Eleven Month Snapshot: Alexandra
I cannot believe it is, again, already time to do another post, Alex’s eleven month blog post! The days are flying by too quickly these days! The theme this month, summed up in one word, is thriving. Alex is now a two-footed mobile little person who is saying a few words such as ‘mamma,’ ‘dadda,’ and ‘uh oh!’ Alex started balancing herself, without assistance, in early April, and then she took her first steps in May, around Mother’s Day, and by the end of May, at ten months old, after she figured it out, she was walking on her own and she walks a little farther in distance each day. (A short video is shown below.) Alex is so proud of herself when she walks and she was so determined to figure out how to walk! We also got Alex her first pair of shoes recently from Stride Rite, the place where I got my shoes as a kid, and Alex has now mastered walking in shoes! It is crazy to think that only 11 months ago, Alex could only hold her head up (she was born with very strong neck control) and she now is walking and starting to say a few words! My little baby is turning into a little girl before our very eyes! We think Victory prefers her on two feet instead of Alex charging Victory while crawling! Alex is really progressing and coming into her own, and we are so grateful! She is truly a gift and a ray of light! Alex loves to walk laps around our kitchen island and take all of the magnets off the refrigerator — what was I thinking?! She loves playing, and each morning she occupies herself, for a little bit, while she gets out almost every book from her bookshelf, pulls out every stuffed animal friend, and pulls out almost every toy she has in her nursery and she then plays. Victory still joins Alex in the mornings and evenings in Alex’s nursery. One of Alex’s favorite things to do is she still loves crawling all over us, treating us like her ‘human jungle gym!’ I think both Doug and I are covered in bruises, as a result!
Currently, Doug and I aim for one date night a month, hopefully more frequently, as Alex gets older. This month, we took Victory out on her own for one of our date nights, as we wanted her to have some time alone with us! We took her to one of her favorite barbecue restaurants and then we went for gelato together! Victory had a grand time; and she was so tired from her outing she spent the following day resting in our bed! We plan to give Victory her own time with us more often, especially during good weather.
This month we also introduced Alex to the pool, at the end of May, when our pool opened, and she seems to really enjoy it! (A short video of Alex’s first time to the pool along with two short videos from last week’s pool visit are shown below!) Alex can now even walk in the shallow water! Alex has been under water a few times without crying; and she has put her face in the water all on her own! She is also really social with the other kids at the pool — she does not seem shy, at all, as she goes right up to the other kids, without hesitation! We had planned to start swim lessons with Alex this past winter, but with her, what seemed like forever, pneumonia, things did not work out as we had hoped. So, we will plan to do swim lessons with her soon since she really seems to be a water baby!
Alex is also quite curious and she is quick moving. She gets into everything, and she especially loves to go into my nightstand and pull everything out along with going into my purse where she crinkles paper, plays with my keys, and plays with my iphone. She is doing a little better playing on her own this month, but she has her moments where she cries and cries in her ‘baby jail,’ and the moment one of us goes in there with her, she is, suddenly, all smiles. Victory still helps us in a pinch by being in the room or in the ‘baby jail’ with Alex. Alex still enjoys outings and seeing new things. In addition to the pool, Alex likes to go out to eat with us; she likes the neighborhood park; and she still loves to go on walks in her stroller. We are planning some summer outings with Alex and we are also looking forward to celebrating Alex’s first birthday next month while we are on vacation! We cannot believe she is turning one so soon! It should literally be an adventure for all four of us!
Alex is still physically big! However, her eating has slowed down a bit, and she has two more teeth coming in along with her molars, which has been no fun! In fact, she has run a fever, this month, due to the teething, poor girl! So, she has eight visible teeth right now, (four on the top, and four on the bottom, with more on the way.) Alex is sleeping through the night, most nights, after we started sleep training this month, as everyone needs and requires rest! (Although, there are times we regress with the teething in full swing.)
We look forward to enjoying our first summer together as a family of four. Importantly, we look forward to celebrating our first Father’s Day as a family of four this weekend! It will be fun! This month has been full of some really exciting changes and Alex will, for sure, continue to really keep us on our toes. We love our girls and we are embracing it all, and we feel extremely blessed!
A few highlights from Alex’s eleventh month include:
-she started walking, which is exciting and terrifying at the same time! It is quite amazing seeing a little person walking around our home!
-she is saying a few words such as ‘mamma,’ ‘dadda,’ and her favorite right now, ‘uh oh,’ along with making a lot of different sounds!
-she loves the pool!
-she loves to clap her hands!
-she loves making a clicking sound with her tongue!
-she still loves getting into everything in sight!
-she is sleeping through the night, most nights, after some sleep training!
-she loves being with her fur sister, Victory, and loves when Victory joins her for a meal, while Alex eats in her high chair. Alex creates lots of ‘droppings’ that Victory helps herself to!
-she still loves going for stroller rides outside!
-she still loves her bed time routine and Doug usually plays with her, gets her ready for bed, and reads a few stories, which Alex loves!
-she likes bath time more and loves to splash in the water and play with her toys in the water! We transitioned her bath time to the regular bath tub, as she pretty much outgrew her little whale bath tub!
-she is eating well, but some days she does not eat as much.
-she is still very alert, curious, and observant! She still loves to interact with other kids and observe them, and she is still enjoying her play school!
A few highlights I would like to remember:
-photographing and making videos of Alex — I want to remember and capture as much as I can!
-remembering her really walking for the first time!
-remembering her saying her first word, ‘mamma!’
-remembering her first time to the pool!
-remembering her sweet kisses and hugs!
-remembering how she loves to play in her nursery and pull out all of her books, stuffed animals, and toys!
-remembering how Alex still loves to crawl all over us, like we are her ‘human jungle gym.’
-remembering our walks together around the neighborhood in her Bugaboo, which she loves!
-remembering how we say, “It’s time for sleepy time,” and then Alex makes the biggest smile!
-remembering how on most days Alex does not like to have her hair combed or brushed!
-watching her explore her environment — which has grown ten-fold for her because she is really on the move now, and I am not sure we are ready!
-watching her ride on her Daddy’s shoulders in the pool, which never gets old!
-watching her interact with Victory!
-greeting Alex in her nursery each morning, as she is ready to start her day early no matter whether it is a week day or morning!
-loving how she smells after her baths!
-loving how her hair is so fluffy and soft against my skin! It keeps growing and growing and she is getting a little bit of wave and a little curl in her hair in the back!
-loving on her long, velvety and smooth body!
-loving her giggles!
-marveling at her smile — she has the most wonderful smile that melts our hearts, and now we can see all eight of her teeth!
-admiring her eyes — they are the prettiest deep blue eyes I have ever seen!
-loving her long and lovely dark eye lashes!
-knowing on the days that I feel totally exhausted, that I will someday really miss these early days, and I need to remind myself, at times of this fact. The daily exhaustion is improving, some.
-still asking myself what will I miss about this time of my life when it’s all gone? This question keeps everything in perspective.
-most of all, we are cherishing getting to be Alex’s parents!
Doug and I are very grateful for our little girl and our little family! We feel so fortunate and our hearts have grown so much since Alex’s arrival. We look forward to seeing Alex’s little personality continue to develop and unfold. Below are a few images: Alex’s monthly portrait; Alex and Victory’s monthly portrait; followed by photos of Alex throughout this month; and some iphone images during her eleventh month with us! You can read our birth story along with viewing images from Alex’s birth here; you can read Alex’s one month snapshot here; her two month snapshot here; her three month snapshot here; her four month snapshot here; her five month snapshot here; her six month snapshot here; her seven month snapshot here; her eight month snapshot here; her nine month post here; and her ten month post here.
(The monthly photos are still tricky; Alex is in her laundry basket again this month because she kept walking away and trying to pet Victory who then began to also walk away! I just have to find a way to capture Alex and Victory for one more month in order to make it to a year, chronicling this special year via this photo series!)
This month I have also been working hard on finishing further revisions on my long-term photography project with my mentor in between everything; and it is quite a bit of work keeping up with Alex’s monthly photos; printing of the images; creating her photo book for her first year; creating blog posts; and writing Promptly Journal entries. However, this time will only happen once, and we want to record and remember it, so we are going to keep going with this process through the first year, where so many changes occur, sometimes seemingly over night! I will always continue to photograph our little family to document our time together, but I am not, yet, sure how that will look for us after the first year with Alex!
See how much Alex has grown as compared to last month!
See how much Alex has grown as compared to last month!
A few iphone images from this month!
Here is a video of Alex walking!
Here is a video of Alex at the pool for the first time!
Here is another video of Alex at the pool last week!
Here is another video of Alex at the pool last week!