Tate's milestones

Tate is 1 today!

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I’ve said it before, and I will say it again… Quickest year EVER! Tate is 1 today, not quite as he wasn’t born until almost midnight, but it’s official, today is his first Birthday, my beautiful happy boy is growing up fast!

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Tate as a one year old is a happy little boy, he is adored by everyone and he knows it, his little face shines as he smiles at all his siblings with adoration! He is not walking on his own just yet, but I think it won’t be too long, he can walk around furniture and sometimes he stands unaided without thinking about it! He is techno baby, just like his older brother Dom he loves to play with anything technical, cell phones, DVR’s, laptops… Anything that’s not a toy!

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Tate absolutely loves music, he stops, smiles and bops away to any tune he hears, he loves to touch and listen to the guitar being played all the time. He loves watching Mickey Mouse on the tv and he’s pretty great at working his way around an iPad too!

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Tate is eating much better now, he has had a very unconventional approach to eating solid foods, I have completely gone along with him, my belief is that we are all different and develop at different rates, so I have completely let him do his own thing… He is now a small eater, but he will try anything, he’s had Chinese food recently and loved it and Indian, he wasn’t too sure about that! Of course he loves anything chocolate, cookies or cake, but he still appears to have his dairy allergy so I need to be careful with what he has. He also seems to have a weak stomach when it comes to some veggies, I’m hoping as he gets older and eats more things that this will change. He loves strawberries, grapes, cucumber and avocado, so at least we are heading in the healthy direction! I can no longer say he is exclusively breastfed, but he is still nursing, and I love his milk induced sleepy cuddles… Oh it’s the best part, it’s just perfection!

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We had an appointment at the doctors office this week for a vaccination, so three days before his Birthday he was weighed and my chunky little monkey has definitely slowed down his weight gain, he weighed in at 20lbs 14ozs, fully clothed, so just 1lb heavier than Florrie at the same age. He is wearing age appropriate clothes, so I think he is an average size for his age now!

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Tate’s favorite new trick at the moment is pointing at everything and saying ooohhh…, it is just so cute! He is still not the best sleeper, I can manage to get him to sleep for possibly a couple of hours in his own bed every night, but the rest of the night he is snuggled between Florrie and I, sometimes he sleeps ok but other times he is restless, he always stirs at around 4am though, but he is so adorable, the love of my life and I just want to hug his soft baby’ness all day… His hair is so soft and his smile is so sweet, my restless nights sleep with him are so worth every minute I get to be with him!

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In a heartbeat I would do this all over again… Tate you are my beautiful Birthday Boy and I just love you so much! Xxx xx xxx

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11 months and counting…

Oh my… One more month today and my little Tate will be a whole year old, I’m telling you it’s been the quickest year EVER!

Tate is a little bundle of energy, always on the move, he likes to touch anything and everything in his path, but most of all he loves music, he will stop in his tracks and just bop up and down to the beat! His favorite toys are his Dad’s work laptop and guitar, he always makes a beeline straight to them if he sees them!

On the subject of walking, it’s not happened yet, which makes Dom still the reigning champion walker of my children, 10 months old and walking, crazy really! Believe me I’m in no rush for Tate to walk, but he is standing much more and I noticed yesterday just how much he is walking around the sofa, so I think walking unaided won’t be long… Slow down little boy!

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Tate is a creature of habit, every night he wakes about 1.30 to 2am, then again at 4am, the earlier wake up period leads to being nursed in bed and then I fall asleep and wake up with a very content baby boy on my pillow next to me… Oh well at least I have a gorgeous face sharing my pillow, it’s not all bad!

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Tate loves to play with Florrie, they are fast becoming the terrible twosome, I have been lucky really as Florence is a great big sister, although from time to time I see a little jealousy, but is think that is only natural, and I always try to make sure I cuddle my very tactile cuddly Florrie!

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Tate is finally showing some interest in eating food, it is only tiny amounts and usually from my plate, but it’s a start, he always shows interest when I’m eating so I totally always offer him food from my plate… Last night he ate two pieces of avocado, he pulled a yucky face, but he did eat them, he also ate some black olives from my lunch, again his face was a picture but he ate them! I am still breastfeeding him when ever he wants to and will continue until he tells me he wants to stop, I believe in self weaning, so this is the way I’ve always been with nursing my children!

At his last checkup, only last week, Tate weighed 20lbs 4ozs, his weight has slowed down, he had his HIB vaccine, I believe in one vaccine at a time, I do not like to overload their system, so now I am faced with the MMR dilemma again, with measles on the rise again, I am not sure how to deal with this… In the US you can no longer get single vaccines for these three diseases… I am maddened by the governments decision on this, although I believe in vaccinating your children, I like to have the choice of one vaccine at a time and on my schedule… So what shall I do? that is the big question at the moment!

This has been a crazy 11 months for us, Tate is definitely a gorgeous little brother for each of his siblings, like Florrie everyone absolutely adores him in every way… Each one of them are secretly hoping he will say their name first… Me, well I just want time to slow down just a little bit, keep my babies, babies for just a little bit longer, all of my other children all grew up way too fast, in my opinion, including Blu and Mabel, who all of a sudden look so grown up to me, it’s crazy!

Happy 11 months little boy!

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Tate…

Tate was 10 months old on Monday… I know mind blowing, 10 months already! This child is a whirlwind, he is a speedy crawler and has his mind set on getting into anything that does not look like a toy, he loves cell phones, DVR’s, remote controls and just anything that looks techy?

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He still doesn’t like food, I’ve tried puréed foods, whole chunks of food, but nothing takes his fancy… He grabs for anything I may be eating and mimics my chewing actions, but he just doesn’t want to eat anything himself… I’m really not worried it will come eventually, for now he just loves to nurse, and he’s a chunky little monkey so obviously my milk is still good for him!

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His new thing this month is his ability to nod his head and say no, he loves doing it and smiles so widely as he is so pleased with himself. He loves to clap hands and he has discovered he can open doors, he is addicted to doors when he can get near them!

After the great start he had with sleeping, he is now at 10 months a very light sleeper, this kid will wake himself right up from a deep sleep at the sound of anything! I can just about manage to get him in his own bed for about 2 to 3 hours per night, then he’s awake, I put him into my bed then I fall asleep with him, not ideal, but I really need my sleep and I’ll get it any way I can!

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Being a new parent with both Florrie and Tate has taught me to cherish every precious moment, as a parent of children in their twenties and teens, I can tell you they grow up way too fast, don’t focus on the negatives of parenting little ones, just enjoy each and every positive they bring into your life… Some people don’t know how I can have 8 children, and cope, to that question I will just say, I’ve learnt that life is short and that having 8 children is a blessing in so many ways, it’s crazy, but this is my life and I can honestly say I love them all to the moon and back again!

Now back to my little Tate, Tate… He is all boy and I am totally in love with his cute little smile… I’ve told him that although he loves standing he is not allowed to walk too soon… He’s my baby and I’m not ready to leave this baby stage too soon!

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Crawling into 9 months…

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat… And unbelievably Tate is 9 months old today, I keep saying it, but the quickest 9 months EVER!

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This past month has seen the biggest changes in Tate’s development, he is now very mobile and in the last week has developed his crawling technique completely.he sits up with ease from his crawling position and just loves to head in the direction of the tv DVR when he spots it, I think I may have another Dom on my hands!

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He is not the best sleeper or eater, he is now 99% of the time in our bed, just so I can get some sleep… I don’t believe in letting them cry, it breaks my heart to listen to him crying, so I guess I’m an attachment parent, but that’s ok, I can live with the cuddles! Solid foods are definitely not something he enjoys, in fact it is hard to get anything into his mouth, I’ve tried puréed foods and finger foods and neither of them appear to appeal to him, I’m not worried, it seems to be the thing with our children, I’m sure one day things will change, so for now breast is best, and he’s definitely not a skinny baby!

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Tate can be very vocal, he likes to be part of any conversation, he shouts very loudly a a a, then waves his hands, he can clap both hands together now and will wave goodbye to everyone! He loves to play with Florence and he is most definitely a Mommy’s boy, more so than any of the others have been! I have been studying his fine motor skills, his hand co-ordination is improving daily, he can manipulate an item in his hands, he can swap it from hand to hand, pick it up and put it back down again. Another milestone I have noticed in this past week is his love for music, if a song starts to play he begins to rock back and forth in whatever position he is in, he will stop what he is doing and just rock, it is so funny to watch and it is just the cutest!

Things have changed a lot in the last 9 months, they have been the fastest months ever, our lives are just crazy right now, but having Florence and Tate make our days merry and bright… Happy Holidays!

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8 months old yesterday…

Tate is 8 months old and one day today… Crazy huh?

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This little boy is a bundle of energy, when he is awake he is always on the move, he loves to touch everything and pinches and scratches my chest all the time as he discovers what I feel like. He doesn’t really put all things in his mouth, including food, he is not a big fan of solid foods and just drops any finger foods straight to floor! He is not crawling but can definitely get himself around the floor, he can go from laying to sitting, but he is not confident in doing it at the moment! He can sit unaided but I still put something behind him as if he wants something he will just roll backwards to get it!

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Tate is still such a happy baby, even with the three teeth that have popped up in this past month, he is the latest of all my children to get teeth though! He has his two front teeth at the bottom and his left front top one, the right one is sitting in the gum, I wish it would just break through as he has not been sleeping at all well, waking every hour and then I end up nursing him then falling asleep with him tucked beside me in my bed!

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At his latest check up on Monday he weighed 18lbs 14ozs dressed, the same weight Florrie was at a year old… He is definitely my chunky monkey, but I love it! The Gap is definitely the place to shop for chunky baby boys, the sizes are good and the styles are the trendiest… I’m definitely loving dressing this little boy!

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In the last month Tate had his first Halloween, we didn’t go trick or treating this year, but we did attend the Library’s Annual Halloween parade, so cute… Florrie and Tate had a pumpkin theme this year… Pumpkin fairy and Pumpkin Pixie costumes were handmade lovingly by Mommy and Nanny, and even if I do say it myself they looked so gorgeous!

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Tate, Tate… 7 months old already!

Where to begin this month?
There are so many firsts for my little boy… We will start with what he is eating… Well he is no longer exclusively breast fed… He has had his first solid foods, and I have to say not rushing and waiting has paid off, he is eating quite well, his first food was mashed banana and after the initial faces of disgust it went quite well, but when he is full he will not eat any more… Just like his mommy!

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He is sitting up very well on his own and has even sat up from a crawling position a couple of times, looking shocked that he has actually done it! He is still not crawling but he is up on all fours and rocking, he wants to go desperately, but he is great at rolling anywhere he wants to get to!

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His sleeping patterns have completely changed, he no longer sleeps for long periods of time, he wakes throughout the night and I am sure he wants his place in our bed next to Florrie! Some nights he barely sleeps for an hour at a time… I’m exhausted, and I think he is too really!

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His use of his hands has improved so much, his co-ordination is so good now, he has control over grabbing anything that catches his eye! He is still the happiest smiliest baby I know… His little face melts my heart each time a gorgeous smile spreads over his face…

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This little boy is pure joy in my heart every single day… The love that just keeps growing is amazing… He may be number 8 in our large family, but each child brings their own special magic each and every day in their own little way!

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Tate is 6 months old today!

I cannot believe this little boy is 6 months old already… It’s crazy how quickly each month has flown by!

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Each and every day is pure joy having this little boy in our lives… We wake up every day to his cute little chatter from his crib, then the biggest smile appears as he pushes up and we see his gorgeous face… That is my happy place right there!

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He is my chunky little monkey, at his late 5 month checkup on August 25th he weighed 17lbs 1oz, he had his HIB vaccine, I’m very strict about only having one vaccine at a time, I do not believe we should pump our bodies with an over load of vaccines!

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He is still exclusively breast fed, but that is about to change this month as we head into baby led weaning! He is exclusively cloth diapered these days too, something we have gradually edged into and we are now in a routine with washing and drying, it’s easy once you know what you are doing!

The big milestone for Tate this month has been his fine motor skills, the use of his hands has dramatically changed, he now has more control and is touching everything he can reach, he is clumsy but you can see his hand skills improving every day! He loves to grab hair, touch toys and scratch my face! He can sit on his own for a very short time, he is wobbly but he can do it, he loves to roll around the floor, but hates it when he backs into a wall and is stuck!

His sleep pattern has changed a little, he needs two naps a day, morning and afternoon and he is grumpy by the evening if he doesn’t get them! He loves sleeping in his crib/cot the best. He has started to settle earlier in the evening around 7.30/8pm, which is lovely for me to get a couple of hours to myself but it does mean he wakes at about 3am, I’m not moaning because he usually nurses the goes back into bed asleep until about 6.30am, when our alarm wakes him!

He really is a gorgeous baby boy, happy, contented and very easy going… Fingers crossed this continues, as with Florrie things changed at this age, so I guess we will just have to wait and see… But for now I will make the most of each and every minute of his little baby time!

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