Davis was 13 months old on New Years Day! I am quite behind on this post, but since it’s mainly for my own memories, I figured better late than never. Right?!
Our little guy had a big month! It started with his first birthday, and ended with Christmas and New Years Eve. He is moving and growing and learning and taking everything in, and it is such a joy to witness. It’s also hard to keep up, but we’ll focus on the positive. 🙂
What’s new with Davis?
- Cruising more quickly around furniture
- Very comfortable walking behind his walker toy, and he pushes other toys that aren’t walkers, and makes them walkers.
- He loves to ride on/walk on his Y-Bike from Todd’s parents
- He loves the dishwasher
- He loves to point up in the air at lights or fans. As soon as we pick him up out of his crib in the morning or from naps he points straight up in the air.
- He climbs the stairs (with supervision of course). I texted Todd tonight and said “Sunday project. Install baby gates.”
- He loved Christmas! I’m pretty sure he loved being around everyone in the family, but he was also pretty pumped about his big gifts – his activity table, rocking giraffe, his toddler-size chair, his huge thing of blocks, his tent/tunnel, and his bath sea plane. He, as usual, really enjoys the books he got as well.
- He went through a couple weeks obsessed with this Christmas pop-up book from my parents.
- He’s starting to learn animal noises. Todd’s parents gave him a “Dear Zoo” book, and he loves the animals in that.
- Bath time has gotten much more fun. The splashing fits are hilarious!
- He weighs at least 23 pounds, and was just under 30 inches at his 12 month appointment.
- He wears 12-18 and 18-24 month clothes, depending on the brand. He can even fit in a few 9-12 month things from Gap and H&M, but they’re getting to be too short. In pajamas, he’s in 18 month or 18-24 month. He wears a size 4 shoe, but since he isn’t walking independently yet, they aren’t always necessary.
- He has 8 teeth and 2 molars. And he enjoys when we brush his teeth!
- We have used the blow dryer on his hair, and he thought that was pretty cool.
- He is a sippy cup pro now, and often “double fists” his milk and water cups at meals.
- He does still get one bottle before bed time, but he only drinks 2-3 ounces of almond milk, which we’ve started to water down. My goal is to drop this bottle before February. He’s not very into it – he pushes it away after several sips. Crossing my fingers that it will be a smooth process!
- He only drinks almond milk and water.
- He eats a whole lot, nothing new there. 😉 Usually a homemade wheat-free pumpkin/banana muffin for breakfast, along with either a GF waffle or yogurt/fruit or egg. For lunch and dinner, he’s starting to eat more of what we eat, but always a mix of lots of veggies, either egg or chicken, and often a banana or yogurt. Lately he’s enjoyed a mix of yogurt, applesauce, almond butter, and cinnamon. He still eats basically anything, but we can tell he’s getting more selective. For example, he picks the sweet potato or squash off his tray before the peas.
- One of his first words, other than “daddy” or “mama,” where he said it completely on his own was “nana” for “banana.” He saw me pick one up and said, “nana” in the most affectionate way. Haha! It was a proud moment for me. He loves bananas!
- We mostly stayed in Charlotte during Christmas, but we did visit Todd’s family for 2 nights, and he did pretty great! I’m sure he loved the extra attention, too.
- He interacts with stuffed animals more now. He will love on them and laugh at them.
- He loves to throw – balls down the hall or to one of us, clothes or diapers off his changing table, etc.
- We have to tell him “no touch” all the time. He constantly tries to play with the cable box and Kenan’s bowls. I have a lot to learn about discipline (and grace) as he gets older!
I keep telling myself, “The days are long, but the years are short.” Looking back at this is an absolute reminder of that. The blurry picture of me rocking him to sleep is an example. We had some rough days when he wasn’t feeling well (I blame the molars), but I’m grateful for them. He let me rock him to sleep, which hadn’t happened since he was a newborn and that was the only way he’d sleep then. Through those few days I learned a better way to hold him and rock him, and I’ve enjoyed rocking him more lately. He’s a wild child sometimes, but those quiet moments are truly sweet.
My friend, Jess, from church sent me the sweetest text the other day. She had read my blog, and it reminded her how faithful God had been to Todd and I. She told me she was encouraged by that reminder. I was especially encouraged by the reminder and thankful she shared her thoughts. God has been faithful in giving us Davis, and keeping him safe and healthy.
Here are some pictures from December!
Thank you for reading!