A week ago today, Ryan turned 1 year old. I don't know that I'll continue to do "monthly" posts anymore now that we have entered the toddler phase, and God knows I won't be sad to not have to do the monthly photos anymore. But I am sad that my baby is not so much a baby anymore.
|22lbs 14oz (75%ile) and 29 inches (40%ile)|
However, I AM loving this age. At a year, we occasionally still have sleepless nights, there are tantrums now when she doesn't get her way, she's on the move 24/7, and she's still with me every single day all day, but she is also my best little friend. I've gotten used to doing everything with her. In fact, the other day I was able to go to the grocery store by myself and while I was in and out of there super fast, I missed my little buddy sitting in the cart basket making all kinds of noises and drawing a ridiculous amount of attention down every aisle. And dare I say it, grocery shopping is kind of boring with out her.
What else? We are still breastfeeding, usually once in the early AM, once around 4pm after her afternoon nap, and a 6oz bottle of pumped milk before bed. I cut her 12pm feeding this month and that went super smoothly. Honestly, we are so busy most days that she didn't even notice it. And I started adding cow's milk to my breast milk for her evening bottle. Currently, we are doing 3oz of each and she's taking it fine. It won't be long before it's a full bottle of cow's milk and I can be done pumping for good. Can I get an Amen!?!? Next I plan to cut the 4pm feeding, which I don't anticipate being that hard. The early morning one and the occasional middle of the night ones could prove to be the most difficult. But I'm not in a huge hurry. I'll be happy to have my body totally back to myself, but I know I'll miss it to a degree.
A few of Ryan's favorite things:
- Mickey Mouse Club House show (and the "hot dog" dance)
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit pop-up book
- Hot dogs with marinara
- Her "my-size" chair
- Being chased by Dad
- Splash Parks
- Pulling dvd's out of the dvd rack, laundry out of the hamper, make-up out of drawers, pots out of the cupboard....you get the idea.
- Bath time/Shower time
- Stacking blocks
- Playdates with baby friends
- Feeding herself
- Being forced to sit still longer than she wants to. For example in the stroller.
- Being forced to lay down on the changing pad for diaper changes.
- Having "toys" taken away.
- Basically not having free reign over the entire house. :)
I hear toddlers can be quite the challenge, but bring it on. After surviving year one, I feel like we can survive anything. :)