Where has the time gone??? My little man is fast approaching his first birthday...whoa! Just two months to go now:)
Noah has been quite...umm...testy the past couple of weeks (which is one of the reasons for my lack of posting - I've had my hands full!). He seems to be working on developing a new routine for the day in addition to transitioning from bottles to sippys, jar food to "real" food, and adding even more teeth to that mouth full he already has! His personality is beginning to real shine through, too...and it is quite obvious that Noah has inherited a bit of a temper and lack of patience (from who I'll never tell!!) :) But all in all, Noah can still flash that mischievous little grin and melt our heart!
On to the more specifics...
I do not have an exact weight and length since he hasn't been to the doctor for a wellness visit in the last month. He seems to be about the same, though (roughly 27 pounds, 31ish inches). But he is fast outgrowing his summer wardrobe, which is generally 12-18m in size. Though the 12-18m still fits relatively well in bottoms, 18-24m in tops and one-piece outfits fit less snugly and look better. We have all been very reluctant to buy any fall/winter pieces for fear of guessing his size, but I think he'll be into 24m and 2T by the time cooler weather comes around.
As I mentioned before, Noah is transitioning into toddlerhood with his diet. He is eating less and less jar baby food, and we are working on losing bottles all together (though he still refuses to hold the sippy himself...any tips on that?). Some of his favorite foods at the moment are oatmeal, steamed veggies (especially broccoli and cauliflower), mac-n-cheese, bananas, raisins, cut up string cheese, whole wheat bread slices, and any and every flavor of yogurt. He still eats stage 3 jar food on a regular basis too...he is particularly fond of the Earth's Best First Soups. And he also continues to love all of the Gerber finger food things too - puffs, lil' crunchies, crackers, yogurt melts, etc. We have also tried some of the Gerber lil' entrees and sides, and he will usually clean out the tray or cup. His drink of choice still remains water, and hates juice. Overall, his appetite is still very healthy on most days:)
Noah loves his oatmeal:)
Developmentally, Noah is right on track! He still hasn't clapped, but I think that's just a stubbornness thing...he doesn't really like it when I try to make him do it, so I think he's refusing to spite me:) But he loves to pat things, like his high-chair tray, and can repeat a pattern back to me most of the time, so I'm not concerned with the clapping thing.
He has also learned how to throw things to you...
...but he hasn't gotten the hang of throwing it in the right direction just yet! This time the ball landed on the coffee table...gettin' closer every time:)
In other motor skills, he has learned to point this week. Not just in response to a question, but as "look at that" or "I want that" kind of fashion. He loves to wave, and does so often..to anyone and everyone he passes by! He is also gaining more confidence with standing unassisted (he can stand alone for several seconds at a time now) and walking with our help. I know it is only a matter of time before I'll be chasing him around on his feet everywhere rather than on his belly!
Speech wise, Noah's vocabulary still consists of mostly "momma" and "dada," but has also added "hey/hi" and "bye-bye" in addition to the many sounds and noises. He has also, unfortunately, learned how to yell when he doesn't get his way. We're working through this...but his temper gets the best of him often!
In fact, Noah's temper earned him another little milestone this week...he got "in trouble" for the first time. During our church's bible school this past week, Noah stayed in the nursery class while I was the designated photographer for the 200+ nightly sized group. He has been staying in the nursery during church now for several weeks, but he is usually the only baby there for the particular service we attend right now; also, Noah is not around other babies much, so it took him a bit to warm up to the others in his class. By the end of the week, however, he was happily playing alongside the others....but a bit too much apparently! The last night of bible school, I found out Noah bit another boy on the arm. Thankfully, he didn't break the skin, but it left a bruise. I felt terrible! At least we are pretty close with that family...they just laughed it off as they have three children under the age of 5 (that sort of thing happens a lot apparently!).
I think the source of the biting episode has been Noah's relentless teething! He has acquired him fourth tooth on the bottom, and is currently working on his two top front teeth. I, along with everyone else it seems, is amazed at his mouthfull! But whatever the cause, I hope that biting will not be a habit...
I think that's about everything that's been going on with Noah in the last month. And I really cannot believe that we've only got two months to go before he is "officially" a toddler!! Thank you, as always, for your sweet comments and such. Blogging is such a wonderful way to record and share all of our little moments and memories:)