Holy moly…twelve months. We are officially crossing the line from babyhood to toddlerhood and I’m not really sure how to feel about that. Instead of trying to capture all the thoughts and feels in one post, I’ll save the sappy, sentimental stuff for another day and just jump into this month’s update!
We had our one year checkup yesterday and Caleb is weighing in at 18 lbs 4 oz and measuring 29 inches long. He’s pretty much followed the same growth curve this whole year so even though he’s teeny, he’s growing well and we are happy with that!
One of my favorite things this past month has been Caleb start to say a few words. The language lover and teacher in me will always delight in this phase. He is saying “Dada” when he sees Jordan (and pretty much all the time but definitely when Jordan gets home!) and his other favorite word is a little shriek for Olive that sounds like “Aw-wih!” It is the CUTEST thing in the world to see him shriek Olive’s name whenever he sees her or if he hears her jumping at the back door to come in from the backyard. Of course he isn’t saying Mama at all yet, but I’m sure he’ll get there eventually!
Caleb’s still not walking yet, but he is speed crawling, pulling up/cruising/climbing on everything. He loves walking around with his little walker and I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before he starts attempting to walk on his own.
What He’s Liking
I’d say #1 on Caleb’s like list right now is Olive. He LOVES her and giggles with delight every time he sees her. He’ll climb on her, pull her ears, and giggle when she licks his face or gives him kisses. It is the most adorable thing and I can’t wait to see their little relationship grow.
A close second to Olive might be the park. We’ve had some gorgeous 60-70 degree days this month and I’ve had so much fun taking Caleb to the park to soak them in. He loves climbing up the steps, pulling up on the bars to take everything in, watching cars go by behind the fence, and most of all, loves going down the slide. He’ll sit at the top, slowly lean forward until he starts to move, then I catch him and help him slide down the rest as he collapses into my arms giggling. These moments are so sweet and precious and I am so grateful I get to enjoy them with him!
Last, Caleb’s been loving making messes. He likes taking everything out of something, throwing it all to one side, then picking it back up and putting it away. It’s such a peculiar thing to watch and it makes me giggle every time. It also means our house is quite messy these days. Such is life with a toddler I suppose!
What He’s Disliking
Diaper changes. Good Lord. You would think we were trying to murder him when we lay him down for a diaper change! I hate to admit it but I’ve totally resorted to food bribery when he has a poopy diaper and will usually give him a cracker or veggie stick to distract him. Survival mode, people.
How He’s Eating
I really felt like Caleb was making progress with eating more table foods after his last stomach bug and then we got hit with stomach bug round two and he was a bit nervous and finicky about food for a week or two. Like I shared about in this post on letting go of control, I’m learning to let go of the need that Caleb meet some standard and just keep doing my best to give him a variety of healthy foods. He’ll stop needing pouches/purees eventually and hopefully become a champ, non-picky eater like his daddy.
For now, some favorites have been anything Mexican (quesadillas, enchiladas, tortilla soup), broccoli/kale pockets from Earth’s Best, bananas, waffles, blueberries, and yogurt. I love seeing him try new foods and find new favorites, even if he does just throw things on the floor sometimes!
We are still breastfeeding at this point and I am so grateful to have made it a year. He only nurses three times a day (morning, after first nap, bedtime) and I’m working on dropping the last daytime feed before I go back to work in late March (because pumping is the worst – so much respect for you working, pumping mamas!). I really do love the snuggles with my active guy and have a feeling we’ll keep the morning/bedtime feeds for a while longer!
How He’s Sleeping
Napping has been kind of inconsistent these days and we’ve been trying to find a good balance of capping the first nap so that he doesn’t just play in his crib for an hour for the second nap. I don’t think he’s quite ready to move to one nap but I have a feeling we’ll be heading that direction soon! This week he’s randomly been sleeping until 6 or later, something very abnormal for my 5:30 AM early riser. We’ll see if it sticks but I sure am loving having that extra 30-45 minutes of sleep in the morning.
A Parent Update
This past month has had a lot of tough moments, especially with all the sickness. The two rounds of stomach bugs in a month just about wore me out (especially since I caught it from him both times) and even as I type this, we’re going on 24 hours where he has thrown up everything he’s eaten (stomach bug round THREE?!). Having to parent while I’m nauseous and miserable is quite the reminder that as a mom, Caleb’s needs will always trump mine, especially when he’s so little and dependent on me for everything.
Even with all the sickness, this month has also been really fun. Jordan and I spent some time on Caleb’s birthday watching old videos of Caleb, and while he was absolutely adorable, it reminded us both how much more we like this stage than the newborn stage. Caleb is our little buddy and brings so much silliness and joy to our days. His smile lights up a room and his giggles are the best thing in the whole world. I love when we’re all together and Caleb looks back and forth between us grinning. We are his whole world, and that is a beautiful joy and a heavy responsibility.
I’m sure I’ll continue to reflect on this past year during these next couple weeks and I hope to share a whole year reflection post soon, but for now, suffice it to say that we love this kiddo so much. It is an honor and a joy to call him ours and I hope we never forget that. Happy birthday, Caleb! We love you!