Brady is ONE! I can’t believe it! we celebrated our sweet boy this week with his favorite foods: pancakes + cinnamon rolls! our usual spot, seven mile cafe, was practically empty on Tuesday morning so we took our time with breakfast and enjoyed spending our morning with our main squeeze! our day was low key, we kept up with the normal routine, pretty much like any other day! we have a big weekend ahead of us with Brady’s birthday party with family and friends on Saturday, so we left this day for spending time together as a family. I stuck a candle in THE best cinnamon roll you will ever eat and we sang happy birthday, Brady as his sisters helped him make a wish!we visited Dr. Butler’s office this week for his 12 month well check! I was solo so the entire bunch tagged along!Brady at TWELVE months
Weight: 22 pounds 3 ounces (46th percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs 4 oz
Height: 30.7 in (83rd percentile)
Birth: 20 in
Head: 47.7cm (84th percentile)
Birth: 34.5 cmit is crazy to me that hes grown 10 inches since birth? I mean, I suppose thats probably totally normal, but looking at the numbers together like that- he’s grown so much in such a short time! Dr. B gave him the stamp of approval- ears, eyes, heart, chest, milestones all within normal limits and in “perfect” condition! long + lean, much more solid than his sisters ever were and so tall!
side note before I get into ‘whats new‘.. HOW AMAZING is this graphic?! Kate of mint coast studio (she’s also the one that designed my blog!) put this together for me and I was in tears when it hit my inbox. SO sweet and the perfect capture of our boy’s first year! I love it, I cannot express enough! I had it printed into a rather large poster for Brady’s party and its even better on paper 🙂
daily feeding schedule:
9:00am: breakfast! oatmeal + peanut butter or cheesy eggs or pb toast + 4oz organic whole milk
11:30am: lunch! chicken meatballs or black bean cakes (I make them in batches and freeze/reheat) + whole milk yogurt pouch
3pm: snack! (graham crackers or granola bar + veggie puree pouch + 4oz organic whole milk)
6pm: dinner! (protein + starch + vegetable + 4-6oz organic whole milk)
BLW at 12 months: not a ton of new things this month- Brady is still eating all the regular foods we offer him (listed below). we’re kind of in a solid rotation of foods as we transition into a 3 meals a day kind of routine. this week we are slowly dropping the bottles. over the last week or so we have cut it from 3-4 (6oz) bottles every day to 2 bottles and now we are down to one bottle in the evening before bed that he doesn’t even finish. I was nervous he would totally screw up his nap when I didn’t feed him a bottle to sleep and he slept like normal! I don’t even think he missed it! when he woke from his nap that first day I dropped the midday bottle I offered him a sippy of whole milk and a granola bar and he was totally fine!
I’m keeping pretty strict on the amount of whole milk Brady gets. total dairy intake should be less than 16oz/day and liquid milk should be about 12oz of that intake. reason behind that recommendation is that calcium blocks the absorption of iron in the blood, so, too much dairy can cause anemia. when we checked Brady’s hemoglobin at his well check this week he wasn’t even remotely deficient in iron, so Dr. B gave me the go ahead to even bump his dairy intake to 20oz/day but I think I’ll just stick to the 16oz like I’ve done with all the other kids.
foods Brady has been eating since about 6 months of age: avocado, corn tortilla, macaroni, spaghetti, pizza, granola bars, quinoa veggie burgers, grilled cheese, English muffin + peanut butter, bananas, grilled chicken, chicken nuggets, graham crackers, waffle + almond butter, whole oats made with water and a scoop of almond butter, goldfish (crushed), pancakes, scrambled eggs, blueberries, and strawberries, string cheese, chicken meatballs, pinto beans, fish (tilapia and salmon), donuts, prunes (he LOVES them, ha!), zucchini, pears (canned in juice), roasted sweet potatoes, roasted butternut squash, beet noodles, hot dogs (quartered), grapes (quartered), shredded cheddar cheese, mandarin oranges (canned in juice), sourdough bread, soft cinnamon pretzels, hamburger, yogurt, whole milk, chocolate carnation instant breakfast (sips that he steals from his sisters)
BUSY. I cannot say it enough. I kind of really wish this boy would WALK so he actually has a place to go when he is wriggling with all his effort to get out of my arms when I’m holding him. if he doesn’t want me to hold him he will do whatever it takes to get.down. I had this experience to an extent with the girls but Brady takes it to an entirely different level.
the basics: brushing hair + teeth, talking on the phone, attempts to put on his shirts, hats, and shoes- SO cute. pointing and waving- we are even clapping! finally. sweet boy picked it up in a day. he loves to clap with a giant grin across his face.
his communication has much improved. words are few, but the expressions of interest, dislike, or pleasure are very apparent in his face. he says ‘hi’ to everyone and is very warm to people that are warm in return.. welcomes most people with a big smile and wave. I LOVE this sweet social Brady! I have to mention, mainly so I don’t forget, that the waitress that served us at Brady’s birthday breakfast strongly resembled Susana, the amazing woman that cleans our house. Brady LOVES Susana and lunges + squeals for her any time she walks in the door. all of my kids have known Susana since they were infants, but for whatever reason Brady really loves her. the moment she came to take our drink orders Brady was losing his mind trying to climb out of the highchair wishing for her to pick him up! by the end of breakfast the lady was such a great sport and was carrying Brady around the cafe filling glasses with Brady in one arm and the water pitcher in the other. just the sweetest thing you will ever see.
other developments: he has stared to go from sit to standing unassisted, still no walking. loves to dance! he waves his arms back and forth and shakes his head when we listen to music. clapping and waving! he does this all day long! still sings/shouts to himself while he plays and in the car to make himself known and it totally catches me off guard! communicates with outbursts of his voice, points at everything! nods his head yes and no, and slowly learning to use a spoon and LOVES the fork. most of the time we offer him food (a sticky food like peanut butter) on a spoon or try to help him stab chicken or beans with a fork and he eats it using his right hand. Brady also likes to color- he sees his sisters use markers and crayons every day, so I feel like he’s pretty aware of how to use a crayon! which is so cool to me.
he also LOVES to play peek-a-boo in the mirror. I’ll say “where’s Brady?!” while standing in front of a mirror and he will lean forward with a huge grin and point to himself in the mirror along with a silly giggle. I love his silly moods!
I’ve continued to work chunky puzzles with him, read picture books, along with rolling balls or blocks to throw into a bucket, working on his motor skills! he got a big fire truck for his birthday and plays with that a lot! loves to hear it make all the alarm and honking sounds 🙂 still LOVES the leapfrog alphabet bus and plays with it everyday along with the sit to stand alphabet train.
I’m loving Brady for the fact that he’s finally sleeping well through the night. we dropped the 5am bottle and he did such a great job with it! it took a solid month before he stopped waking between 5-6am for snuggles. just this week he is sleeping straight through from 7:30pm until around 8am in the morning.
Brady continues to takes one really amazing nap during the day and if we happen to be out running errands in the morning, which happens often, he will cat nap in the car between stops but then will always go down for a 2 hour nap when we get home. I’ve started to offer him lunch around the time he would normally start to wind down for his nap and we’re usually down within an hour. I have done this twice before with three other babies and somehow I always have such anxiety about mixing up their schedules after one year!
March 23, 2018