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January, 2015:

Professional Smiles

The last few professional photo sessions have been a bit rough. No matter how much I build up the excitement of getting your picture taken it seems to instantly disappear the moment we arrive at the location. Today we have turned a corner and had two smiling boys during the photo session allowing Grandma and Grandpa to pick their favorite from a handful of decent shots.

11 Months

Development: Nicholas is a crawler! Once he started there has been no stopping him. He mastered crawling on carpet and our slippery laminate floors without hesitation. http://youtu.be/FOn9F642BMU Clapping, high-fives, enjoying contact with others, especially from Mama’s arms, slowly easing up on the stranger anxiety.

Still perfecting the clap

Nicholas has turned an incredible corner at the middle of this month, he is now happy a majority of the day. We are guessing the combo of sleeping through the night, eating solids and being able to go where ever he wants to has done the trick. He is now consistently happier and even enjoying playing by himself a bit. LOVES getting his teeth brushed, neck tickles, playing with his socks, and watching his brother do anything HATES bath time and seeing Mama walk away when he thinks it is time for some milk

So happy to play with brother’s toys

Physical: His hair continues to look light brown with reddish highlights in the sunshine. He was called a “ginger” for the first time by a stranger. His eyes look blue if he is wearing blue and green if he is wearing green. His nails grow so fast that we have to cut them weekly at the very latest. Eating: Eating everything in tiny pieces, not really liking the purees any more. Entire meals, chicken, green beans, pasta, peas, rice, etc. His favorite foods are deli chicken and blueberries. Nurses every 2-3 hours from both sides. He loves to grab my nose and/or stick his fingers in my mouth with his top arm which is always moving when he nurses. It is a unique way I know he is growing since just last month he could only stick his fingers up my nose and now he can grab the whole thing… Still figuring out pooping with lots of screaming for hours/days before it happens. We are trying every creative solution to get some water in Nicholas, but still haven’t had much success. We have been trying blueberries and we continue with lots of pears, but neither one are softening things up. We are optimistic that soon he will be able to drink liquids from a cup of some kind. It is really hard to see him in so much pain and know there is little we can do for him other than be there with him. Sleeping: Sleeping through the night, unless he needs to poop or is sick. Even after a night where we get up with him he very quickly goes back into the routine of sleeping through the night which is wonderful. His morning nap is a bit of a hit or miss. Sometimes because of our schedule needing us to leave and other times because he just doesn’t feel like napping. I will let him cry for 10-15 minutes before getting him and if he falls asleep it is for 30-60 minutes. His afternoon nap is a bit more consistent now with it lasting an hour and sometimes even two. Firsts: Tooth number 7 on 1/15, falling asleep sitting up, crawling, eating everything we are eating              

Little PEPS

Nicholas is growing his very own circle of friends with the younger siblings in our PEPS group. His friends on his left were born just a few weeks before him and those on his right are a few months younger. As you can see even his youngest friends are getting so big! Excited for this group to become really good friends just like their older siblings.