11 Months!

We have been getting consistently good sleep for about 2 months now, YES! It makes such a difference. We’ve been going to the park regularly while the weather is still nice. After picking Aiden up from day care we’ll stop at the park at the top of our neighborhood. He LOVES swinging, plus watching the other kids and eating dirt is fun too. 

I bought Aiden a bunch of new socks because he has to wear shoes at day care daily now. We had a blast throwing them up in the air and piling them on top of him. It was a good hour of entertainment which for a baby is a really long time. 
With my new found energy, I hung a bag (bought from Craigslist) in the garage so that I can really easily workout. I like doing 20-30 minute hard, non-stop workouts lately because time is precious. Working out at home eliminates the need to coordinate leaving the house with Andrew or it gives me the option to workout when I’m home alone while Aiden is sleeping. I’m very excited to be able to resume some Combat Conditioning stuff on my own (The gym has just been too elusive the last several months.)
We caught up with friends this weekend. Laura and Kahlil came over Friday to hang out and celebrate her new career adventure 🙂 We caught up with Tom and Emily on Saturday. And on Sunday we saw James and Whitney, and lent them a bunch of baby stuff we aren’t using. Aiden tasted Apple Cider, pizza and peanuts/peanut butter for the first time this weekend. 
I feel like when Aiden’s awake we are constantly feeding him. I will feed him in his high chair as soon as we get home from day care. Then when Andrew and I eat dinner he’ll eat dinner with us. At day care he has breakfast, lunch and snacks in addition to 3-4 bottles. On sunday morning he ate 4 scrambled eggs, an entire banana with peanut butter and then had a container of greek yogurt with Andrew. This was all after nursing as soon as he’d woken up for the day. It really seems ridiculous. I fear what the future holds for our grocery bills 😛 We occassionally get pictures texts from day care…
We are sort of doing ‘baby led weaning’ if you were to label it, but mostly we do what’s convenient. He feeds himself unless it’s something like yogurt. We love the pouched food when we’re out and about but typically he just eats whatever we are eating. We don’t keep a huge stock of baby food and avocados are still a daily staple.
You can tell when he’s full because he becomes a lot less accurate and concerned with actually eating any of it… 
At this point breastfeeding is still working well for us, he will nurse when he wakes up and goes to bed, and then 2-3 times during the day. While at work I pump 3 times. I haven’t noticed a drastic change in the amount of feeding as we approach the one year mark. It seems to slowly be decreasing, but we’ve noticed a major increase in the amount of real food he’s eating. During the day we typically offer food options first and then offer milk if he still seems hungry. If he wakes up in the middle of the night I will nurse him because that puts him back to sleep quickest. I can count on one hand the number of times that hasn’t done the trick and it’s usually been because he’s sick.