Does anyone else keep forgetting that Xander’s initials are AJH and not XJH? John and I literally never call him Alexander, but I’m sure he’ll appreciate having it as his full name when he’s older. Did I ever tell you that my real name is Katie? It doesn’t stand for Katherine, Kathleen, Katelyn, etc. My parents thought I might go by Kate when I was older, but that never happened. It’ll be interested to see what Xander decides to be called for himself!
Onto baby news of the week…
Look how long our little shortie is getting? At least he seems longer to me! The biggest news to note of week 11 (actually week 10 going into week 11) is Xander’s crazy growth spurt! Little boy is eating like crazy. I still think his two craziest days were during week 10, but the spurt continued over the weekend and he’s been napping all over the place too.
While these photos don’t show it as much, Xander’s personality is shining! He’s so happy and sweet after sleeping. He looks at us and smiles. He coos and repeats me when I say “oooh.” I have a really cute video of this that I’ll have to post for you to see.
Even though we don’t do tummy time as much as we should, Xander is excelling when he does have his short sessions of tummy time. This week he had his head up the highest yet and even rested/pushed off of his arms purposefully. So that’s good news that his arms are getting stronger too! We already know his legs are strong because he loves to stand on our laps and he works those little knees during tummy time! (I have a video of tummy time that I’ll have to post as well!)
Haha, how cute are daddy and Xander?! John was trying to do X’s expression, because he was just acting so cute and matter-of-factly. Xander’s been having more happy awake time and independent time. He still loves taking his naps with mommy… but when mommy is (gasp) not needing a nap, he’s getting better at being set down and staying asleep.
And that brings me to sleep. The last two days are starting to resemble that pattern he had started when we got back from PA, so let’s hope that the pattern is here to stay. This means a wake up around midnight, 3, and 6. Those are all variable and sometimes (okay, most times) he needs his paci put back in shortly after being laid down. Having three wake ups three hours a part is definitely an ideal night though — he really is still unpredictable and it’s not uncommon for one of us to end up with him in the nursery rocker from 4 am until wake up time.
I LOVE how well he watches us now. Because of this we’ve started incorporating baby sign language into conversation. We are just doing simple signs (eat, mommy, daddy, i love you, milk, water) when appropriate. We know it’s too early for him to actually repeat the signs, but it seems like he loves watching the signs. When he’s developmentally ready it’ll be fun to see him do the signs himself.
That’s all for week 11!
xo, The Heddlestons
PS. Week 11 also included our first power outage where I was obsessed with asking John if all my frozen breast milk would be okay. We didn’t open the fridge or freezer and all was fine! It was definitely nerve wracking but the power was back on within 4 hours.