[Post delayed by 3+ weeks but we just got his 1yr portraits back; thus my excuse for not getting this post up earlier.]
Stats: 20lbs, 10oz (38%) 29.5in (34%)
Blake is happy boy but quite the seeker of trouble. He loves getting into places he does not belong and climbing on any and everything. He did recently learn to properly dismount the ottoman, much to my relief. The kid-sized chairs in the playroom had to be removed because he would stand on them and then climb onto the table. These climbing skills have helped him reach one of his current favorite places: Connor’s bed. He uses the step stool by the bed and is very proud of himself as he stands and crawls from one end of the bed to the other, over and over. Sometimes Connor is happy to share is bed, other times he moves the stool to prevent Blake’s access.
Climbing the stairs causes bounds of giggles!
Blake has nearly crawled out of the deep master bathtub. He’s totally capable, but I don’t think his landing would be very safe and I’m trying really hard to prevent him from learning this trick yet. The bathtub is my “safe place” for him while I’m getting ready in the morning.
He is not yet walking but cruises well and stands still steadily without support. He crawls at lightening speed so I anticipate he’ll continue to crawl for a while even once he takes his first steps.
Blake is eating about 90% table food. If it’s a familiar and favored food he does a great job at feeding himself. For less familiar food, we spoon feed him so it doesn’t all end up on the floor. He has been completely weaned for several weeks. I am very thankful it was a much easier process than I feared it might be. I think it helped that I waited so late and didn’t try to start too early. I was most worried about dropping the naptime feeding but it only took about 3 days to adjust and even those days weren’t too bad. He has taken after his brothers in no loving whole milk. He eats lots of cheese and yogurt is a favorite food so he’s getting everything he needs. Other favorite foods: sweet potato, hot dog, animal crackers, blueberries, sunbutter sandwich and grapes. So far we haven’t found a green veggie he’ll willingly eat without disguise.
Why the Sunbutter (a peanut butter-like product made from sunflower seeds)? At the beginning of June we discovered that he is quite allergic to peanuts. If he touches a peanut product or anything that has come in contact with peanuts, he breaks out into hives. It took several weeks to wrap our brain around what this means and how to handle it. We’re still figuring it out but are getting more comfortable. We have to read labels like crazy and be very careful going out to eat. The big boys have adapted alright to the elimination of the peanut butter staple in the house. They do miss it (and so do I!). Thus far, Sunbutter has been an acceptable substitute for sandwiches. Thankfully we have several good friends who have children with peanut allergies and they have been great resources!
All three of the boys loves to wrestle together. Andrew does a really good job of being gentle with Blake. Connor hasn’t figured out that he can’t actually sit on top of Blake (like sits on Andrew) so his “wrestling” with Blake we usually adapt to be more like a hide and seek game with a blanket.
Andrew is patient with Blake and enjoys being silly to make him laugh or they have yelling matches (my favorite! ha!). Andrew and Blake absolutely adore each other. Andrew frequently calms Blake in the car by singing or being silly.
Both Andrew and Connor feel like big helpers when asked to help feed Blake. It’s amusing to watch Connor spoon feed yogurt to Blake and it makes quite a mess but it does keep both of them happy while I prepare the rest of the meal.
This age (12-18mo) is always really challenging for me, largely because of the lack of communication. We are working on sign languages with Blake and he will sometimes sign “more” and “all done”. More often, he screams for “more” because he’s not patient and he screams for “all done” because he seems to be a bottomless pit. In fact our babysitter recently commented that she’s always surprised at how much he eats. He regularly consumes more food at dinner than Connor.
Blake is also still quite attached to Mommy. Pulling up and yanking on my shorts, and thus immobilizing me as he holds on for support is a sure fire way to get some Mommy attention.
He loves to give hugs and has awesome cuddles, especially first thing in the morning.
We get about 11 hours of sleep at night. He takes a 30 minute on-the-go nap around 10am and then a 1.5-2hr nap in his bed about 1:30 in the afternoon. The summer has pushed this schedule around a little but the general routine has continued to work quite well. I can’t express how relived I am to not have to wake him up on a daily basis for school pick-up!
He’s not too interested in sitting a looking at books, except when we’re winding down at quiet time and bed time. Our favorite night night books are That’s not My Monkey (pictured below) and The Going to Bed Book.
Of course his favorite toy is whatever big brothers are playing with! Anything that he can dump out and make a mess with is enticing, as well as toys that bang together to make loud noises (ex: wood block on tile). Flying airplanes and making airplane noises is a favorite as well. The TV remote and XBox controller are awesome chew toys and drum sticks.
Blake knows how to play”Patty Cake” and knows when to raise his hands at the end but won’t do it on his own. Instead, he grabs my hands and raises them with his. He also likes to clap to music.
And, there you have it. Our 1 year old boy!