october 3, 2013
18.5" head circumference
*now he's standing, i figure it can't be "long" anymore!
well folks, my baby is officially a one year old! i do believe i have written this at the beginning of most of his monthly posts, but where did the time go?? this time last year i was snuggling a tiny (well maybe not so tiny!) newborn who was having trouble eating, but would sleep like a champ. now i have a full blown toddler on my hands who is getting into everything, running around like he's training for a baby marathon and eating us out of house and home. (well maybe not quite the last part, but he's definitely working his way there!)
this month we've seen so much more personality from ian. he really is his own little person! more and more he is attempting to communicate with us. he is not talking yet per say, but he will reach for things or show you that he wants something. his little babbles have begun to have more inflection and are more sentence-like. "da-da" is currently his favorite sound and while he does emit a very cute "dada!" when hubby walks in the room, "dada" also refers to pretty much everything he sees :) just in the last few days, he's started copying more sounds, including "mummy". while i know it doesn't mean me just yet, still melts my heart to hear it. we even had a rare appearance of a "moo" recently, although that one still seems locked away from when we were visiting my parents in august. at his one year appointment, his pediatrician said his babbles are right on track and he would expect to start hearing one or two words in the next few months. i can't wait!!
the above picture pretty much says it all. we have gone from walking to running in a matter of a few short weeks. ian has been pretty much barefoot (sometimes with socks and robeez) for the first year of his life. we decided that since he had been solidly walking for a month that we would get him his first pair of "real" shoes for his birthday. we took him to be measured at stride rite and after persuing the options there and at a couple other stores, chose a classic navy pair of little boy shoes that will work with casual outfits, as well as church clothes.
the little man has big feet! he's already a five and a half (u.s. sizing)! although he is the youngest in his little group of friends, he has the biggest feet already. poor child...i'm afraid he may have my genes in that department. it would explain why he stumbles over them quite frequently! i wasn't worried that putting him in shoes would stop his desire to walk, however i didn't anticipate that it would make it easier for him to run! we put the shoes on and off he went. didn't even look back! we are definitely in for it now :)
eating is going well. we hit a couple bumps in the road where he was refusing to eat most things, but we straightened that out by following more of a schedule for nursing instead of the on demand nursing we had been doing. now he chows down at his meals, but also nurses really well about four times throughout the day. his favorite foods are definitely marmite on toast (the british genes did make it through!!) and anything with carrot or mango. he also will devour a cheese stick in about thirty seconds flat. although he likes a lot of fruits and vegetables, i'm still working on him taking them in natural form. he's being slightly picky with me on that one and often i resort to those rather-too-easy pouches for his veggie kick. he is slowly getting better though and has decided cherry tomatoes are yummy (thanks in part to the weekly supply from our csa!). he also was very adamant that we buy an asian brown pear at whole foods recently and although i haven't been able to get him to really eat any apples or pears, he really loved the one he chose. again, that little personality is showing up more and more :)
with the arrival of fall, we've been enjoying lots of fun activities. the weather has become delightfully sunny, but cool and we are able to spend more time outside than during the summer when it was unbearably hot. we took ian apple picking for the first time this past month...see my post here for more details. we've also been walking almost daily and enjoying the changing leaves. ian will now point to different things that he sees and i feel like i'm able to show him more. he'll look up at the sky to see flying geese or a plane going by. i can show him leaves on the ground and little acorns. it's amazingly fun to rediscover the world with him, more so than i could have imagined!
we still have no new teeth yet, but i'm fairly confident his molars are on the move. we have some very drool-y days when everything goes in his mouth, followed by some normal day where he doesn't seem bothered. the past few have been more of the former and i really am hoping they will just hurry and pop through already!
unfortunately because of this on and off teething, ian's nighttime sleeping has become somewhat erratic. we have nights when he'll just be up once between 7:30pm and 6:00am and others when i have to sleep on the nursery floor just to keep him calm and asleep after having been up ten plus times with him. we went through a period of about two weeks where he refused to fall asleep by nursing. it's what we have always done since he was tiny and i felt quite helpless not knowing what else to do. fortunately our baby carrier, the ergo...which is now worth its weight in gold...was the only thing that would work. either myself or hubby would bounce him for 45-60 minutes and eventually be able to transfer him to his crib. fortunately we got past that small phase and he is now back to nursing to sleep at a normal time of night. it is exhausting and frustrating to say the least, but i take comfort in knowing i am there for my little man when he needs me. although it seems really rough right now, at some point he will feel comfortable and secure enough to sleep without needing me and i'm sure i will miss the late night feedings and snuggles (although right now a full night's sleep seems like a mystical thing of the past!).
the other big sleeping change that happened this month was the switch to one nap. this is part and parcel what helped with getting our bedtime routine back to normal. instead of two shorter naps, one morning and one afternoon, ian now sleeps a solid two-three hours in the middle of the day. he goes down around 11:00am and will sleep sometimes until 2:00pm. he can handle going down slightly later if plans don't allow for sleeping right at 11:00am, but if he sleeps any later than 2:00pm, we are in trouble for bedtime. fortunately with this new schedule, the day seems to be working out well. it's nice to have the whole morning, then his nap and then the whole afternoon. he seems happy with this arrangement and it's working nicely for this mama too!
one final new thing this month for ian is his peaked interest in books. i am beyond ecstatic at this development! prior to twelve months, if presented with a book, ian would either chuck it across the room or use it as a teething device. he also had no interest in sitting still on my lap or even next to me on the floor to look at a book or listen to a story. all of a sudden, about a week before his birthday, he brought me a book. he snuggled up in my lap and listened intently to the whole thing. i was amazed. the rest of the day he proceeded to alternate bringing me books and sitting on his own looking through a book, carefully turning the pages one by one. he was like a different child! it would appear it has stuck, as he will now grab a book and sit and "read aloud". he looks at a page, babbles something, turns the page and continues. it is the cutest thing and i am so excited to see him become interested in books. this opens up a whole new world and hopefully will help him develop his reading skills (but all in good time!). he was gifted many lovely, lovely new books for his birthday and we have been enjoying reading all the new stories.
this past year has been the best of my life. this darling little man has brought so much joy to our lives, unlike anything we could ever have imagined. it's been such a ride and i'm glad to have been able to share it with you all. i will still be updating about ian's development, but won't be using the monthly format anymore. i'll reserve that just for the first twelve months :) thanks for reading along and sharing the occasional comment. someday when he's older, i'll show these to ian (if blogs still exist!) and i hope he'll enjoy seeing all that he got up to in his first year. it's been a fun one!
love you, baby boy.