Wasn’t I just writing my 12 month update? And now I am actually late writing his 13 month one! Time is flying faster than ever lately and Kevin seems to learn new things every day. My little baby is definitely becoming a big boy and a TODDLER!
We weighed Kevin on our home baby scale and he is now 24 pounds and 1 ounce. I know he has gotten taller too, because his 12 month pants are all way too short and he’s now wearing 18 month. He can still fit into 12 month shirts and onesies though.
Here are the monthly comparison shots: 1 month to 13 months. Since Kevin refuses to lie on the ground anymore I switched up the background for his second year of life!
We are loving using cloth diapers full-time (saving so much money!) and we have now officially opened up all the snaps in the rise, so the diaper is on it’s biggest setting. This is crazy to me, because I remember when even on the smallest setting the diaper was way too big for him! Speaking of diapers… a new trick Kevin has recently discovered is how to take his diaper off. We were hanging out in the living room one night and Kevin was crawling around in one of his velcro cloth diapers. The next thing we knew he was crawling away naked! Smart boy.
Kevin now eats 3 big meals a day, 2 snacks, and has a total of about 2 cups of whole milk with meals. He absolutely loves bananas, goldfish, zucchini, yogurt and cheese, and if he sees any of those, he will squeal and scream until he gets some. He also loves milk, and thankfully the transition has been easy from bottle to sippy cup. I think he would drink milk all day every day if I let him, but we limit him to 2 cups a day since he always has yogurt and/or cheese as well.
He loved this sweet potato and black bean chili!
We introduced peanut butter a couple weeks after he turned one. I wanted to do it on a weekend when we didn’t have anything going on in case of a reaction. Thankfully he was fine, and he’s had it many times since then with no problem. The first time I made him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich he didn’t eat much. I think it was the sticky, thick consistency. But now he loves it and can’t get enough.
His first time eating PB&J
One exciting thing that has happened at mealtime this month was that he started to use some sign language! We have been signing to him since he was about 6 months old, and right after his birthday he started using the sign for “more.” After that came “all done,” and he also knows how to shake his head for no. It is so exciting to see him begin to communicate with us!
Doing the sign for “all done”
Kevin is still nursing twice a day- in the morning and at night. I am not pumping at all anymore (yay!), I never feel full or feel letdown when he nurses. Sometimes I wonder if he is even getting anything or if he’s just dry nursing for comfort, but then today some milk dribbled out of his mouth so I guess he is. He is still very much interested in nursing so I plan to keep going until he’s ready to stop. I know the morning one will be the first to go, since he’s already cut it shorter as time has passed.
Sleep has been GREAT this month (currently knocking on wood). Whatever regression happened between 10 and 12 months is over, and the only time he wakes up now at night is if a tooth is about to break through or if he’s sick. He did get TWO colds in his 13th month (Yes, two! I blame bringing germs home as a teacher and daycare) and the congestion made it hard for him to breathe at night so he woke up a bit during that time. But when he’s not sick, he’s going to sleep between 7 and 8 and waking up between 6:30 and 7ish. There have been a few mornings recently where he’s slept until 8 or later! As far as naps, he’s taking one in the morning around 9 a.m. for about an hour (no more than that, we wake him up), and one in the afternoon around 1 p.m. for about an hour and a half to two hours. Our plan to limit his daytime sleep a bit has definitely worked and helped him sleep better at night.
He fell asleep like this in the car one time… haha!!
Kevin got his 7th tooth this month on the bottom left. In my last update I mentioned that he had bit someone at daycare. It has happened one more time, but it wasn’t malicious at all and more of a playful thing. We are reading the “Teeth Are Not For Biting” book and providing him with a lot of teether toys to keep his mouth busy. I really hope it helps! It’s hard to discipline a 13 month old who doesn’t really understand what he’s doing like a 2 or 3 year old would.
Kevin is still not walking, but we are working on it every day. He can walk (actually he can now RUN) while holding onto our ottoman or a push toy. When it comes to walking unassisted he’s still working on his confidence. He was a little late to crawl (army crawling at 9 months but no “real” crawling until 11 months), pull up, and get from lying to sitting up so I am thinking he’ll be a late walker too.
He is super active- crawling, climbing, cruising, and rolling all over the place. He loves toys and games and has been very interactive with his toys and with us while playing. He loves to throw us balls and any other item he can get his hands on. He also loves stacking his toy cups and blocks, pushing toys around, putting things into containers and taking them back out.
Taking blocks out of the bag and putting them back in… endless entertainment.
One of his favorite games is hide and seek. He will crawl behind the ottoman and wait there until I come find him, or he will peek around the corner to see if I’m there. Then we will hide and he will crawl around to find us- laughing hysterically the whole time. It is super cute.
This boy is FUNNY too. His sense of humor is really coming out lately. He likes to make silly noises to make us laugh and laugh at himself. He also loves to bite the spoon while he’s eating and not let me take it out of his mouth. He thinks it is so funny! He also thinks it’s hilarious to pretend to offer me a piece of food, and when I open my mouth and try to eat it, he takes it back and shoves it in his own mouth! Then he laughs and laughs and laughs.
Current loves: music and dancing, his blankie, baths, all food, giving kisses, milk, being tickled (he now says “ticka ticka ticka” for tickle!), anything having to do with his daddy.
Current dislikes: brushing his teeth, getting his diaper changed, getting things taken away from him, going into his carseat, socks, getting his nose wiped, being told “no.”
He always puts his foot through the baby gate and then cries… yet he continues to do it over and over again!
My body didn’t have the best month. I dealt with on and off knee pain that I *think* I have finally resolved, but it limited my running and training a lot which left me frustrated and stressed.
My best friend this month, the foam roller
I also gained a few pounds this month. I am pretty sure it’s from cutting way back on breastfeeding and pumping, and also not eating the best. We’ve been really busy lately and my nutrition has suffered as a result. I am really motivated to get it back on track so I can start feeling better!
At our favorite Mexican restaurant… Mexican food and chips & salsa are my weakness!
I got my period back this month, and it definitely made it’s presence known. I’ve had a few random cycles here and there, but I’m pretty sure now that I’m only nursing a little bit it’s back for good. I haven’t started tracking again using the Fertility Awareness Method like I used to, mainly because I keep forgetting to take my temperature in the morning, but I do keep an eye on my CM to see when I am getting close to ovulation. I need to get better at keeping track more regularly though because we are definitely not ready for another baby yet, despite everyone asking me when we are having another one! 🙂
Currently happy with our family of 3 🙂
I have felt pretty good this month mentally and emotionally. I’m settling into a routine at work and while I’m super busy every day, I actually really like my new position this year. Turns out when you enjoy your work, you don’t dread going to work! I still miss Kevin like crazy and wish I could be home with him, but I’ve moved past those feelings for the most part and am in a place of acceptance now.
Coming home to these two is the best feeling in the WORLD!
One of the things on my mind a lot lately is Kevin’s development. Maybe it’s the teacher in me, but lately I am feeling very eager to provide him with the stimulation and experiences he needs to develop well physically and mentally. He is at such an awesome age where he is soaking up everything and learning so much. I just want to make sure I’m facilitating his development as best I can.
Getting so good at independent play time!
13 amazing months down, many more to go! We love you baby boy!
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