Friday, May 24, 2013

Happy 11 Months, MacAttack!

Dear Mackie,

Eleven months. I know I say this every month but this has seriously been the fastest eleven months of my whole life. Although the days sometimes feel much too long, at the end of them, I sit back and think that these last eleven months have gone by in a flash. 

I can still remember riding home from the hospital with both you and your brother in the backseat, ready to begin this grand adventure of life as a family of four, anxious as to how our days would unfold. I worried because I didn't know any better. If I only I could go back in time to that drive home in the car and tell myself just how wasted those worried thoughts would be. 

Maclane, it wasn't until we brought you home that we realized how incomplete our family was. You have brought so much laughter and joy to your daddy, your brother and to me. Our days are brighter, louder and more full because of you and we wouldn't trade it or change it for the world. 

This last month has been such a whirlwind. One minute your taking two to three unassisted steps bridging yourself between furniture and the next minute you're walking clear across the family room of Gammie and Poppy's house in New Jersey. Your Poppy, big brother and I watched on in amazement as you took your first steps and after catching them on video we celebrated and cheered so loud for you, as if you'd just won the Nobel Prize. You were so proud of yourself and each time you take off across the room, the biggest smile stretches across your face. 

Speaking of smiles, you wake up each morning happier than a pig in dirt. It's as if you know how much of a gift each day is and you just wake up bright-eyed and ready to embrace and celebrate the day. I swear, you're the happiest baby I know. 

You're walking, running, dancing, clapping, waving bye-bye and talking up a storm this month. Always in motion, always on the go, always with somewhere to be and something to do. You absolutely love to dance and the minute anyone starts singing or music plays on the TV or radio, you immediately starting clapping your little hands and doing this ridiculous shoulder shake and arm sway. No matter where you're sitting or standing you only dance with the top half of your body and it's pretty much the cutest thing ever. 

You point to what you want and where you want to go. Each of these directions is often accompanied with a, "eeeeeh?" sound. You can be a little bossy when it takes us a minute to figure out what you want. You certainly inherited your mother's patience. 

At this rate, I'm fairly certain I will be nursing you until you enter middle school. Now, I know that won't be the case but good lord do you love the milk bar. You're still nursing three to four times throughout the day, before bed and once during the night. I have no idea how to wean you as this is my first rodeo making it this far but if I'm being honest? I'm in no rush to cut you off. I've always let you dictate your schedule based on your needs and it's worked for us. So, why mess with a good thing?

This month you've nom'd on turkey burgers, salmon, watermelon (a previously disliked food) and just about every other fresh fruit you can get your hands on. You continue to love green peas, corn and steamed carrots. You still loathe broccoli. One of your absolute favorite foods is peanut butter and the minute we give your brother a PB sandwich you immediately take off after him trying to pry it from his hands. You're still not a huge fan of water or even whole milk- you'll only take big gulps from your brother's cup and let it spill out of your mouth over your chin. Can't say we didn't at least try. 

You still hate pacifiers, bottles and sippy cups. You'll suck from a straw cup but still prefer to saddle on up to the milk bar. Like I said, middle school.

You're favorite time of day is bath time and you splash and shriek and shout like a maniac the entire time you're in that water. Similarly, the weather has finally warmed up enough on occasion that I've started filling the plastic kiddie pool out back with water and you are just beside yourself in it. You could spend an hour sitting, splashing and climbing into and out of that $10 pool. We can't wait to take you to the beach!

You weigh 25lbs. and are wearing size 5 diapers and 18-24 month clothes. At 30.5 inches tall, you're 2 inches shorter than your brother at this age but roughly 3-4lbs. heavier. There's no denying that you're a bit of a bruiser, Maclane!


You hair is still brown, as are your eyes! They were looking hazel for a short while but it turns out you take after your mama after all. In fact, you're the spitting image of her as a baby and I just love it so much!

Your favorite toys include whatever your brother is playing with at the moment. This includes the iPad, any of his trains on the playroom train table, his Leaptop computer and his hot wheels cars. You love swinging in your swing beneath the deck and opening and closing all of the cabinet and oven doors on the play kitchen. You also adore chasing after your brother as he runs around the first floor of the house. The only thing that slows you down is the step down in the kitchen and even I know that obstacle will be short-lived. 

Your most-used nicknames this month include Mackie, Smackers and MacAttack.  The minute we say your name you stop whatever it is you're doing (or not supposed to be doing) and flash us the cheesiest grin. You're such a ham, Maclane. No new teeth month either, just those two little bottom ones hangin' tough. 

Happy 11 months, Maclane! Pack your bags, sweet boy! You're birthday party is in less than three weeks and just a few days after that we board a plane for what I hope will be an exciting family adventure! Thank you for being such a BIG joy in our lives! 

We love you more than carrots, 

Mommy, Daddy, Carterito and the Sheepster



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  1. Friend, he is oh, so handsome and PRECIOUS!! I loved your note about how those worries in the early days of "life with two" and how they were all for nothing. Going to remind myself when the time comes for us to have another babe!! Happy Friday, dear! :)

  2. He looks so handsome in these pics. He is a big boy but just too cute! One more month until the big bash to celebrate 1!!!

  3. He looks so happy! I was in the same nursing boat when my little guy was that age, and finally convinced him to give it up at 20 months. And he still sticks his nose up at any liquid besides water. Those little stinkers!

  4. What a big boy!! WALKING??? No way. And he weighs the same as Kennedy!!! What a big sweet boy! Happy 11 months! Can't believe he's almost 1!

  5. Happy 11 Months MackAttack!!! I've truly enjoyed watching you grow from this blog!!

  6. HE IS SUCH A DOLL!!!!!!!!!!! I can't even... I die from the cuteness...!

  7. if you end up on the cover of a magazine with a middle school kid nursing, I want an autographed copy mailed to me. lol. jk. happy 11 months, Mac!


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