time with him and I believe it's crucial to keeping my supply going.  
  • My baby is very distracted during nursing, does this mean they're not interested and/or wanting to wean?  Every baby is different, but I would say no.  Most babies go through a stage where they are very distracted during nursing.  I remember Tyler going through this and having to nurse him facing a blank wall or in the dark to get him to finish.  It was just a stage. 
  • Is my little guy as interested in nursing as before?  Yes, maybe even more.
  • Am I still pumping?  Nope.  I haven't pumped in quite awhile.  Basically I gave up because Ty takes everything I make.  There is only 1 time frame where I can collect and that's when he first goes to bed.  But it has never failed, every time I decided to pump, he would wake up as soon as I was done and then I had to turn around and give it to him.  Recently we had an event we had attend all evening, so I pumped and left a bottle for the babysitter.  This was the first time I had pumped in months and made a bottle. We were completely taken off guard when he refused his bottle.  I offered it to him again when I got home and the babysitter was right, he wouldn't have anything to do with it.  So I guess he's done with bottles which also means I'm officially done with pumping.
  • When do I plan on weaning?  My goal was to make it to 1 year and now that I have, I'm just playing it by ear.  The only reason I would want to wean at this point is to get more sleep, but when I think of all the benefits of continuing (see below), weaning at this point is not even a consideration.  
    • Tyler loves nursing and I can't imagine denying him.  I've experienced those crocodile tears when I was in situations where I couldn't nurse him and it does some serious heart tugging.
    • All of the pediatric associations recommend breastfeeding for at least one year, some say two years.  There's a reason for this.
    • There is nothing more nutritious available.  My milk is designed specifically for him and is still supporting his developing immune system.
    • Breastfeeding decreases your risk of breast and ovarian cancer.  This is really important to me considering I increased my risk by injected myself with 240 injections of fertility meds to conceive Tyler and I want to be around for him for a very long time.
    • I get to eat 500 more calories a day and it got me below my pre-pregnancy weight without effort.
    • It's free!!!!!
These are my personal decisions/reasons and is no reflection on what another parent does.  Each must decide what is best for them and their child.  I hope this helps, let me know if you have anymore questions.    =)

4 comments:

  1. Tyler is so cute! He DOES look like a "stud-muffin" in his shades! He is definately on the move, I can understand how difficult it must be to get a photo of him...guess that's why there's an up-tick in the videos! Then, you might find when he becomes a teenager, the videos will slack off because he'll likely like to lay around and chill, therefore, back to taking photos again! Parenting is difficult and oh so confusing! How can someone so little control your whole world?! lol Glad his birthday party was a success...can't wait to see those pics! Love Aunt Kook

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  2. wow jill, he is so adorable!! i LOVE the pics of him in the shades...too cute! i can't get jake/jess to keep their shades on for anything! we have two little crib chompers too...thanks for the trend lab cover suggestion..just orderd 2!! jake and jess love hangers too....isn't funny how regular household items are their favorite things to play with?? sometimes i wonder why i even bother to buy them toys in the store!! you must have read my mind because i was just about to email you to see where you were with breatsfeeding! that is so awesome jill....what an accomplishment to make it a year+, especially with all the extra effort you have had to put in! now that is a dedicated mom!!!hope ty had a great 1st birthday, can't wait to see pics!!! btw, what is ty eating these days in terms of solids??

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  3. wow jill, he is so adorable!! i LOVE the pics of him in the shades...too cute! i can't get jake/jess to keep their shades on for anything! we have two little crib chompers too...thanks for the trend lab cover suggestion..just orderd 2!! jake and jess love hangers too....isn't funny how regular household items are their favorite things to play with?? sometimes i wonder why i even bother to buy them toys in the store!! you must have read my mind because i was just about to email you to see where you were with breatsfeeding! that is so awesome jill....what an accomplishment to make it a year+, especially with all the extra effort you have had to put in! now that is a dedicated mom!!!hope ty had a great 1st birthday, can't wait to see pics!!! btw, what is ty eating these days in terms of solids??

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  4. Happy belated birthday, Tyler!
    Hangers are a great hit with George too, can't think why. As for the walking, we call it the drunk zombie walk. ;-))

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