I know I didn’t post 13 months. So, I’m making up for it by posting scads of pictures with this update
Age: 14 months
Representative Song of the Month: “Going Up The Country” by Canned Heat, flute solo included. This boy is on the move, y’all, but he’s also a little unexpected, like that little flute ditty.
Stats: Oh man this boy. I think he’s about 25 pounds, and he’s in 18-month and 24-month/2T clothes, and he’s grown at least an inch since his one-year checkup, I swear. He’s still rocking itty-bitty shoes—like size three or size two and a half—but I *think* his feet starting to grow a little bit. We’ll know his exact stats at his 15-month checkup. I had to buy another bin for all of his outgrown clothes, though, so I know he’s getting bigger!
Favorite Foods: Blueberries. Give him all the blueberries. And chicken lo mein—give him all of that, too! You can even mix it together. If you could throw in some shredded cheese on top, that would be great. Words/Sounds: He says “dog,” “dad,” and “moo.” We’re working on the fact that not all animals are dogs and that dogs and cows both aren’t moo-ers, but let’s get real, it’s pretty cute.
Favorite Activities: Looking at books, playing with his barn and his ball and pretty much every toy ever, tearing around upstairs with his walker especially through Mom Leg Tunnels, playing outside, watching the dogs be silly, going to work with dad and getting to sit facing front in the front seat of the pickup while they cake cows…and practicing his walking!
Favorite Things: Not much has changed here, he still loves his Little People barn/tractor, balls, blocks, walker, and light-up ring stacker, although as far as he’s concerned, it’s No Toy Left Behind around here. He also still loves his Wubbanubs, which I’m not fighting until he’s older, and he’s started to get interested in coloring, which is great except he literally eats the crayons. I got him some twisty crayons today, so I hope that will decrease some of the Crayola consumption. Also, if it has a wheel, he loves it.
Least Favorite Activities: Being tired. Also having to nap when he doesn’t feel like it. And when you shut a door to a room where he thinks he needs to go, and when you don’t let him lick the toilet seat, or when you make him hold still and not touch his poopy hiney when he’s getting a diaper change. He hates that! It’s a hard life, being a baby.
Signature Moves: He can clap, dance, sing, stretch, shake his head, and thump on his chest and grunt like Matthew McConaughey in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” It’s adorable and hilarious! He also likes to fake laugh, and still loves growling into anything and everything. He imitates facial expressions, so we have a grand time making him pull funny faces.
New Skills this Month: Ladies and gents, we have a walker! In the last week or two, he’s really started to get the hang of it, and is starting to prefer walking over crawling downstairs where it’s soft. We’re still working on hard surfaces, but he is doing so well! It’s pretty awesome. He walks with his hands up by his ears a la Tevye in the barn hay loft part of “If I Were A Rich Man” and it’s amazing. He’s has also really gotten good at his fine motor skills—especially when eating—and has five (almost six!) teeth!
Oh this kid. We’re on haircut number three, and we still can’t get him to understand sippy cups, but man he’s great. We took these pictures at the playground today, which is a new activity that he enjoys since he’s bigger, and he’s started to give hugs and I can’t even.
He’s the greatest little kid, which probably means our next child will be a non-sleeping hellion, but hey, it takes all kinds of kinds, right? Right.