What's up with Stephen Small?

It has been a while since I have given an update on what my bouncing baby boy is up to. So to start the week off right I thought I'd share some of the latest and greatest news in his life.

First of all, he's climbing up the walls. In the chairs, on the couch. I won't be surprised if I find him in the roof soon.

His latest maneuver is climbing into this walker by himself. I bought it for him when he was 6 months old. But he is enjoying it way more now.

Second, we are loving every minute of his ever budding personality. He's so darn hilarious. And of course we think he's just brilliant. He imitates everything we do, especially talking on the phone. I think its safe to say that his first word is "hey", pronounced "eh." At any given moment he can be spotted hodling an electrical device (remote control, phone, ipod, etc.) up to his ear and very casually saying "eh."

Lastly, I'm going to share a little bit about weaning him. So deeply sorry for those of you who find this to be TMI for a blog post. It has just been such a HUGE part of this first year of his life. He has been an avid nurser from the get go and weaning him at almost thirteen months is a challenge for both of us. I think he would nurse until he got his driver's license if I gave him the option. However, it is just time for me to let it go. I desire the freedom and flexibility of not nursing or having to pump when I'm away from him. My goal is to be done by June 1st, just in time for a two day get-away with my best friends and college roommates. Anyways, it is a pretty emotional process. I've already cried like two rivers and I'm sure I'll cry three more before I'm totally done.

Deep down I know there is a time for everything, and I so look forward to the many stages ahead. My heart is overjoyed.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Hope you all have a fantastic week.


Lynn Beck said...

He looks so relaxed in his walker... like he's just sitting and watching the world go by.

Erin Caden Rogers said...

I understand how you feel about the nursing. Its sooooo hard to let go....Its good that you are setting a goal for the two of you;) I had a different experience. Rutledge was a fantastic nurser and we had a really good thing going....until he was 7 months. He basically weened himself. So, there I was, with a full milk supply, pumping 6 times a day for a baby that flat out refused to nurse anymore. I was absolutely heartbroken. I do realize that I was very fortunate to have a great nursing experience and blessed to have a more than abundant supply of milk, but I wanted to FEED my baby. He just wasn't having it anymore. At least I only had to pump for another 6 weeks because I had such a great supply in the deep freeze;) He has breastmilk until he was 12 months. I consider our experience a success....just not exactly what I had planned. I still hold him for his morning and evening cups of milk though....I like to keep him close during those times. Even though he is two, he still likes to sit or lay down with me and drink his milk. He still needs me:)

Nell said...

Great update on SS! He is growing up so fast...Can't wait to get to know his little personality! Glad you will be "free" for the weekend...sounds like a bittersweet change.

Confessions said...

bless your bones. that nursing thing is SO ROUGH to let go of. my husband just didn't get it. and i was a basketcase!! BUT, we've been on cow's milk for 2 months now and i can't imagine going back. you'll do fine. he'll do fine. you will look back with fondness and a sense of pride that you made it so far!! :)

Susie said...

Oh SS looks like he's comfy enough to fall asleep in his walker...very very sweet. You have a fantastic week too. Blessings.

Lindsay said...

That picture is hysterical. He's a hoot.

Ohh weening. It is so emotional. I totally can identify, although I was more ready than you because J was the most ADD nurser on the planet. It is absolutely glorious to have your body (and life) back.

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