11 months

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//Waiting for baby Reed, June 14th 2012

A year ago today, we were exactly one month away from Reed’s expected due date of July 14th. So you can imagine how incredulous I really am when I say that I simply cannot believe that it is already one year later…we are less than one month away from celebrating baby Reed’s very 1st birthday!

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Reed at 11 months is just an absolute delight. His walking is very abundant and he has picked up speed. While he still does crawl at times to get him faster from place to place, he can now manage to get himself up to standing from the middle of the floor, so he no longer needs to cruise from an object to embark on walking – he just sets off. Normally he gets nearly the length of our apartment before dropping onto his bum and letting out riotous laughter. He is as attached to his mama and to nursing as ever (which can be a bit dicey at times as we are now up to 7 teeth, with 4 on the top, 3 on the bottom…), but he really likes being left on his own at times (of his choosing) to explore. He’ll see a book on the table, and then he’ll go over to pick it up, flip through it and say “Gheeee…” and give a kind of throaty, hissy sound as he chuckles to himself. Since he turned 10 months he has been pointing constantly, holding up his finger like E.T., until you too point your finger upwards and bring it to meet his. That one is probably one of my most favourite Reed-isms (and I think it might have been his big sis Alina who did the very same!) Our little comedian also loves flicking his lips and making a kind of flubbed speech sound with his pointer finger and experimenting with all kinds of noises at the dinner table, to the delight of all assembled.

During the day and early evening he loves to sit in one of our many windows and watch the birds. He waves to many of them (waving ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ is honestly the sweetest and he is so joyous when he does!) and I am convinced that he has all those blue jays and doves memorised. Dancing boy seems to love to bop his little tushie about (not-so-shocking if you know this family!) and enjoys saying the words ‘cake’ and ‘cow’. He has even taken to asking, in his gurgling voice, one finger pointed in the air: ‘What’s that?’ All of the excited clapping combined with shaking his head vigorously to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – I dare say this baby boy has us wrapped around his little finger in the very best way possible.

How we love you, Reed! You are just the dearest, sweetest little boo bear.

**In N&N news: don’t forget our GIVEAWAY that is happening on June 20th!** Please read this blog post for more details and be sure to ‘Like’ our page on Facebook and comment on the giveaway pic for a chance to win!

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