The growing and changing that you have done this month just astonishes me! This has been such a big month for you. I keep going back and forth between wanting to speed everything up, and wanting to slow everything down.
You had your first Presidential election this month. Mommy and Daddy went and voted and you just looked around at everything. We got you a sticker, but you much preferred to pick at mine.
We've had some relatively warm days here this month, and one day I decided that I needed to take you to the park to swing on a swing before winter came. I put you in the stroller and brought Maya and we walked to the little playground by our house. I put you in the swing and I could tell that you were a little hesitant about it at first. After you realized what was happening, you loved it!!! It was windy on the day we went, and you kept trying to stick your tongue out and "catch" the wind. You were smiling and giggling up a storm. Now, I'm even more anxious for spring to get here so that we can go back to the park.
You went on your first road trip/vacation this month. We drove down to Georgia to visit Uncle Eric, Aunt Jessica, and Wes for Thanksgiving. Mommy and Daddy decided to drive overnight and we hoped that you would sleep all night. You did amazing! You fell asleep about five minutes into the trip and slept until we had to stop and get gas. You ate, played for about half an hour, then fell back to sleep until we got to Uncle Eric and Aunt Jessica's house. Amazing!! The trip back home went just as well. You had a great time while we were there and loved watching Emma and Wesley play. Your sleep regressed a bit, but that's to be expected.
Your sleep is definitely improving! I am so proud of you because you weaned yourself from the swaddle. I was so worried that putting you to bed without being swaddled would be a nightmare, but since you've become mobile, you prefer to sleep without it. You like to be able to roll and move around. The minute I put you down to bed, you roll onto your side. You usually spend most of the night, or naps, sleeping on your belly. I think that all of your new sleep positions are absolutely adorable!
I was so surprised that you clapped for the first time a few days ago. I don't really clap that often around you and you all of a sudden did it. You've been giving high fives for a little bit now. Now, you clap often when you want us to be proud of you for something, usually after you crawl a little ways.
Still no teeth! You chew on things a lot, but I don't feel or see anything on your gums. I think that your teeth might be starting to move around towards the surface some because you've been whiny and clingy some days. That's not very typical of you.
I just transitioned you to 12 month clothing, but they are still a little big on you. You are still wearing a size 3 diaper. I'm assuming that you are around 18 pounds. I look at you and can't believe how big you've gotten, but you still look so tiny to me when you stand up.
Every day, I don't think it's possible for me to love you more than I do, but then tomorrow comes and I love you even more. I want nothing but the best for you.
Love you always,