Oh. My. Goodness. My baby is practically a toddler. Jackson will be one in a just a month! This little guy is on the go, all the time. He loves to be moving and getting into everything! He pants (like a dog) when he crawls around and he is always sweating by the time we get him down for a nap because he has been playing so hard! Jackson is very close to walking. He stands on his own for at least 10 seconds before he figures out he is not holding on to anything and lowers himself (quite gracefully) to the floor. It's amazing to watch. Jackson now eats primarily the food we eat instead of jars of baby food, and he loves it! This kid won't complain, though, as long as we are shoveling food into his mouth:)! We did find one thing he doesn't care for - plain yogurt. Go figure! Jackson is a kid who needs his sleep. He takes 2 naps a day, usually 1.5 - 2.5 hours each (today one was 3 hours and one was 2 hours!). And then he goes to bed around 7pm and gets up around 8am. I love that he needs his sleep...just like his mommy:).
Jackson began doing the 2 cutest things ever this month. First, he now "dances" to music. He bounces up and down and gets all excited when music comes on, even the music from his toys. It is beyond adorable. And secondly, he gives kisses - usually to Addison. He leans over and puts his lips on her gently, usually on her forehead. Just tonight, he got excited when I put Addison on the floor and immediately crawled over to her and gave her 3 kisses. Then he started playing and randomly in the middle of his playing, he would stop and give her a kiss. What a sweet, sweet big brother he is! We get them from him sometimes, too, but not as much as Addy does. We have never formally taught him to give kisses, he just does it. I'm not surprised he learned it, though, because we literally kiss these babies all day long. How could you not with those cheeks? Jackson also has figured out that when he shakes toys that rattle, I sing the "shake, shake, shake...shake your booty" song. So he now shakes rattles and then looks at me with a big expectant smile on his face. Love it!
We could not get our normal adorable pictures of Jackson this month because he was too busy trying to get movin'! But let me tell you, he is the most precious little boy ever! His personality continues to unfold with each month. We have learned that he has quite the temper - and HATES it when we don't let him have the TV and video game remotes! I thought 11 months was too young for tantrums...but nope. But when he is happy, he just shines. And lucky for us, he is happy a lot! This month is bittersweet. I am so happy Jackson is healthy and happy and growing like crazy. But...it all went by SO fast. This may be the last post I write before he starts walking. That makes me sad. He was a little baby for such a short time. I just love him so much and want to treasure every second I have with him. He is such a light in our lives.
We love you, sweet boy! Happy 11 months!