Kai: 12 months

I realize I am now 12 days late with this post, but it’s summer and we’ve been busy. Also this will be the last official monthly update I do, so I had to make sure it’s a good one.

Twelve months. And just like that, my baby is one.

Let’s start off with some stats. Kai had his one year check up this past week and weighed in at 27lbs 7oz (98%) and measured 32.5″ tall (99%). So basically he is still a giant. He wears 24 month clothes and size 4 disposable diapers (but I will probably go to size 5 next time we need to buy them). I don’t even know how many teeth he has now, at least 12 with more seeming to pop through every day. He has two molars on the bottom, which I was surprised to find in there a few weeks ago because he never seemed too bothered by them. I’ve heard that molars coming in can be hell, but luckily we have escaped any real issues with sleep or otherwise in that department.

Kai still loves to eat, is still super picky, and is also a bottomless pit. His favorite foods at the moment include grapes, pancakes, french fries, greek yogurt, and bread with sunbutter. He seriously loves carbs and will pretty much put away any bread, cracker, pretzel etc. that you put in front of him. He is much better now about eating fresh fruit and likes strawberries and blueberries, but veggies are out of the question unless in pureed form. Ditto meat, though he does seem to like breakfast sausage. He is very hesitant to try any new foods, and when he does he usually spits it out immediately after not recognizing the flavor or texture. Also, if I feed him a puree out of a container, it sure as heck better not contain any chunks, bits, or any other offensive particles or he will remove it from his mouth with his hands. He still loves to throw food on the floor if it is something that does not please him at that particular moment.

We have also switched Kai’s bottles to organic whole milk, after spending about a week mixing them 50/50 with whole milk and formula. Yes, he is still drinking two bottles of milk a day for the simple fact that he will not drink milk out of his straw cup. In fact, he will not drink cold milk at all, it must be warmed to an acceptable temperature. His doctor recommended offering it in his straw cup with meals which we tried, but he will not drink it. Period. He does love to drink water out of his straw cup which is great. He got a taste of OJ that they were sampling at Costco the other day and he LOVED it. However, I do not plan to start giving him juice at home when he drinks water just fine. I guess we will see if he eventually comes around to cold milk, otherwise I don’t think it is that big a deal if he just doesn’t drink milk straight up. He has another doctor appointment in three months, so we will see what she says at that point.

Kai is still a very good sleeper, and we are now at the point where he goes back and forth between taking one nap and two naps. If he wakes up before 7am it is usually a two nap day, one from 10:30-11:30 and another from 3:30-4:30. I do not let him sleep more than an hour for either nap when he takes two. If he sleeps in past 7am or we have plans in the morning, he takes one nap, usually starting between 11:15-11:45. Sometimes this nap will be nice and long (over 2 hrs), and sometimes it will only be a little over an hour. When that happens, he goes to bed early. Typically he sleeps for 10.5-11.5 hours a night and takes 2+ hours in naps. It will be kind of nice when he is ready to switch to one long nap every day, but until then we just go day by day.

Kai can stand on his own indefinitely, and has taken as many as 3 steps on his own. He will only try taking steps if one of us is right in front of him to catch him, and it is kind of a step/lean/fall into us combo. He loves to walk around holding our hands and demands to do that more and more. I had my hopes up that he would be walking somewhat well by the time we go camping in two weeks, but that is clearly not going to happen.

Kai likes to be around other kids whether we are at a get together or he is at the gym daycare. He talks non-stop, but still has not said anything that resembles an actual word. We are working on pointing at things, though he doesn’t quite grasp the concept of pointing with his own finger. If I say “Kai, where is your nose?” he will reach for my hand, grab it, and touch his nose with it. Cracks me up.

Kai is obsessed with opening and closing things, as well as taking things out and putting them in. He loves to play in the refrigerator and any cabinets he can get into (not many since we keep them locked). He will take things from the floor in his room and place them in drawers, or move things from one drawer or shelf to another. He is a busy body for sure.

This little angel face has developed quite the little temper over the past month. When he gets mad about something or things aren’t going his way, he whines and whips his head back and forth, and sometimes he will bang his head on whatever is near him (luckily he has only really done that on things that are soft, like the couch). I told his doctor about it and she said, “yep, you’ll be getting a handout on temper tantrums today. Basically, they think they are in charge and they don’t have words to express their feelings, so this is how they act out instead.” So apparently this is normal, and a phase that will probably last for at least the next three years (a conservative guess I’m sure).

Kai loves to be outside, which is pretty much where we are in the summer.

We went strawberry picking and he surprised me by picking the strawberries right off the bush and eating them with no prompting from me. Guess he just knew what to do there.

He also enjoys swimming in the pool as well as the lake.

Kai even went tubing for the first time at my dad’s house on Father’s Day. My dad has the biggest three person tube I have ever seen and we went in as a family (at about 5mph :-))

Grandpa Ken even let him drive the boat for a while.

On the Fourth of July we took Kai to see the fireworks, and I was really nervous given his history with being scared of loud noises. Even though it was a couple of hours past his bedtime, he surprised us by doing great. He sat on our laps and watched the fireworks, and even got a little bored after a while. We covered his ears during the really loud boomers and he was just fine.

On Kai’s actual birthday, we went to Waterfront Wednesday which is a weekly live music event in the summer in our town. He stood right up at the table and helped himself to a potato chip, little stinker.

I let it slide since it was his birthday and all. And because they are too cute not to share, here are his one year portraits.

I don’t know how to wrap this up without getting too sappy, I just love this kid so much. I’ll end with this quote I came across not to long ago that I absolutely love:

“Making the decision to have a child — it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” -Elizabeth Stone

Indeed.

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  1. Stephanie

    Kai is just the cutest giant of a boy! It’s been such a pleasure to watch him grow over the past year. Soon I’ll be writing Nathan’s one year post. This first year of being a mom and been tough and wonderful. I’m sure you feel the same. I recently came across that quote as well and fully agree!