Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Thompson is ONE!

I can't believe it's already been one year.  Everyone tells you it'll fly by, but holy moly this has been the fastest year of my life.  And without a doubt, the best year of my life.  That little boy just brings T and I so much joy.

Thompson is now 22 lbs (62%) and 31" long (89%). He's wearing size 4 diapers, but may move up to 5's for nighttime soon.  Most of his clothes are 12-18 months, and a few of the 12 month things are already getting too small.  His feet are still tiny though, just started fitting into size 3's.

He's not walking yet, but is really close.   I think it will happen some time this month.  He did take his first steps on the day before his 1st birthday, but hasn't made much progress since.   He's saying mama, dada, dog dog, and wow, but his favorite word right now is uh-oh.  He loves saying it and then flinging things off the side of his high chair.  I wish I loved that game as much as he does...

He's got six teeth, three on the top, and three on the bottom.  I think a few more are close to coming in, too because he's constantly drooling and grinding his teeth.  His two front teeth have a pretty big gap in between them which is actually pretty adorable.  The pediatrician said based on the size of his frenulum, he may always have a gap until it's time for braces.

Picking out his birthday presents

Afternoon walks are his favorite
While we were at his 1 year appointment, we opted to do a voluntary vision test for him.  They bring this scanner in and have the baby look at the light.  I think it takes a picture of their eyes, and can assess the shape of their eyes as well as their gaze.   Unfortunately Thompson's left eye was just out of the normal range for astigmatism and his right eye was almost out of range, too.  I have astigmatism, but never thought it would be detected in Thompson so early.  We'll be going to a specialist next month to get it checked out, and he may need glasses.   I know deep down that a child needing glasses is really not a big deal, but hearing this from the doctor really tugged at my heart.  I hope that he won't be needing glasses this early, but if he does, we'll adjust and eventually get used to them.

And if anyone reading this has gone through the same with their little one, please reach out to me!  I'd love to hear your experience with all of it!

First tastes of birthday cake 
Since his birthday fell in the middle of the week, Thompson's birthday party was a few days after he turned one.   T and I couldn't wait for the party to give him his first piece of cake, so we let him enjoy a little cake square on Wednesday night.  No surprise, he loved it, and was shoveling handfuls into his mouth.  When he was about halfway done with the cake, he looked at me, and offered me a handful of squished cake, and then turned to look at T and do the same.  I know this sounds silly, but it honestly brought tears to my eyes.   The one thing I prayed for every night of my pregnancy was to have a child with a kind heart.   And while I never doubted that Thompson did, this was the first time I really got to see that my prayer had been answered.   It was truly one of the most special moments I've experienced with him yet.

I had hoped that the transition to cow's milk would be smooth and easy, but its been a bit difficult. Thompson's been on a cow's milk based formula since 6 months, and he's done great with it.  I guess I just assumed that moving from a cow's milk formula to straight cow's milk would be a pretty natural transition, but that hasn't been the case.  He apparently has an intolerance for large amounts of lactose/dairy, so we're now experimenting with soy milk, almond milk, and lactose free cow's milk to see which one works best with the little guy's tummy.   At this point the doctor's aren't going as far as labeling him lactose intolerant, I think its too early for that.  Plus, he's been eating yogurt and cheese for months with no issues, so for now, we're just assuming its a sensitivity to large amounts of dairy, and I'm hoping he will eventually grow out of it.

I still can't believe that it's been 12 months since we had Thompson.  While these little updates were sometimes a pain to take pictures for and write, I am SO happy that I took the time to do them.  In typical first mom fashion, I've been reading over the older posts reminiscing on the past months with this little guy, and I just can't believe how much he's grown up.  We love him to pieces, and can't wait to see him grow throughout another year!

See previous month updates for Thompson below. 

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