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Dear Vito,

Happy 11 months, cutie!

You are so big, sweetie. When I put you to bed at night, I see that you’re more and more of a little boy every day that goes by. You’re still a baby, but you’re learning more and doing more every single day. It amazes me how less than a year ago, you were just a little fidgety “watermelon” in me (heehee).

Now, you’re almost a year old. Every day, I remind myself that you’ll never go back to being a little baby. You’ll just keep getting bigger, smarter, heavier, “curiouser,” and yes, cuter and cuter. I still remember the days when you were so small, so light, so helpless and needy. The week we came home from the hospital was the most tiring week I ever had, but it was worth it because you were just too amazing not to care for. Sure, you kept Daddy and I awake for most of that time, but we didn’t mind. In fact, some days we miss it. We will never have those days again.

But we look forward to better days with you, years and years, in fact! Every night, Daddy and I watch you sleep, and we wonder what you’ll be like when you get bigger. These days, we hold on so tightly to the last moments of your babyhood. Next month, you’ll officially be a toddler. And you’re standing up on your own, trying to walk, which makes it even more real to us: You’re a little boy. Still, you will always be our baby boy, our little “boom boom,” little funny man, little tricker-boy, little tough guy.

Today, we’ll sing “Happy Birthday” to you again, and you’ll say “ba-bum” every time we do. We’re still trying to figure out what that means! Whatever it means, we know you understand it’s your birthday. And it promises to be a good one at that. We can’t wait for next month when you’ll have your first birthday party!

We love you, Vito. Have a wonderful 11th month. We can’t wait to see what you’ll do next.

Love,

Mommy and Daddy

  • Foods: Now eating a variety of foods. He especially likes Mommy’s homemade baby food, like pureed potatoes, pechay and fish, or pureed zucchini, broccoli and turkey breast. He loves fruit and yogurt.
  • Words: Vito’s vocabulary has definitely increased this past month. Some of his words are: “Mama” (mommy), “Dada” (daddy), “kuh” (car), “kah” (cat), “te-te” (Tracey), “bap-um” (“blow” or “birthday”), “guh” (tiger), to name a few. He knows the words “Lolo,” “Lola,” “Lola Ma” and “Lolo Pap,” and looks to each grandparent according to name, but he cannot say these words yet.
  • Gross motor: His signature crawl is hilarious. He always looks as if he’s about to get up on both feet and stand. He can push himself up to a standing position, most recently by gripping the seat of our dining chairs and pushing himself up.
  • Fine motor: Vito likes to grip things using two fingers, like his pacifier. He can also firmly grip several of his toys, in particular his cow toy, which is rather bulky.

This is just for me (the mom) to keep track of what Vito can eat according to his blood type (B). These foods are those that are recommended for his blood type.

Recommended Food for Vito (Type B Baby)

Cereal

Rice

Oatmeal

Granola

Veggies

Carrots

Potato

Seaweed (nori)

Squash

Sweet potato

Pechay

Broccoli

Zucchini

Fruits

Apple

Apricot

Avocado

Blueberries

Papaya

Pear

Peach

Plum

Mango

Grain/Rice/

Pasta

Rice

Rolled oats

Rice milk

Spelt flour

Dairy

Cottage cheese

Kefir

Yogurt

Butter (12 mos)

Meat

Beef

Lamb

Turkey

Salmon

Tilapia

Legumes

Baguio beans

Peas

Kidney beans

Monggo beans

Foods to avoid in the first year:

Lentils, pinto beans, soy milk, tofu

Soba, wheat bran, wheat germ, buckwheat

American cheese, ice cream

Chicken, pork

Corn, pumpkin, tomato

Recipes

Baked sweet potato (Bake at 350 degrees until soft)

Sweet potato carrot pie, p. 412 (Eat Right for Baby)

Plum puree, p. 414 (ERfB)

Blueberry banana yogurt, p. 413 (ERfB)

Pear sauce, p. 414 (ERfB)

Baby cereal (1 tbsp rolled oats, 2 tbsp plain yogurt, 4 tbsp breastmilk)

Rice veg puree (2 tbsp brown rice, 4 carrots, 1 ½ cup water; boil & puree)

Pureed meat (1 cup meat, 1 cup stock. Puree with ½ cup of cooking liquid)

Rice mushroom puree (2 tbsp rice, 6-8 mushrooms, 1 tbsp breastmilk; boil & puree.)

How old is Vito?

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