I can’t believe it’s been an entire year. Our little guy has grown from a mere peanut to a full-on toddler. He laughs heartily, claps enthusiastically, and is curious about everything around him. He always tries to engage the people around him, luring them in with smiles and funny expressions.
He has quite a few favourites these days. His favourite toys are his stuffies and his blocks. He doesn’t really like reading. Food wise, he loves peas, noodles, tofu, bananas, bread, and cheese. He enjoys going outside, climbing stairs, and watching the neighbours’ dogs play in the backyard.
He also has quite a few things that he dislikes. Wearing hats. The end of meals. Getting strapped in his car seat.
We celebrated his first birthday today with our immediate family, and I will hopefully get the post done by tomorrow. It’s been fun documenting Andy’s weeks on this blog, so here’s to 52 weeks of noticing big and little things about Andy.
Happy birthday, little bug!
So I am happy to report that, for the most part, Andy is back to his old self. He still has a bit of mending to do when it comes to his tummy and his sleep, but he is happy again and crawling/climbing up a storm!
He has developed a few new skills this week, namely learning how to clap, and how to play single notes on the keyboard. There is still much full-hand banging on the keys, but every so often, he will stop and delicately tap a key with his index finger. It is often a black key.
He is pulling himself down from virtually everything now, including our sofa and our bed, and we have to have our eye on him all the time. He has grown probably two inches (my mother in law says that this happens whenever kids pass the international date line?) and I think that makes this a lot easier. On the flip side, he can now reach even more of the things that he shouldn’t be getting into, and he can’t stand up under certain furniture pieces anymore.
His first birthday is just a mere two weeks away, so planning has begun for that!
These weekly posts are getting later and later! Is this an omen for what is to come when I return to work?…
Anyways, things are buzzing around here as we prepare for our upcoming trip to Asia (!) and my subsequent return to work. Andy is doing more full days at my in-laws’ place in preparation and he is having a blast. Sometimes I think he has more fun there than he does at home. He also learns so much there. This week he learned to climb down the stairs backward. I would post a picture, but alas all I have are videos.
Perhaps it’s the result of me taking an overload of pictures of Andy in his first few months, but I’m finding that I capture the little every day moments less and less. I did snap this one of Andy refusing to wear the hat I had just purchased for him. Kelvin was adamant that Andy get his own hat. This fitted Blue Jays cap seemed appropriate. Andy begs to differ. (Note the loaner stroller he’s in that they provided at the mall. It was honestly such an amazing service – I had left the stroller at home and was seriously contemplating driving home to get it)
On the food front, we’ve vowed to always have tortillas in the house. For peanut butter and banana roll ups. They are the bomb. For everyone.
Super late post, but alas it has been a whirlwind of a week! My family came to visit again last Sunday and enjoyed some quality Andy time. There were actually moments where he was laughing uncontrollably. It was that deep, continuous belly laugh that he rarely does with us. I wish he laughed like that more.
Big milestone last week: Andy took his first step! Kelvin, my mother in law, and I were all there to witness it and it was truly exciting. He’s also been getting in the habit of doing this Chinese greeting of clasping his hands together and shaking them, which is immensely cute. He also finds great joy in this and is thoroughly amused by it.
As I mentioned in last week’s post, I headed to Toronto on Thursday for a conference and left Andy and Kelvin in Kingston. Though tiring for them, they had a blast! That made me really happy, and I’m hoping that this means he’ll be comfortable if I’m gone for twice as long next year? :D
It’s been a really good week. Andy is communicating more with us, both verbally and with gestures. We can tell when he wants something, he is learning to wave, and he babbles constantly. He’s been saying “dada” for a few weeks, but now he’s saying “mama” too. At the start of the week he would only say mama when he was upset (because clearly Kelvin is the fun parent) but I am happy to report that sometimes he says mama now even when he’s happy!
Andy also had his first trip to the dentist this week, and we are getting into the habit of brushing after breakfast and before bed. He actually really enjoys this time because there’s something in his mouth, but we need to work on the whole concept of not eating the toothbrush. I think the berry flavoured toothpaste helps.
After a long hiatus, we returned to gymnastics, hoping that he’d be able to get more out of his time there. Alas, he is still not mobile enough for what they can do. I think we will hold off on going again until he is really walking steadily. He did enjoy crawling through the tunnel though, and kneeling on all fours on the trampoline.
In other exciting news, our house officially went on the market this week! And we tried out the new bubble tea place in town (it was great)!
New fascinations this week: the cloth laundry hamper, and the spring doorstop behind all the doors (and I mean all the doors).
The week started off pretty exhausting, but it has ended on a high note. We had some rough nights, and finally decided last night that it’s okay for us to just turn off the monitor (on our end) when we go to sleep. The development milestones continue to pile on, the pinnacle of which was when Andy stood unassisted for the first time yesterday! On the food front, he had mangos and yogurt for the first time this week.
With colder weather imminent, I am on the lookout for options of things to do with Andy to replace some of our outdoor walks. We have every intention of bundling him up on some days, but on other days, we just need somewhere else to go. This will likely include going to various library branches (different board book selection!). Also, we took Andy to try out baby gymnastics this morning and it was a lot of fun! He was the smallest kid by far, and he wasn’t able to do a lot of the jumping/running activities, but he had fun nonetheless. Considering getting a multi-visit pass for him.
Last night, I started reading how not to calm a child on a plane by Johanna Stein, and I must say that I am really liking it. It’s a bit on the crass side, but I guess that can sometimes come with being candid and relatable. I literally laughed out loud during a number of chapters, and I am hoping that if I hunker down for another reading session tonight, that I’ll be able to finish it.
Believe it or not, Christmas is just over a month away, so preparations are beginning for that time of year. I should peruse minted in search of desirable layouts for our annual virtual Christmas update. I should start planning the itinerary for our trip to Toronto. And then there is the whole thing about presents. We really want to get Andy a teepee for Christmas. I’ve been looking all over online and though we found some good options, I’m also entertaining the idea of making my own? We shall see…
The number of changes happening with Andy are unreal. He is pulling himself up to stand whenever possible, and when he’s leaning on something he can just hang out there unassisted for a short time. He is, however, starting to develop a bit of an attachment. If he sees me, he’ll crawl over and ask to be supported to stand.
Andy has also been getting into his bookshelf, so we’ve had to shift a few things around so the things he plays with often are at the bottom. This morning, however, he started pulling things from the top shelf, so it’s possible all this moving is in vain. If he wants something, he will likely do whatever it takes to get it.
Other favourites – Andy absolutely loves it when you play with him with blankets. Flapping them in front of his face, swiping them over his head…any proximity to moving fabric brings him great joy. This elicits the best giggles ever.
Lots happening over the next few days. We had a friend stay with us from Thursday until this morning and after having some university kiddos over for lunch today, we are looking forward to hosting more friends tonight! Whee!
Last but not least, we decided to get Andy a tray. He wants to touch his food all the time and the end of our harvest table that he sits is at the brink of what it can take without lasting damage. We are trying not to give him mum-mums too often, but it is just so cute watching him feed himself!
Alright, off to put sheets in the dryer.