12 Month Update

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since Ben was born! He’s so much more of a little person than he was even a month ago. He has opinions and common expressions and is becoming more of a toddler every day.

We finally had his 12 month doctor visit yesterday so I figured it was time to write up a summary post. He weighed 20 lbs 5 oz (25th percentile), was 30 inches tall (50th percentile), and his noggin was 18.25″ around. I’m glad I didn’t have to give birth to a baby with that large of a head! He had 4 shots: MMR, Hep A, flu vaccine, and chicken pox vaccine and although he cried and screamed, he calmed down within a few minutes when I gave him his boppy and burp cloth and read a book. Brave boy! We go back to the pediatrician in a month for part 2 of his flu shot and again just before Christmas for a well baby visit.

Like our pediatrician said yesterday, if Ben can eat it, he may eat it. We’re out of the restricted zone and he can have eggs, peanut butter, cow’s milk, honey, and pretty much anything that he is interested in eating. We celebrated by having bacon and eggs for dinner last night, followed by cut up strawberries. Ben is almost 100% self-feeding at this point. We still use food packets for days where he is resisting fruit and veggies or if we’re trying to get some food in his belly quickly before nap time (like Sundays after church). Every food is Ben’s favorite right now, or at least, might be for 5 minutes. He’s developed a toddler attitude about food so sometimes he likes something and sometimes he doesn’t. We simply keep offering healthy options and trust that he will eat enough when he is hungry enough. We’ve learned to only bring out his favorite foods at the end of the meal if there is something more nutritious he should eat first (like eating his protein before watermelon or green beans before chicken). Much of the time, Ben eats what we eat for dinner but simplified. He knows the sign for more, water, and milk. We’re working on the sign for cheese since he eats a ton of that too.

I’m working on weaning Ben off the boob and switched to a cup. Like many things, some days he’ll guzzle the milk down and other days he takes one look at it and pushes it away. He now nurses when he gets up in the morning and at night when he goes to bed but only has the option of a sippy cup after naps. We bought him a special cup just for milk and have been working on the sign for milk and he’s caught on to that one very quickly. Our pediatrician suggested adding a small bit of chocolate syrup to the milk if it’s the taste he is resisting or, if it is a cup issue, to let him drink out of an open top cup with tons of supervision. He gulped down half of a cup this morning after his nap so maybe we found the right combination? I’m hoping that he’ll catch on soon so my milk drying up won’t be a huge issue for him.

Ben is still at 8 teeth but there are signs of his canines coming in and I know his first molars aren’t too far away. *shudder* I’m thankful to have a break from the constant yelling and acting out since I’m so tired right now.

Ben wears 12 month clothes most of the time now. The onesie extenders have been great to get more life out of his 9 month short sleeved shirts. I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Carter’s little boy clothes, specifically these jeans. They have a regular looking waistband on the outside but adjust with elastic inside to keep them on his skinny, little body. We’re starting to transition into clothes where you have to choose if you want your child to wear sports-themed clothes, truck-themed clothes, or mini-big boy clothes. I like the mini big-boy clothes best so when I had to supplement his 12 moth wardrobe, he got slim-cut, dark wash jeans, a plaid button down, a cute dark gray cardigan without a hood (!), a navy fleece jacket, and a comfy striped onesie with a fox on it. He can fit into his red, size 4 Converse all stars that we bought for my maternity photo shoot over a year ago too so he’s looking pretty dapper. I started adding the thin doubler insert to his diapers this month and we’re now at a 2 snap gap between the sides. He still isn’t big enough to move up to size 4 disposables though.

Ben started pulling himself up on everything at before 11 months and this month he has started cruising the furniture aka walking around while holding into furniture and once in a while, he lets go and throws his hands in the air like a little daredevil before eventually falling down. He’s standing on his own for longer and longer periods of time so it won’t be too long before his preferred mode of transportation is upright on his own two legs. He gets a little upset if I leave him in the living room by himself with the gate shut so we really need to start working on baby-proofing the stairs so he can explore a little more. He already figured out how to lift the latch on the gate’s door so that is locked all the time too. He went through a week-long phase where refused to take an afternoon nap if he took one in the morning. That wasn’t ok with me but we made the most of it. He was forced to take the afternoon nap and skip the morning. It took about 5 days before he was too exhausted to complain about taking two naps a day again. That was almost 3 weeks ago and he is doing just fine with 2. This mom is quite happy we made it through that rough patch!

We have a theory that most boys love either balls or things with wheels. Ben is definitely a ball boy! We took him to our local children’s museum for his birthday and he would have played in the ball pits all day if we let him! He still loves books more than most kids though. He loves to sit on the floor and page through his favorites over and over. Our smart boy figured out his Fisher Price ring stacker this month and gets very frustrated when the rings don’t stack correctly. He is trying to figure out the Melissa and Doug geometric stacker but the holes in the pieces are much smaller so he isn’t nearly as successful with that one.


Ben was very happy with his stir stick from the coffee shop


Ben plays the “put things on the ottoman” game every day


Reading and standing


So THAT’S where babies come from!


Adventuring at Dutch Village with Mom and Dad


Wooden shoes are hilarious!




I LOVE this photo!


Sharing toys with Mowgli by the front door


Went on a weekend beach vacation and got to play on the swings a ton




I adore these wispy baby curls




Blueberry muffin face


We call this his Cheerio mouth. He does it all the time!


Happy birthday, silly boy!




Benny says “oooooo!”


Playing with daddy during a weekday is extra special


Sandboxing. He didn’t eat any, just dumped it on the floor!


Giant bacon at the mall


Birthday cake


Why does mom keep at the best toys locked up in the kitchen?


Big boy shoes!


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