Monday, June 29, 2015

12 months old

This last week has been a little busy so that's why his 12 month post is so late.  I will do a separate post (sometime) about his birthday party.

Penelope did NOT want to cooperate for a picture with him.  This is the best I could do. 
Now that he is a year old, he can have whole milk.  But he really doesn't prefer it.  He might drink 3 ounces a day and he needs 16-24.  I'm also trying to get him more on a meal schedule like eating when we eat and feeding himself table foods.  He seems to be quite the picky eater.  He loves strawberries and baked beans and blackberries.  I'd love for him to start eating noodles, but he's will just scream at dinner after his fruit is gone and push away his milk.  I'll give him a few pretzel sticks to keep him quiet while I finish eating.  For this reason, he is still nursing.  I'm pretty certain he is not getting enough nutrition from milk and table foods.  But I'm ready to wean him.  He is nursing a lot less though.  Sometimes only 30 minutes a day when it usually was 90 minutes. 

I feel like his picture says a lot.  He is a pretty cranky baby if he is not being given attention or stimulation.  This is probably the "I'm bored" cry.  Or maybe "I'm tired."  His sleep is still all over the place and I'm sure it's because of our living environment.  He shares a house (1800 sq ft) with a toddler and 4 or 5 adults.  He doesn't have his own room so I don't let him cry-it-out when he wakes up at night because Josh gets up at 5:30 am to work 10 hours and needs sleep too.  So I usually just nurse him in bed.  I feel like I'm still in "survival mode" with him.  I really don't know what his issue is with sleeping at night.  He doesn't sleep though the night (5 hours).  Last night He was in his crib and woke up an hour and a half later (impressive).  After he fell back to sleep he woke up constantly and I figured it had to be about 4 am with how much he woke up.  But it was only 1:30.  Ugh.  In the last 2 1/2 years, I have only got more than 5 hours straight of sleep a handful of times, and that was before he was born.  I don't know how I'm still alive.

He has 7 teeth now and is a champion walker.  I'll see him take one of Penelope's toys while she's distracted and take off with it.  Almost running.  Then Penelope sees him and grabs it back and he looks at me and screams.  He says, "mama," "dada" and "uh-oh."  I think he is learning "thank you." Today he learned to say book ("bu") also working on cat and dog.  He doesn't say them frequently enough to be added to his vocabulary list though.

It seems as though he was a newborn for the first 6 months.  Then he really grew up right around his birthday.  He is able to go longer between feedings which makes it easier for me to take him out of the house, which is a huge plus.  I can't believe he is already a year old and will be a toddler soon!
Weight: 23 pounds
Height: 29 inches
Size Clothes: 12-18 months
Size Diapers: 4
Sleeping Habits: Wakes up all the time at night! Why doesn't he want to sleep!?  Two naps a day.
Eating Habits: Still breastfeeding and working on introducing more table foods.

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