Holy heck, here I am with another late update, but how in the world has it already been a year (over a year)!? I am still kind of in shock over here. I can’t believe how much has changed in the last year, even the last 6 months. I see pictures of his fat little round headed self and don’t know when he stopped looking like that.
Kai is growing into more of an actual little boy every single day. I ache at that, but my heart is so full watching him grow and learn new things. I am obsessed with the little boy he is turning into and with that, I pray endlessly for who he will become. The greatest compliment is being told we have such a happy baby, and he really is. That’s about the only thing that hasn’t changed in the last year.
Month 8 was full of exploring and walking alongside things, like the couch and entertainment center. It took him a while to transition from army crawling to actual crawling, but he’s a speed-racer. He is so intrigued with his toy basket and likes to throw most of it onto the floor, then explore and spread all of the things throughout the living room and into the kitchen. Some of his favorite toys include everything that isn’t a toy. 😉
Months 9 and 10 were the difference between walking and not walking. Kai took his first real steps at 10 months. He had been so close for so long and we sort of placed bets on when he would finally take a step away from the couch or chair. Ha! I remember sitting on the floor doing some work on my computer and out from the side of me I saw him stand up (in the middle of the living room), take two steps and fall back down. Omg! I was so excited! Each day he got better and better. The first time we put his shoes on him after he learned to officially walk, we didn’t expect him to take any steps, but this kid pretty much ran. He didn’t struggle at all walking with shoes so that has made things a little easier for us.
Official hobby of month 11 was throwing things. He got his first ball and is obsessed with it. Gauge and my mom are both hopeful he’ll grow to love + play sports (I could care less HA!) Nothing much changed during month 11, just working on more teeth and learning to really enjoy new things. He notices when something is out of place and he is obsessed with the kitchen drawers. He’ll open the middle drawer and even though he is too short to see inside, he’ll reach his little hands up and pull out whatever he can grab. About half of my most used kitchen utensils can now be found in the living room.
Kai got his first bottom tooth at about 7.5 months and the second one came soon after. We are currently fighting another top and bottom tooth and praying they pop through soon because they have been rough. Kai was such a champ when he was getting his first two bottoms and he didn’t act like they caused too much discomfort or disruption in his eating/sleeping habits.
Around months 9-10, we struggled with such an inconsistent schedule. Everyday was so different and while I used to be able to always count on his morning nap, even those were been somewhat hit or miss. For those of you who have been following along, you know Kai has never been a good sleeper, especially at night, but we had started to get into a rhythm (bed time around 8pm, wake up between 4-5am to eat, go back to sleep until 7 or 8am), I can’t complain about that. For a while, the trend was constant waking up in the middle of the night and needing to be held/rocked and knowing exactly when he gets put back in his crib because he wakes right back up and cries. I blame teething for that madness and the fact that he was not eating well during the day. He would snack all day long, but as soon as we put him in his highchair, he pushed the spoon away and played with anything we put in front of him instead of actually eating.
12 Month Schedule
6-7am wake up
7:30am breakfast bottle + breakfast food (fruit, eggs, oatmeal, waffle) — he loves eggs, so I usually make a scrambled egg with sausage
8-9:30am play, read, practice with puzzles/throwing a ball/putting things buckets/stacking
9:30-12:30pm NAP (this nap has been consistent for a while now and usually lasts about 2-3 hours)
12:30pm lunch + bottle (protein, string cheese, fruit/veggies)
1-4pm play, go for a walk, snack
4:30-5pm sometimes a nap, depending on how the morning went. I can usually tell early in the day whether he’ll take a small second nap or not. If he doesn’t nap, we continue with playtime.
5:30-6:30pm dinner! Gauge is usually home by this time, so it’s his special time to play with Kai while I get dinner ready. Usually Kai will have whatever we’re eating for dinner.
7pm BATH TIME! Without a doubt Kai’s favorite part of the day, this boy loves his baths!
7:30pm bottle, clean up toys, wind down and get ready to go to sleep.
8pm BED TIME!
We have still incorporated quite a few bottles throughout the day because Kai’s eating still hasn’t improved much from the last few months. I offer him three meals a day + snacks, but it isn’t uncommon for him to not eat much. I know that he won’t let himself starve, but this has always been a concern of mine. I am just so thankful that he loves drinking water. We have been mixing whole milk with his formula, so we’ve cut back on formula and desperately trying to get him completely off of formula.
We didn’t do a whole lot for his first birthday “celebration” — these are the times when it’s hard to be so far away from family. But I made it my personal mission to make his day as special as possible. We started the day with breakfast + his favorite movie, a 3 hour nap, then daddy came home just in time to surprise him with his new blue car and kitchen! We had some lunch, opened presents, played with his new toys, took a walk around the neighborhood in his cool new car, and of course had a whole lot of cake! I’d say it was a pretty special day and he won’t remember it anyway! 😉
Last week we had our last pediatrician appointment in Hawaii. Very bittersweet because we’ve had the best pediatrician this last year and we could not be more grateful. He was a dream come true and always went above and beyond for us. He’s definitely one of the biggest reasons I’m not quite ready to leave this island.