Friday, December 14, 2012

eleven months

We are one month away from having a 1-year-old.
That's 4 1/2 weeks.
31 days.
1 panicked Mom.
And a partridge in a pear tree.

These 11 months have been some of the happiest and hardest months of my life. The happy certainly outweighs the hard though. This boy of ours has made life so sweet, and we can't imagine what our life would be like without him. Actually, I can imagine what it would be like: BORING.

Bridger is always on the move. Constantly on the move. And now he's starting to get into just about everything. Sticking his fat little fingers into every little hole he can find (except his nose, thank goodness), pulling tupperware out of drawers, turning toilet paper into confetti, discovering the spice cabinet, and popping the little outlet guards out of the outlets. Since he's a baby on the go, I rarely never get to snuggle with him anymore. He would much rather be chasing after the cat, or pounding on Big Fella's office door, trying to get some attention. A tiny little miracle happened just yesterday, though. I was feeding him his morning bottle (which doesn't count for snuggling), and after he was finished, he just curled up in my arms, and fell right asleep. I had a to-do list about a mile long yesterday, but it was quickly put aside so that I could soak up these much needed moments with my boy as he slept. It was pure heaven.

Christmas prep and festivities are well under way at our house, and Bridger is LOVING it! We have been going to holiday parties, crafting up a storm, wrapping presents, decorating, eating, watching Christmas movies, making fudge, listening to holiday tunes, shopping, and loving this time of year.

The holidays are so much more fun with a little one!

Bridger's Holiday Top 10:
1. Fudge
2. Going outside to look at the sparkly lights on all the houses
3. The presents under the tree
4. Wrapping paper
5. Ribbon
6. The fireplace
7. Chocolate milk (which probably means he would love hot cocoa)
8. His Christmas jammies (which are constantly being washed so he can wear them just about every night)
9. Christmas cookies
10. Santa!

At eleven months, our little Bridger:
-is becoming a little bit picky with his food (grrrr!) We feed him just about everything, and anything we are eating, he will put in his mouth, but texture is a killer right now, and determines whether or not he's going to keep the food in his mouth. He also will chew up apples and store all the little pieces in his mouth, until he decides he doesn't want it anymore, and then whatever he didn't swallow, comes pouring out of his mouth in tiny little slobbery pieces. (grrrrrr again!)
-loves clementines. He will chew on them forever! He even likes to bite into them when the peel is still on, and suck the juice out that way :)
-plays so great with kids! He LOVES when little kids are around, and likes to get right in the action and play.
-goes up and down the stairs like a champ!
-says "Dada Dada" but unfortunately for me, not "Mama" (we are working on it though)
-loves being outside...even if it's freezing
-likes to climb up and over and under just about everything
-takes 2 naps still, goes to bed around 8:30 and wakes up between 7 and 8
-waves bye-bye
-fakes laughs and coughs ALL.THE.TIME.
-screams when he needs something (the upside to that is he doesn't cry much at all)
-gets into everything these days
-has 4 teeth (2 on top, 2 on bottom)
-loves to drink out of a straw (especially if there is smoothie coming out)
-starting to throw little temper tantrums (uh oh)
-walks along furniture and is starting to stand for a few seconds without help
-loves books
-loves his toy cars
-loves being sung to
-loves glasses and hats (especially Big Fella's)
-loves to play, but doesn't play super well by himself. He LOVES being around people...which is just fine because we love being around him :)

Can hardly believe how lucky Steve and I are to be parents. We love this little boy so much and are so grateful to our Heavenly Father for sending him here to be in our family. 

Let the countdown begin...31 days until my baby is ONE.