Tuesday, February 15, 2011

13 Months and Counting

I didn't provide any milestones in my 1-year update on the Tater, so let me jot down a few notes as we pass the 13 month mark.

Tatum is in the 90th percentile for height at 1 year, and the 55th percentile for weight.

The T-man is walking. Not super-confidently yet, but he takes 10-12 steps at a time before he pulls a stop, drop and crawl maneuver.

He eats just about anything. We're still struggling a bit to get veggies to appeal, but fruit is without a doubt his favorite thing. Other favorites: crackers and these veggie stick snack things, which unfortunately probably have about as many calories and as much sodium as potato chips, so we've been trying to cut back on those...but man, does he ever love them! He'll put five in each fist and eat 10 at once if we allow it.

New tricks involve climbing up on chairs and the sofa (with a stool to use as a booster) and rolling. If you ask Tatum to show you a roll, he'll drop down on his quilt and roll over a few times, giggling away. So stinkin' cute, that kid!

No real words yet, though he likes to say "uh oh" and "ah choo!" (The "ah choo!" does coordinate with his sneezes, too--he likes to follow up a real sneeze with a few fake ones, followed by copious laughter.) He often babbles "ma ma ma" but I don't think he connects MaMa to me, at least not all the time.

He continues to adore his doggies, and enjoys feeding them from his hands. He'll deliberately hold out a treat in his hand and giggle away as Sierra or Liam tries to lick it out of his closed fist. He's such a tease. The dogs are super gentle with him, though; it's been such a pleasure seeing how beautifully they've adapted to his presence in their lives.

He LOVES reading. He'll sit through 5 or 6 books in a row, and will even pick up his books and thumb through them on his own, looking at the pictures. Current favorites are The Little Red Caboose and Can You See What I See? Dinosaurs.

He also loves music. If I sing him songs, he'll clap along (I'm sure it's my STELLAR voice he's reacting to ;) ), and he often bobs to music that's playing.

He's attempting to give up his afternoon nap!  This started very shortly after he turned one. Suddenly, he'd rather cry for 35 minutes in his crib than lie down to rest in the afternoons.  It seems unusual that he's opting out of his afternoon nap rather than his morning nap, which he still takes with no problem. We're trying to inch the morning nap back a bit so that we end up with one mid-day nap instead, because without an afternoon nap we end up with a very, very tired little boy by 7:00 or 7:30 PM.

Tatum's become very attached to the soft little puppy blanket that's been in his crib since he was about 6 or 7 months old. He often won't put it down in the morning when we get him out of his crib, and we're constantly having to go on puppy hunts around the house to ensure that he has it for naptime.

Speaking of which, it sounds as though naptime is coming to an end upstairs, so I'd better run.  More from the fun world of Tatum soon!


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