Alwyn : 12 Months

The birthday boy! A few things about Alwyn now:

- Sleeping... of course it's still awful. I'm afraid this poor boy has inherited his father's sleeping habits and is always tired but has a hard time sleeping. Still hoping he'll grow out of it. One particular night this month he slept 10 straight hours and it was a big deal.

- Naps... the good news is that he continues to nap well. A few days I've pushed him to have just one since we were out and about in the mornings, but generally he still takes two naps, 1-2 hours each.

- Eating... I swear he eats double what Ephram does daily. And I think he's chubbed up a bit in the past month too! His favorites are string cheese, meat, and bananas.

- Still loves to sing and dance, though it was happening a lot more at the beginning of the month. I recorded this sweet song one day.

- Explores the kitchen a lot these days. He likes to unload the dishwasher with me and rummage through a couple of drawers and the cabinet I keep the kid plates/cups/utensils in.

- His first words other than 'mama' are 'hi' and 'bye' and he does the cutest wave with each.

- Gets super excited when daddy comes home from work.

- Wants to draw (& will if I give him a crayon), but keeps putting the crayons in his mouth. But he does draw on a magnetic sketch pad.

- Follows his brother around a ton. If Ephram is napping and he's not, he loves crawling to his room to check on him, and usually wake him up.

- Would be content in my arms all day if I let him.

- Loves his blankie and will crawl to his crib to pull it out occasionally. He likes to play peek-a-boo with it and occasionally wear his around his neck like a towel.

- Has 8 teeth now and has showed signs of teething for the past two weeks.

- No walking yet, but is becoming more brave about standing up on his own.

He has really grown to love this chair and will crawl into Ephram's room and climb into it to look out the window frequently. I see a trip to Ikea to get him his own in our future. ;)

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And the whole year together.

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Alwyn :: 11 Months

As cliche as it is, I really can't believe we're only a month away from his first birthday! This boy is such a sweetheart.  His smiles still melt all of us and he's generally pretty happy unless he's tired or teething.

Some other things to note from this month:

- Sleeping... he's still waking up 1 or 2 times per night, but I've just come to accept it.  I'm not too tired during the days, so it's clearly not bothering me too much.

- Naps... the 2 hour naps he would only take in his swing are now happening in his crib, finally.  But most naps are still about 45 minutes to an hour, two times a day.

- Eating... this boy loves to feed himself, and will eat just about anything.  This month he did start to show dislike towards eggs though.  He learned the sign for milk, though I'm not 100% sure he knows what it means as he does it randomly.  Though with this guy and his love of milk, it may just be that he asks for it that often.  ;)

- He loves to dance and sing.  His singing is mostly just him saying, "aaaaaaaahhh" in the same soft note, and his dancing is a simple rocking motion while he sits, but it's pretty adorable.

- He learned "touchdown" just in time for football season and both Beau and I swear he has tried to say it too, but it comes out, "duh-duh."

- Loves his big brother, and even though he gets quite mad when Ephram won't share toys or covers him with blankets, he is pretty lost when Ephram is not home or is taking a nap.

- Has 6 teeth!  I had a feeling they'd come in quick when his first tooth was out of normal order and I was right.  5 new teeth in one month has made for some cranky days of teething.

- Starting to cruise along furniture a little bit, but doesn't seem too close to walking yet.

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He wasn't too excited about taking photos in the chair this month, so most came out like this. But I'm glad we got a couple smiles (and teeth!) in.

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Alwyn : 10 Months

This month went extremely fast. Probably had something to do with two energetic boys who both never sit still any more. This month he:

- Started crawling fast. He can get anywhere he wants to go, and learned he can reach things when he sits on his knees. Just in the past couple weeks he can now pull to a standing position. I'm actually surprised it took so long for him to master this skill.

- Now he's standing everywhere he can, as long as he's holding onto something.  He'll even stand up next to a wall without anything to really hold onto.  But no walking just yet.

- Dances by bouncing on his bottom. He started doing this not long after learning to sit, but the frequency increased this month. Especially once we started playing with Tigger. Too cute.

- Started the month eating mostly mushed/baby foods, but he finally got the hang of mushing/chewing food with his gums. And now he's chewing everything and prefers to feed himself. He also pushed out his first tooth at 9.5 months - a lateral inciser. Not in the correct order for teeth development, so I'm guessing the other 5 are coming very soon.

- Had a fever for two days which I attributed to teething at first.  But it turned out to be a case of Roseola.

- Ephram has not been too nice to him these past two months. Ever since Alwyn has started to crawl and grab toys, there's been some tension between them. But this month, Alwyn started really showing his frustration with Ephram taking toys away, and even tried biting him a few times.

- Despite Ephram's terrible behavior towards Alwyn, he loves finding Ephram and crawling to his room whenever he can.  His best laughs are usually the result of Ephram.

- Had his first hair trim.  I can't even call it a true hair cut.  I trimmed a few hairs over his ears and near his neck.  Who knew getting rid of a few scraggly hairs would make him look so much older?

- Taking 2 to 3 naps each day.  Going to bed around 6-7pm, still waking at least once a night usually, and getting up for the day around 6-7am.

- Learned to tip a cup back, which really surprised me since I know Ephram hadn't figured it out at this age.  He's also rarely even had a bottle, so he hasn't had a lot of opportunities to figure it out!  But he saw one of Ephram's cups on the floor, decided to play with it/try to drink from it, and within a couple minutes he had figured out how to tip it back.

- One of the cutest things he does is his growl.  He started growling whenever Ephram made car noises or animal roars, and he'll now do it whenever anyone growls at him.

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Switched his monthly photos back to the white wall again.  It's getting harder and harder to keep him in that chair, but luckily he was in a great mood and I got his photos very quickly this time.

Alwyn’s Monthly Updates: Month 1,Month 2,Month 3Month 4Month 5Month 6Month 7Month 8, Month 9