It’s been a while since I posted here. Maintaining this blog has been in the back burner since I started having some health issues. If you subscribe to my YouTube channel, you have seen my video explaining my latest issue. But I don’t want to go into it in this post because it would be too long.
In this post I want to share Roark’s 11 months update. It’s a couple months late, but I still want to post it because it has become my journal, a digital baby book before I forget the details, which will probably happen in a couple months- no doubt.
This month was busy! He was sick and need inhalations and constant nose cleaning to be able to breathe. We also started the process of weaning from breastfeeding and sleep training. With all of that, he took it like a champ!!!
11 Months Baby Update
Baby R’s Stats
At Birth: 6lbs 12oz, 19.5 inches tall, size newborn clothes and diapers.
2 weeks old: 7 lbs 3oz and measured 20.25 inches tall, size 0-3 months clothes and size 1 diapers.
2 months old: 11 lbs 11oz and measured 22.75 Inches tall, size 3-6 months clothes and size 2 diapers.
4 months old: 15 lbs 6 oz and measured 25.5 inches tall, size 9 months clothes and size 3 diapers.
5 months old: 16 lbs 14 oz and measured 25.75 inches tall, size 9 months clothes and size 3 diapers.
6 months old: 17 lbs 10 oz, 27.5 inches tall, size 12 months clothes and size 3 diapers during the day and 4 at night.
7 months old: 18 lbs 8 oz, 27.5 inches tall, size 12 months clothes and size 4 diapers.
8 months old: 19 lbs 8 oz, 27.5 inches tall. size 18 months clothes and size 4 diapers.
9 months old: 20 lbs 2 oz, 29.25 inches tall, size 18-24 months clothes and size 4 cruiser diapers.
10 months old: 20 lbs 8 oz, 29.5 inches tall, size 18-24 months clothes and size 4 cruiser diapers.
11 months old: 21 lbs, 30.5 inches tall, size 24 months clothes and size 4 cruiser diapers.
He loves raspberries and clementines!!!!
We started introducing dairy to his diet and he was doing good with that. We needed to build his tolerance to it slowly so we started him on some yogurt here and there.
I started to wean him off the breast due my thyroid issues. I needed a test that uses radioactive iodine and so I couldn’t continue to breastfeed. Technically it should have been safe to do it again after 48 hrs, but since my hormones were all out of wack and I was on Thyroid medication, I felt it was safer to wean him at this point. It was an emotional time for me and I will talk about it in another post. It was also difficult since Roark was not taking any formula or breast milk from the bottle.
No change here.
Along with weaning, we started sleep training at the same time and it was really hard. Two of the hardest things we’ve had to do so far. I will go into more detail in another post as well, but he is now sleeping almost all night through. He goes to bed at 7:30pm and then wakes up at 1:30am and goes back to sleep after a cuddle. Then he sleeps until morning.
Developmental – 11 months baby update
- Grinds his teeth when he is teething- it’s weird, but I hope he outgrows it
- Can put shapes into blocks
- Takes a couple steps, but still not walking
- Can open the cabinets
- Can reach door knobs
- Goes up and down the stairs very fast
- Chases and kicks ball
- Plays hide and seek
- Loves dancing
- Seems obsessed with wheels
- Sorts toys
- Scrubs the floor with kitchen towels
- Brings us his books for us to read
I’ve been dealing with Thyroid issues that seriously made me feel like death is at my doorstep. Not to be overdramatic, that is how hyperthyroidism feels. Interestingly enough, the condition I have is called Thyroiditis and is caused by bacteria, virus or… care to guess? Ding, ding, ding! Pregnancy. Or more accurate, post-partum hormones. Yay!! Jackpot! If this kid wasn’t the love of my life, I would serious question why I ever put myself through all this. And even more, why I would ever consider doing it again.
Some thoughts on motherhood
Now that I have been a stay at home mom for almost an year, I am starting to understand why I used to read all the comments online about what a hard and thankless job raising little humans actually is. It’s not just women complaining guys, it’s tough. Most of the day I am running around after a toddler hell bent on climbing everything and sticking everything in his mouth. The remaining time, I am cleaning the house, cooking, and making sure I eat. I never been so tired in all my life and done so much in 24 hrs. And if I am not careful, it’s like my life is on repeat- every day basically the same routine from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed. I used to think that I would have plenty of time to take care of a child and keep up with the house work, my blog and social media, but boy was I wrong. Being a stay home mom is all time consuming and even though I’ve become ruthless with my priorities and 1.000 times more efficient with my time, I am still always just catching up and working way past everyone else’s bedtime.
It doesn’t help that we don’t live close to family and that I am so scared of leaving him with anyone that is not family. Heck, I don’t even like leaving him with my husband. I feel like I am suffering from Parental Separation Anxiety and it sucks. It’s like being a parent made me a wuss all of the sudden. I wish I had written all the things I said I wouldn’t ever do as a mom before I got pregnant- just so I could get a good laugh out of it now.
After this year I have a newfound appreciation for all moms. Stay at home, working, married or single, biological or adoptive. Being a mom is hard. The hardest job I ever had and also the best one. It’s cliche, but it’s true. Like one of my dearest friends likes to say – “had I known it would be this fun, I would have done it a long time ago!”
This is it for Roark’s 11 months baby update! You can watch the update video here. I should have the one year update up in the next month or so.