Wednesday, May 21, 2014

12 Month Update

We went for Lo's 12 month check up last Thursday.  He weights 18 lbs, 10 ounces and measures 2'6".  He is in the 10th percentile for weight and 75th for height.  Needless to say, he is long and lean.  My mom said that this is exactly how I was.  I imagine that it will probably stay this way as he becomes even more active than he already is.

He is growing and learning and developing more and more each day.  It really is incredible to watch a child progress at this age.  So far he is only saying one word, mama.  He says it all day long, over and over.  Mostly just talking to himself, but every morning when Loyal brings him down stairs, he gives me a big "MAMA" as soon as he sees me.  What a way to start off the morning, right?!  I keep trying to teach him Dada, but he'll usually repeat with mama.  

He isn't walking quite yet.  He has gone from taking side steps holding on to furniture to now taking forward steps while holding on.  He has stood on his own a few times but definitely needs more practice.  The practice part is where things get a little tricky.  Every time I try to practice with him he gets really shy and won't do it.  He gives me this little smile and pulls his legs up.  I have decided not to worry about it at all.  This is exactly how he was with crawling.  I would try to show him, he wouldn't do it and then one day he just started crawling and hasn't stopped since.  I can tell that he is definitely progressing on his own so we'll just let him go at his own pace.

Eating.  This boy can eat.  I haven't given him pureed food, baby cereal or any type of baby food since February (he was 9 months).  He eats 3 meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner.  And a lot of it!  Sometimes I feel like he eats more than I do at dinner.  It's crazy.  I have no idea where it goes because he's still a skinny mini.  I usually give him a snack in between his afternoon nap and dinner.  

I am very proud to say that we have made it a full year breastfeeding!  There were a few times that I was ready to give up or start supplementing, but I did neither.  For the past 4 months or so he has been nursing 3 times a day and in the last couple of weeks we went down to 2.  First thing in the morning and before bedtime.  After going to the doctor last week and getting the go ahead with whole milk, I am in the process of weaning him (which didn't start off well).  This mama needs a break before the new baby comes, that's for sure!

Right now he has 9 teeth.  He has the front 4 on the top, 3 in front on the bottom and 2 molars.  These molars are no joke.  Man, they are rough when they cut through.  He got the first one within the last month.  The second one came the day before we saw the doctor, who also informed me that the other 2 are soon to follow.  Teething molars and 4 shots did not make for a very fun day.

Every day with him just keeps getting better.  His personality shows more and more as he gets older.  His little laugh might just be the best thing I've ever heard in my life!  His favorite toys right now are kitchen utensils, mostly wooden spoons and spatulas.  Whatever works, right?  He is obsessed with the teepee we got him for his birthday.  He crawls in and out of it all the time.  He loves to crawl inside and poke his head out to play peek-a-boo, always with a huge smile!  He loves his monkey book and reads it to himself a million times a day.  He always points to the monkeys which I find really fascinating.  He has formed a MAJOR attachment to his bunny.  I'm assuming that he can't sleep without it but I don't know for sure because we would be crazy to even attempt that.  If he's teething or having a cranky day, I'll go upstairs and get it for him.  When I give it to him, he lights up and hugs it so tight!  It is so cute.  I just really love him so much, even more than he loves his bunny. :)  I can't wait to spend the summer with him.  It's going to be a blast!   
He doesn't always flirt with the camera.


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