Looking back at the information we shared here about you as a 1 year old, it is hard to believe how much you have grown up in just 12 months! No one was lying when they said cherish everyday because they are gone in a flash... You have become a little boy right before our eyes!
Charlie, here are some of your current stats, loves, and special times:
-25lbs 12oz (though I think this is inaccurate and should be a little less - you would not sit on the scale at all and when I said you had no reason to be freaking out you proceeded to repeat over and over, "I'm freaking out! I'm freaking out!") This weight puts you in the 20th percentile which is a drop from where you were 6 months ago.
-35.5 inches tall -This puts you in the 80th percentile for height and is an almost 3 inch growth from 6 months ago!
-2 year molars are in on the bottom, but not on the top.
-Still walking on your toes too much, so we have to keep working on stretching those ankle tendons out.
-Still on medication for your reflux. Prilosec taken before bed seems to be working for now.
-You run and jump and dance all over. You can be a bit of a clutz (especially when it comes to socks on the hardwoods!), but have not done any permanent damage yet! :-)
-Your language is amazing!!! You have full conversations that, for the most part, are completely understandable! Many people have commented on how clearly you speak and some of the things you come out with shock even me! (Such as your diatribe on broccoli being "gross" at dinner the other night...)
-We've tried potty training here and there over the past few months, but you really are not into the idea. Even the prospect of an M&M reward or Thomas the Train undies isn't enough to entice you!
-You sleep 10-12 hours a night and even if you wake up early, you just play contentedly in your crib. You also take one nap a day, about 2 hours long. You still let me cuddle you and rock before your naps sometimes.
-You can walk up and down the stairs holding someone's hand and do so really well!
-You eat fairly well, though you go through definite phases (ie: the Only Things Crunchy Phase, the Sprinkle Cheese Phase, the Ketchup Dipping Phase)
-You typically will eat three meals a day with some snacking in between. Honestly, breakfast seems to last all morning sometimes for you, as you graze from one thing to another.
-After switching to sippy cups completely in the fall you never drank as much milk as you once did, but we have at least started getting some into you again as long as there is some chocolate syrup added... a boy after his Mommy's heart!
-You love drinking your juices and will drink water well too.
-Food: Kix and Cheerios, Wheat Thins, unsalted mini pretzels, pizza, fruit (especially blueberries and strawberries), greek yogurt, "circle cheese" (sliced provolone), hotdogs
-Toys: anything Thomas the Train, anything Sesame Street, blocks, play food and kitchen, trucks and cars
-Comfort Objects: paci (we have been trying to break this habit!), Rhino, Mooney (stuffed gorilla), Bess (teddy bear), Blair (your blanket/bear), jungle music box (the one we bought to duplicate the one you had in the NICU so that there would be something familiar when you came home... you still request that we push the button every time you go to sleep!)
-Books: Goodnight Moon, The Velveteen Rabbit, Little Blue Truck, anything Thomas or Sesame Street or Dr Seuss, any of the Give a Mouse a Cookie books
Health Hurdles Crossed:
-RSV in January 2010
-an allergic reaction to something... still not quite sure what!
-ongoing reflux issues that we are always trying to keep in check
-multiple colds and sniffles
-a stomach bug in January 2011
-pneumonia brought on by aspirating something just this past week
Things We Did This Past Year:
-trip to Florida in June
-trips to the zoo (Rosamond Gifford, Buffalo, and Lowry Park!)
-camping at Southwick and Green Lakes
-first swim lessons
-going to Grandma and Grandpa's for dinner every week and playing with Riggi while you are there
-Aunt Dee!!! She is always at the forefront of your thoughts and you are always so excited to see her
-going to pick up Emanuel at school and seeing his teacher Ms Carm (The other kids all love you too!)
-saying "hi" to people in the grocery store. Heaven forbid they don't answer though... You make it your mission to get a "hi" in return!
-playing at the playground
-getting blueberry muffins for breakfast before we go grocery shopping in the morning
-having books read to you
-chasing (and tackling) Chester
-giving Chloe treats
-helping put the dishes away
-showing off to ANYONE who will pay attention to you!
We could not be prouder of you or possibly love you any more than we do... though that love does seem to grow more and more every day. We love to see you all snuggled up in your bed every night before we go to bed. And seeing you play and make believe with your toys is amazing. We don't always know what we are doing, but you seem to be making out just fine regardless. Cannot wait to see what this coming year has in store for us as we continue to watch you grow.