During last months update I talked about the month being a bit of a whirlwind of highs and lows and this month was very similar. However, I absolutely love this age. Freddie cracks me up every single day, he is just so funny and mischievous and his personality shines though more and more each day. I feel so proud that he is mine and that I have helped to shape the little person he is becoming.
On the other hand, I feel incredibly emotional that the next time I write an update, Freddie will be a year old. To say his first year has flown by is a total understatement. Of course, he will always be my baby but it is so bittersweet. I will be talking about that more including his first birthday preparations and gift ideas but for now, here is an update on Freddie at eleven months old.
Despite some serious teething (more about that later), Freddie has loved his food this month. One big change is that I am now eating with him, at the table, every single day. Previously I had used that time to clean or do housework but it meant I was either skipping lunch or eating really late. I have loved sharing mealtimes with him and we have enjoyed a real variety of foods. Freddie will try most things and continues to be a great eater.
I wrote a post all about a typical week of Freddie’s meals which lots of you seemed to have found useful. Thank you so much for reading that post, it means a lot that you enjoyed it.
Breastfeeding wise I do feel that Freddie is starting to cut down on his daytime feeds. He has done a lot of comfort sucking due to teething really badly but when occupied, he can go a few hours now before wanting to feed. As he has always been a grazer, this is great progress.
Aside from a week or so when teething meant Freddie slept like a newborn again (not fun!), sleep continues to improve. Freddie has either one or two night feeds which is completely manageable. Usually he wakes for these at 4/5am and then again at 6am, which I don’t mind because he will have been asleep since 7pm.
However, naps have been a real challenge during the last week. For the majority of the month, Freddie was having a short morning nap and a one and a half to two hour lunch nap. I am not sure if it is the teething or a slight regression, but last week his naps have really suffered. Freddie refused his lunch nap almost everyday despite being really tired. As a result, our afternoons have been really tricky with Freddie become increasingly grumpy and irritable.
After a bit of research, it seems that the culprit could either be a slight sleep regression as Freddie learns to walk or that he needs to drop a nap. I plan to see how Freddie’s naps go next week and then implement some changes if needed.
It seems that Freddie has learnt something new every couple of days this month and it has been an utter joy to watch. The biggest I think, would be that we finally have two teeth! I was starting to think they would never appear so I was so surprised when I felt Freddie’s gums and two teeth had popped up. They have caused him a lot of discomfort which has been hard to watch but I’m hoping we are over the worst now.
The second big milestone is that Freddie has started walking with his Vtech Walker. It still catches me off guard seeing him walk around the room but it just so cute- especially as he grins and looks so pleased with himself.
Other milestones include:
Chattering non stop and saying Dadda, Hiya and Car.
Standing with no hands.
Enjoying ‘lift the flap’ books and ‘touchy feely’ books.
Stacking rings on his wooden ring stack.
Playing with cars and pushing them along.
Reaching his arms out when putting on his bibs and pulling his clothes off over his head.
Passed his health visitor check with flying colours.
Overall, it has been a great month and Freddie is doing so well. I have loved watching him learn so many new things and I can’t wait to see what the next month brings. I post daily over on my Instagram and I would love to see you over there!
Thanks for reading and see you on Wednesday,
P I N M E