Little Bear, I am a bad mama. You turned one year old on October 8, and here I am now sitting down to write about you. I promise it's only because I don't have much free time since I spend most of my day chasing you and keeping you out of trouble. The picture was taken a few days after your birthday.
At 12 months...you are nursing four times a day, but (spoiler...I am in the future now) you're going to drop to three in a few days. You love nursing in the morning right after you wake up, but you don't seem to care one way or the other about the other three sessions. I'd like to nurse a little bit longer to give you an extra immune boost for flu season, but I also want to follow your lead. You eat 3 meals each day, and you really do eat pretty much anything we offer you. You love any and all fruits, carbs, and cheese. You still like most meats, and peanut butter and jelly is a new lunch time favorite. Vegetables are probably your least favorite item we offer you.
You walk everywhere these days and you're finally doing a great job in your shoes! You started taking steps in August, but it really took you right up until the week before you birthday to truly choose to primarily walk. And now that you really walk, you are unstoppable! You can also climb up and down our stairs with ease, and you love nothing more than going down slides head first. You are very active and you want to explore! When we go to the playground, you pretty much do you own thing and just wander. A big change from your big sis who always stuck right by my side.
We call you "Baby Shrek" because "shreking" a room is your specialty. You will walk into the living room and if anything is on the coffee table, you clear it off in a matter of seconds. You will walk up to the shelves in M's room that hold her toys, and your can clear them in no time. You have ripped more books than I can count, and my hand towels are never hanging on the oven door thanks to you, and my lower kitchen cabinets and drawers that don't have locks are always wide open and just torn apart. When I tell you "No!" you grin so big and shake your head no at me.
Still taking two naps a day. Most days each one is around 45 minutes - hour, but some days we get lucky and they're closer to an hour and a half. You sleep from about 7:45pm-7:30am. You sleep with two lovies and your pacis.
You have finally started sitting still for two books at bedtime! Up until recently, you'd get mad sitting still, but you have started to enjoy a couple of favorites: Goodnight Moon, The Going to Bed Book, On The Night You Were Born, 1 2 3 to the Zoo.
During the week, you enjoy going to story time with me and M. You love dancing and bubbles and there. You are a trooper and take M to school three times a week, and you also sit through her swim lessons once a week. You don't love the car, but you will tolerate it a decent amount.
You don't say anything yet, but you make a lot of sounds and noises! You are constantly making noise, and you're finding it's hard to get a word in when your big sister is around. Sometimes I think you might know that Dad is Dada, but its' hard to tell.
You love going for walks and playing in the driveway. In general, you are a pretty happy boy outside. You like "wrestle" with Dad. You love to get in the dogs' faces (especially Rosie) and have them kiss you. You are really good at growling. You have perfected the art of rubbing bananas and spaghetti in your hair on the day after a hair wash. You like to "talk" to our Amazon Echo after you hear one of us give her a command. You love to wave to strangers.
T-Bear, you are such a joy. You have provided us with so many laughs this past year and it's hard to imagine a time before we knew you. So thankful you are ours.
12 Month Stats:
Weight: 24lbs 7oz (88%)
Height: 32.5 inches (>99%)
Clothes: 12-18 Months
Diapers: Size 4 in disposables and 4 snaps open in BG
Teeth: 8, 4 on top and 4 on bottom
Eyes: so blue!
Hair: So straight and dark! And every now and then we see a hint of red in it in the sun.