Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My Almost-1-Year-Old Boy


In some ways it feels like it was just yesterday that I was pregnant, but in other ways it feels like Collin has been a part of our lives forever.  Here is a quick update on what my little lovey & I have been up to lately:

Eating: Collin is now drinking 1 bottle (8 oz) of whole milk each afternoon.  He is still nursing about 4 x a day also - I know I am going to have a hard time giving this up, and I think Collin will too.  We're not in a rush, but we have started the process by offering one bottle/day.  He also will hardly eat baby food at all anymore.  He would much rather eat whatever Son & I are having for lunch/dinner.  He eats an entire banana and usually some scrambled egg with cheese or part of my bagel each morning for breakfast.  Some of his favorite "big boy" foods are chick-fil-a nuggets, almost any type of fruit, steamed carrots, and he is totally in love with Cheerios!  He also drinks water from his sippy cup with each meal.

Getting Around:  He is a really fast crawler now...his little legs get going & I can hardly keep up with him.  He loves to stand on his own, but hasn't taken any steps yet.  He absolutely LOVES to push around his push toy cars, and has learned to turn corners pretty good.  The only problem is he can't back-up yet, so when he runs into a wall or furniture he will stand there and cry until I come and turn him around.  It is really cute :)

Favorite Activities:  Collin really enjoys bath time, and would stay in the tub with his toys until he turned into a prune if mommy would let him.  He also still really likes to go on walks in the stroller (as long as we keep moving) and likes pretty much any other outdoor activity.  His favorite toys are a musical keyboard that his Aunt Tram bought him for Christmas, stacking blocks from my parents, and an empty milk carton that Son filled with cherrios for him that he can shake around...

Our Routine: Collin wakes up every morning between 7 and 7:30, he nurses, then we go eat breakfast.  We usually play until his morning nap time which is around 9:30 or 10:00.  He is unpredictable on his napping - it has been anywhere from 30 minutes up to 2 hours.  While he is napping I get dressed, fix hair, etc then I start on chores that I want to get done for that day.  It is so nice to be able to split it up and get stuff done durning the day so that we can just play in the evenings when Son gets home and our weekends are free too!  When Collin wakes up we play some more, and then we run any errands that we need to do for that day.  He usually takes either 1 or 2 more naps throughout the day depending on how he slept that morning.  I try to get most of the prep work for dinner done during one of his afternoon naps, and then daddy gets home around 4:15 or 4:30.  Bathtime is around 7:30 and he is usually in bed by 8:00 or 8:30.  I am still rocking him to sleep every night, and I know that eventually he will have to learn to go to sleep on his own, but for now I love snuggling with him while he drifts off to sleep.  He is such an active little boy that it is about the only time he will let me cuddle with him :)


Erin said...

I can't believe he's a year old already! He's such a cutie! I know what you mean about letting him fall asleep on his own too. I love cuddling with him while he falls asleep. There is just something so comforting about having your baby sleep in your arms.

Elizabeth said...

kind of makes me want to cry that he is about to be one! i can't believe it!!! c and jm have similar schedules - and jm, too, doesn't want anything to do with baby food - so bittersweet! he is soooooo cute julie - hope to meet him in person sometime! ten year reunion?!?! ;)