Happy 13th month, Shepherd!
We have had wonderful month together, buddy. You have turned in to such a spunky, funny little boy seemingly overnight. I am so glad we get to spend our days together, because you make me laugh with your discoveries and your likes and dislikes. New things you’ve learned this month include making funny noises with your tongue, giving kisses (always open mouth) more and more often, pushing your “pusher” around the living room, and finally seeming to take an interest in the myriad books around our house. You will get a book from your book bin if we ask you for a book, take something to the trash can if we ask you to throw something away, and you understand and can point to things we ask you about, like books, calendar, clock, bunny, family members in pictures. You can point to your eyes, nose, mouth and ears (sometimes) and your tummy. You clap when you see other people clapping and dance so adorably, usually by shaking your hands above your head. Dad and I taught you to clink cups and do “cheers” with your sippy cups, and it makes us laugh that you do it so well and often.
Some of your favorite things:
- taking the cupcake liners out of the kitchen drawer and carrying them all around the house;
- playing with coasters;
- pretending to go night-night (pretend to sleep);
- climb the furniture, move chairs, move your high chair when you are hungry;
- play with the swiffer, mop and broom; and
- watch the trains. You love to blow your train whistle while you stand at the window and watch the cars go by
You don’t yet say any words other than mama and dada, but you “talk” often and point to communicate with us. You sometimes sing to yourself and talk to your babies in your crib when you wake up from naps. You know what a puppy says (“oof”) and what a kitty says (me-yah) and it melts our hearts when you point to animals and make their noises.
You are a speed demon; when you want to get away, you can walk pretty quickly to where you want to go! Your legs are a little bowed, but nothing we are worried about.
You have stopped eating as much at meals, but you are still an adventurous eater. You hated goat’s milk, and after three weeks of trying it, we finally transitioned to whole milk, though you still prefer water to drink out of your cups. When we give you a fork or spoon, you know exactly what to do with it and impress us with your fine motor skills.
You are clever and can be naughty. You take the cats’ food out of their dishes and will test your boundaries by inching toward the computer with your finger out, acting as if you are touching the computer, after we’ve told you no. Sometimes, if you do something very naughty, I will try to redirect you to look at me, which makes you laugh! If I use a strict tone, you will cry very easily, and you grab my leg as if to say sorry. If you are told no, you will sometimes start to cry until you realize we aren’t going to give you what you want despite your tantrums. It’s not fun to be the disciplinarian, but I’d rather do it now than down the road.
You continue to sleep well and your nap habits are unchanged. You have so much fun at library story time and MOPS and pretty much any time you get to play with your friends. You love other kids, which warms my heart. It’s so fun to watch you explore communication and interaction with others, but if you are scared and aren’t ready for me to leave you, you will hug my leg and whimper “mama.”
You’ve started running to the door when Daddy gets home from work, which makes him so happy! He makes you laugh like no one else can.
You are a little ball of fire and such a joy, Bunny Pie. I am so thankful to be your mama. We love you!
At Thirteen Months:
Height and weight: unknown
You are wearing size 12-18 and some 18-24 month clothes. We’re eager to start wearing shorts and short sleeves so you get to wear some of the spring clothes that are on the smaller side of 12-18 months.
You are wearing size four diapers and size five shoes.
You have dark brown eyes that sometimes change to brown/green (hazel?) but not hazel like Daddy’s.
Your hair is light, light brown and almost looks dark blonde. You need a hair cut to even things out, but I think we will wait until you are talking.