Although Coen is already 13.5 months, I figured I would finally post this…..I was debating whether to do a 13 month or wait until 18 month but I want to remember every month for two reasons: To compare if we have another baby and so I can look back on it as my memories fade. This little guy has had quite a busy month. He has gotten 3 new teeth and is working on walking. He will walk on his own a good 4-5 feet before plopping down. I think this next month he will start walking more and more. Pics are lacking this month! I really need to step it up and take some more.
Height: 30 inches
Weight: 25ish lbs
Likes: Cruising, crawling, babbling, food, walking with his truck, making fart noises, throwing food on the floor, giving hugs, imitating what we do.
Dislikes: Car rides, diaper/outfit changes, peas.
Sleep: Since we dropped the morning nursing he had some rough patches of waking at 5-5:30 and not falling back to sleep. He still has two naps at about 9am and 2pm and sleeps from 7:30 to until 6:30 for the first time ever. We actually now have to wake him up!!!
Eating: The day he turned a year we dropped the morning feed and at 12.5 months we dropped the last nursing session. He has 3 meals a day and 2-3 snacks now. We are offering milk (breast milk mostly) in the morning, at meals and a half hour before bed with a little snack.
Diapers: We are on to size 4s. I have no clue how many we have gone through!
One Down and One to Go…..I have dropped the morning nursing session. This was usually around 5:30am and Coen would sometimes go back to bed for 30-60 min after. The day I dropped it he slept straight until 6:15 so I decided it would be a good chance to do it. He did great! I offered him water and then he played for a bit and then he ate breakfast. The second day he slept a little later again and seemed to go with it. The third morning (a Monday) he was a screaming mess at 5:30 and my husband went in to offer some water. He drank a little, settled down but then started fussing again. He was cranky the entire morning until I brought him to daycare. He has been extra clingy and huggy with me. I feel awful. I am not sure if it is the drop of our morning session, the change in schedule, a cold, the upper teeth that seem to never come or his constipation/belly issues but it’s so hard to see him like this. I know with any transition time will only help. I am going to give it some time before we drop the dreaded nighttime session. Last week for the first time in forever he actually fell asleep while I nursed him before bed. Something I will always miss…….
One year…..how did this happen? Baby boy has grown so much and is such a little man with his own personality. I am so proud to be his mother.
Height: Almost 30 inches
Weight: 24 lbs and 4 oz
Likes: Cruising, crawling, babbling, food, pulling himself up, walking with toy walker, clapping, waving and imitating what we do.
Dislikes: Car rides, diaper/outfit changes and taking his 12 month pics! My husband had to hold him down to get them.
Sleep: He has the same schedule as 11 months. He has two naps at about 9 and 2pm and sleeps from 7:30 to until 5-6:30. Dropping the morning nursing has created an early riser but I hope he will go back to the norm once he adjusts.
Eating: I started weaning at 11 months. I dropped to feeding him 4 times a day and slowly started dropping my pumps at work. A day before he turned a year I dropped down to nursing once a day. The bedtime nursing will be the last to go and most likely the hardest on him (and me). He has 3 meals a day and two snacks now. We are offering milk (breast milk mostly) in the morning and once during the day.
Diapers: We are on to size 4s. We went through 190ish diapers this month. I totally lost track of this! We did make it a whole year without buying diapers though. I stocked up like crazy when pregnant and got a ton at my shower.
Happy First week of October! I can’t believe in less than 2 weeks my baby boy will be 1! Picture is from one of our many outtakes of Coen for his birthday invites!
It has been awhile since I have given any update besides Coen’s monthly ones but……a few weeks ago we had our first appointment for trying for baby #2! We have 3 frozen embryos so it makes sense to go that we use those first. The RE said we have two day 5 and one day 6 embryos waiting for us. I think it would be crazy to think of Coen having a brother or sister from the same IVF cycle. I am excited and scared. What if it doesn’t work a second time? Are we ready? How many tries do I try this before giving up? I still have not gotten my period so I think it may not show until I have completely weaned. Our next steps….wean Coen….period shows, blood work and ultrasound and then once we are cleared we will start FET #4. She mentioned we could start as early as January! It was a January cycle that I got Coen but I am not expecting this to work the first time after what we went through. We also have made the decision to only transfer one at a time. In the past, we have done both one and two. We just don’t want to risk twins but also know it could take that much longer.
I have a hefty stash of frozen milk so I decided to start weaning Coen at 11 months. I am not sure how far it will get us but it will definitely bring us until after his first birthday. Weaning is bittersweet and I never thought I would be this emotional about it. To be honest, I never thought I would make it this far or that it would be this hard hard to stop. I sometimes wonder if I would be weaning if we weren’t planning on trying for another one. I am ready to have my body completely back to me but I am going to miss it. I hope he still wants to cuddle or still needs me as much as he does now. I am sure our last time will bring tears and I am not sure I am quite ready for that yet. Coen is down to 4 feedings a day. Two bottles at daycare and I nurse him in the morning and at bedtime. Over the past few weeks I have dropped the daytime feedings. I was pumping 5 times a day while I was away. Last Friday I pumped for the last time at work. I will not miss it at all. I am holding strong at just nursing in the morning and at night. I am not sure I am ready to drop these yet. Weaning is far more emotional than I ever thought it would be but I also have this longing to give Coen a little brother or sister. Again, this is all just a reminder of how we don’t have the luxury to just blink our eyes and be pregnant. But it is what it is and I am willing to go through it all again because it was so worth it.