It has taken me forever to write this update! I still can't believe baby boy is ONE!! I had a lot of fun with his one year photos, that's for sure!
Okay here we go... this little guy has changed so much in the last month! He is a super speed crawler, and can get from A to B in no time at all, all he needs is the right motivation... things like computers, marbles that have been left out by his sister, remotes, etc... He pulls up to stand, cruises along the furniture, and has started letting go to stand on his own. He can walk pushing on to a walker, but doesn't have a lot of interest trying to walk holding our hands. We're totally okay with that, it's hard on our backs anyway. :)
Now he may not be a walker, but he is a total climber. He can almost climb all the way up Riley's big slide all by himself. He climbs onto and over anything he can. He climbed all the way our flight of stairs the very first time we let him even try, he didn't even look back. He is pretty fearless, that boy.
He LOVES music, and he loves to dance. He will stand up and shake his booty, and bob his head, and rock side to side. He loves when Riley sings to him, and if he's crying, it almost always makes him stop when Riley starts to sing. He doesn't ever really watch much TV, but he has recently decided he loves Mickey Mouse (thanks to his sister), and he loves Baby Einstein on the ipad. In fact, he also recently decided that he does NOT like being in his car seat, so we hooked up the car DVD player so he can watch Mickey Mouse in the car, and VOILA, now he's happy in the car. THANK. GOODNESS.
He loves opening and closing doors, he loves balls and balloons, puzzles, and banging objects together. He loves trains and cars, and he loves his sister's old favorite toy, the shape sorter! He tries really really hard to get the shapes in the right spots, and he can get the square and the triangle in almost all by himself.
He FINALLY has started eating more "real" food. As in, not pureed foods. He of course still loves his pureed sweet potatoes and carrots, but he also loves pasta (gluten free), sausages, bananas, hamburger, sweet potato fries, and whatever else we are having for dinner! Hooray for graduating from pureed fruits and veggies!! if he sees a banana anywhere, he goes nuts and crawls over towards it and cries until he gets it! He gets MAD when he sees us eating something that he doesn't get to have.
He still only has his two bottom teeth, although one of his top ones can be seen through the gums, but it hasn't broken through yet. I don't see signs of any other teeth!! Which is good because he's already a little biter, he tries to bite Riley all the time, that little monkey!
This boy loves to be outside! He loves the trampoline and loves going for walks/runs in the stroller. If he sees the front or back door open, and then he doesn't get to go outside, he throws a big fit! He loves to clap all the time, he says "mama" and "dada" and "hi!" and he is just super loud and vocal. The funniest is when he and Ri Ri squeal back and forth. Riley will do a high-pitched squeal, and then Jack will, and then back and forth... sometimes it's hard to tell which child is squealing!!
He loves to give kisses, and if anyone is laying on the ground (normally it's Riley) he will crawl over and plant a big wet one on her face. He loves to be tossed in the air, and he's SUPER ticklish. He loves to play baby chase, and if you say "I'm gonna get you!" he takes off crawling and laughing. He loves when we pick him up and round round the house chasing Riley. He loves when we make him jump all over the house, and he is determined to race off and get into the kitchen because he knows he's not allowed in there.
He adores bath time, but he is one crazy little boy. He is constantly trying to stand up and crawl around and dunk his face under the water and splash and just get into trouble! He knows the sound of the bath water and as soon as we say it's bath time he heads straight down the hall and right towards to the tub. And he is NOT happy to have to get out!
His allergies are currently under control, we haven't had any more incidents lately. His skin is still itchy and red, so something is still bothering him, but we're working hard trying to figure it all out. We go see the allergist again this week so maybe we can get some more answers!
At his one year check-up he was something like 21 pounds (30%), 29 inches (50%) with a head circumference in the 70th percentile. This surprises me because I always think of him a such a big boy, so I couldn't believe he was only in the 30th percentile for weight! But I do think he's lost a little bit of weight and slimmed down recently, probably a combination of how active he is and all his dietary restrictions.
I'm still breastfeeding him, but he will also take bottles of rice milk, which is so nice! He has no problem taking bottles as long as the milk is nice and toasty warm! He's not that awesome with a sippy cup, but we're working on it.
Weirdest thing... this boy does NOT love books. Riley was such a book worm, and still is. At this age, she would sit and read books forever! Jack? No way. He has one or two books he likes, and that's it. You try and read him a story and he either (1) crawls away (2) grabs the book and shoves it in his mouth or (3) tries to rip the pages. He's just so different than his sister! It makes it so much harder to actually read to him, since he just won't stand for it! Oh well, we'll get there eventually
What am I forgetting... he hates having his diaper changed, or basically anything that involves staying still against his will. He's not a fan of strangers and will play "shy" when meeting new people by buring/hiding his head in my chest. He always pulls his socks off, and he's not really a big fan of hats. He takes two naps a day, usually 1.5-2 hours each, and still wakes up around 3 times at night. He's super fun, super cute, and just the cutest, best little one year old we know!
Happy birthday to my little peanut!!!!! We did her cake smash portraits yesterday, and while I haven't had time to edit them all, I've gone through a few and they turned out pretty cute!
This month Riley really started chatting up a storm. I mean, she's been babbling for quite a while now, and has always been really loud, but this month she seems to babble with purpose, if that makes sense. She'll repeats the sounds we make, rather than just make any sound. Her fave thing to say is dada, but she'll say mama, nana, yum yum, baba, shh, and thhhh. She's signing "more," and occasionally "all done" and still loves to play chase and peek-a-boo. If we say "where's Riley?" she'll pull a blanket over her head, and then pull it down like it's the best game in the whole world. She learned to clap this month, and now does it all the time and expects anyone standing anywhere near her to clap for her as well.
She's extremely social, and pretty generous with the smiles. Although if she's feeling a bit shy, she'll bury her head into my neck when I'm holding her if we meet someone new. She LOVES other kids and babies, and just want to touch and grab and play with them. She is getting SO good at walking, and rarely crawls anymore. She still walks with her hands in the air. She LOVES to be outside, and loves riding in the shopping cart while running errands.
This month she has figured out how to take her diaper off, which means we need to have pants on her constantly otherwise she ends up naked. She HATES having her diaper changed, and it has become a serious battle. And this child is strong, which makes it really tough to keep her still! Her newest favorite toy is the bike that my parents bought her for Christmas, she LOVES it!
I thought she was dropping down to one nap, but I was wrong. Definitely still a 2 nap baby. She had FINALLY started sleeping in (waking up at 6:30-ish rather than 5am) but then of course we moved across the world to a different time zone, so we're still adjusting. Currently she's going to bed at 8:30/9:00pm and waking at 7am. She started swim lessons again, and absolutely LOVES it, but throws the hugest fit when she has to get out of the pool.
She loves whole milk, and now loves blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. She oinks like a pig and growls like a lion on command. She knows a TON of words, and if you ask her, "Where's ___?" she'll go and get it. I won't list them all, but she knows over 50 words and will go to that item when asked. She understands "no", "come here", "sit down," "stand up," and "give it to mama" (or "ta" as we like to say in New Zealand). She likes to share food and try to feed her snacks to us, and stick her paci in our mouth. She's learned to point, and will point things out in books, or point to things she likes or sees.
Basically, she's the cutest, smartest, best one year old in the whole entire world. And we're having her birthday party tomorrow so there will be LOTS of pictures to follow very soon!