A year ago on April 28th we held our sweet baby boy for the first time.
He was such a baby then – such a small, helpless being. We could never have imagined the huge changes that would take place over the year. It has been the most incredible journey and the exciting part is it is only just beginning.
At 1 years old Jude weighs 22.7lbs (10.3 kgs) and is 29.7in (75.5 cm) tall.
It’s been such a busy month for us – with a big trip back to New Zealand and Rarotonga. I will be catching up on all of that over the next month as we have so many photos.
Once again the changes we’ve seen in Jude have been big. He communicates with us on a whole new level. Sometime while in New Zealand he started pointing. He points at dogs, his toys, us – just about anything. We make sure to tell him what it is he is pointing at and take him to it.
His vocabulary is also growing. Mama, Dada, and Banana are old favorites but he now has words for Elmo, doggy, and has just started ‘bye bye’. He waves ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’, blows kisses, and especially likes to hit his hand over his open mouth and make noise.
The toys of the month have been these squishy balls my parents gave him in Rarotonga. He is obsessed. He also loves his blocks and books, too. Toward the end of our stay in New Zealand Auntie Dominica gave him a little toy vacuum. It makes noise and looks just like the real thing. He’s been pretty much attached to it ever since. Super cute.
While in Rarotonga he became even more fascinated with dogs. He gets really excited when he sees one or whenever we see one and say ‘look doggie!’.
He knows and understands the different words for his favorite toys, food, milk, water, etc. I love watching the look on his face as his brain works away processing and figuring out what we’ve said to him.
He’s still not yet walking but getting closer. He is starting to take steps without holding on in between pieces of furniture. We spend a lot of time practicing walking with him.
He loves to walk with us and kick a ball as he goes. He also started standing up from a squat position – so his balance is super good.
Tantrums are coming a lot more frequently these days. Mostly he wants us to pick him up or play with him and so complains until we do. I blame all the attention he received from all the relatives over the past month – someone was always hanging out with him. I have been a bit tough and letting him cry. Sometimes it works – he will wander off and play with his toys but mostly it ends in me picking him up.
Discipline is also something we are starting to get tough on. He gets a stern ‘No’ when he throws food, or his toys (which he does pretty hard), or tries to pull the cats fur out. But he just thinks it’s funny and points his finger up and down and says ‘no, no, no’ (mocking us). We can start to see the tough toddler days ahead…
After we got back from our trip I swapped formula for whole milk and stopped giving him a morning bottle and milk at set times during the day.
Last morning bottle:
I increased his solids at the same time and it all went pretty smoothly. At 1-year his daily schedule, since we’ve been at home, looks something like this:
Between 6:30-7am: We hear him stirring in bed and one of us goes and grabs him, brings him into our bed for a cuddle (I hope this cuddly stage lasts a long time).
7am: Luke gets Jude dressed and diapered while I make breakfast, usually scrambled eggs and toast, or oatmeal. I also give Jude a sippy cup with milk.
7:30am: Jude follows Luke around the house wanting to be picked up or played with as he tries to get ready for work.
8am: Luke leaves, Jude cries and cries (he is going through a BIG ‘I want my Daddy stage’.).
8:30am: I take Jude out to the playground. He climbs up and down the steps, over a bridge and goes down the slide, over and over and over. He loves watching the big kids play.
9:30am: Morning nap (I rush around the house doing chores, prepping his snack, etc).
10:15am: Jude is up and hungry. He gobbles down half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and cheese stick.
11am-Noon: We either play at home or go for a walk. (The other day while out for a walk we met a little 2-year old girl and Jude and her sat and held hands – so sweet!)
12:30pm: We have lunch. Everyday it’s something different. Today he is having couscous with soy, mango chicken (leftover from lettuce wraps I made for dinner) with peas. He’ll have some milk or water with lunch.
1pm: If we haven’t met for lunch, and he’s not busy, we go visit Luke at work. He meets us outside for a play in the grass or we go to the department store next door which has a playground outside.
2:30pm: Afternoon nap (I usually finish up the laundry I started in the morning and start on dinner).
3:15pm: Jude is up and hungry. I stick him in the high chair and he has a snack of banana bread and apples while I finish up dinner.
4pm: We do one more outing – usually to the grocery store and then playground. Most kids are out of school and so the playground is packed and a lot of fun.
5pm: We head home and play a little more before dinner.
5:45pm: Jude has dinner, something like tofu and noodles, dumplings, or mac and cheese and veggies.
6pm: Luke comes home and Jude immediately wants to be picked up by him. They play together while I clean up from dinner.
6:30pm: Bathtime – probably one of Jude’s favorite times of the day. He just loves his bath.
6:45pm: We get him dressed and diapered (two person job), Luke takes him into his room, reads him books and gives him a bottle of milk (150ml milk and some hot water).
7pm: He’s asleep! We take turns exercising after he’s in bed and then have dinner and crash.
What a great year it’s been.
We love you to bits and pieces, Jude.