Happy Birthday, my sweet baby! You are ONE! It is literally amazing how fast the year went! It feels like YESTERDAY when they placed you on my chest and called you mine. You have grown to be a determined, adventurous, fearless, and joyful toddler! I am often amazed (and fearful) of all you try to do and how curious you are. Little Jack, you are truely adored by me and daddy, and everyone who knows you!
This month has been a great month! You started walking! You are working on standing up without support (you need a wall or table to help pull up most times), but once you’re up, you can walk across the room with a good bit of stability! And each step you take comes with a huge smile and jabbering! If you hold my fingers, you can walk for a long time, which gives me another option when I am tired of carrying you! You also love to climb on and off things (the dishwasher door, your big boy bed, through the kitchen stools, up a flight of stairs…) and you love to open and close things (kitchen cabinets, doors, toilet lids…)
You’re favorite toys are the soccer ball (you are getting good at catching it!), kitchen utensils, and books!! I put away about 20 books a day that you pull out and flip through! You don’t enjoy walks as much now, because you get restless and want to stand in your stroller. You LOVE playing with friends!
Meal time has been a bigger focus this month: 3 BIG meals and 1-2 snacks. You eat so much! I can no longer get by skipping a meal here or there…I feel like I am preparing and cleaning up baby meals all day! Favorite foods are squeeze pouches, baked beans, corn, strawberries, mac and cheese, veggie soup, spaghetti, and you are eating more and more meat! (Yay!) You also love diet coke…That was a mom fail on my part– I gave you a sip and now you are hooked. When you see my cup you try and get to it or start jabbering for me to share. Sorry bud, that will not be a normal occurrence. We only do 2 bottles a day, 8oz at morning and night, but are slowly giving you smaller bottles to wean you off of formula. Per the pediatricians advice, we started offering you whole milk in a cup at all meals. You get juice or water during play time.
Sleeping is still the same, 8-8 which can fluctuate depending on the day, and 2 naps. Sometimes you can go without a morning or afternoon nap if we have a busy day, but I prefer to keep that part of your schedule for as long as possible.
One funny quirk about you: You poop in the bathtub all. the. time. Its almost humorous…almost. I’m getting a little tired of taking you out, cleaning the tub, and then giving you another bath, but at least I know everything is flowing like it should be in your tiny tummy!
Another fun update from the month is that we added the “big boy bed” to your room! You don’t sleep on it yet, but we talk about it, you read books on it, and we drink nighttime bottle on it. Hopefully over the next 4-5 months we can transition to it so that Baby Will can sleep in the crib, but for now you are definitely not ready to switch.
You weigh 24. 8 lbs (91st percentile!) and are 30inches long! You are strong and developing skills quickly! You may be big compared to other babies your age, but you are a TODDLER! It is so fun! I love playing with you all day and being your mama!
I get a little sad when I see you walking around in jeans, tshirts, and shoes…You are looking like such a “kid!” But you still follow me around everywhere and cling to my leg to be picked up, which tells me you still need your mama. I will cherish that as long as you let me.
Happy birthday, little Jack. I look forward to many more birthdays celebrating you and worshiping the God who created you!
Love, Your Mamabird