I must warn you that this is going to be one of those posts where you get to hear all the random details that makes our little man who he is. This really may not be all that interesting for you, which is fine. I am actually just doing this for myself. I feel like I haven't documented as many details as I would have liked over the last 2 months. SO, as not to forget as my "Momma Brain" tends to do, here we go.
David: 11 Months
Nickname: Daveman, Dave
David's favorite favorites consist of sleeping and eating. The child actually giggles on the way to the nursery because he KNOWS he is about to sleep. If I don't rock him (rocking is for my sake alone) he will just curl up in a ball upon hitting the mattress and not even look up to find me. I try and get him to rock with me for a little bit because he is SO BUSY these days I never get a cuddle from him. He also loves food. Banana is the new favorite. He also eats turkey, squash, sweet potato, peas, strawberries, blueberries, chicken, cheese quesadillas, watermelon, cantaloupe, black eyed peas, and I am sure a few others I cannot recall. We can't say milk or banana in front of him any longer. He immediately gets excited and a little whiney in the hopes he is about to receive either of them.
It has amazed me how much he can actually understand. Babies brains are fascinating. I can tell him Daddy is home and he looks for the door and smiles. We can say kiss the bear and he puts his nose in his open mouth. Yesterday I told him to say hi to Abby and Telly on Sesame Street. He then raised his hand and made a noise that sounded like "Hi" (probably just mimicking my noise, but fun all the same!)
If you want to entertain the little guy, just give him 2 pacis. He will sit there and suck on one for awhile. Then he will realize he is holding one and seems to forget he already has one in his mouth. So, he replaces it. This process continues over and over again for quite awhile.
He loves to play alone. He is really great about entertaining himself. As long as there isn't any sort of technology (remote controls, cell phones, computers) in sight to tempt him from his toys, he will sit and tinker for half an hour without even making a peep.
I often call him 'David The Destroyer'. You build a castle of blocks, he cannot tear it down fast enough. You organize his toy shelf and within minutes every single toy is thrown off the shelf and onto floor. I keep seeing these moms blog about their sweet little 10 month old girls quietly stacking blocks or placing rings on a stick. If only!!! It cracks me up because that is SO not David. He is quite the opposite in fact.
He has yet to walk, but basically runs around the house behind any object that will move....chairs, baskets, toys, stools, etc. I think that is why he is so uninterested in actually walking by himself. He simply does not need to walk. He gets around just fine in his eyes! Even so, he has taken 4 steps a few times which is really exciting. Honestly though, he is completely uninterested in it. You really have to set up the perfect scenario and tempt him with that perfect object of desire (technology).
He loves tiny things. Tiny books, tiny cars, tiny rattles....anything he can hold easily in his hand.
Smiling at strangers went out the window about 2 months ago. He honestly looks at people he doesn't know with this look of complete confusion and uncertainty. Thankfully, he isn't one to cry about it, but you can tell he really has a cautious spirit.
There is no doubt he prefers his Daddy. They really have a special bond. It amazes me honestly. The child cannot get enough of his Dad. I am just glad I get the days alone with him...otherwise I may honestly feel rejected, ha!!
Last few thoughts:
-likes to share his food during mealtime
-loves for me to sing the ABCs during diaper changes
-often "sings" along with Amazing Grace while being rocked before bedtime.
-loves nose kisses
-does not like to be told no. you can tell he knows what I mean, but he usually looks at me and then tries to do it again. maybe a little stubborn nature in there...we shall see. i mean he is related to at least 5 incredibly stubborn people!!!
-off the bottle :(
-LOVES Sesame Street...the only time of the day he actually sits still. though he only can make it about 20 minutes before he is ready to play. but it is 20 minutes of trancelike giggling and pointing.
-completely knows his boundaries and often looks around to see if he will get caught doing something he knows is off limits. example: computer is open and i am folding clothes. he will walk over to the computer and grin in complete excitement. then he will look over to me almost as if he is checking to see if i am watching. then he will slowly put his hand up to the keyboard without taking his eyes off of me. it is pretty funny to witness. babies brains amaze me!!!
OK, that is more than enough for now.