Time for another update on this baby bird, who is celebrated his first birthday October 1st! As always I'm discussing a little of his development, some of our current practices, and some products that have worked for us. Take and use what you can with the little people in your life, or maybe share this with a mama you love. You can also comment about practices and products you've found helpful at this age. Finally, if you missed them, you can check out Phoenix's other updates here:
Practice: Perhaps the most impactful is that we moved in July, and Phoenix got his own room! With the separation from us, he began sleeping through the night pretty much immediately. He is still dependent on his pacifier, blanket and sound machine to sleep, which is about twice a day for naps and then all night. We're still going by a pretty flexible schedule for eating and naps during the day, depending on what we have going on and our moods. However, he does a pretty regular bedtime at 8 and sleeps till 6 am.
He climbs upstairs and onto anything that looks scalable, we're still working on getting down. He also walks around furniture or holds our hands or the back of his stroller while he toddles. He’s still too nervous to walk unassisted, but he’s close!
He does lots of babbling, and has officially learned to greet us. His first word that he uses correctly and seems to understand the meaning of is, "Hi!" He says it every morning, when we answer the phone, and when daddy comes home from work. It's awesome. He is beginning to understand when we say "no" as well.
Phoenix also survived his first long stretch without us while we were away for our anniversary trip. He slept fine in his handy portable crib, and waited patiently for us to get home. What a champ!
The final milestone, is really more about me. I finally splurged on a little changing station, and I feel like I'm wiping his bottom in the lap of luxury! I love the table and pad I got at Ikea, and the Margaux and May blanket I use as the cover.
Products: (Click images to shop.)
Practice: Phoenix has quit growing at such a rapid pace, and simultaneously makes less mess than he used to. Don't get me wrong, an outfit change once a day is still pretty normal, but that's still less than 3-5 changes! Because of this phenomenon, I've enjoyed shopping for and purchasing some boutique items for him. These are well-made, conscious, and one-step-up in design. Are they worth the price tag? They make me super happy, so we decided yes! If they're too pricey to be worth it in your life, I totally get it, and support gerber 6-packs of white onesies all the way. Some of these are his birthday presents, which we purchased in Porland, ME on our anniversary trip. I've linked to the boutiques we actually bought them from if I could, so you can support them.
Practice: The little guy is still nursing 2-4 times a day. He always nurses in the early morning around 6 am, then goes right back to sleep. He also has a feeding last thing before he goes to bed at night. I'll top him off once or twice during the day if I don't feel like putting him in the high chair. He eats breakfast every morning, usually a banana. He loves beans, applesauce, bread of any kind, and crackers. We keep introducing veggies, but he's not a consistent fan of anything in particular. His favorite food in the world is Chipotle. He gets it from his parents. We introduced his own cup for drinking water at about 9 months, and he does great with it. I love the design, because it teaches him to drink from a normal cup shape. He had formula for the first time at 11 months so we could supplement with it a bit while we were gone on our anniversary trip, and he did well with one from Aldi. He's still using his high chair and bibs that I mentioned in his last update, and also has an antique high chair that we keep in the dining room. He does great in both. He has 9 teeth, and one of them is a molar! He's done great with teething since he cut the early ones. I just got him an amber necklace to wear to help with pain and inflammation as we expect more molars in the next few months. I continue to love Highland's homeopathic products for his occasional cold or teething pain.
Practice: He understands how things stack on top of each other and go inside one another now. We practice dropping blocks into jars, stacking cups, and putting lids on. He loves to look at books and turns pages when prompted. We inherited a table and chairs (similar ones linked) that are his size, and have filled a corner with his items, and hung a chalkboard at his height. Hopefully he’ll grow into the space for the next couple of years. Besides his blocks and books, he got an awesome fox animal from his gramama and a wooden car from Cordelia. He’s big into cars right now. His ma got him a neat-o truck as well.
That's what we've been up to and loving with our Phoenix bird. It's been a year full of growth in every aspect, from his tiny frame and appetite to his skill set and curiosity, and our home and his belongings to our hearts and his mind. We've got loads of pictures, posts, journal entries, memories, and dirty diapers to show for it. It's been a blast and I can't wait for year two. Happy Birthday mancub!
Obviously, this is just what's worked for us. If you have another experience, thoughts, or suggestions for our fellow mamas, please leave them in the comments! I'd love for these posts to be resources that expecting/new mamas and their loved ones can reference when faced with the question of what to purchase and try with their tiny humans!