11 Months Old Already?!

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How is my baby almost a year old already?!

11 Months – January 2, 2018

Weight: 18.5+lbs

Height: 30+ inches

Hair: Blonde and filling in more, definitely getting longer.  The bottom back has some curls, the left side sticks out a lot over his ear

Eyes: Hazely green/gray

Clothes: 12 months with a few 9 month pieces

Diapers: We do a mix of cloth and disposables (still size 3)

Sleeping:  We had about a week of sleeping through the night but the past couple weeks have been a couple wakeups each night.  New Year’s Eve he woke up 4 times, every hour and forty minutes to two hours!  It was like having a newborn again.  I guess he wanted me to feel like I was up all night partying…without the partying.  I spent more time in his glider than I did in bed.

Likes:  Not much has changed in his interests since last month: practicing walking with us holding his hands or by cruising along things (the couch, ottoman, his bouncer, the wall, etc), standing without holding on to anything, pulling himself up and squatting down, crawling all over the place, eating and feeding himself, turning the pages in books, touching everything possible, riding around in one of our laundry baskets and on his new racecar, deconstructing anything and everything that is stacked, piled up, or in its proper place: stacking cups, clothes on the couch or basket waiting to be folded, magnet puzzle pieces out of their spots…you get the picture, riding in shopping carts, lights; he especially liked our Christmas tree lights

Dislikes: riding in the car, especially at night or for more than 20ish minutes during the day

Eating: Nursing or a bottle every 2-3 hours.  3 meals a day plus a snack here and there.  He eats pretty much everything we eat with a few exceptions.  He LOVES any sort of meat so far- chicken, turkey, ground beef, beef stew chunks.  He also loves frozen peas, frozen fruit, cheese, cheerios, and yogurt.   He does a great job of picking up small pieces of food and feeding himself.  No interest yet in trying to use a spoon, so I still feed him things that require one.  This boy loves to eat and I absolutely love watching him enjoy his food.

Milestones: Crawling around super quickly and pulling up on everything he can, letting go while standing, cruising along furniture, walking by himself while holding on to his walker toys. Still has only 4 teeth (2 on top, 2 on bottom).  He says Mama, dada, and more.  He understands quite a few words now and will look at or respond when we say them, which is so fun to watch.

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I just love this little mug so much!
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Sharing some white cheddar popcorn (no surprise he liked it!  And don’t worry, he only had the puffy part)
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Standing all by himself! Playing with my old phone with some crazy morning hair
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The happiest face ever with sauce smeared all over
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Could this boy be any happier?
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Sleeping angel
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Look of pure joy while he looks at the lights on the building outside of his window.  He looks for the lights every day when he wakes up from his afternoon nap and gets so happy to see them.
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Bradley’s First Christmas

Bradley’s first Christmas was a holiday I had been looking forward to for years.  Since starting fertility treatments, there were a few Christmases where I remember saying to Conrad, “maybe next Christmas we’ll have a baby.”  Well this year, we finally did and it was wonderful. We got a small tree to fit in our limited space and just put a few ornaments on.  We didn’t put too many other decorations out this year because Bradley likes to touch everything and we have outgrown this place so I didn’t want it looking even more cluttered.  We told our families not to go overboard with presents since we all have what we need and Conrad and I set a reasonable budget for each other.  This helped alleviate some of the stress I always feel during the holidays.  I bought Bradley a few gifts over the past couple of months as I would be out shopping and see something for him.  He got new fleece pjs, a couple of puzzles, books, stacking blocks, and a little keyboard.

Christmas morning, we took a video of Bradley walking out to the living room to see the tree with presents.  His eyes lit up, as they did everyday when seeing the tree, but this time he got to get close to it instead of being held back by his playpen fence.  He went right over to the tree, plucked a bunny ornament off a branch, and tried to eat it.  He was quite content for a little while doing this, so Conrad and I exchanged our presents.  We helped Bradley open a couple of his presents, but he wasn’t as interested in tearing the paper as I thought he would be.  After presents, we had a nice breakfast that I prepared the night before and then Bradley went down for his first nap.  When he woke up, we headed to my parents’ house for more presents.  Again, Bradley was more interested in trying to get the ornaments off the tree!  We came home, Bradley took his second nap, and then we went to my aunt and uncle’s house in Spring Lake for our annual family Christmas.  On the 26th, Conrad’s parents came and we had yet more presents to open!  To say Bradley was pooped after all weekend is an understatement.

We all had such a great Christmas weekend with our little sweet pea and look forward to future Christmases with him.

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It’s Christmas morning!

 

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Watching a video with Dada
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A new door puzzle
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Mmmm bunny ornament next to my bunny
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Standing on his own!
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We have a stander!
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Having fun with the wrapping
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Yummy yogurt melts from my stocking…can I eat them like this?
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We improvised a little on Bradley’s stocking this year until I decide what kind I want to get for our whole family
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Opening presents at Nonna and Pop’s
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Opening my present from Uncle Devin
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This is fun!
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With my baby boy in Spring Lake
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The Hurleys, Paones, Greifensteins, and Hurleys
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Trying to touch cousin Brian’s beard
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Can I have some of your beer, Brian?
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The Greifenstein Hurley unit
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Riding his new racecar from Omi and Opa- his favorite gift!
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All 4 of the NJ Greifensteins!
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I can’t believe he’ll be one in just 5 weeks!
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Multitasking at it’s finest: playing with Bradley AND getting laundry out of the dryer to be folded
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Happy New Year!

10 Months Old Already?

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There’s no laying still anymore for this guy!

10 Months – December 2, 2017

Weight: 18lbs 7oz

Height: 30 inches

Hair: Blonde and getting longer, with a few waves.  It’s starting to curl a little at the bottom in back

Eyes: Hazely green; the blue seems to have changed

Clothes: 9 and 12 months

Diapers: We do a mix of cloth and disposables (size 3). I figured out that we’re saving about a case worth of diapers every month by using cloth during the day.  At $40 a case, that adds up to a good amount of savings!  At this rate, we buy one case per month.

Sleeping:  Sleeping through the night at least half the time.  Sometimes he’ll wake up once.

Likes:  Practicing walking with us holding his hands, pulling himself up and squatting down, standing, crawling all over the place, eating and feeding himself, turning the pages in books, touching everything possible, riding around in one of our laundry baskets, watching the clothes in the washer, taking things out of wherever they are (clothes from a bin, basket, or drawer, books from their basket, toys from his bins), taking his magnets off the fridge, riding in shopping carts, lights

Dislikes: being left to play on his own for more than a couple minutes (even if we’re right there doing something else, like when I have to pump), riding in the car at night or for more than 20ish minutes, being told no

Eating: Nursing or a bottle every 2-3 hours.  3 meals a day plus a snack here and there.  He eats pretty much everything we eat with a few exceptions and has his baby snacks of puffs, mum mums, doodle things, and freeze dried fruit drops.  He LOVES any sort of meat so far- chicken, turkey, ground beef, beef stew chunks.  He also loves frozen peas, cheese, cheerios, and yogurt.   He does a great job of picking up small pieces of food and feeding himself.  No interest yet in trying to use a spoon, so I still feed him things that require one.  This boy loves to eat and I absolutely love watching him enjoy his food.

Milestones: Crawling around super quickly and pulling up on everything he can, including my pants! Walking by himself while holding on to his walker toy, squatting. Still has only 4 teeth (2 on top, 2 on bottom).  He says Mama, dada, and owa (owl).  He understands quite a few words now and will look at or respond when we say them: Pepper, rooster, owl (gets super excited when he sees the owls in one of his books and says “owa”), tubby, Mama, Dada, milk, foxy, no, Pop

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Our big boy after meeting Santa
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Nothing is safe from him anymore…dino butt playing with my hangers

 

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Playing with the boy in the mirror

 

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Looking more and more like a little boy

 

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Helping me sort out the socks he grew out of

 

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Yes, I put an old belt on the basket so we can pull him around

Helping me make quiche

These weekly pictures are getting more and more difficult!

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I love this picture

 

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Good morning, my sunshine!
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Bradley’s first Christmas tree!

9 Months with Bradley

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Love this mug so much

9 Months – November 2, 2017

 

Weight: 18lbs

Height: 29 inches

Hair: Blonde and getting longer, with a few waves.  It curls out over one ear

Eyes: Blue/green with some honey color.  I’m still unsure what color he truly has!

Clothes: 9 months

Diapers: We do a mix of cloth and disposables (size 3)

Sleeping:  We had 5 days straight of Bradley sleeping through the night, had a few rough nights, and seem to be getting back on track.  He naps now at 10 and 3 for an hour to an hour and a half each time.  Sometimes he gets tired before these times, but he’s usually able to hold out; these times work out well for my work schedule (he goes down right when I leave, and goes down again after I get home and have a quick lunch).

Likes:  Practicing walking with us holding his hands, standing, moving all over the place, eating, swings, trying to touch Pepper, turning the pages in books, grabbing everything in sight, eating, nose kisses

Dislikes: being left to play on his own for more than a couple minutes, riding in the car at night, large animals up close (we saw a cow and horse recently and they scared him).  He really doesn’t dislike many things!

Eating: Still nursing (or a bottle while I’m at work) roughly every 2-2.5 hours (sometimes more often if a nap falls in the middle).  He is moving into eating 3 solid meals per day.  He usually gets fruit or yogurt in the morning and a veggie and meat or fruit and oatmeal at night.  Still eating purees with a few small pieces of very soft food from my plate.  He’s getting much better at picking up small food pieces and chewing.

Milestones: Starting to crawl! He has 4 teeth now (2 on top, 2 on bottom).  He says Mamama, dadada, and he said Owa (owl) yesterday while “waving” to the owls we have on top of our china cabinet.  He waves now by reaching out his arm in the direction he’s “waving”. Update on 11/12: Bradley can wave and clap now!

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These legs are always moving!
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Nose kisses with Pop
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A new favorite activity
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With Uncle Devin while out for my birthday
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Exploring and playing with things that aren’t toys, which make the best toys

 

8 Months with Bradley

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Hard to keep this little roller still!

8 Months – October 2, 2017

Weight: 17.5lbs (estimated)

Height: 28+ inches (no dr. appt this month)

Hair: Blonde/strawberry blonde and filling in a bit more

Eyes: Blue/green with some honey color.  I’m still unsure what color he truly has!

Clothes: Some 6 month, but 9 months are fitting best, especially with cloth diapers and outfits with long pants

Diapers: We do a mix of cloth and disposables (size 3)

Sleeping:  We hit a rough patch for a few days a couple weeks ago where he was up every 2 hours all night long, but he’s gotten better.  Some nights are 6-7 hour stretches and then back to sleep for another 3-4 hours.  Most days he is only taking 2 naps now since his naps are, on average,  1-1.5 hours long. Naps are still in our arms.  He is usually awake for 3-4 hours before bedtime.

Likes:  Rolling around, riding in shopping carts, watching himself in the mirror, balloons, The Wheels on the Car song (our own version of wheels on the bus), riding swings and slides, watching cars go by, watching and trying to touch Pepper, sitting up, seeing me and Conrad when we each get home from work, playing with his toys, his fox and new kangaroo stuffed animals, Sofie the giraffe, stroller rides, watching people.  He’s just the happiest baby all the time (unless he’s tired, but even then he’s just a little fussy)

Dislikes: being left to play on his own for more than a couple minutes, falling over onto his toys when reaching for something, riding in the car at night

Eating: Still nursing (or a bottle while I’m at work) roughly every 2-2.5 hours (sometimes more often if a nap falls in the middle).  He is eating 2 solid meals per day and a snack.  He usually gets fruit or yogurt in the morning and a veggie/meat (or fruit and oatmeal) at night.  Still eating purees with a few small pieces of very soft food from my plate.  He still gags sometimes and even threw up the other night from gagging on a thicker puree, so he’s definitely not ready for actual pieces of food yet.

Milestones: Rolling to get somewhere, big boy convertible car seat, saying Mamama, grabbing smaller objects easily, scooting all over the room on his belly

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Getting so big on his fox mat
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Rolling everywhere
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We walked to Dollar General for a couple baskets and he loved this kangaroo, so I had to get it for him…he hugged it the whole ride home!
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Playing with Daddy and watching Pepper
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Big boy watching me get ready for work
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My 2 handsome boys at the park
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Going on a magic carpet ride while I get ready for work
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36 Weeks old!

7 Months

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These stickers are tricky to keep on this curious little fellow now

7 Months – September 2, 2017

Weight: 17lbs

Height: 28 inches

Hair: Super blonde

Eyes: Blue/green with some honey color.  I’m still unsure what color he truly has!

Clothes: 6 month, some 6-9 is starting to fit

Diapers: We do a mix of cloth and disposables (size 2, soon to be 3)

Sleeping:  He’s doing great at night!  Nurses to sleep, usually sleeps for 6-7 hours before waking for a diaper change and snack, then back to sleep.  Some nights are shorter stretches of sleep (3-4 hours), but for the most part he’s doing really well.  He wakes up 1-2 times a night, but some nights doesn’t wake at all.  He totals 10-12 hours every night.  He takes a nap after being awake for 2 hours; they are not at specific times yet, as he wakes up different times in the morning and has varying length nap times. Naps are still in our arms, but I’m hoping to get him into his crib for them soon.

Likes:  Watching cars go by, watching and trying to touch Pepper, kicking on the counter before bath time, silly noises, banging on things, peaches and plums, sitting up, being carried, playing with his toys, looking in the mirror, trees, his racecar counting book, Sofie the giraffe, stroller rides, the moon, watching people.  I’m pretty sure he just loves life, as he’s so happy all the time!

Dislikes: being left to play on his own for more than a couple minutes, falling over while sitting, riding in the car at night, loud sounds (baby bullet, vacuum, the train going by when we were at the farmers’ market), waiting for me while I pump in the mornings/after work.

Eating: Nursing roughly every 2-2.5 hours (sometimes more often if a nap falls in the middle).  He is eating 2 solid meals per day and I am going to start adding in lunch.  He usually gets fruit in the morning and a veggie (or fruit and oatmeal) at night.  Recently he seems to like everything he tries.  I bought some yogurt today for him to try and lots of fresh fruit to puree and freeze.  It’s so simple to spend less than an hour making a bunch of purees, freeze them, and then easily pop whatever I want to give him into the microwave or refrigerator to defrost.  We had him tested for nut and fish allergies (Conrad is allergic to peanuts and his dad to shellfish) a couple weeks ago and he passed with flying colors!  And he likes peanut butter!

Milestones: Getting much steadier with sitting on his own, eating well, grabbing objects very easily, putting objects off to the side and then reaching for them, starting to throw things, getting his first tooth!

We have had lots of firsts in the past month:

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Riding in a swing for the first time and he loved it!
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Out to dinner for the first time at Applebees
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Riding in a shopping cart…for the first time.  I forgot our shopping cart cover so he sat on my nursing cover and I cleaned the cart first.
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He loved this giant bear at Costco
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Love his smile and curiosity
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Driving his new toy: one hand on the wheel, one on the shifter. This boy has cars in his blood.
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Whatchyu lookin’ at?
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I know I’m biased, but he’s just the cutest!
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Such a sweet, happy boy all the time
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Trying a Mum Mum “cookie” for the first time

6 Months and Big Changes

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Almost as big as his fox!

6 Months – August 2, 2017

Weight: 16lbs

Height: About 27 inches (pediatrician appointment is Monday)

Hair: Super blonde

Eyes: Blue with some honey color in the middle

Clothes: 6 month

Diapers: We do a mix of cloth and disposables

Sleeping:  We hit a bit of a rough patch last week, but seem to have gotten over it.  Bradley usually wakes up half an hour to an hour after going to sleep, falls right back to sleep as soon as I nurse him, then sleeps a nice long chunk of time.  The other night he slept for 9 straight hours, but last night he woke up once in the middle of 11 hours.  He likes to sleep on his side and has started rolling to his belly to sleep.

Likes:  Watching cars go by, butterflies, bath time, silly noises, banging on things, trying food, sitting up, being carried, playing peek-a-boo, looking in the mirror

Dislikes: being left to play on his own for more than a couple minutes

Eating: Nursing roughly every 2 hours (sometimes more often if a nap falls in the middle). He started trying solids this weekend! We started with avocado (he wasn’t a fan) and had peas today.  He liked the peas!  I’ve decided to make his food and it is so easy with the baby bullet.  I like knowing exactly what he is eating and saving money!

Milestones: Sitting up on his own! He still falls over so we sit behind him, but he’s doing really well with it. Eating solids, tracking moving objects really well, jumping in his jumper

I absolutely cannot believe that Bradley is 6 months old already.  Halfway to a year. The past 6 months have absolutely flown by and have continued to just get better and better.  Bradley is such a happy little guy.  He’s easy going, smiles a ton, and definitely has a sense of humor; he laughs when we’re being silly and he does things that he knows are silly.  I love spending my days with him.  Which brings us to a big change:  I got a job.  I’ll be working as a part time office assistant in the Little Silver Boro office.  It’s only 4 hours a day, 5 days a week and my mom will be watching Bradley Monday-Thursday (Conrad is off on Fridays).  I’m a nervous wreck over this.  I was planning on looking for a job in the fall, but this job came about, so I applied, interviewed, and got it.  I don’t want to leave Bradley yet.  I know I can trust my mom to take care of him, but I’m worried about how he’s going to adjust.  I currently nurse him to sleep for his naps and he sleeps in my arms.  He hasn’t had a bottle since he was about 2 months old and it was a struggle.  I’m torn between having him learn a bottle or just moving to a sippy cup at this point, but either way is not going to be relaxing for him to fall asleep with (when he was brand new and we had to supplement with a bottle of breastmilk, it always made him wake up more).  I really really love being a stay at home mom, but I know that getting a job right now is important.  It isn’t a ton of income, but Conrad and I would like to start looking for a house next summer and know that my income will at least help us get a decent mortgage (WHY is NJ, especially Monmouth County, so expensive?!).  I keep telling myself that I’m doing this for Bradley, so we can buy a nice house for him to grow up in.  Once we have a second child, I will probably stay home again if we can swing it, since childcare for 2 children will be too expensive.

The other big change around here is that Bradley started solids! We started a few days before 6 months, on Sunday, since Conrad wanted to be home for it.  We started with avocado mashed up and thinned out with breastmilk.  Bradley’s face made it clear that he did not like it! He gladly took the spoon, but spit out the avocado.  I only gave him a few tastes since I didn’t want to torture the poor boy.  He had the same reaction the next day.  On Tuesday (day 3), I put a small chunk of frozen avocado in a silicone feeder and he seemed to like it a little more.  I think this was a result of the cold feeling good on his gums (no sign of teeth yet but LOTS of teething) and the fact that super cold things have a duller flavor.

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What is this stuff?
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Eww, do I have to eat this?!
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It’s nice and cold, but it tastes weird!

Today Bradley tried pureed peas mixed with breastmilk.  He loved them and kept looking for more! His face definitely has a confused look, but that’s due to the consistency of something thicker than milk.  He ate most of the little bowl I made for him and then I stopped because I didn’t want to overload his little belly.  Tomorrow I’ll probably feed it all to him if he wants it.

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Ooo more food to try?
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Hmm, not bad
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I want to help
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This feels weird

Making and feeding Bradley solid food is already so fun.  I love seeing his reactions and feeling proud of how well he’s doing with it.  This also means that he’s no longer exclusively breastfed.  He will continue to get all of his nutrition from nursing until he’s a year old, but from here on out, he’ll start eating something new every few days and learning all different tastes and textures.  It’s bittersweet for me.  I love the fact that my body has been able to provide our baby with all of the nutrition he’s needed from the minute he was born.  In fact, I’m in awe.  My body didn’t work the right way to conceive him, but once I got pregnant, it started to work.  I had a great pregnancy but still worried I wouldn’t be able to breastfeed.  It was so important to me to be able to nurse my baby to give him the best nutrition possible and to feel that bond between mother and child. The beginning was rough with his tongue and lip ties, silent reflux, my Raynaud’s, and mastitis.  But we made it through and I’m so proud of us both.  Because of everything we went through to have Bradley, being able to nurse him has meant so much more to me. The bond we have while nursing is amazing and I just love watching how sweet he is. So why is this bittersweet? I’m thrilled that he’s growing so well, learning so much, and thriving, but I’m sad that he’s growing up so fast!  I didn’t think 6 months could go by so quickly.

I look forward to watching our sweet boy grow up, but for now I’m going to savor every single minute of him being a snuggly baby.

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Snuggles with my boy
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Feeling foxy today
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Sitting up on his own!
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Watching golf on TV
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Sporting his new monogrammed hat from Nonna, that just happened to match his outfit perfectly!