I love all the updates and photos! wow! I really can't get over the fact that a whole year has gone by... Brighton will turn one on the 14th. He has been such a joy and blessing to us.
Height and weight if you know it?
Last time we weighed/measured him at around 11 months he was a little over 25lbs and just about 30 inches.
What's babe eating/drinking?
About 2/3 of his intake is still breast milk, at 7 months he started eating blueberries (1 pint a day) /grapes/avocado (1 a day)/raspberries and since he has added apple/pear/plum/carrots/celery/cucumber/hummus/chia pudding and the past few days homemade pesto with seeds instead of nuts. From quite early on he has been having sips of my fresh made juice. He has a taste for things (mostly in the juices) I really didn't imagine a little one would. Lots of ginger in juices, grapefruit with jalepeno and garlic?, orange and celery, ginger kombucha, lime and lemon squeezed in water... I have been letting him drink from my glasses and at xmas time got a kleen kanteen sippy for him which he loves.
He has been getting around 10 hours at night - he fusses in his sleep to nurse but never really wakes up. When I let him (if our schedule permits) he gets about 3 naps in the day, one a few hours after he wakes, one in the afternoon and one in the early evening. These can range from 10 minutes to 2 hours. Never are they all 2 hours :)
At night he is definitely becoming a bed hog, kicking and turning in crazy positions.
What's babe doing these days?
He is so curious about everything! He loves people and watching them. He is mostly observant when we shop and isn't really talkative around a lot of people. He is a riot and LOUD when he is around his immediate family (dh and I and my parents). He is crawling everywhere and can stand by himself for 10 seconds or so, but doesn't seem all that interested in walking just yet. He walks around things with his hands on tables, boxes etc but hasn't ventured away. He loves animals and is gentle with them. He waves hi and by and says it. He has been ringing some bells we have in the house for the last month or so, he just started running around in a circle/bouncing in his bouncer. He loves hidding behind blankets or curtains/clothes and playing boo - or peekaboo. He loves to wrestle and be tickled. At around 5 months he started to "get us" which consists of putting his mouth on us and shaking his head back and forth and making noise. We love it! He still does this.
He loves books and asks us to read books to him all the time. He is very into throwing things too, either to us or on the ground from a higher place. He also loves to pull socks off, his and now ours and waves them around like flags. He bops to music, especially loves fast music with a definite strong beat.
At my dads music shop he strums guitars and mandolins and helps bow a violin. He always runs for the golf club in the room and plays with it. He loves to find the heaviest thing in the room (that he can handle) and pick it up and wave it around. He has the cutest sweetest sounds and loudest most boyish noises I have ever heard. He seems really strong, especially his grip and has already broken (snapped in two) a pair of DH's glasses.
He's doing so much I can't really think of it all. He is just so much fun and we are so in love with him. Everyday it still hits us how amazing he is.
How's Mama doing?
I'm doing great. I had a few things to mentally get over re the birth (midwives making me feel like there was something wrong but nothing was - just their manner etc. I didn't have the uc I was hoping for and am still upset about it), but physically I recovered so quick. I was really fortunate and didn't have any trauma to my body at all. Breastfeeding has been a pleasure and my sleep has always been good. The one thing I didn't realize would affect me so much was how much less I would be able to contribute to regular life (other than taking care of the babe and the essentials). I get in about 30min. of time a few times a day to get some things done and then as long as I can stay awake at night once he falls asleep. I generally don't mind but sometimes I get so frustrated and feel so useless to my dh, especially since we are a few kw from living off grid and have a lot of wood to cut, plants to tend to and animals to feed.
Even with all of that, I am esctatic that I am expecting again! I am just about 6 weeks into this pregnancy.
Any birthday plans?
I am going to either make a raw cake/cupcakes/cookies or a pie for close family and Brighton to play with. It will be just a special day as a family.
We are so fortunate that his health has been so good. Not a hint of being sick and through my breast feeding he had one 2 day bout with hives/rash from my milk and I figured it had to have been from the raw radish that I ate two days in a row. It was the only thing new in my diet and after I stopped eating it and it was through my system, his rash was gone. Poor thing, he looked so bad but didn't seem to feel it.
He has 6 teeth and counting - 4 on top and 2 on bottom.We were going to ec fulltime but he had really infrequent poop until he started solids and peed sooooo much. Almost every 10 minutes so it was really hard. I can get him to pee in his little potty and am going to start working on the pooping in there this spring/summer. He signs a bit with us and has had his own signs for things since he was born, so it is really awesome to see him pick up on what we are doing and saying, and to understand him as well.
He seems to be so interested in other little ones, I really need to find a good group of kids for him to get together with. Im in a rural area near a small town with a lot of working mamas and not sure where to look actually.
Looking forward to hearing from more of you mamas and see how all our March Miracles are doing.