This past Friday, my sweet baby David turned one year old.
I’ve been putting off writing this little blog entry for a couple days now. I’ve been busy with the party and all but mostly, I just don’t know what to say.
Let's start with what all happened during his big month 12.
We payed a visit to the pumpkin patch.
He had his first stomach flu. We were supposed to go up to Sioux Falls for a wedding but the night before we were going to leave David got sick. Zach still went but David and I hung out at home. I had been dreading the stomach flu the most of all the illnesses, but we made it though. Mostly he just wanted to cuddle and sleep it off. We spent most of the weekend on the love seat where I held him and he snoozed. I’m not going to lie, I kind of loved that part. David is not a cuddler in any sense of the word, so I will hold him any time that he will let me and soak it up. The rest of the time he tried so hard to be happy and play with his toys and crawl around but he just felt so bad and any little thing would send him into a total fit of misery and woe. Luckily it didn’t last long and he was back to normal pretty quick.
He had his first Halloween.
Here are some other month 12 tidbits:
-Still isn’t walking but totally could if he wanted to. He will walk all over the house just barely hanging on to my index finger, but once I wiggle my finger away he goes right down to his knees. I’m in no hurry for him to walk though.
-Speaking of walking. We got him some new shoes. What size you ask? Five and a half. Wide. Holy monster feet!
-Has gradually stopped being my good veggie eater and much prefers pasta, bread, turkey and cheese. Fruit is hit or miss. He ate a lot of bananas when he was sick and I think that really turned him off of them a bit. Loves pineapple and blueberries. Yogurt is pretty much the only thing he will allow me to spoon feed him.
-Loves his books and has favorites for sure. One is a book about animals with touch and feel and the other is a flap book. He will look at them over and over again.
-Really likes blocks and a toy dump truck at daycare. He almost always has it near him whenever I pick him up.
-We tried finger painting and he completely and totally hated it. Can’t blame him. Who likes getting that gunk all over your hands anyway!?
-I started putting a small blanket in his crib with him. One that I used a lot when he was teeny tiny. I’ve noticed he now will roll around until his face is on it before he can fall asleep. Lovie success!
-He’s still in the infant room at daycare and I think he will be until the end of the year. Once he moves up he has to sleep on a mat on the floor. Hahaha. Lol. I can’t wait to see how that works out…. Also he’s down to one nap a day at daycare but still needs two when he’s at home (or maybe that’s just me….)
-Points at EVERYTHING. Point. Point. Point!
-Wiggles when he hears a song he likes and looks at you to make sure you are dancing along.
And now a bit about talking:
He’s so smart! He is getting really good and mimicking sounds. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know what he’s saying but he will really try to make the same sounds we do a ton! His first “word” besides Mama, Dada and “googatee” was the cat meowing. He mimicks George perfectly. And whenever he sees a black cat, even a stuffed Halloween cat, he “meows” at it. Sometimes he’ll do it and we have to ask “who was that, the cat or David?” Then he started mimicking the dogs. Anytime he hears a dog barking he will bark too. He even has Teds “people are outside I’m going to growl” down which mostly sounds like “oooooooooh” He knows that cows say “moo”. Often times I see him looking at his animal book and saying “moo” while looking at the cow page. When I put him on his turtle ride-on toy I would always make a motor sounds and now when he gets on it he starts making that sound on his own. So adorable! I think he also tries to say “ball” a lot too. The other day I was showing him a bunch of colors and said “Yellow” and I’m not joking, that kid said “yellow” right back to me! Zachs mom heard it too so I’m not making that up! Just in the past week they’ve started working on sign language at daycare. He has “more” down pat and does it the whole time he’s eating. They say he also signs “please” but I’ve yet to see it. So far I think the whole talking thing is the most exciting milestone yet. It’s just so mind-blowing to know his little brain in there is working away. It also makes me realizing that he is definitely no longer a baby.
Overall this past year has flown by. Most of it is a total blur, but at the same time I feel like I remember every tiny little bit like it just happened. David is my everything and I had no idea how much I’d love him down to the very bottom of my heart. I’m so excited for him to grow up and experience life but at the same time I’m so very sad that I can’t stop time and just have him be little forever. We are so lucky to have this happy little guy in our lives.
I’m not sure where the blog will go from here. I’m definitely going to keep writing and updating, but I’m not sure about the time schedule. Stay tuned I guess.
Up next: First birthday party goodness!