Snapshot in time: 12 months old

May 7th, 2008

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New accomplishments in the last month:

  • Walking like crazy!
  • Crawling on hands and knees (instead of his belly army crawl)
  • Giving the cutest, sweetest, most adorable wide mouth kisses we will never, ever, ever get enough of!!!
  • Incredible balance
  • Squatting, picking things up, standing up again and walking off
  • Giving his parents regular heart attacks at his increasing tendency to get injured with his newfound mobility
  • “Cleaning up” and putting away toys with support!!
  • Having “Dada” be oh-so-close (but I don’t count it, yet) to his first real word
  • Turning light switches on and off

New language he understands in familiar contexts/routines:

  • “Do you want some cheese?” (smiles and smacks his lips and tongue)
  • “Daddy’s home!” (smiles and looks at the garage door)
  • “Let’s brush your teeth!” (smiles and smacks his lips and tongue)
  • “Do you hear Daddy? Daddy’s coming!” (smiles and looks at the door to his room)
  • “Give me a kiss!” (pauses, smiles, then leans forward with a gaping mouth)
  • “Say bye-bye!” (pauses, watches, then waves his hand)

What he’s doing right now:

  • Peacefully taking his morning nap in his crib, snuggled on top of his new adult size pillow (I just started putting it in there yesterday!)

Teeth watch:

  • Top: Four
  • Bottom: Three
  • Teething symptoms: None (alas, he did not get his high tolerance for pain from me)

What he’s wearing:

  • 24 mos. onesies
  • 18 mos. tops and bottoms
  • 24 mos. socks
  • size 3 or 4 shoes
  • size 4 diapers (switched to Huggies–thanks for the tip, Ailene!)

How he’s sleeping:

  • About 12 hours at night (6:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.)
  • 3 half-hour or 2 hour long naps during the day

His Favorites:

  • Interacting with other children
  • Turning on the tub water and holding his hand in the water flow
  • Holding a “phone” to the back of his head and saying, “Dah… Dah-dah!”
  • Laying his head down on a pillow (or a stack of folded towels, or anything that looks like it could be a pillow), then pulling up and smiling at me
  • Playing with the tiny rocks at the park
  • Carrying around small items that are often tubular in shape (toothpaste, Neosporin, Tylenol, foundation, concealer, chapstick, mascara, batteries, thermometer, socks, etc.)
  • Story time at the library
  • Randomly (and repeatedly) bonking his head against our head and smiling up a storm
  • Pulling a blanket (or one of Daddy’s shirts, or one of Mommy’s pair of jeans, or anything else that works) over his head, making cute babbling sounds, and then pulling it off again–“Peek-a-boo!”
  • Being pushed in his new swing in the backyard
  • Trying to walk through the neighbor’s yard to the park he sees next door
  • Pointing to our nose, eyes, mouth, teeth, lips, tongue, forehead, etc., etc. as we label each one
  • Playing his new piano
  • Climbing into, riding on, pushing and climbing out of his riding toys
  • Climbing all over and bouncing on his mini-tramp
  • Being read to and looking at books (Lift & Look Shapes & Colors, Baby ABC)
  • Playing with and yanking on his new Elmo activity table
  • Knocking over my stack of blocks and trying to stack them himself
  • Nursing and holding onto his soft green blanket
  • Banging two toys together

His Not-So-Favorites:

  • Being restrained (e.g., while getting nails trimmed, diaper changed, etc.)
  • Seeing Mommy or Daddy leave, even if it’s just to another room
  • The doorbell (always scares him)

Dad’s Favorites:

  • Using everything as a phone to “call” me and say “da-da”
  • Slobbery kisses
  • That huge smile
  • Walking!!
  • The scream of excitement when I come home
  • Slapping my back when I’m not looking
  • Climbing over me instead of walking around
  • How much he loves his pillow (carrying it around after he wakes up, even though it’s bigger than him)

Dad’s Not-So-Favorites:

  • How difficult it is to change his diapers with his increased mobility

Mom’s Favorites:

  • His sweet kisses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Listening to him and Daddy play together
  • When he falls asleep on my shoulder at church in the janitor’s room
  • Finding and secretly watching him as he quietly plays by himself in the toy room
  • Laying on a pillow next to him and having his face an inch from my face and beaming with a huge smile
  • When he tucks his hands between us and then lays his head on my shoulder as I hold him before every nap time/bedtime
  • How he always spots and points at the balls and helium balloons in every store
  • Finding Dad’s class ring box in a secret spot the Wooga man left it
  • Watching him thoroughly enjoy himself and his newfound abilities
  • Having him check up on me to make sure I’m still watching or still around when he goes to a different room
  • Chasing him around and making him squeal with delight and excitement
  • How he holds both arms up in the air while he walks (reminds me of how he slept as a newborn)
  • Hanging up his little hoop and teaching him basketball
  • His incredible resiliency against pain and how quickly he bounces back after an injury
  • Watching him interact with other children (one-on-one and large groups at playgroups) now that he’s mobile
  • Playing the hand pile-up game at family dinners
  • When he gets scared and turns to me for comfort
  • His cute “pidgeon noise” (as Preston’s Mom calls it)
  • Having him hold my finger while we walk somewhere
  • His soft skin and chubby rolls
  • Watching him “call” his Dad :):)
  • Nursing him

Mom’s Not-So-Favorites:

  • Not being able to protect him from all his injuries
  • Feeling bad when he gets injured (especially when I accidentally cause it–like when he suddenly turns and trips over my foot or some random thing I never saw coming)

Things I’m looking forward to:

  • When he starts squeezing me back with those little arms
  • His first real words

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13 Comments

Ailene Hert | 5/7/2008 1:05 pm

Happy first birthday Bubbers!!! And you’re welcome for the tip!

Nursing a baby is so fun… it’s fun to watch their cheeks when they eat! :)

Just curious (and you don’t have to answer if you don’t want to), now that he’s a year old, what do you plan to do with breastfeeding? Do you plan to continue for a while longer, or will you wean him? I’m not sure what I’m going to do when I get to that one year mark with my baby…

 
charlotte | 5/7/2008 2:10 pm

Awww! Supercute bubbers! Happy first year on the planet little guy! I know the second will be as wonderous as the first.

 
Sarah B. | 5/7/2008 2:31 pm

Kai does that tucking hands between us thing too everytime he is cuddling; I LOVE IT!!!!!! Thanks for sharing your little guys milestones- he is such a lucky kid to have such attentive and loving parents.

 
tearese | 5/7/2008 5:01 pm

awe, happy birthday! I know changing a diaper is so hard with them twisting and climbing away! I don’t think Josh will be ready to wean at 12 months, he’s still pretty needy.
I’d say if he consistently calls M dada, I’d count it. I do so with Josh, as well as the words mama and cheese, because he’s usually referring to the right thing.
Josh has started doing the lip smacking thing too, now I know how cute it is!

 
Heidi | 5/7/2008 5:36 pm

Ailene: No, I don’t mind answering that at all. :) At this point, we’re nowhere near weaning, so I’m just waiting to see what happens and when both of us look like we’re ready… :)
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Charlotte: Aw, thank you! :):)
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Sarah B: Oh, what a kind thing to say–thank you! We feel so blessed to have him as our son.
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Tearese: Yeah, I think most people would count it as a first word already, but the SLP in me won’t let it count, yet. :) I’m waiting until he only uses it in reference to Charming to indicate one solidified definition has developed in his brain. I do believe he understands “Daddy” when I say it–he just doesn’t produce it as a first word, yet. :)

 
Jesse | 5/7/2008 5:37 pm

Happy day to your big boy! Wow it goes fast. Those slobbery kisses are the best. They get better too. This is a great memoir of where he’s at. I love these posts.

 
Melissa | 5/7/2008 6:29 pm

I love reading these posts, too! Happy (belated) 1st year, Bubbers!! :) Can you believe it’s been a year? Thanks for sharing him with us! What an adorable little toddler he’s turned into. You three are all so lucky to have each other. :)

 
Heidi | 5/7/2008 7:05 pm

Happy Birthday! Time does fly. I remember 12 short months ago when he was born! Isn’t it fun watching them learn and grow? They make everything so exciting.

 
Suzanne | 5/8/2008 12:41 am

Happy Birthday he is such a little cutie. Enjoy this precious time with him and dont be in a hurry for him to grow too fast.

 
andrea | 5/8/2008 3:36 am

happy birthday little guy!!!! time flys doesn’t it? that’s so exciting that he is making so many accomplishments and growing up and doing things for himself.

 
Alycia | 5/8/2008 8:02 am

It is amazing how much more they learn every day. I bet it’s fun to compare his 11 month snapshot with the 12 month one. I’m glad you used my definition of his noise as well, it just makes me laugh every time he does it. So cute!

 
apple | 5/8/2008 8:33 am

They do grow up so fast. I work at a daycare and even though the kids aren’t mine it is hard to see them grow up and leave the different classes for older ones. Bubbers is so cute!!

 
Stacey | 5/8/2008 8:46 am

Kisses are the best. Hugs are just as fun too – you’ll melt all over again.

 

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