Wednesday, March 21, 2012

12 Months!

Our little dude is 12 Months old! We had his birthday party a day early since it fell on a Sunday this year. It was really crazy to think back to the days leading up to the day he was born last year and the days following. We remember them like it was yesterday and here we are a full year later! Most of the time, I don't remember exactly what I was doing on a certain day the previous year! But this was an exception that's for sure!
This is the last of Cole's monthly stickers...sad. :( I'm sure I will keep posting about what he's doing each month or at least every few months, but no more stickers.
Let's start with the most important milestone that happened this month...Cole is WALKING! A few weeks ago, he started taking a few steps in between furniture, but now he's actually walking across rooms and even farther. In just a few days he started getting more adventurous, breaking away from the furniture for a few steps, and those few steps turned into 5 or 6, and just kept going from there. He even gets mad at you if you start walking faster than him. He wants to keep up! He still needs something to pull up on to get him started, but I don't think that will last too much longer.
I LOVE seeing him walk. I don't get tired of it at all. He's started walking into our arms or at our legs with a big smile on his face to give you a hug. It's adorable! He just surprises me sometimes when he comes walking into the room or is walking to come find one of us. We are experiencing the fact that he wants to be down and exploring and is not a fan of us holding him a lot of the time. Or he wants up, then down, up, then down!
We go to the doctor on Wednesday of next week, so I'm not sure of his actual height and weight stats. We haven't even tried to measure at home! But he's wearing 12-18 month clothes, just a little big, right now. Size 4 diapers are getting a little snug.
He is so active right now! From the time we get done with his meal until the time he goes down for a's playtime! He got so many new toys for his birthday. He has some new favorites and some old standbys. He still loves walking his red car around. That entertains him for half an hour sometimes. He loves any little cars that he can push around too. Books are also a favorite. Taking them off the shelf, flipping the pages, then getting another one. He got some cool new musical toys that he loves...a piano with a microphone, a xylophone, helicopter that plays music when the balls drop through it. He also likes to throw balls back and forth with you. He's starting to enjoy being outside to play and even walked in the grass with my sister. I think the crunchy, dead grass scared him for awhile, but it's turning green and softer now. He still loves going to the swings and taking walks or runs in the stroller.
The many faces of Cole:
His schedule has been the same for the past few months and he continues to do really well at his babysitter's during the week. He even likes it when I'm a little later picking him up so he has more time to play after nap and snack times.
He's also doing really well with eating. However, he's starting to show preferences for certain foods and throws food on the floor when he doesn't like it or when he's done eating...yikes! Need to work on that one! He doesn't eat any baby food, just different solid foods and with turning a year, we've started in introduce regular whole milk over the last few days. That has been interesting and a complete experiment on my part. The weaning process has not been as simple as it sounds! This week, we are down to nursing in the morning and at night and working on taking a bottle from me and transitioning to whole milk during the day. I think it's pretty much rocking his word right now! He's been pretty clingy to me. It's just a lot of change for him, but we will get there. He's not a fan of the sippy cup for milk yet either, but will drink water from it.
Cole's talking also cracks us up! He's starting saying a few things that actually sound like words that he's meaning to say. Baby was his first word, but now he also says baby-ah, mama, da da, bye, ah (for hi when the phone rings). He also has a book where all the animals are named Bob, and he's said Bob more than once when he's looking at the book. So I think that counts too. He makes some funny noises that he repeats...I don't know how to write it, but it sounds like beelah, beelah and deedle, deedle. :)
We just can't believe we are the parents of a toddler now! It goes by so quickly and he has changed so much in a year! We are so lucky to have a healthy, happy little guy that we just love more and more each day...if that's even possible!

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