Friday, October 09, 2015

12 Months - One WHOLE Year

My baby boy is a year old. 
How can that be?!  This year has gone by so quickly. 
We have had such fun watching Caleb grow and are excited to watch more.  This month Caleb had a lot of fun. 
We had a visit from Allie and Doc at the beginning of the month and Caleb got to go to his first football game.  Then he had a taste of his first popsicle.  He really wasn't a big fan of that.
He has learned to climb, as I discovered one day when he made his way onto the dishwasher.  We have not allowed him to repeat this but it was definitely a camera worthy moment!

Then we visited the zoo
and Caleb got to play in the splash pad.  He was a little unsure at first but then ended up really enjoying it.

Unfortunately, he had another fever virus this month. It only lasted a day but that just meant he got to hang out with mom all weekend.  By Sunday he was fine and ready to play hats with daddy!

Stats: He is a healthy boy! 
He weighs 22 pounds 5 ounces (65%), is 30.5 inches long (75%) and his head is 48 cm (95%).

Food: He loves food!  Favorites are still banana and yogurt.  New foods this month include popsicle, fish, goldfish, string cheese, hashbrowns, biscuits, peanut butter...and cake!
He really likes it all.  Recently he's been refusing fruit (except banana).  Not sure what's up with that.
Clothes: It depends - he is in 12 month and a few 12-18 month clothes.  the 18 month pants are still too long (he has short legs!).
 Solidly in a size 4 diaper.  I really have no clue what size shoes he wears...he doesn't wear them!

Sleep:  Well, at the point of turning one year, he had gotten into a pretty good sleep pattern.  He would go to sleep around 730-8 and wake up around 6-615.
 And he WAS sleeping through the night...he's not currently but hopefully he'll get back to it soon.

School:  He loves his teachers...and they love him.  We moved up to the duck class a few months ago and he has learned so much in there.  I just love watching him. 
Sometimes I'll see him playing with his little friends on the video camera.  They get to go outside and play on the little playground.  I'm sure it's his favorite.  Just before he turned one, they had "Dress like a farmer" day.  Isn't he cute?!

Milestones:  He can balance for a few seconds without holding on.  He is definitely getting better at cruising and walking assisted.  In fact, he gets SO excited when you put him behind his walker.  He just grins! 
He has figured out how to turn on the water in our bathtub, thankfully the hot water is where he can't reach it.  He is also apparently a climber.  He loves climbing up stairs. 
He has tried to climb his lion and actually did climb the swing. 
He discovered the toilet and thinks it is a fun toy! 
He's also getting pretty good at opening the cabinets and getting things out. 
The other day he got a bag of chips out, pulled off the clip, dumped it all on the floor, and started trying to eat the chips.  What a stinker!

He really wants to stand on his own and has taken to getting on his feet and hands, frequently in a downward dog-like position!  Ha!

Words: he says "di-dee" (Daddy), "yaya" (mama), "daaaaa" (bye), "eh" (hey).  He will also say baba sometime when he should say mama.  We're thinking this may be because I call him Bubba a lot.

He has gotten REALLY good at signing "eat." In fact, it's almost the first thing he does once he really wakes up in the morning.  He can sign all done and has actually SAID all done 2-3 times.  It actually comes out "ah dah" but it is in the right context! 

Loves: eating, walking, OUTSIDE,
sissie, baths  we have now moved from the duck tub to the real tub; he was starting to stand up and jump in the duck tub!  Doors are still a favorite as well.

Dislikes: getting diaper changed, having his face cleaned, being squeezed (unfortunately this is usually something sissie does)
I love this little boy so much!  It is bitter sweet that he is now one.  In so many ways I want him to remain my little baby (and he ALWAYS will be!) but it is such a joy to watch his grow and learn.
 We are so thankful for his happy personality and that he just loves so much!  He's really starting to look like his daddy these days...and I'm ok with that!
  If he grows up to be like his daddy in looks and actions, this mama's heart will be thrilled and thankful.  We are just overwhelmed with the responsibility of raising our children and humbled that God would give them to us. 

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

11 months

These months are FLYING by!  Just after Caleb turned 10 months we went to the beach.  It was a great treat and we had fun.  Kate absolutely LOVED it.  We thought Caleb was going to like it based on his reaction the first day.  But we were OH. SO. WRONG.  
He hated it.  He ended up having a fever virus while we were there, so I'm not sure if it was due to that or just not liking the beach.  This just meant that while we were at the beach, he snuggled and napped on me.  
I was soaking it up!  He also got to try strawberry ice cream and cheese grits. 

Kate started first grade and Caleb was a big supporter of her but couldn't believe that she is already in first grade. 
Then we had a visit from Doc and Allie.  Caleb made his first visit to Pete's garage and got a lesson in engines. 
He also spend a LOT of time outside swinging with Doc and Allie....and sissie!

Speaking of sissie.  She and Caleb LOVE each other.
 I am just so thankful for how much they love each other.  They play together so well. 
Caleb smiles every night when he gets a goodnight kiss from her.  She loves to play with him...sometimes "too" much.  And Caleb is such a good sport!

Stats: He weighs about 22 pounds (71%ile) - the boy just LOVES to eat! 
Food:  He LOVES it!  He had corn on the cob for the first time and decided he likes it (even though he has made his gums bleed several times gnawing on it).  He also tried and loved cheese grits, ice cream, crackers, spaghetti, and taco meat.  Oh, and the roll that he promptly choked on.

Clothes: still wearing mostly 9-12 months and a few 12-18 months.  He is in size 4 diapers. 

Sleep:  He still wakes up mostly between 545 and 610 and tends to wake up once a night.  I know he's not hungry but nursing is the ONLY way to get him back to sleep.  He's still taking good naps, usually two at daycare and often two at home.  He definitely gets sleepy around 700.

School:  He loves school.  He is still a favorite and is learning to do lots of new things.

Milestones:  He is crawling all over the place.  He also pulls up and cruises a LOT. 

He can use the walking toy that he got for Christmas and basically wants to run with it.
 He is feeding himself (with his hands) and wants to grab his spoon.  He is a pro at holding his cup and is getting better at drinking water.  He uses his pincer grasp more (but usually just grabs things...because he's a greedy little thing!).  He can play peek-a-boo and blow kisses.  He also likes "cleaning" (aka playing with the broom and mop)

He now has EIGHT teeth

Words:  He says dada, lala, baba, a-yeah, a-dah, hey, nana, and CAN say mama (see)...though he decides usually not to.

Loves: his table toy (something new from the consignment sale),
 pulling up, mama, sissie, "dada," swinging, outside (he seriously gets upset when it's time to come inside),
eating, closing doors

Dislikes: coming inside, having his diaper changed

My baby is growing up!  He even looks like a little boy more now.  He makes me smile and laugh...and wants me to cry all at the same time.  I know that growing up is part of having children, but I'm going to miss this little baby.  I also can't wait to see what he does as a little boy!
So thankful for him - for his little personality, his smiles, his laughs, his jokes (yes...he already jokes).  We are so thankful to be able to teach and love him!  We pray that he grows to love God and serve Him.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ten Months

Time is flying and I am so behind.  Caleb turned ten months old two weeks ago. 
And he is officially ALL OVER THE PLACE!!!  He started really crawling about a week after he turned 9 months, actually on July 4th weekend.
 I'd say this month has been the month of the tongue. Y'all- he sticks his tongue out ALL THE TIME!
 I have asked him if he's a puppy dog and he just nods his head.  It's funny but I'm ready to have my smiley baby again.  Ha! 

He really does nod all the time.  You can ask him questions and he answers them.  It's kind of funny to see what he decides to say yes or no to. 
He had a visit from Grammy and Grandmommie when they came to get Kate for some time in AL.  Then he had a week of mama and daddy all to himself! 

Then he got to play with Kate-O when she brought sissie back for her birthday party,
which Caleb had such fun at.  That gymnastics floor is great for crawling.  And Daddy even took him down the blow-up slide.

We finally made it to the swimming pool again and Caleb loved it.  He spent some time under the mushroom fountain with Daddy and even floated around in the deep end while sissie did the slide.

Stats:  I don't have official 10 month weight. He seems about the same to me but all of his clothes are definitely getting tighter and he has a little belly.

Food:  He's a big fan!  Still only mama's milk but he also has breakfast, lunch and dinner.  New foods included refried beans and rice.  He loved them both...they stopped a melt down at a restaurant!

Clothes:  He's definitely straddling sizes.  He can wear 9-12 and 12-18.  Some of his 6-9 month onesies that he sleeps in are still working but definitely getting short.

Sleep:  Y'all, I think he was doing ok on sleep but it has been bad for the last two weeks, I just can't remember anything else.  Pretty sure he was doing well but starting to wake up earlier -around 545 or 6.

His naps are definitely more consistent with him getting sleepy around 1030-11 and then usually late afternoon.  He has been known to fall asleep eating his last bottle at daycare!

School:  He is a school favorite.  My boy is quite the little flirt.  From what I hear, all the teachers love him and come visit his room just to see Caleb.  Ha!

Milestones:  He started crawling July 4th.  He officially pulled up on his 10 month mark, July 27. 
He can drink from a sippie cup but he's not too great at tilting it back.  He can signs "more," "eat" and "all done"...but more is definitely his favorite!  He's become more hands on with the mirror as well.  We actually have a picture of me doing something very similar to this when I was a baby.

He has six teeth completely in and is working on more...

Loves: mama, sissie (and wants to be like her!), eating, crawling, yogurt, being tickled
And we think he looks REALLY cute in a hat!  So thankful for our little Caleb!
So blessed and happy to be his mommy.