Fritz turned 11 months on Christmas Day. I will be the mama of a one year old in ONE MONTH. This last year (really the last two) have flown by so fast. I can’t remember a lifetime in where we knew he wouldn’t be ours. This magical little boy has brought us to life and fit seamlessly into our family.
Adam and I thought our lives would be turned upside when we had a child and in all honestly not TOO much has changed. We started bringing him everywhere with us from a young age. Flu season was really awful in 2018 so we tried to be extremely careful. Once he was vaccinated we brought him to dinner, out shopping, to happy hour. To this day he takes great naps beside us while we enjoy dinner. This MIGHT be the reason we are throwing his first birthday party at Little Thistle. This baby LOVES a brewery.
He is a great traveler and loves his new big boy car seat. We will take him on his second flight in March to visit my sister, Kate and her boyfriend, Billy in Salt Lake City.
About FRITZ at 11 months:
He is on the move. He is so fast. He loves crawling and pulling himself up. He will walk with a walker and attempts to stand on his own. He is into everything and I didn’t know it would be this exhausting. His Joovy Spoon has been a lifesaver!
Fritz is a huge fan of food and will eat almost anything - except turkey. He gets mad when he’s hungry and mad if we take it away before he’s finished. We go through these pouches like crazy.
We were so so so blessed with a great sleeper. I honestly don’t know how other moms do it. I would not have survived and y’all are my heroes. He sleeps 12+ hours a night, sometimes whimpers when he loses his paci, but is awesome!
He is wearing size 12-18 month clothes. I remember looking at these when he was a newborn and marveling at how HUGE they were. Happy Hannas are our favorite sleepers! The quality is amazing.
99% for height, weight and head.
He loved his first Christmas. We don’t take for granted that we were fortunate to become parents when we wanted to. For those struggling, you’re in my heart.
About ME after 11 months of motherhood:
I feel like I came into my own this year. I realized the important of kindness, patience and compassion. I found out what it means to TRY and be selfless. I don’t know that I really lost my identity, but I found the person I’ve always wanted to be. Dare I say, I became NICER. I did a lot of self reflection, a lot of work and went to quite a bit of therapy. I still get frustrated. I get mad that I feel like I have to do everything and that maybe I’m expected to do it all and do it all well. I work so hard to keep it together for our family so that we can enjoy a clean house, a full fridge and not run out of socks.
I can’t help but wonder if I’m doing everything I should be. Sometimes I’m too tired to read him a book. Will he get behind? Is he saying enough words? Will he walk by a year? I try to let myself be fulfilled by being a mother and not let the constant fear weigh me down.
What has shocked me the most: the fact that I took Fritz to daycare in sweatpants (maybe more than once) this year.