My sweet, sweet baby. I was so emotional about him turning one. He was such an easy baby and I enjoyed it so much this second time around, and it very well might be my last. This year has gone so fast and been so tumultuous, but I was so lucky to be able to keep staying at home with both my babies.
It’s hard to write this post without a lot of comparison to Jane at this age. She started doing everything early and he seems to have stayed a baby longer, no complaints on my part!
He started scooting around a few months ago, got pretty fast, and never learned how to crawl. I wasn’t concerned about that, but then he would hardly ever bear weight on his legs and at almost a year still wasn’t pulling up to stand. At his year appointment the doc moved his legs all over and said “yup, looks like he’s double jointed in his knees and hips. great if he wants to be a gymnast, but not so easy to learn to stand.”
He learned immediately after that and now it’s all he wants to do =). Usually at the park (park meaning our three hour sessions where adults sit on picnic blankets and kids ideally go play) he sits right by me, sometimes playing in the grass, sometimes crawling all over me, until I finally get him to nap somehow and get a break. But today, for the first time ever, he scooted himself all the way across the playground to where the big kids were, pulling himself up on the toys and bottom of the slides, and was happy like that for the better part of an hour. I couldn’t stop staring, couldn’t believe it, my baby suddenly off on his own!
Words: His favorite word is Da Deeeee, which he says whenever he is excited about anything, but especially when he sees Nathan. He lunges out of my arms to get to him, it is so sweet. Next favorite word is “down!”. He’ll throw something down and say it, and if you act astonished and say “oh! you threw it down!” and give it back he’ll laugh so hard and do it over and over again. We sit on the bed in the morning and I’ll say “Aiden down?” and he’ll get the cutest mischievous look on his face and fall over, so proud of himself for the joke.
He also babbles “Mamama” and we have heard him say “light” and “balloon” and “hi” but that’s all I can think of now.
Sleep is ok, he goes to bed about 6:30 or 7:00, now always falling asleep with a bottle. He wakes up about 3:30 a.m. and it’s been awhile (couple months?) since I’ve been able to nurse him back to sleep. He’ll nurse, but scream when I put him back in the crib, so I’ve been making a bottle then out of desperation even though I know he doesn’t need it and it’s a bad habit to get into. Sometimes he also wakes very early a.m., pre 6:00 when I know he isn’t rested so I do the same thing then. Now that I’m writing it out this seems excessive and is very disruptive to my sleep so I should try to remedy that…
Other than nighttime he takes a consistent 1 hr. 15 min. nap two hours after waking up, and usually an afternoon nap but it’s also usually on the go so gets cut short – he’ll fall asleep in the car but not for longer than 30-45 minutes.
He still doesn’t have any teeth! But I’ve started giving him all the real people food just in softer form. He’s not picky but seems to have lost interest in bland things like cheerios, meanwhile will happily eat tangy garlic hummus or curried tofu.
Of course he loves his sister so much, but who wouldn’t? She is so sweet and funny and mature – she really does help take care of him and is always watching out for him. I hear my voice in hers, she’ll reprimand him, “Aiden, no, that is not a toy!” and always make sure to put the roll of toilet paper or whatever out of reach. Today he dumped a bag of magnetic letters all over the floor, most of which were safe to play with but there were a few random smaller magnets in the bottom I hadn’t noticed. When I went into Jane’s room I saw that she had separated every one of the dozen or so smaller magnets out of the mess and put them up where he couldn’t reach. She makes me such a proud and happy mama!!
(How were they ever this small?!)
One last thing I want to note about Aiden that I hope he never stops doing – laying his head on my chest whenever he is tired or feeling shy. This is probably such a common baby thing to do, but I don’t remember Jane doing it, and my heart my fills with love every time it happens, I can hardly help saying out loud “ohhhh, my baby”.
It was my favorite when he was a newborn too, seems like so long ago: