SS has been ONE WHOLE YEAR OLD for a few weeks now, which means I am overdue on a monthly update on him. It also means that I have an adorable First Birthday Party to tell you all about! Here's a sneak peek at his party invitation to tide you over until I get around to posting the whole shebang.
At one year old, SS measured in at:
18 lbs 7 ozs
Did you get that?
10TH PERCENTILE! 10TH!!!
A substantial jump up from the 2nd percentile, where he was hovering at 9 months old.
My baby is normal-sized! Cartwheels! Fireworks!
SS now pulls himself to standing, and is even cruising along the couch in the living room a little bit. He stands in his crib and throws his pacifiers on the ground and then cries and cries if he wants our attention.
Ever since SS turned one year old, it's like an internal switch was flipped and our happy, mellow baby has become demanding, expressive, and passionate. He went through a stage of throwing a full-out yelling fit while we prepared his food and he waited in the high chair. He hates having his face wiped or his hair washed. Or getting out of the bathtub. Or when I take away his toothbrush. He gets mad when he can't reach something he wants on the couch, especially the remote control or the cell phone. Has anyone seen my perma-happy baby? Although SS is still pretty happy - his happiness is just punctuated with "personality" now.
SS's favorite foods are cheese and peanut butter and jelly and any fruit. And he eats at least one banana a day - SS loves bananas (and so does mama, they're such a quick, easy thing to throw on his high chair tray). The kids ate a lot of apricots when Tada was with us, because apricots are Tada's favorite. Speaking of which, "fave-wit" has become a thing in our house - anything BB likes is his "fave-wit" ever since Tada told us all about her favorites. Okay, back to SS. He's drinking cow milk now. No more (having to buy) formula! He started out only liking the milk if it was warmed up, but after a few days he started drinking it cold, and now between BB and SS we go through 1/2 gallon of whole milk a day. And SS drinks out of a sippy cup sometimes now too!
SS's favorite toy right now is this stacking shape toy that GG bought BB before he was born. And he loves his stuffed soccer ball and his taggie ball - both were first birthday gifts. And he plays with the Fridge Farm a lot.
SS has said "Dada" to J a few times - I'm calling it, "Dada" is his first word. He also chatters "Mamamamama" while looking at me in his high chair, but also while waiting for his milk, so it's hard to say which beloved item he is referring to. And just this week SS copied Daddy and said a slight-adjusted "BB" - just the way BB said his own name when he was learning.
I wish I could find the words to fully capture the WHO of this little person, this little one year old, but he is too much, too full of life and joy and self to be contained by letters on a page.
But hopefully this helps share him a bit with you all.
A thousand words could never be enough.