yesterday eli turned one which is pretty obvious if you are friends of pk or me on facebook/instagram and/or tune into the blog with any regularity. sorry…it’s a HUGE deal in my world so it’s pretty much broadcast everywhere.
anyway, i’ve covered a lot about the celebration for his 1st birthday, but here is a rundown of what is actually going on in our lives on a day-to-day basis (well, more like a snapshot right now since it changes almost daily!).
*at his one-year well-check today, he was 21.5lbs and 30.5″ long putting him in the 50% percentile for weight and 75% for height. this is quite a jump from the 10% percentile we started in! the boy is growing. and, this explains the tightness of his 12-month clothing already!
*he “passed” with flying colors as far as his milestones – crawling, pulling up, babbling, pointing to things he wants, saying a few words (see below), drinking milk, eating great, etc.
* favorite foods: well, he’s still loving food, that is for sure. but he’s also showing some more pickiness now. some of his current favorites are avocado (still), watermelon (HUGE lover of this and prefers it in larger chunks), strawberries, bananas, yogurt and dr. preggers veggie burgers. for snacks he loves annie’s goldfish “bunnies”.
*hates: not loving carrots (unless they are stir-fried on hibachi grill we discovered last night!), brocoli – it almost always gets thrown on the floor to the dogs. this he gets from his dad.
* favorite words: uh-oh spaghetti-oh (yes he says it!), ma-ma, da-da, ba (ball), tttt (light)
*favorite noise (not sure if it’s his favorite or just mine): the DEEP belly laugh that almost seems to bust out of him. it’s hysterical. it’s like he’s been holding it in and it just explodes from deep within. he talks a lot (gets this from both is mama and dada) and i only wish i knew a tidbit of what was really going through his head. it’s amazing.
*sleep/schedule: we’re better in this department. still not great, but we’re on a pretty good routine these days (knock on wood — it will change tonight). he typically gets up around 5:45-6:30am (yes, that early — we did that to ourselves unfortunately). he’s an early riser like his parents. after milk (breast or bottle) we play and then have breakfast. after breakfast we usually play some more upstairs or in his nursery with books and balls (loves balls, loves them) and then go for a walk. on monday/tuesday/wednesday we go to the library for story/play time at 10. sometimes he naps before, sometimes he naps after and sometimes he has no nap at all in the morning. around noon we have lunch followed by either play time OR a nap (if the morning didn’t have one). then we play more, run errands, sometimes hit the pool or just play outside (he loves outdoors). he usually takes a good afternoon nap either after lunch or around 2/3. around 6 we have dinner and then play more and usually go on a short family stroll in the red wagon. bath time usually starts around 7:30, followed by a bottle and bed around 8. now, we are NOT at all super strict with this…i sort of let him dictate when he’s tired, etc. i realize this might be a “no no” in the world of many, but it works for us. i like that we can have him out past his “bedtime” or during “naptime” and he doesn’t freak out. for example, he was a super star at his hibachi grill/sushi birthday dinner last night and we didn’t get home until nearly 8:30.
*personality: he’s a pretty good “go with the flow” baby. however, when he wants something and doesn’t get it, watch out. he has a TEMPER. i’ve gotten to see this a few times more often recently — mostly due to weaning him from the breast. he’s not a fan of a sippy cup. at all. we’re working on that.
* things he loves: balls (beach balls, basketballs, nerf balls, foam balls, etc – if it rolls and he can throw it, he loves it), bubbles, his walker (brilliant), using anything as a walker (chairs, his stroller, stools, etc.), throwing things (this could be bad), being outside in general, MUSIC (of any kind), his new tricycle, swinging and drums (this is somewhat new!)
*things he hates: diaper changes, clothing changes, being put down when he wants up and vice versa, SHOTS (today he had FOUR shots and it was pure sadness. his little body was covered in band-aids. hearing him cry in pain makes me sick to my stomach.)
*nicknames: buddy, little man, stinker-pot, E
i think that about sums up our little man right now. he. is. too. cool.
now we are officially in his second year of life and ready to tackle it and embrace/enjoy all the excitement and change it brings.
big boy on his new tricycle
12 months and counting
hmmm. cars are cool.
my drummer boy