What a month for all of us! 14 months was definitely a whirlwind full of new developments and learning for baby, and unfortunately a bit of stress for mommy and daddy. We had to deal with quite a few sad and frustrating issues this month and I am very glad to move on and put it all behind us. Read on for more details…
Kevin is officially over 25 pounds! He was weighed when we took him to the doctor last week for a double ear infection (his first- poor baby). He is wearing mostly 18 month clothes with a few 12 month thrown in here and there. He also just graduated to size 4 shoes!
Here are the monthly comparison shots: 1 month to 14 months. For some reason this month he looks like SUCH a toddler and not a baby!
Kevin is still nursing twice a day most days- morning and night. There were a few days where he didn’t nurse in the morning and didn’t miss it so I contemplated dropping it all together. But then the next day he wanted to again so I let him. I still plan to let him take the lead and decide when he’s ready to stop. I really enjoy our quiet time nursing and it helps me start and end my day on a calm, relaxed note. I’ll be sad when it’s over.
My big boy eats 3 big meals a day, 2 snacks, and has a total of about 2 cups of whole milk with meals. His favorite foods this month are cheese, avocado (finally started liking it again), pancakes, PB& J sandwiches, mandarin oranges and of course- bananas. Kid cannot get enough!
He’s still using his signs during mealtime- more, all done, and no. He also started signing milk when he wants to drink or nurse. He always throws food to signal he’s done, which we are trying to stop without much luck yet. He has also learned a trick this month where he hides food down his onesie. Smart little boy!
He is understanding and communicating more than ever lately. In addition to his signs, he responds when we ask him to give a hug or a kiss, to blow kisses, to tickle us, to wave hi or bye, come here, get down, and give it to me. He *sometimes* understands no… we’re working on it. He can say hi, bye bye (ba ba), mama, dada, yum, milk, and tickle (ticka ticka). He also babbles all day every day. I LOVE hearing his little voice.
Our biggest and most exciting development is that Kevin is officially walking unassisted! For the first part of the month he was getting a lot more adventurous in his walking and cruising. He would take up to 8 steps and let go of things to try to walk. He was still very unsure and unsteady though. But on November 2nd, a week before he turned 14 months, we got up on a Saturday morning and everything changed. We put him down in his play area, sat down to eat our breakfast, and all of a sudden he started walking across the entire room on his own. After that he hasn’t stopped. He’s practically running now and barely crawls at all.
For the most part sleep was okay this month. He got another tooth on the bottom, completing his row of 4 and bringing his grand total to 8. This disrupted his sleep a bit. He also had a pretty bad cold which led to a double ear infection and cough. He would wake up a lot in the middle of the night with coughing spells that seemed to never end. We got him a humidifier which seemed to help, and we are now finally at the end of it. We also took two trips away from home to French Creek and the Outer Banks and that always disrupts his sleep routine. On top of that we had daylight savings time and ‘fell back’ an hour. For the most part he’s been pretty flexible throughout it all, and sleeps from 7:30ish to 6:30ish. He takes a one hour nap in the morning and a 1 to 2.5 hour nap in the afternoon.
Kevin is a boy who knows what he wants, and when he doesn’t get it he will definitely let it be known! He has started throwing epic fits, throwing himself on the ground, kicking his legs, screaming, and causing a scene. Usually I can stop it quickly with some redirection but wow, it is intense. And he’s only 14 months!!! Most of the time he is very happy though!
His favorite toys this month are his blocks, cars, ball popper, anything that plays music, his hand-me-down turtle riding toy, and anything that involves putting objects into holes. He likes to take all the small blocks out of the bag and put them together into a long tower.
He LOVES being outside and we try to make sure he gets out at least once a day. We took him to a playground and let him go down the slide by himself- I think it was the best day of his life. He was soooo happy! He loves being outside so much that he cries when it’s time to come back in.
Two other signs he is growing up too fast: he can now color at restaurants and he is big enough to play in a moon bounce!
He is also obsessed with balloons. He can spot them from a mile away and will point and make noises until you bring him to it. Once we went to a Mexican restaurant and they gave him one when we left. He could not stop smiling about it! Although it does make me nervous when he squeezes them with all of his might!
Bath time is still his favorite time of day. He splashes and plays and swims around, and cries when it’s time to get out.
One of the best parts of this month was celebrating Halloween. It was Kevin’s second Halloween, but the first where we actually took him trick-or-treating. We dressed him up as a train conductor and I could not get over the cuteness. I was shocked that he actually kept his hat and bandana on and blew his little whistle non-stop!
We walked around with him and by the end of the night, he knew how to walk up to a door and put his hand in the bucket for a treat. It was adorable!
This month my body went through a lot. After I got my knee pain under control my foot started to hurt. I was worried I had a stress fracture but it seems to be okay now, even after running my marathon. I am now taking a few weeks to rest and recover until I jump back into training for the Myrtle Beach Marathon which is this February.
I also had a strange thing happen this month. I went to the doctor for a routine thyroid level check and the nurse practitioner listened to my heart and told me I had a murmur. I have never been told that in my 27 years of life so it took me by surprise. She said it’s probably nothing but it’s a good idea to get an echocardiogram just in case. I went ahead and got it done but still haven’t heard about my results. I’m not really worried about it, but just wanted to have peace of mind that my heart is good to go. I have read way too many stories about runners who didn’t know they had underlying heart conditions. I don’t want to take any chances!
After a few really good months mentally and emotionally this was a trying one for us. A few different things happened that hurt my heart and stressed me out. First was our cat Koli. We got him back in June and immediately fell in love. He was the sweetest, most loving cat I had ever met. When we first adopted him he had ear mites and fleas, but we took care of it as soon as we brought him home and he was happy and healthy. We loved him and baby Kevin did too. But then things started to change. We couldn’t give him the time and attention he deserved because we were so busy and never home, and he started acting a bit aggressive toward us and the baby, scratched our furniture, and just wasn’t working well with our family anymore. With an extremely heavy heart we found him a new owner. I cried about this for a straight week. I loved him and felt like we were abandoning him. I had a lot of guilt about it and still do to a point. But his new owner has another cat and he sends us pictures of them together sometimes. I can tell he is much happier there and so are we.
Right before his new owner took him we discovered that Koli had fleas again. We had no idea how, since it had been months since he had them before and we had treated him and the entire house. He was an indoor cat too. The only explanation we could think of was that he picked them up when we got him neutered at the vets office, since there were a TON of other animals there at the spay/neuter clinic that day. Before giving him away we got him cleaned up and flea free, and then we had to work on our house. That was a month ago, and we are STILL working on it. It’s a nightmare. Those little bugs are so annoying and they will. not. die. It is frustrating and embarrassing and I can’t stand it. We’ve cleaned and cleaned and cleaned, sprayed and done flea bombs in the whole house, called in professionals, and most recently, spread diatomaceous earth all over our house. It was the diatomaceous earth that finally got them (we think). But we’re still calling the professionals in again to spray one more time and get the stragglers. It has been exhausting. We had to cancel our friends visit one weekend because of it, and when my aunt came this past weekend I had to let her know in case she saw any, which just makes me feel horrible. I just hope that we got them all and that there aren’t any eggs left behind that will cause it to start all over again. It’s a terrible feeling to feel like your home doesn’t belong to you because of things like fleas or other pests invading. The crazy part is that the pest control man that came said our problem is only a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10. To me it feels way worse than that! I can’t imagine the kind of flea infestations he has seen!
As if all of this stress wasn’t enough, a couple weeks ago Kevin’s babysitter (my former coworker who decided to quit teaching and run a home daycare to be with her daughter) informed me that they are moving. We’d need to find new childcare by January. I was pretty upset because I am so happy with where he is, and he just started there when she opened in August. I did not want to have to find him someone new who I trusted as much as her in less than 2 months. It has been a challenge to say the least. I’ve been torn between daycare centers and home providers, but I really need something reliable and consistent for Kevin. Most of the centers around us, while they are more reliable than home daycares, aren’t willing to accommodate certain things that are important to us due to policies- like cloth diapers, him needing 2 naps still even though he’d been in a ‘toddler room’ and things like that. They are also a lot more expensive. We’re still looking into our options and it’s very stressful. I still wish I could be the one to be home with him and it’s hard to find someone I trust to care of my baby like I would.
I am hoping month 15 is a little less eventful in terms of stressful situations that we have to deal with. I am really looking forward to the holiday season and seeing Kevin experience it, especially now that he has more of an idea about what is going on this year! We have already had fun with some of our fall traditions, including taking him to the pumpkin patch. Check out these comparison pictures of last year vs. this year!
Such a big boy! Month 15, here we come!
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