As a one-year-old Baby M has graduated to “Little” M. Our 12th month was super eventful (as has been our 13th since I’m clearly behind schedule.) As it seems to be the trend, Little M and I spent half of the month with S and half of the month without. As always, monthly photos are incredibly difficult to do without S home to help. As soon as I focus on the boy he's off and moving, climbing down from the chair of wailing! My parents came to visit during our Thanksgiving holiday for M’s first birthday party. S left the day after M's party and then the day before M’s first birthday my mom flew back into town and we drove to Maine for an extended Christmas vacation. We were everywhere this month!
We threw a birthday party for M a few weeks early since S was away for a month and missed his actual birthday. M and I had a fun time shopping for party supplies for his “baby bee turns one” party. It was like wedding planning, only on a tiny scale. We have a small house so we were only able to invite S’s family who live in the area and my parents, who flew in for the party.
Our house was packed! M loved it, I loved it. It was a great party. He loved everything – his favorite people all together, the cake, the balloons, the airplane toys, the xylophone….
On Little M’s actual birthday we had a visit from one of my friends who gave M a tractor with little farm animals. Then we all shared chocolate cupcakes, GF of course. And by share I mean that M ate one of his mini cupcakes and then leaned in and took a giant bite out of our guest’s. Yummy!
Early in the month we went to Little M's second Navy football game. This time the weather was much better and M played with logs in the back of a pickup, which were intended for a fire pit and then with corn hole corn bags.
He was a little fussy inside the game, but I passed him off to his Nola and he was happy to cheer and clap equally for both sides.
During one of our shopping excursions we ran into S, who was also out shopping at the posh mall. We took the opportunity to see Santa, since there were no other children in sight. M thought the dude with the gray hair was so funny! Just like PawPaw! We got some great photos, but could only choose one. Santa said that M asked for a baby sister next year. Santa is Out. Of. His. Mind.
M and I saw Santa again when we were in Maine and he thought the guy was just as great the second time around!
We rounded out our pre-holiday festivities with a trip to Zoolights at the national zoo with Mamie and PawPaw. It was such a cool display and we even got to take a ride on the new carousel! M did great even though we stayed out a little past bed time. He was very cozy in his nice warm stroller.
While S was away we Facetimed dada each night during bath, which M really liked. He started to call my phone “Dada.” We also Facetimed with my mom after she bought a new iPhone too. When M saw PawPaw on the screen he said “PawPaw.” He hasn’t said PawPaw very much lately, so it was pretty cool that he could recognize him on the small phone screen.
Some of Little M’s favorite things this month include:
- The shape sorter – the triangle and circle are the easiest. When he can’t get a shape in during the first few tries, he lifts off the “roof” of the sorting house and sticks the block inside. Can’t fool him. The stairs…until he slipped ever so slightly going up and his two bottom teeth went into the roof of his mouth. There was a lot of crying and blood, but he was ok after some milkies, but he was wary of the stairs for a few weeks after that.
- Climbing up his slide on his play set outside. He’ll climb his slide with a little assistance, crawl up onto the platform, turn, look down the slide, turn again, back it up and slide down feet first.
- Playing “shower.” In the morning, when my hair is too greasy to even do a daycare drop-off without a washing, we’ll play “shower.” I’ll take a shower and M will stand at the side of the tub tossing his toys at me and into the streaming water. It’s one of his favorite games, we just have to “play” it before I dress him for the day since without fail, he’ll roll himself into the dripping wet shower curtain and come out soaked.
- The walker at daycare – except he prefers for one of the other babies to be inside the walker (her feet don’t touch) and he pushes her up and down the hallway as she sits in it!
Little M continues to eat like a 16 year old teenage who plays sports for four hours a day. He has a huge breakfast after nursing in the morning. Envision huge. Now double that. M eats more for breakfast than S or me, often more and S and me combined. Then he has more milk before his nap, more milk after nap, another huge afternoon meal, more milk, more milk and finally more milk. I ship him off to daycare with frozen milk, which I have lots of. I think we’re working on April’s stash right now. I still pump in the morning after he nurses, but at one week shy of one year I dropped my mid-day pump. We tried to drop the little two ounce afternoon snack bottle, but he couldn’t handle it and had total meltdowns. So I’m still pumping in the morning for a meager afternoon snack. As of December 14th, I’m no longer adding to my stash. At this rate, we should be able to hold off on giving him any other kind of milk for several more months. Although he did share Rice Krispies with milk with me one morning and loved it.
As for his favorite solids, M was obsessed with soup this month. In addition to milk stashes, he’s also depleted our split pea soup, squash soup and quinoa soup stashes. He also loves blueberries still, of course.
We still nurse and rock to sleep at night. It works for us and even though Little M falls asleep on my lap 75% of the time, I don’t see a need to stop yet. When I put him down in his crib on his side like I’ve done since he was very wee, he rolls onto his tummy and sticks his bum in the air. It’s pretty cute.
He’s quite cute when he wakes up in the morning too. He doesn’t really make any noise, but plays with his toys and tosses pacis out of the crib. He just calls out once when he’s ready to get up and that’s enough to wake me up in the next room. Sometimes I’ll wonder if he’s been calling for a while, but I don’t think he does, I’ve become the world’s lightest sleeper since his arrival.
Naps are, um, interesting. Sometimes he takes one, sometimes he doesn’t. Actually he only didn’t take one for three days this month, all in a row, on the weekend, when we were alone. So it felt like a month of no naps. I thought it was the beginning of no naps since he does sleep nearly 14 hours a night, but the naps came back so I think we’re ok…for now. Naps usually last 45-90 minutes. There’s really no rhyme or reason to their length, but I really don’t care. see mention of 14 hour nights.
TRAVEL & VISITORS
My brother stayed with us for a night when he was on the right coast for meetings. He hadn’t seen Little M since June when M was 6 months old and to say Little M has changed would be an understatement. Nate was shocked by M’s eating – the variety and sheer amount. We have no idea where all that food goes!
For Thanksgiving dinner we went to S’s aunt & uncle’s house to have dinner with his family who live locally. Dinner was pretty late in the day and we were concerned that maybe we wouldn’t make it through the meal. We didn’t even start to serve dinner until M’s bedtime, but he was awesome. He ate his puffs off the coffee table during cocktail hour, threw a radish like a ball, and didn’t even touch the crackers, which he still can’t eat without getting sick. There wasn’t much of the dinner that he could eat, so during the meal he ate some of the sweet potatoes I brought him and threw turkey on the floor. He rarely throws food on the floor unless he’s done eating or it’s poultry. Boy doesn’t like poultry. He’s mummy’s boy.
After dinner Little M was still going strong so he went off and played with the big kids. Around 7 pm, a full hour and a half after his usual bath time, we found M in the play room banging away on the keyboard with one of S’s young cousins. Baby Mozart had a blast!
My mom flew back down again on the 12th and we did the drive to Maine the next day in a record 11 hours. We usually take 14, but we just didn’t need to stop as long this time. M nursed a little bit at each of our stops, played in the back seat with one of us while the other drove, took a one hour long and a 20 minute long nap, sang along to my Christmas music station on Pandora the entire ride and fell asleep for good at 5:30, as if it were a normal day and we weren’t in a car. We were home so early that I had enough time to bake birthday cupcakes for M’s actual birthday the next day.
M is saying Dada (A LOT), Mumum, ball and PawPaw. He really likes his Dada.
He’s cruising furniture and going from the couch to the coffee table and is a very fast crawler. He goes up the stairs very well and knows to turn around and go backwards down the stairs, but only goes down one before going back up again…repeatedly.
A tooth popped through on the top just after Dada left, then he proceeded to push through four more and is currently cutting a few more for a grand total of something like eight teeth working through at once. It was a special time for Dada to miss!
After bath he loves to brush all those little teeth. In fact when I want to get him out of the tub at night, I’ll paste his brush and show it to him. He’ll climb out onto my lap so he can have teeth brushing time.
He's big into the drama when he doesn't get something he wants or can't figure something out. He'll throw his whole body to the ground and bury his head in his hands and wail. He's going to major in theater some day.
I think this was probably one of my favorite outfits this month. Mummy and Little M had leggings day. Don't judge ;)
Little M is 18 lbs 3oz and 30.5” tall. He’s wearing size 3 diaps at night and his BGs are on the second rise setting with two rows of snaps between the tabs, as they have been for a while now. He's such a love bug!