I don't even know where to begin right now. I can't wrap my head around the fact that you are 1. Yes, that's right - 1!! How is that even possible?! I just don't know - it baffles your daddy and I. On that same note, I can't believe this is my last monthly update. Now that you are a big boy I'll do updates every 6 months. I'm really going to miss these monthly ones though!!
You are such an incredibly easy, fun, sweet, smart little boy. Seriously. I know I'm biased and all but EVERYONE says that about you. We are so proud to be your parents. You have such a laid back, yet fun personality. You really 'get' things now. It's just so amazing to see what a little person you are these days rather than just a baby. You grow leaps and bounds every day and we love watching you grow.
Though this year hasn't always been easy, your daddy and I count our blessings. You truly are amazing and so easy - it makes us scared to have another one because you're just THAT good and easy ;-) But we are so incredibly thankful you're such an easy baby!!
You are thriving at daycare and that eases the pain of us both being working parents. Though it's not the most ideal situation, we're so happy you are somewhere you love going to and have fun playing with your friends. We certainly enjoy every second we have with you and love being a family of 3. Our time together is never taken for granted!
We all thought you'd be an early walker but here we are....you're 1 and still not walking. Are you going to be stubborn like your mama and want to do things on your own time at your own pace?!?!? That's OK, though. We're really in no hurry for you to walk. Walking is a game changer - one we're not quite ready for yet ha-ha
Sometimes I forget how 'old' you are. You're basically the size of a 6 to 9 month old so sometimes you catch me off guard doing things I feel like you shouldn't be doing yet. But then I remember - though you are small - you are strong and developing quickly and are quick to learn things! My little smarty pants <3
Anyways, thank you for being you. These last 12 months being your mommy have been the best. Your daddy and I love you more and more each day. Keep doing what you're doing, Camden Matthew.
Mommy & Daddy
WEIGHT - We don't go for his 1 year appointment until the 20th. At the end of October he was about 17lbs 9oz soooooooo I'd guess he's probably right around the 18lb mark.
LENGTH - about 28"-29" - I'll update after his 1yr appointment.
CLOTHES - He's mostly in 6 or 6-9 month clothes. He has a few 3 or 3-6 things that still fit him (like some button down shirts.)
SLEEP - Sleeps from about 6:40pm until 6:15am. He naps for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon (boy do I miss his 2 hour long naps!)
DISLIKES - getting his diaper changed, not being able to see me (he's very clingy with me and is a total mama's boy!), getting his nose wiped, having drops put in his eyes
LIKES - books, getting chased around the house, stuffed animals, being with his mama <3, nursing, making animal noises, and playing with his friends at daycare.
EATING - still eats like a champ! His favorite foods are watermelon, Gerber lil' crunchies (like these), eggs, tomatoes, olives, applesauce, and greek yogurt. I always said I'd stop nursing once he turned 1 but I have since changed my mind. I'm going to continue nursing for as long as he wants to (within reason of course.) We will still introduce milk to him once we go to the doctor (I'd like to do organic unsweetened almond milk instead of whole milk but we need to discuss this with his pediatrician first.)
MILESTONES - I don't even know where to begin...I hesitate on this section because I know I'll forget something!! His communication skills and what he understands is off the wall! He says mama, dada, yeah, nana. He still signs for things like milk, all finished, etc. He blows kisses. He loves finding things in all his books (Where's the baby? Where are the bananas? Where's the monkey?) He can make the sounds of a cow, monkey, elephant, lion, snake (Ssssss), and rabbit (sniff sniff). It just astounds me how much he gets and understands - he's such a little person now. It's amazing to see, it really truly is. He also has 7 teeth now - 4 on the bottom and 3 on top. He's still not walking but I suspect that to change any day now. He's our little monkey and is climbing all over the place. He knows a bunch of body parts and even tries doing things like putting his own socks and shoes on!! He has learned how to go down stairs correctly (backwards, of course) and it's so adorable to watch!! Quite honestly, he's growing up way too fast <3
OTHER - Well this month brought a lot of sickness to the little man. First he had croup. Then he got a bad cold, which settled in his eyes resulting in a double eye infection (but not pink eye!) Even though he's been sick, he has still been so happy and still sleeping like a champ. We only had one night where he was up for about 30 minutes or so (he just wanted to be held and rocked but daddy finally got him to fall in a deep enough sleep so he could be put down without waking.)
MOMMY - It's been about 5 months since I've done a postpartum update so I figured I'd chime in here real quick. I have finally shed the last few pounds I had of baby weight (and then some - though not on purpose. Guess that's what happens when you get sick!) I feel great running and have been trying to get outside to run as much as possible. And I've found my groove in the gym. I have absolutely no pelvic pain which is awesome. As I mentioned above, I'm still nursing and pumping so 'the girls' are still lookin' good (boy I'll really miss this part once I stop breastfeeding! ha-ha) My belly button is weird - like it's a little stretched out/saggy. Is this normal or is this just me? Not a big fan of that but oh well. I'd say I've got most of my abs back, though I also have a little mommy pooch. I was also lucky enough to not get any stretch marks. Overall, physically I feel pretty decent (besides being exhausted all the time...but that sort of comes with the territory of being a parent, huh?!?!) My diet hasn't been the best - I definitely need to get better at this. I just can't seem to say no to candy...and chocolate. So this is an area I definitely need to focus on and be more aware of what I'm putting in my body.
So yeah, that's where I am a year later - could be better...could be worse...but ALWAYS a work in progress!!!
Hey ~ I'm Renée...just your ordinary, 30-something Accountant, new mommy, wife, runner, foodie, & Pinterest addict! Welcome to my newest adventure...stay awhile...look around...and keep comin' back!