Monday, June 4, 2012

12 Months

We had our 12 month check up last week. Judah is 17.2 pounds and 27 inches. He's still not on the growth chart, but if he keeps on being as greedy as he is, we'll make the chart next time. We're getting into a pretty good schedule these days, but I'm still tweaking naps. Judah wakes up at 6:30 to nurse and then we sleep for another few hours. Breakfast is at 9 and I cook 1/2 cup of oatmeal and a fruit (apple, pear, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, raspberries, mango.) For the past week nap time was at 11:30 and he sleeps for 2 hours. I want it to turn into a 3 hour nap eventually, but he doesn't agree yet. When he wakes up we have lunch which is usually yogurt, Cheerios, fruit and he nurses. Dinner is at 6 (1/2 cup grains and veggies) and bath is at 8. He nurses before bed and goes to sleep at 8:30. His favorite snacks are strawberries, blueberries and bread. He doesn't have any teeth but he things he can eat whatever I'm eating.

His favorite activities are looking out in the backyard at the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and bunnies and climbing up the stairs. He still isn't walking,  but he uses anything he can get to move to hold on to as he walks. He understands simple commands like "come here" and "go get your water." My mom claims she told him to go to his closet and he did it, but she exaggerates. When he can't do something he wants to do he arches his back and falls out and promptly gets a boy please from me and I keep it moving. He loves music and will raise his hands to rock out and bob his head at the slightest beat.

The first year wasn't what I expected of parenting. In a lot of ways it was easier than I expected, but on days when I was tired, hungry and didn't want to be bothered, I realized I didn't have the option to shut down or just chill because I had somebody to keep alive and safe. I honestly expected a lot more crying, frustration, and sleepless nights to be part of the first year. The scenes on tv of an inconsolable infant and parents spending 2 hours trying to figure out what's wrong happened less than a handful of times and all when
he was less than 2 months old. I also didn't expect to turn into such a breastfeeding advocate. I've had more conversations than I can count explaining and encouraging breastfeeding mothers. I've really enjoyed my first year with Judah. I think we're ready to try for number 2.


Adrienne said...

So glad he is doing well! WOOHOO for #2!

Jameil said...

3Yesss! Continue to amuse me Judah! Bring me another baby!!

Nerd Girl said...

Yay for you, Judah, and Mr. Count. I think parenting, like everything else, is all in the approach. If you wig out a lot, you're stressed, if you don't, you're not. I appreciate your generally relaxed style and I'm sure Judah does too!

Looking forward to reading about y'alls future and all that it brings.

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