Tonight we change our toddler into his last night time diaper and say farewell to the changing mat. Tomorrow when Joey wakes up he will be stripped of his diaper and placed on the potty and there’s no turning back.
What have I gotten myself into? I mean, I know it’s time. He’s ready. We’ve been amping up this day for weeks. Why am I not ready?
We created this child in September 2013, he was frozen for a whole year before we met again, and now he’s this crazy talkative and bright little man. He’s not tiny anymore. He’s my big boy. I don’t know if I am emotionally ready for this but I will pretend to be strong for him so we can get through this.
OK, I think I’ve finished my pity party. Thanks for joining me for that. I’d love to hear your experiences (the good the bad and the ugly), any tips, words of encouragement, or something particularly funny to get me through the next week.
Oh…and about that warning of a poo picture. Joey finally successfully pooped in the potty the other day but last night…well…he had other plans for that poo.
It’s real. When Joey was about 4 months old, all my luscious hair decided it wanted to fall out all at once. Probably because of my hormones trying to revert to normal as quick as humanly possible. I cut my hair short and within a week my hair started falling out and I had many bald patches. This is what the regrowth looks like a year and 3 months later. No, I never got bangs. This is some of the bald spots growing back. In fact, more than half my hair is this length while the rest is 6 inches longer which is why my hair is almost always in a pony. I need to find some time and moola to start the “evening out” process until my hair is all one length. It’s just as awful as growing out a pixie except from being bald in random places for a few months. Also have to find a new salon since I’m 2 hours from my favorite stylist ever 😐
If you have any tips on how to speed up the regrowth after I finally take care of this mop with a fresh cut, I’m all ears. My biggest hit to self confidence after the baby (appearance wise) was definitely the dramatic and unexpected hair loss.
Here’s what it looked like when it first started falling out. It only got worse from here:
Bless me WordPress, for I have sinned. It has been about 6 months and 27 days since my last blog post, stay tuned for what’s happened since.
First, this isn’t just a tease and I’m going to leave you again for 6 months. How can I know this for sure? Because I am OFFICIALLY finished with graduate school!! (Wait, what?!) Yes, FINISHED! The ending was lackluster…it literally just ended and that was it. No fireworks, no confetti, no parade. Nothing. Now I just have to anxiously await my grades that should be available on Friday.
There has been a ton that happened since Joey turned 1 so I am planning a couple small-medium sized posts throughout the next week or so to catch up probably along with some ranting posts and funny posts. How a child learns and grows is amazing and it makes me absolutely certain that you must start early and show your child with your example how to be a decent human being and learn to love others and have an inquisitive mind. He kept with the sign language and he’s verbalizing and signing full thoughts now so expect to see a love letter -type post about baby sign language.
To keep you engaged I’m going to tease you with a couple pictures from 1 to 1.5 and I’ll have updated stats from his next well visit for you this week 🙂 If there is anything you’d like me to write about, or if one of the pictures makes you wonder “what in the?” or “how was that experience” drop me a note and I’ll be sure to write a post about it for you – I need help getting ideas together anyways since I have almost a 7 month catch up to do now!
I also need to play catch up with those I’m subscribed to. Bear with me as I get back into the swing of things – I’m working through ideas to get this space better than it was.
How can it be that we’re in the final month of his first year? They say it goes by so fast and I can confirm that we just came home from the hospital and I blinked and now have an 11 month old. It’s insane.
This month has been insane. Still only have 2 bottom teeth but there are 4 on the top and one more on the bottom that are so close…I hope they all come at once so he doesn’t have to keep dealing with the pain of breaking teeth.
He’s completely independent when it comes to meal time. He wants to eat what we eat, and boy does he eat. He’s come so far with meal time just in the last 2 weeks…I’m impressed. He also tries and keeps trying much more than if I were to try to feed him. He is quite adventurous when it comes to food.
Also, are you sitting for this one? Because you should be. He started walking this week. (WAIT, WHAT?!) Yes. Walking. He takes up to a dozen steps at a time now. If he is calm and does it on his own he is really REALLY good…when I call him he gets super excited and runs and usually falls on the 6th or 7th step. But it is all he wants to do now is keep on trying, he has no fear even when he tumbles. He’s going to be running by his birthday. I can’t believe I have a walking baby.
He’s also very talkative and has expanded his verbal communication yet again. His words last month included: mama, dada, baba, gaga, nana (no) and have expanded this month to include: poppop, anna (Illiana, his favorite teacher), and dat (while pointing…meaning “what’s that?”). It sounded like he said wawa the other day but I am not going to count that until he repeats it again and uses it correctly so for now our count is officially 8 words at 11 months old. Crazy.
He absolutely loves his signing dvds. He can care less about what is going on inside the TV unless there is a signing dvd on.
He loves dancing. Play some music and he bounces. It’s hilarious.
I can’t believe my little starfish walker is 11 months old… I can’t wait to see how much he develops in this last month of his first year. My baby boy is getting so big!!
Sorry this is 4 days late but it’s been a crazy week here on the home front. We’ve been going through a full heater install, with duct work and all, and a whole house humidifier and air purifier.
We visited pop pop on his 8 month birthday in Philly.
These last 8 months just blew by and this little guy is a real mover now. He’s been crawling for a couple weeks but he’s super fast now. The cats underestimate his speed and it is pretty funny when they get caught! I’m giving him his space to figure out things but intervening when I sense he could get hurt. He’s a champion sitter and can seamlessly transition from sitting to crawling but he still has some tendencies to topple over when he gets excited. As long as he is not near anything that can hurt him I let him go (if it is not on hardwood floor, that is) so he knows he has to control his movements to prevent the topple.
He started 2 days/week at a daycare that also is a learning center and has already started his permanent educational record which is pretty freaking cool. Everyone at the facility is very nice and he took a liking to all of them really quick. There is one little girl in his class that he just loves, too. Her name is Madison. He doesn’t wave goodbye to anyone but he waves goodbye to her.
He’s been doing awesome with his food, he’s up to 4 solid meals each day, cereal, fruit, vegetable, cereal with bananas. I think he had another growth spurt because he just feels so much heavier in the last week and a half and he’s been sleeping a lot. He seems a tad taller too (which, seriously, I have a toddler not an 8 month old. He’s in 12 month clothes and I don’t think that is going to last long…)
We started the transition off of Nutramigen. We are very very slowly introducing GentleEase which has the lactose broken down, just not nearly as much as the Nutramigen so it is definitely a step up. Last week we did a whole week of 20% GentleEase, 80% Nutramigen with no issues so we moved up to 40% & 60% this week with no issues so far. We will keep increasing by 20% until he is fully weaned off of it but I have a lot of hope that this is finally happening after several failed attempts. I think he is old enough, big enough, and functional enough at this point where his body can handle the transition.
Other than that he is just his typical happy self with (still) no teeth. LOL. I have a feeling this next month is just going to fly by but I also can’t wait for his first Christmas. We are putting the tree up on Friday 🙂 Can’t wait!
I feel like I always start these posts with “wow what a busy month it has been” but truly that is definitely the case with Baby Joey’s sixth month. Since turning 6 months we packed up everything we owned, fit it on a 26 foot truck, a 10 foot truck, another 10 foot truck, and 4 FULL car loads (no lie…), and made the 130 mile move north to Waverly Township in our new home. When I tell you that these trucks were packed top to bottom utilizing all of the vertical space, I am not lying. I cannot believe how much stuff we have. It definitely doesn’t look like that when you look at the house but there was so much…and it is almost finally all put away!
I made my trip up to the new house with a packed car, 2 cats, and the baby on a Friday morning. Unfortunately he had a stomach virus the week of the move and we had a full 10 days of poo every hour on the hour. At least we prevented diaper rash by acting quick with the triple paste and using warm rags in lieu of wipes…last time he was so raw and I felt so bad for how much pain he was in. The first 1 1/2 hours of the trip flew by with lots of cries from the cats but a silent baby…that all ended in the last 30 minutes when he started screaming so loud. I couldn’t concentrate. I called my mother to meet me at the new house and the phone disconnected and all she heard was half hour and screaming so she darted to the new house to meet me and laid a blanket on the floor since she knew there was bound to be a poo…there was. I called my husband to just talk to me as my anxiety was pretty bad at this point and he advised that I pull over and change him but I hadn’t a clue where any of his bags were and I had no where in the car to change him since it was packed. I decided to pull over at the toll booth and give him a binky and tell him we were almost home. He calmed down enough for me to feel comfortable and keep going and he screamed the last 10 miles of the journey until we pulled up in the new driveway where he decided that’s when he was done. I rushed him inside, changed his diaper, and introduced him to his new home.
He’s done a lot of learning this last month, too. In addition to “dada” and only saying “mama” when he was upset he now says “mama” quite frequently to gain my attention, he can also say “baba” and I swear he is saying “more” when he eats and he gives me the sign for more…but it’s more like “maaaaaa” as he’s doing the sign lol. He can sign both “more” and “mama” and discovered he can clap like an excited member of an audience cheering on their favorite artist! He’s still a very tall and skinny man wearing size 12 months clothes because he is so long but only just recently moving up to size 3 diaper since he has such a tiny waist and hiney! We are currently getting his records transferred from his old doctor to his new one since he had to skip his flu shot when he was sick so we need to get that going immediately especially if we are in search of a daycare to get him out and active 1 day each week (and so mommy can have a break of triple duty of baby, work, and school!).
He’s sitting up by himself although doesn’t understand sometimes he has to actively keep himself up or he will fall…he is awesome at sitting I just wouldn’t call him functional just yet…have a little more learning to do before that but I’ve seen pivots with his arms recently so we are on our way to functional sitting! He scooches just a tad but I think that will turn into crawling quite quickly as the little butt is going directly in the air to try to help out the scooch. He can hold himself up in a standing position with the assistance of furniture…watch out! He loves his walker. He loves his jumper. If he could walk and jump all day I think he would…this boy has energy. He loves belly sleeping and can sleep 10-11 hours at night on his belly.
His pop pop misses him and is coming up for a visit this weekend to go to his very first visit to a pumpkin patch! The baby also got to experience his first snow this past Saturday.
I can’t believe how jam packed this month actually was but there was a lot of moving and developing going on and I can’t wait to see what the next month brings, although I do wish time would pause for a little while so I can enjoy all of these milestones before they continue to whiz by. Oh and those who are still on tooth watch, you’re still going to have to wait. STILL no teeth although we keep swearing he’s on the verge of busting one out…I can see it, he can feel it, and I feel bad it hurts him but they NEED to come out…so teeth, if you can hear me…man up and come out.