Critter is 11 months old you guys. It is crazy to think that in the next month he’ll have his first birthday party, first haircut, 12 month checkup and maybe even start to walk! What else is new?
- WEANING. IT IS OVER. After I got mastitis, my milk supply tanked 50%. Between pumping and the remaining freezer stash, we were able to make it to Christmas Eve at which point Critter got his first taste of formula, determined it was poison water and screamed his head off and arched his back every time we got near him with the bottle. After three days, we got better at mixing formula and breastmilk, he ended his peaceful protest and he is almost nearly on 100% formula now. He’s on the Enfamil comparison brand from ALDI and thinks it is just fine. I pumped for the last time on New Year’s Day and now it is over. I think the biggest hormonal shift for me hit straight after the mastitis resolved because my supply tanked so much so fast. I was having night sweats, a terrible headache, and was completely exhausted. Right now I feel…pleasantly normal in comparison.
- Breastfeeding in review: I am glad I gave it a try. My plan was always to do it while it worked and to stop when it didn’t and that got Critter nearly 11 months of straight breastmilk. Between gestation and nursing, I put 25 pounds on that child and that 25 pounds was a labor of love. I cannot even begin to imagine what nursing a child looks like when you have a toddler at home and a newborn but I will not even be thinking about that until Littler Critter comes on the scene. Someday. (and not now!)
- Formula. I’m just gonna say it you guys. It is easier. You throw some powder and water in bottle and poof it is done! Nutrition for your child! Plus, since I’m not pumping anymore, the amount of things we have to clean each day has been cut in half.
- We took Critter to the zoo last week and even though we were only there for about 45 minutes, it was a great adventure for all of us. The lion even came straight up to the window (I feel like that never happens) so we got a great look at him and now Critter has seen all of these animals in real life!
- We have really been milking the free and/or cheap activities that are available to us through our community. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the sports dome has a tot playtime from like 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM. It’s like $4 for the tots unless they cannot walk in which case they are free. Critter crawls around on the field and usually swats a ball about and that’s really the extent of it. As he gets bigger, there are more toys and things to rumpus with and there are four (!) bounce house-type things that they set up for the kids to hop in. We’ve also been going to the library quite a bit too. They’ve got a free story time two times a day on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and they also have a really superb wooden playset over in the kids area that Critter is enthralled by. It has become a great place for us to burn 30 minutes of energy or so at the end of the day.
- If Critter could tell you what his favorite food is, he would be proud to let you know it is greek yogurt. He can eat a full, adult-sized container of it even after he is done with the other foods and he is so sad when it is done.
- Clothes. In the last year we have purchased seven sets of them and in the next month or so I am pretty sure we’ll be moving right into the 3T pjs. If anyone ever tells you that when the tots start moving around they slow down their growth, just know they have never met my son. Related: I need to start sourcing those clothes now so that we can get some deals.