The Macs

Friday, December 10, 2010

levi {eleven months}

Wow. How can it be Friday already? I am still recovering from my craft weekend, Joel and I are both fighting bad colds, and poor Levi has his first ear infections. We are still plugging away at our 25 day challenge. Some nights it has been with very sleepy eyes and lots of coughing that we read our advent book together, but we are trying really hard to keep our commitment. And we don't just want to put a check in the box for the day, but really prepare our hearts for Christmas and all that it means. Doesn't it usually happen that when you make a commitment to deepen your walk with the Lord all sorts of things start pressing for your attention? We are trying to stay focused here at the Macs. This post is a little late, but I thought you might want to see what our little guy is up to at eleven months.

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Levi, how did you get to be eleven months old already?

You are doing so many things at eleven months I don't even know where to start...

You stand on your own, but plop right back down when we try to get you to take a step. Someday soon you will get brave and start running circles around your mama.

You love to eat. You are eating mostly on your own and you will eat anything. I can hardly put food on your tray fast enough. At this rate I am going to be in trouble when you are a teenager.

You are into everything. Nothing is safe. You love opening and closing cupboards, playing in the pantry, trying to sneak into the bathroom if I forget to close the door, and you figured out how to crawl down the step into the mudroom. I know if the house is quiet that you are probably getting into something you shouldn't be. I guess that is why the pediatrician told me to make sure the house is childproof.

You are still saying mama and dada...mostly dada of course. You love to wave, give high fives, show how big you are, and play peek-a-boo. After performing all of those tricks you love to clap for yourself, but you love it even more when people clap for you. You talk to people when we are out and about. You make friends wherever we go.

You are all boy. You play with cars and tractors. When we ask you where your tractor is you crawl over to it. You love to be outside. Too bad it is winter and getting too cold to be out much. You are not afraid to get dirty and you make a lot of noise. I love that you are so different than your sister.

Pretty soon we are going to be celebrating your first birthday, you will get to turn around in your car seat, and you will take off walking. I don't know how time is going so fast, but I am so thankful for everyday that I get to spend with you.


Blogger Trina Y. said...

so adorable!


December 10, 2010 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Toni :O) said...

He is just absolutely scrumptious! Hope you are all on the mend soon and Happy Eleven Months to your sweet boy!

December 10, 2010 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Sadie said...

Happy 11 months Levi! He's so cute! Love the photo of him getting into the pantry! I sooooo understand the meaning of when the house is quiet, he's into something!

December 10, 2010 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger The Schilling's from Cimarron said...

He is SOOOOOOO cute! Time is flying by! :)Happy Holidays.... as always I am behind and will send a New Years card! Give everyone hugs!

Love ya!


December 10, 2010 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

oh, he is precious!

December 10, 2010 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

What a big boy! He sounds like so much fun. My little guy is almost 13 months, and still not walking. :) They are a blast though. I know you don't know me and I don't mean to sound like I know everything, but I couldn't help but notice you are planning on turning him forward facing at 1. I have read so much about car seat safety and they are really suggesting keeping them rear facing as long as possible, up to 40lbs (depending on your car seat). My little guy will be rear facing at least until 2. Not judging you at all if you choose to turn him around but maybe read into it a little and consider keeping him rear for a while longer. There, sorry! I am done. I just like to spread the word because lots of people don't know how much safer it is. Levi is such a cute guy!!

December 10, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

I have been following your blog for a while now. I've never posted on it, but after reading your post on Levi being 11 months old I must say he is just the cutest darn thing. With what you've gone through I know that I can get through anything. Thanks for allowing us to read your blog.

December 10, 2010 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Claudia said...

Happy 11 months to a precious little boy - ok not so little obviously -

December 10, 2010 at 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I think your baby boy is so adorable. Happy 11 months to Levi! I also have an 11 month old little girl and a 3 year old son. I hope you have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful new year. I really enjoy reading your blog and enjoy your insight on life.

December 10, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like my son who's a few months ahead of Levi...all "boy" and I love it. You're definitely going to have your hands full when he's walking.

I agree with a previous poster about the car seat dilemma. There's a lot of information out there and updated recommendations and such. After reading more about it and the "anatomical" reasons it's safer to keep a little one rear-facing, my daughter stayed that way until she was almost three. Just wanted to be sure you knew the "one year and 20 pounds" standard (that was the rule when my daughter was an infant/toddler) is outdated now, though plenty of people still use it.

December 10, 2010 at 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the other comments about the car seat. I kept Caleb rear facing until he was 18 months. I wanted to keep him rear facing longer, but he was too stinkin tall. Anyway, I know it's fun to have them facing to where you can see them, but like the other posters have said, it's dangerous. He really is such a beautiful boy. Loves to you!

December 10, 2010 at 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I should have known that others would have posted about this already, but to repeat them, the new recommendation is to keep them rear facing as long as possible.

Here's some info:

December 11, 2010 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Eryn said...

I first saw your blog when it was featured on Julie's blog to help sweet Cora and have been following since then.

Levi is probably one of the cutest babies I have ever seen! I can't get enough of those cheeks, I don't know how you can even go one second without kissing them. ;)

December 11, 2010 at 7:36 PM  
Anonymous Carla said...

He's so cute, looks full of fun :-)
Just on the rearfacing issue, i thought I'd throw in my tuppence worth...I also kept my little girl (who is very tall) rearfacing...she's about 30lb now and is still rearfacing, I'm hoping to keep her so for the next 12 months. It's just so much safer and when theyve never been turned around, they know no different! We have a mirror on the back seat which means I can see her and her brother while driving :-)
Hope you're feeling better soon!

December 12, 2010 at 3:59 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I've read your blog for awhile but haven't commented until now. Levi is adorable and I just have to ask where you got that adorable motorcycle shirt from. My son would LOVE that!

December 12, 2010 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Miss G said...

Is he eating lasagna? My little guy is loving lasagna right now! Kelly

December 12, 2010 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Ceri said...

SOOOOOOOO Cute! I can not believe he will almost be one! Such a boy too! Now about turing him around forward facing it's a hard topic, but as I tell strangers and I feel like I "know" you so here it goes. First no one is judging you just educating you we mom's have to help each other out! I 2nd 8th, 10th about the rear facing thing and am glad others spoke up. I kept my son rear facing past 2. I only turned him around when he kept complaining about his "boy" parts hurting and grabbing himself down there. It turns out as their legs get longer and they push against the back of the seat it pulls the straps tighter and pushes on the buckle (things mom's of boys deal with).... I wish I had been able to do it longer as our car seat goes to 40 lbs and he is only 32 lbs but I couldn't do that to him every day. No one will judge you if you do decide to turn him around but I bet if you took some time to read why it's safer you might just change your mind. And once you decide what your going to do, stick to your guns about it. (People always questioned me as to why he was still rear facing and I was always defending myself)

On the topic of car seat safety remember to, no bulky jackets. If the car seat is put to test, blankets are for the best. That's a hard one in the winter time, but use this as a test. Put them in their seat with no jacket tighten the straps. Take them out put the jacket on and put them back in the seat. If you have to loosen the straps to get him buckled then the jacket is too bulky. You can read more about no coats in the car seat here:

December 13, 2010 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

I can't believe he's already 11 months! What a cute little guy!

January 2, 2011 at 8:47 PM  

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