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14 month update!

on February 12, 2013


SONY DSCI’m a little late on this one…but better late than never!

Our little guy is 14 months old!!

Size: He had his 14 month check up on 2/8, so I wanted to wait to post about his size until then. He weighed 19 pounds (10%) and was 30 inches (40%). Doctor was very happy!

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Sleep: Amazing. He takes 2 naps at daycare (and is actually taking them) from 9-10:30am and from 1-3:30pm. He naps in a room with several other babies and does really well. On the weekends he has pretty much the same nap schedule, but often will sleep longer for both. We are often a little late getting him down for the afternoon nap as well (closer to 1:30pm).

At night we start the bedtime routine around 7pm. He has a bath every other night. Then we play in his room for a little while and get his PJs on and diaper changed. He wears overnight diapers now. He loves to play with daddy on the floor and we sing and turn down the lights to have some quiet time. We read a story or two. About 730pm or so, I nurse him in the dark and then lay him down. He cuddles up with doggy doggy and his blanket. I tell him to “sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!” My mom always said that to me. He is usually asleep within 5 minutes and barley makes a peep. He sleeps all the way through the night.

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He wakes up between 5:30am and 6:30am normally. We are trying not get him before 6am unless he gets really upset. In the last week, it has worked and he is getting up a little later.

Eating: HUGE changes in this area! He is almost entirely feeding himself and is getting good at using a spoon. I think daycare and seeing the other kids feed themselves has really hurried this skill development along.

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He eats breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack at daycare. They use a county/state approved menu and he is getting a huge variety, which I really like. When I pick him up he is usually finishing up his snack. He loves to hold his crackers, etc all by himself. He is doing so well.

For dinner, his staples are bread, peas and yogurt but he also gets what we are eating for dinner. He has started this annoying habit of spitting things that we give him out of his mouth. If he puts it in, then its okay. Ha. Showing a little bit of that toddler will!

George is still nursing 3-4 times a day on week days (am, afternoon/evening and before bed). On the weekends he nurses 4-6 times, depending on his mood. We both still love it and its working out great.

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Temperament: Did I mention toddler will? We have a toddler on our hands, folks. He is not quite as easy-going as he used to be–if he wants something you are going to know about it. But of course he is still SO sweet. He LOVES to give hugs and kisses, especially when he is walking around. We were at playgroup and he was walking between all the moms giving them hugs. It was adorable.

He has gotten very demanding about nursing and eating–which is actually great to see from a little boy who used to not really care. He hates when Clay or I leaves the room and will throw himself on the floor in a most dramatic fashion. But he gets over it fast. Overall, he is sweet with a strong will (you may know two people like that…).

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Milestones: George is now officially a walker! He can walk all over the house all by himself. He is actually starting to prefer walking over crawling and has even tried to get up to a run a few times! It’s still so weird to see him upright. I let him run around naked this morning and I don’t think there is anything better than a naked baby toddling around.

He loves to figure things out ‘all by himself’ and he pushes away my hand if I try to help too much. I have also seen him get frustrated when trying to make something work. I try not to laugh, but it’s just too cute. He sticks his little arms out and get red in the face. But then he just keeps trying. So cute.

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He’s so good a shape sorting, opening and closing things and generally playing with a toy in the correct way. He seems to have gotten more sophisticated in the last month with his play…and less things are going into his mouth automatically.

Language development is progressing but we do have some concerns about his receptive language. He doesn’t always follow commands super well and while he pays attention to us, he doesn’t always seem to ‘get’ it. I think we are a little sensitive about this because of his hearing. From what I’m reading he seems very on track…he plays games with us, says 3-5 words and is interactive. But we are keeping an eye on how he responds to sounds and verbal commands.

He LOVES to sing songs and copy everything we do. He also loves to comb his hair and mommy’s hair. One night, he combed my hair and said “mama”while looking at right at me and put his hand on my face. It brought tears to my eyes! He also likes to blow his nose, pretend to sneeze and wipe mommy and daddy’s nose, too! He loves a kleenex/boogie wipe. He is also getting very good at finding belly buttons. 🙂

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Teeth: George now has TEN teeth!! Six on the top and four on the bottom!

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Hearing: We have an official hearing test next month. I am curious to see what the results tell us. I think he is hearing a lot better, but I don’t think it’s as dramatic as I expected. We will see. We haven’t had any problems with the tubes and all seems to be going very well. We go back to the ENT for a follow-up on the tubes in June.

We love our sweet sweet boy!!

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