- 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.
Ha ha, I just noticed my nanny in the background diving for the couch to avoid being in the photo!
- 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!!!!!