Friday, August 19, 2016

Gideon 12 Month /1 Year Update!!

1 & 2 months

3 & 4 months

5 & 6 months

7 & 8 months (coincidentally wearing the same shirt)

9 & 10 months

11 & 12 months

Age: 12 months old!  365 days! 1 whole year!

Gideon James, how are you a big 1 year old boy?  This mama is astounded and so thrilled for your life.  As of today, I am not sad about you getting older.  It hurts my heart to look at pictures of you as a tiny baby but only because you were SO precious and rolly.  How were you ever so tiny?  I love the human you are becoming, your heart, preferences, voice, interests, and uniqueness.  I cannot wait to see what another year of your life brings.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY my little love!

Weight: 23 lbs

Length: 30ish inches

Sizes (diapers, onesies):  Size 4 diapers, 12-18 month clothes.  No shoes still as he's not interested in walking

Eyes:  Blue (and if mischievous was a color they would be a vibrant shade of that!)

Hair: RED AND CURLY!!!  He has "angel wings" (as Auntie Linny calls them) right over his ears.  And in the back mounds of ringlets.  It looks like I put curlers in his hair ha!  I cannot even describe to you the amount of attention this child gets in public because of it.  From everyone, all ages.  Little girls pet his head, Grandpas declare they love a redheaded baby, middle aged men tell me about their random red-headed relative, Grandmas tell me how their hair used to be red, and other moms have been known to reach out and touch his hair.  It's insane!  And he doesn't mind ;)  

Sleeping:  Gideon has ruined me for other children because he's such a frickin rockstar sleeper.  He goes to bed at 7:30 pm now, I dream feed him at 10:00 pm and he wakes up in the middle of the night to be rocked sa few times per week.  Most nights he sleep until about 5:30 am straight through the night.  I nurse him and he goes back to sleep until around 7:00 am.  He naps so well from 9:30-10:45 am and then again from 1:30-3:00 pm

He (like many children) does best with lots of good rest.  He sleeps in a cool, nearly pitch black room with Mr. Fluffernutter (his orange fox) and Blue Blue (his dog) as well as a soft blanket.

Eating: He has been steadily gaining traction with eating this the last month.  When we were in Texas he crushed solids and was in a huge growth spurt.  He will eat a lot one day and the next day is lighter.  He likes lots of water with his meals and has tried whole cows milk but isn't a fan.  He nurses about 5 times per day.

His favorite foods are hummus, avocado, salmon, bacon, sugar cookies, strawberries, peanut butter, and crackers.

Milestones:  He is holding on to everything with a ledge and making his way around different rooms.  He can turn pages of books independently and sit for several books being read at a time.  He likes peek-a-boo, shakes his head "no", waves bye-bye, says mama and laughs at "uh-oh"

Memorable outings:  We flew to California and Texas in the last month.  He rocked the flights and is a good traveler.  He learned to jet ski, drive a golf cart, and hot tub naked.

Favorite toys/activities:  Gideon LOVES anything that has a motor or looks like it is not for him.  His current loves include: the vacuum, floor fan, either one of our car & playing driver, the oven, toaster, blender, and washing machine.  He likes buttons and lights.

He also enjoys playing kitchen in a new mini kitchen his Grammy got him.  We read many books,  build forts, play farm animals & barn, build lego towers, color pictures, and splash with water.   If another kiddo is around that makes him happy and he enjoys times with cousins and friends.  Big crowds tend to make him withdraw but 1 or 2 friends is his happy place!

Words/sounds:  Mama is his main word that has meaning.  He makes a ton of sounds, babbles constantly,and is understanding more of our words but nothing else he says is really distinguishable.

Nicknames:   Lou Lee, Lou, Little Love, Giddy Con Queso (from daddy), Giddy Lou Who (from Aunt Linny), Giddy Puff (from Aunt Linny), Giddy Face (from Maggie), Giddy Pantz (from Maggie)
The usuals...Giddy Bear, Giddy Up, Gid, Giddy, Itty Giddy Titty Monster with the tiny hiney, G (from Uncle Clint), Mister, Man Cub

Funny moments: We were having dinner a few nights ago and I brought a spoonful of puree up to his mouth.  He sort of blew at it with his lips and sent it flying!  He absolutely BURST out laughing at himself in surprise and then kept rolling with laughter when he saw Ryan and I laughing too.  What a clown!

Looking forward to:  I said this last month but WALKING!!!  Please walk soon little one.  All his little friends walk so he would like to be able to keep up.  It also makes him endlessly frustrated to be at a fun place (park, zoo, museum, etc) and just crawl or get stepped on.  I don't want to carry his chunky body around anymore! I look forward to him speaking more words, seeing him explore the world around him, and watching the next year of his life unfold.

And the boy [Gideon] continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with people.

1 Samuel 2:26

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