Stats: I’ve given up on weighing him on our home scale, so I don’t know – we’ll find out next month at his 1-year check-up, though!
Clothing size: He’s in a weird spot with clothes right now – he’s almost exclusively in 9-12 or 12-month clothing, but some of his 12-month pants (a lot of them, actually) are still incredibly big on him. He’s still able to fit in a few 6-9 month pants, but they’re getting shorter by the day…so really, he’s got about 2 or 3 pairs of pants that actually fit him right now. Super fun when every day the clothes he wears get completely dirty and have to be washed. So! Much! Laundry!
Sleep: We continue to be completely and utterly grateful for Jackson’s sleeping habits. I just know we’ll get payback someday when he has a younger sibling. He sleeps from 6:30PM to about 7:00 or so in the morning, and takes two naps (one is about 2-2.5 hours, the other is 1-2 hours). He’s definitely a sleepy baby!
Eating: Still his favorite activity in the world. He went through a picky phase this month and now vegetables are a bit harder to get into him. He will generally eat them if they stay on his tray long enough, but won’t even consider it until he’s got some preferred food (like cheese or bread) in him first. He started eating breakfast more and more often this month and once we went on Christmas break we decided to make it official and now he’s on 3 solid meals a day. He typically has a snack mid-morning and a bottle (of formula) in the afternoon. We’re down to breastfeeding just first thing in the morning and right before bed…and I have no intention of giving those two sessions up until he decides it’s time!
Milestones: So many! Still not walking but his cruising gets more and more confident daily, and when I “force” him to stand unassisted, he’s able to carefully lower himself to sitting rather than just falling over. Still won’t stand up on his own unless I trick him, though! He’s up to 5 teeth now (with a couple more threatening to break through any day) and at my last count he has 9 words (bubba, dog, mama, dada, go/door – we aren’t sure which he’s actually saying but it’s definitely one of those two, outside, done, bye-bye, and more)! He gives kisses and hugs that completely melt my heart, he started trying to color a bit this month, and is really into reading books. He climbs the stairs now, and finds new things to get into every day!
Things we want to remember: I thing we say this to each other every month, but this is our favorite age! I absolutely love that Jackson is starting to talk more, and he’s imitating a lot of what we say. It was so magical to see Christmas through his eyes for the first time, and the entire season was more fun than it’s ever been in my life. I don’t ever want to forget how special this first Christmas as a family was!
Special outings or adventures: Quite a few this month! He had his first Thanksgiving (at Aunt Jenn’s house) and his first Christmas (we celebrated out at Meme’s house, at my parent’s house, and at our house!), and we did a ton of fun things for the Christmas season. We went to Whoville in Georgetown, went to see Santa, made gingerbread houses, and had a ton of Christmas adventures!
Favorites: Favorite activities this month include crawling into the tupperware cabinet to play with everything, going outside and yelling at the dogs, and any toy that encourages throwing and/or hitting. He also loves to talk (even if no one has any idea what he’s saying), crawl around upstairs, and go up the stairs. Our favorites are definitely the hugs and kisses!
What we’ve learned: We learned how absolutely incredible it is to watch the holidays through your child’s eyes. It was the most fun I’ve ever had during the Christmas season. We’re also beginning to see how much trouble we’re going to be in once Jackson starts walking and can get into even more than he already does! Oh, and we’ve definitely learned that if we have another child, the weekly photos need to not be restricted to laying on a rug! These photos get harder and harder to take every week!