- I realized I never shared their stats after their one year check-up, so here you go:
Weight: 19 lbs, 7 oz (20th percentile)
Length: 28.7" (11th percentile)
Head: 18.3" (59th percentile)
- At the same check-up, we also found out that he had an ear infection, which meant 10 days on antibiotics. Also at the same check-up, he had bloodwork done (which he handled like a champ!) that determined he was anemic. So now we are back to giving him a daily multivitamin drop with iron.
Thanks to the antibiotic and iron combo, he's had a lot going on in the diaper department which has resulted in an ongoing diaper rash. Special.
- He has been officially weaned, which has gone better for him than I anticipated, but he still has zero interest in milk.
- He is standing on his own for limited periods of time and has attempted a step here and there, but is definitely not walking yet. I am a-ok with this most of the time, but occasionally I compare them to the other babies we know around their age that are already walking and start to worry that they're both "behind" (whatever that means).
- He yells. A lot. Especially at meal time. It is really frustrating and embarrassing (when there's an audience) and tests my patience like nothing else. I still can't figure out if our best response is to firmly tell him 'no' to get his attention, or just ignore him completely. Figuring out how to effectively discipline a one-year-old is really fun. And by 'fun,' I mean mind-numbingly aggravating.
- Minus the yelling, he really has become a laid back little boy. He doesn't cry unless he's hurt or really tired, and although he is still fond of showcasing his blank stare, has a smile on his face more often than not these days.
Weight: 19 lbs, 3 oz (39th percentile)
Length: 28.5" (24th percentile)
Head: 17.5" (37th percentile)
- At their check-up, we found out that Clara has a mild case of ringworm (just a small patch on her stomach). She also had bloodwork done (which was terrible and required a second finger prick, both of which took about 800 years and traumatized her) that determined she was anemic. So we are giving her a daily multivitamin with iron as well, but she hates it. So every day we are having to attempt a new way to give it to her that won't end in a meltdown. Suggestions welcome.
Again, thanks to the iron, she has had an ongoing diaper rash that even started to bleed at one point (gross, I know).
- She, too, has been officially weaned and could not care less. She has definitely taken to milk and will gladly finish off any that Colby leaves behind (which is any that we offer him).
- She is not even close to walking and has the balance of a drunken sailor. Again, I know she'll get there, but I can't help but feel like we are doing something wrong that's keeping her from making more progress. I have the same insecurities about pretty much anything else that they don't do on time or ahead of schedule. I had it in my head that my children would be ahead of the curve on everything (because why wouldn't they?!) so it has been humbling to find out that they are humans that develop at their own pace and not robots. Who knew?
- She also has started yelling, although not as much. What she lacks in yelling, however, she makes up for in crying and tantrums. Throw in the fact that she has been teething (4 new ones in a matter of a few weeks!), and she is not quite as easygoing as she used to be!
- Her new favorite place to be is in our laps. If we're sitting around while they play with their toys, she will crawl to whoever's lap is available and spend most of her time there. Not gonna lie- it is pretty darn sweet.
- I will spare you my weight, length, and head circumference stats.
- I don't have any random illnesses or diaper rash, thankfully.
- I am officially done nursing and I have really been surprised about the whole process. Physically, it has been easier than I thought. A little discomfort with each dropped feeding, but nothing terrible. Emotionally, it has been a little harder than I thought. I hope you won't all think I'm crazy for admitting this, but I cried after I finished for the last time, and again the next night after putting them to bed. I think it's just hard coming to terms with the fact that they really aren't "babies" anymore and they aren't going to need me like they used to!
- I am relieved to report that my appetite (which was akin to that of Michael Phelps while training for the Olympics) has returned to normal. My eating habits have not completely returned to normal (I'm looking at you, Reese's Easter eggs), but they're getting there. And to compensate, I have started working out again. I am really out of shape and let's just say there are lots of parts that jiggle more than they used to. You're welcome for that visual. Let's also just say that I got out of breath during the first 60 seconds of the warm-up for The 30-Day Shred workout.
- Other than allergies, no ailments for him these days either. Although his allergies can be somewhat detrimental because in case I haven't mentioned it, this guy sneezes in series of 4-5 sneezes at a time. Those of you that are married can probably relate to the fact that his sneezes make me irrationally irritated.
- I asked him if there's anything else I should include for his update, but he said there wasn't really anything to mention and that he's just keeping on keeping on. Which is the fundamental difference between him and me: if he has nothing going on, he keeps his mouth shut. If I have nothing going on, I will still find 8,000 words to write about it.
And on that note, I'll wrap this up. Thanks for indulging me and feel free to comment with the insignificant life happenings that are consuming YOUR brain today so I can return the favor!