ELEVEN MONTHS. I seriously can’t believe in 28 days this munchkin will be ONE. They weren’t kidding when they said the days are long but the years are short when you are a parent. I can’t believe how fast the past 11 months have gone. We are pretty much set for Mark’s first birthday! All that is left is to figure out what we want to get him (gift ideas please!) and to order his smash cake! This past month has been such a blur between our move, buying a house, settling into our temporary living, and trying to get on a routine. I’m thrilled to say as of last week this little munchkin is officially enrolled in Little Gym and will be starting swimming lessons next week!! Finding activities to help this kido get out his energy have been a top priority as I am convinced Mark is actually an energizer bunny. He truly never sits still (not even for a second!) and prefers to walk / run all over the place these days.
I absolutely adore watching how independent he has become and I still find myself cracking up when I see him walking around and exploring our apartment. In addition to becoming a very proficient walker, we have made huge strides in the social department. After a few months of some serious stranger danger, Mark has become such a social tot! He seeks attention from everyone we see and tries to “talk” to other kids we see when we are out and about. He is also quite the talkative little guy. While most of his conversations consist of baby babble, he can say hi, waves bye-bye, shakes his head no when he doesn’t want something, and we are convinced he says “I did it” when he does something he is proud of lol! Mark, you seriously are the best and we’ve loved every minute of being your parents these past 11 months. Here is our recap of life with our 11 month munchkin!
TEN MONTHS. We are officially into double digits! And the countdown is most definitely on until Mark turns one. We had so much fun this past month celebrating Mark’s first Christmas, visiting lots of family & friends, and finalizing some of our move back to the US. And if that wasn’t enough craziness for us, Mark decided to start WALKING! I swear he is way too tiny to be walking! Our little mister took his first unassisted steps just after turning 9 months but it took him a few weeks to build up the courage to really start walking. Now, he just goes goes goes! And it looks like I’ll be spending most of my time chasing after him & grabbing all the sharp corners for the foreseeable future lol. While he is walking, he definitely still gets distracted and tumbles all over the place. Mark has also learned some fun new “tricks” like waving hi & putting his “hands up”. His sounds continue to grow and he is in the stage where he loves mimicking the sounds we make and things we do. He continues to love having all the attention on him but we have also made great strides with Mark enjoying independent play. It is crazy to think in just a few short weeks we will be permanently back stateside! But before that, a quick recap with our 10 month munchkin!
NINE MONTHS. Three-quarters of a year old. It is scary how close we are to this munchkin turning one! Of course, I am already in first birthday panic mode primarily because we will be moving early next year and I am not sure what our living situation will be in early March. Of course, I’m determined to make it memorable one way or another! Mark has become so much more independent this past month. He is speed crawling, pulling up, cruising, and standing unsupported for a few seconds. He has figured out how to gracefully transitioning from cruising to standing back to crawling and I am certain he will be walking way to soon. He has learned so many new sounds and babbles all the time. He loves playing with his toys and banging everything together and making music. I have a feeling this month will be the best yet. We can not wait to celebrate Mark’s first Christmas and spend the holidays with our family and friends. But before that, here is a recap of life with our 9 month munchkin!
EIGHT MONTHS. How is my baby only 4 months from turning ONE?! Commence all the mommy feels! And a certain degree of panic because I am seriously fretting over where we will be celebrating Mark’s 1st birthday as there is a transatlantic move happening between now and then lol! I can’t believe how far Mark has come in these past eight months. My once itty bitty baby who needed help supporting his head is now crawling, pulling up, and standing all on his own. Mark is Mr. Independent and I’m loving almost every moment of it. It is incredible watching him crawl to the things he wants (including chasing me when I walk away), mimic the things we do, and pull up on the table when he wants a better vantage point of something. Crawling & pulling up has been a game changer this past month so, here a recap of life with our 8 month old mobile munchkin!
SEVEN MONTHS. For some reason, Mark turning seven months has me freaking out more then his half birthday did! I basically need to start planning his first birthday because it will be here in no time, right?! It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating our first week and month together and pretty soon Mark will be walking, talking, and turning one! This past month has been filled with lots of travel, more milestones & first moments! Here is a recap of life with our 7 month old!
SIX MONTHS. Mark is half a year old. How did this happen?! I can’t believe we are now closer to his first birthday than we are his birth. It feels like just days ago that he could fit in our hands. Now, our hands can barely contain him as he throws himself around wanting to get into everything! This past month has been filled with tons of milestones & a much more mobile munchkin, so let me recap life with our 6 month old!
FIVE MONTHS. I can not believe how fast time has gone. Next month our munchkin will be half a year old (ah!). I find myself constantly stuck between wanting him to stay little forever and being so excited to watch him grow, learn, & explore. So much has changed this past month so let me recap life with our 5 month munchkin!
Mark is turning into quite a spunky little guy with a personality bigger then he is. He happily demands attention all day long and seems very pleased with himself when he gets his way 🙂 He has the cutest open mouth mega smile and his giggles are too much to handle. Baby boy, I hope you always smile so big. He loves being tickled under his neck and cracks up whenever we say “boom” or “woah”. Mark has really been discovering the world around him; grabbing things he wants, coo-ing & babbling all day long, and following people around a room. He is getting bigger by the day and I can only imagine what pure joy the next few months will be like!