Although Ty's 11th month began with an unpleasant overnight hospital stay, he cheered up quickly when granny and grandpa Hunt came to visit. Fortunately Ty's never shown an attachment phase yet - when he only wants mommy or daddy and is scared of everybody else. So far Ty loves everyone, especially when they play with him. Granny and Grandpa were happy to oblige!
|Cute clean boy!|
Ty's first syllables were "da da da." Later came "ma ma," "na na," "la la, etc." He doesn't know what they mean, but he babbles them all the time. Right now it's just learning to make intelligible sounds. Oscar beams with pride whenever Ty says "da da."
By 11 months Ty had weaned down to 4 nursing sessions a day, and those were all fairly short. He rarely fell asleep nursing anymore, so on one occasion when he did, I snuggled him and savored the moment. In the middle of it, he gave a cute little giggle in his sleep. Precious!!!
|How Oscar addressed our tithing envelope|
Ty's doing reasonably well with the sippy cup. He can drink from it when he wants to, but holding it up is not his favorite thing. He prefers the kind that just have little holes in the lid and don't require as much work, but if I leave him alone with one he'll pour it all out just to watch it drip. Without supervision I'm only willing to give him water since he inevitably ends up throwing it on the ground and spilling liquid everywhere.
The best moments, though, are when Tyler is happy and giggly for no apparent reason. We still laugh about one afternoon he spent crawling laps around the couch, giggling away the whole time. He's so much fun!
On May 10th we celebrated Oscar's 31st birthday with delicious lemon cake and Thai food. Those candles were recycled from my 31st birthday the year before. I'm a year older than Oscar, so if we go with numbered candles, he can just reuse mine a year later. Then 11 days later Tyler can still use the 2nd number from Oscar's candles (i.e. when Oscar's 32 Tyler will be 2).
I don't like putting Tyler in the high chair anytime he wants a little snack, so sometimes I'd put crackers or cereal pieces on the tray of his walker. This worked for awhile, but then he realized how much fun it was to throw them all on the ground. The walker went to storage when he started learning how to walk without it. Several other things have been put away as well, like his baby swing and his bouncer. I tried strapping him into his bouncer while I took a shower once, but he managed to push himself out of it.
Along with the fun milestones we're also getting some extra fussiness. This is partly from teething and partly because everything is now a fun toy to him, and he doesn't understand why he can't have whatever he's wanting to play with (hence why I never wear jewelry anymore). One time he became very upset and threw a tantrum when he couldn't put the toilet seat down while I was using the toilet. Fortunately his distress was quickly calmed by discovering the fun spring that keeps the door from slamming against the wall.
Lia and Hana came up to celebrate with us and picked up Thai food. The little rice soup with vegetable ends they give out at lunch made the perfect meal for him. We also gave him small pieces of our food. He didn't love the spice level, but he sure enjoyed the coconut ice cream!
There were lots of extra party favors and cake, so I invited my neighbor and her 4 kids to take them off my hands. They happily obliged and sang Happy Birthday to Ty when he woke up from his nap.
He also thoroughly enjoyed his yellow cake with key lime frosting! Hana came around the table to help him blow out the candle, but it snuffed itself out right as she was arriving. It looks like 3 birthdays is the most these candles can take.