Monday, December 19, 2016

Gideon 16 Month Update

Age: 16 months!  This tiny man has the most developed sense of humor, climbing and moving skills (definitely a future athlete!), and loves to give everyone kisses.  His absolute favorite things include Christmas lights, balls, chocolate donuts, climbing stairs, and time with his tiny friends.  Gideon is such a little boy these days and it's so fun.  Parenting this peanut has catalyzed revealing our JUNK as humans and parents but he refines us in good new ways daily and is our absolute delight in life.

Weight: 24 lbs

Length: 31.5 inches

Sizes (diapers, onesies):  Size 4 diapers, 18month-2T clothes.  He's right around the 50th percentile for both height and weight.  Size 4-5 shoe.

Eyes:  Blue

Hair: He had his first little hair cut!  It was getting to the point where the back ringlets were just ratty and looking not so cute anymore.  So I trimmed over his ears and the back of his neck.  He looked so fresh and like such a little boy.  It's still red, still curly, and still an absolute attention grabber no matter where we go.

Sleeping:  Gideon is still an overall solid sleeper.  The biggest change is that he's been letting Daddy put him down for his naps on the weekend.  He has a pre-nap snack and then goes back with a sippy cup of coconut/almond milk.  They snuggle and Gideon goes down quietly which is so nice.  It's a really nice break for me.

He sleeps from about about 7:30 pm to 7:00 am at night and just transitioned to that awkward stage of needing 1 nap so his nighttime sleep is better, but so not mentally prepared for the blood bath that is a toddler without his second nap! AHH!  He naps around 12:00 pm during the day.

Eating: The newest aspect regarding his eating is that he's 100% dairy free (just like Ryan!).  Over the last few months he has been unreasonably fussy.  We've been at a loss and no matter what we tried, how his needs were met, or what time of day it was...he was just generally unhappy.  He had his moments of smiling but he just seemed more "off" that he should have been.  We called it the 70/30.  He was unhappy 70% of the time and happy mayyyyybe 30%.  It was hard.

All that to say, we know dairy makes Ryan very, very sick.  And we had actually been giving Gideon a little more dairy at a time the last few months.  Whole milk in a sippy cup, whole milk yogurt with breakfast etc.  As a last resort, we finally decided to drop all dairy on the prediction that his guts might be like his Daddy's and within 72 hours a miracle occurred!!  Gideon's fussiness was completely gone.  The bags under his eyes disappeared. He became less clumsy and more vocal.  He smiles and laughs.  His runny nose is gone.  WOW!!  Another separate post about all that soon but we are so so thankful.

Favorite foods: Crackers, clementines, pineapple, squeeze pouches, raisin toast, apple cake, baked beans, chicken, donuts, Chipotle bowls, guacamole, peanut butter/banana smoothies, bacon, turkey wraps, and of course nursing about 3 times per day

Milestones/Words:  He has an increasing vocabulary by the minute!  Blue, Bear, Ball, Book, Wow, Ho-Ho-Ho, Mama, Dada, What, Kitty (working on that one).  He also has 11 teeth.

He's walking!  He took his first steps at 15.5 months and started zooming off shortly before this post. He climbs on everything, drinks from a cup independently, feeds himself with a spoon, sits to "read" a book, dances when he hears music, answers the telephone, and is attached to his two favorite stuffed lovies.  

Memorable outings:  As a family we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium a few weeks ago.  It has to be on of the nicest and largest aquariums in the country.  The tanks are millions of gallons large and the exhibits are so intricate.  Gideon got a kick out of the jellyfish, enormous tanks full of sharks, and the kid's water play area.  Another sweet outing was bundling him up in the stroller and walking to our favorite neighborhood.  Much to our delight, many houses had put up Christmas lights and lawn decorations which resulted in endless "WOW!"'s from Gideon

Favorite toys/activities:  He loves to walk, color with markers, go to open gym, play at the park, build up block towers, and can spend almost 20 uninterrupted minutes with Daddy playing tools.  He enjoys chasing balls and balloons, reading, doing the dishes in the kitchen sink and tinkering safely with any and all electrical appliances

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: During bath the other day I heard an eruption of combined laughter from Ryan and Gideon in the bathroom.  I mean, both of them cracking up!  Ryan had put some water in his mouth and then spit it out like a fountain and Gideon just thought that was the best thing he had ever seen!!  Gideon's sweet laughter got Ryan going and then on and on and on they laughed... :)

Looking forward to:  I think that Christmas with Gideon will be absolutely magical this year.  He loves the lights and decorations.  A christmas tree of any shape or size captures his attention for minutes on end.  He is so curious and I think that between the delicious food, discovering the textures or wrapping paper and ripping it off, new toys, and fun with family, this kid will be a big fan of Christmas.


  1. G-dawg where are you?? Lol Hope you all are well, Carly and Ryan!

    1. Silvia, your comment made me finally get up at 5:00 this morning and find time to publish a post. You're the best. Update coming so you can get your G-dawg fix!!!



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