11 Months as Mommy

If you haven't noticed, there's been some serious radio silence around these parts. It's not that I've been any busier lately, but my blogging motivation continually ebbs and flows, and right now I'm in the midst of an ebb. I did want to make sure I documented Charlie's 11 month birthday, however! Since this guy turned a whopping 11 months on Thanksgiving this year, I'm a little late to the game on this post!

No real change here. Still working 5 days/40 hours a week and chugging merrily along. November is my busiest month because on top of my already insane workload, I have to host an annual event for around 200 people. Charlie came into work with me the day before the event since I had to work past his bedtime and he did so well. He hung out in my ErgoBaby carrier as I set out tablecloths and arranged nametags and was happy as  clam. Such a relief!

We're still hanging in, although barely. I am literally counting down the days until I can light my breastpump on fire and watch it burn to ash. Was that a little too intense? Probably, but that's pretty much where I'm at now. My plan is to transition Charlie to drinking cow's milk during the day when he's with his Aunt and then I'll continue to breastfeed in the morning when he wakes up and at bedtime.

It's ridiculous that this is even a category. No progress here, though my Hubby deserves some major praise- he's been hitting the gym hard for about the last 2 months and has already lost 8 lbs. Proud wifey status!

As for Charlie...

Because we were at my Mom's house for Thanksgiving and this was literally the best picture we got. 

You name it, he's probably doing it. He figured out how to pull himself up to standing and our life has been chaos ever since. Everything is fair game for this little minion- my nightstand, his bookshelf...the toilet! This kid is developing some serious, independent, strong-will. And Mommy is TIRED.

Not only is this kid way more mobile, but he's finally teething! Just in the last week we noticed two little teefers breaking their way through his bottom gums. My poor sweet baby is much more irritable and clingy than usual, but I'll take all the snugs I can get because they're getting increasingly rare!

We made our second 10-hour trek to Upstate New York for Thanksgiving with my side of the family. Charlie loved hanging out with his Grandma and Aunt Kelly...and Mommy and Daddy loved the free babysitting. The only downside was that we discovered Charlie really doesn't sleep very well when he's away from home, so we left with everyone feeling pretty darn exhausted.

He hasn't been weighed since his  9-month appointment, so based on his growth, I'm going to estimate he's somewhere between 16-17 lbs. Still a peanut!

He's still wearing Size 3 diapers and his clothes are completely across the board. I usually have him in 12-month onesies and jammies (his 12-month sleepers are long on him, but the 9-month ones are too short- what's a Mommy to do?!). Pants are always a struggle. He still has some 6-9 month boy pants that he wears, but mostly I just stick him in 12-month girls' leggings because that's all that will fit his skinny little waist!

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Next update will be 12 months! I can hardly believe my baby won't be a baby much longer!

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