Mom & Baby: 15 Months

Another month has flown by, and I am happy to report that this one was less stressful than the last. We still had some things to deal with, but overall we’re on the other side of it all. I am currently writing this while on Winter Break, and I just feel so happy, at peace, and ready to spend the holidays with the people I love.

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Baby

Kevin had his 15 month appointment today. He is officially 25 pounds (60th percentile) and 33.5 inches (97th percentile). His head is also in the 95th percentile, and I tell him it’s because he’s so smart :). Thankfully his head wasn’t that big when he was born!

At his 15 month appointment!

At his 15 month appointment!

He is still wearing mostly 18 month clothes with a few 12 month thrown in here and there. We are still using cloth diapers set on the largest setting (except for random times like if we’re doing our diaper laundry or going to the doctor, like the picture above). I think he went through a growth spurt this month, because he just looks so BIG to us lately.

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Here are the monthly comparison shots: 1 month to 15 months. Such a big boy!

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Like last month, Kevin is nursing twice a day most days- morning and night. I love it and look forward to our special time together each day. When it gets to be bedtime he will do the sign for milk and give me hugs. It’s so sweet 🙂

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Our 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 soup, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, any dairy product (cheese, yogurt, milk), and some of the favorites from last month: bananas, mandarin oranges, pancakes, and PB&J. He still eats a vegetarian diet and his pediatrician says he’s thriving and growing perfectly. His iron levels continue to be great as well, which is good for a child who does not eat meat.

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He has learned a couple new signs this month which is awesome! He has been doing more, all done, and milk for a while now, but recently he started doing drink, please, and eat. He also can nod his head to say yes, and shake his head to say no. He waves when he says hi and bye and he loves to blow kisses! Probably the biggest development is that he can now sign in 2 word phrases, like “more please.” Check it out in the video below!

He is understanding and communicating more and more every day. The words he can say so far are mama, dada, yum, tickle, bye bye, hi, banana, night night, baby, and ball. He can understand and follow some directions too, like when we tell him to go get his baby or ball or ask him where it is, come here, to give us a hug or kiss or say hi or bye bye. When we tell him no he will (sometimes) stop what he’s doing and shake his head no.

Kevin's "baby" a.k.a. stuffed monkey

Kevin’s “baby” a.k.a. stuffed monkey

He has gotten really good at walking and pretty much never crawls anymore. He rarely falls down and is even running a little bit. He has no fear! He can also finally stand up without needing to hold onto something to help him pull up. This took him a while to do!

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Sleep was rough this month. I couldn’t figure out what was going on when he was waking up screaming multiple times a night, and then I found a molar starting to poke through his gums. A couple days later I noticed a second one, which brings his teeth total to 10. No wonder he couldn’t sleep- those teeth are BIG! We got through it with a lot of snuggles and nights in mommy and daddy’s bed, and teething gel.

Middle of the night snuggles

Middle of the night snuggles

Along with the molars came another round of biting. It only ever happens when he is getting a new tooth, and he wants to gnaw on anything and everything he can get his hands on- whether it’s a couch, a toy, a person, a teether- whatever! We are trying to teach him not to by saying no, redirecting him, giving him a teether instead, reading the book “Teeth Are Not For Biting,” and he’s finally starting to get it. I think what really helped him realize that biting hurts is that when we noticed him about to go for us, we quickly put his own hand there instead. This way he was able to understand that it hurts when you bite someone. Now if we put our hand by his mouth or his own hand, he will usually push it away and shake his head no. We still have times when he bites, but it’s a LOT less frequent now. It just took patience and some teaching. Our pediatrician reassured us it’s normal and that babies his age don’t mean harm when they bite, they are just looking for relief. Our new daycare provider (more on that in a minute) also said it’s no big deal and is just a stage, and we’re working through it together.

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Kevin is generally super happy and full of smiles. He has his moments where he gets upset, usually when he is overtired or frustrated about something. He can definitely throw some good fits!

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Temper tantrum!

He has been having separation anxiety lately too. He always wants to be right where we are. He especially hates being left behind the baby gate.

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His favorite toys this month are his Radio Flyer Turtle riding toy, his stuffed monkey (which we call ‘baby’), cars and monster trucks, books, his remote control toy, an interactive car that has a steering wheel, horn, turn signals, and things like that, blocks, and all types of balls.

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Other favorite “toys” include brooms, cords, my cell phone, remote controls, paper, and anything else he can manage to get his hands on.

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Bathtime continues to be his favorite time of day. He loves it so much and cries when we take him out. I think part of the reason he loves it so much is because it’s his routine with daddy. He has grown very attached to daddy over the last month, which I am very thankful for since he used to be so attached to only me. He cannot get enough daddy-son time, whether it’s in the bath, playing and wrestling and tickling, or watching football together.

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His second happiest time is when he wakes up in the morning and sees us for the first time. His smile is contagious and helps us start our day in a positive way. Who couldn’t be happy when you’re greeted with this face in the morning?

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He is SO loving and sweet. Lately he has been very affectionate with us, giving us tons of hugs and kisses even when unprompted. He especially loves to hug and kiss his baby monkey. He also tickles everything, including us, any stuffed animal, the Christmas tree, the couch, the animals in books, etc. Haha! He also loves when we do it back- he is so ticklish!

Giving his cousin Austin hugs :)

Giving his cousin Austin hugs 🙂

On the flip side, he can also be pretty rough and is very strong. We’re trying to teach him how to have gentle and nice hands because he doesn’t realize his own strength sometimes. He loves rough-housing with daddy and I think it helps to get some of that energy out. We’re just making sure he learns there is a time and place for that type of play.

Somehow he learned how to climb too!

Somehow he learned how to climb too!

It has been so much fun experiencing the holidays with him. Last year he was so little that he didn’t have any idea what was going on. This year he still doesn’t really, but he at least gets excited by things like Christmas trees, lights and advent calendars!

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Body

I spent most of the month recovering from the OBX Marathon and running easy. I also fell again, which meant I had to take it even more easy because my knee started acting up again. I cut way back on the miles but I was eating like I was still marathon training, plus with the Thanksgiving holiday thrown in there. Unsurprisingly I gained a few pounds as a result and started feeling pretty gross. Toward the end of the month I started up my training for the Myrtle Beach Marathon, and it feels good to be following a plan and getting in a workout every day. I’m still working on my eating but it’s HARD during the holidays! I need a detox and it’s not even Christmas yet!

The Blue & Gray 5K earlier this month

The Blue & Gray 5K earlier this month

Mind

This month was so much better mentally and emotionally compared to last month! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with family and friends that left me feeling refreshed and helped me remember how much I have to be thankful for.

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2012 vs. 2013

2012 vs. 2013

I also enjoyed two surprise snow days a couple weeks ago (that were more like ice days) that let me stay home with my baby boy. I loved it!

Before our snow day adventure!

Before our snow day adventure!

My aunt from Oregon also came to visit this month, which is always so nice since we only get to see her every 6 months ago. She was only here for a weekend, but we had a great time shopping, playing with Kevin and catching up. She also babysat for us so we could go out on a date, which was so much fun and very needed!

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The only issue we had this month was that we ended up switching Kevin to his new daycare earlier than expected. Last month we had found out that our babysitter was going to be moving in January, so we started the search for a new one. We found an amazing home daycare, sent our registration fee and decided to start after winter break in January. Things got messy with our current sitter pretty quickly after that for a few reasons, and I ended up having to pull him out early. I took a day off from work to get his physical forms and all the paperwork done, and our new daycare allowed him to start right away.

A picture from his first day at his new daycare

A picture from his first day at his new daycare

Our new daycare provider is amazing. She has 17 years of experience owning her own daycare and is warm, loving and has a background in education. She takes care of two other boys that are around Kevin’s age full-time which is great for his social development. She does creative things with the boys every day, and he’s already learned a couple new words and skills since he started going there. She’s flexible with his schedule, has experience with cloth diapers, and offers him vegetarian meal alternatives every day. We’ve had a bit of an adjustment period though, since my former sitter was a friend of mine and Kevin knew her well and was very comfortable with her. He’s had a little bit of separation anxiety when we drop him off at his new place, but is happy and laughing within a few minutes after we leave. Our new sitter calls us and sends us pictures to  let us know he is okay. When I pick him up he always wants to give her a big hug and kiss before leaving. I am at peace when I’m at work because I know he is well taken care of and loved, which is truly priceless and makes my heart so happy.

Kevin brought home this masterpiece- "Rudolph in a Snowstorm" :)

Kevin brought home this masterpiece- “Rudolph in a Snowstorm” 🙂

I am so excited the experience the rest of the holiday season with him. It’s already been special and it’s only just begun!

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9 responses to “Mom & Baby: 15 Months

  1. My little one will start eating “real” food next month and we plan to raise him vegetarian until he’s old enough to make that decision. Do you have to do anything to make sure he’s getting enough iron and protein or do you just modify the foods you eat and feed him that? I’m nervous that we won’t be giving him the right things! Up until now it’s been easy with either breast milk or formula.

    • We haven’t really done anything special. I was surprised to find out that iron is actually in a lot of vegetarian foods, like eggs, spinach (shredded into his scrambled eggs or in smoothies), sweet potatoes, broccoli, different types of breads and cereal, beans, lentils, etc. I guess between all of those sources he gets enough iron because his levels have always been great!
      When we first started with ‘real’ food we just offered him fruit and veggies, and as the months progressed we added in more. I just try to make sure he gets in some protein at every meal through eggs, beans, lentils, nut butters, dairy, whole grains, etc. It’s easy now because he just eats what we eat. It’s so much fun to start solids!

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