11 Month Update

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[ I had to share her collage of 11 month pictures, she is not a fan of the sticker.]

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[ The one day, while we were strolling around Target, I found pinky sparkly cat ears in     the dollar bin, and now Alyson is obsessed with them.]

I really cant believe that I will only be writing one more monthly update. Alyson turned 11 months old last weekend and momma is in pure shock. I am so excited for the next month and all of the fun ways we will be celebrating her birthday. She really has changed our world in so many ways, but absolutely for the better.

This past month Alyson took her first steps [ video is posted on facebook/instagm, if you need a good reason to smile]. She was so happy and proud of herself, her face was glowing with happiness. It surprised me so much in that moment that I probably scared her, because I screamed with excitement. She is still taking a few steps on her own but has not fully moved to walking on her own yet, but it will not be long.

I know one day I will be probably be regretting saying this but I will take my chances, I am so grateful that Alyson is not a picky eater yet. She will eat anything and everything [ literally, even dog food] but her favorite lately, have been avocado, black beans, blueberries and goldfish.

She is talking so much and each day it amazes me how her baby talk is becoming more and more into actual words.  She can say hi, yeah, no, mama, dada,  and her favorite dog. She is very good at letting us know what she wants and does not want. I know soon she will be having conversations with me and knowing her personality it will be pretty funny.

We are trying to enjoy the last bit of fall weather that Chicago, is offering us by trips to the park and the zoo. We went to our first pumpkin patch last week and it was so much fun. Alyson does best when we go out exploring, so I try to do that as much as possible.

One of my favorite moments over the past month is how much she is becoming a daddys girl. With working from home she went through the I want mommy phase a lot harder and I kept telling my husband, just wait one day she will want you more. She gets so excited when he gets home from work every night and if he is already at work when she was up, he is the first person she looks for. It melts my heart, I can not wait to watch them continue to grow such a special bond.

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