16 Months Old

On the 24th we celebrated the beautiful Mila’s first birthday where we chipped together to buy her a Tidlo Kitchen which she loved by all accounts. There was lots of playing with your friends and plenty food, chat and laughter. On a subsequent play date Mila and yourself wouldn’t get off the thing, there was lots of pushing and shoving to be totally honest.

  

On the 28th we celebrated Corey’s first birthday at his new home in Torpoint. We caught a lift with Samuel and the first 6 miles went smoothly, until you started crying, and you pretty much didn’t stop until we got there. I even squeezed my ample behind between the two car seats to no avail. Once there you had a fabulous time with lots of play and food once more. We all chipped in for a smartrike on this occasion and I hear it’s gone down well so thanks to Jess for organising that one. I’m pleased to say the trip home was better… You slept the whole way. 

Our Thursday group has been fab this month where we’ve made spiders, (not) enjoyed sensory/messy play with a paddling pool full of baked beans, you being you showed no interest in that but loved playing with the bath water. On the 12th we made a Mothers Day card and the 19th saw me having to give a talk on BLW, not that I’m an expert at all having only muddled through it myself.

  

We’ve been on a few nice play dates with the boys and Mila, it’s nice when you all get together and mental seeing you guys toddling around.

On the 9th we got some rather devastating news regarding both your grandads. Grandpa has been taken to hospital as his multiple myeloma has returned and he’s been suffering with it quite badly lately and they’re trying to sort out his meds. In the meantime, your Grandad was taken into hospital and diagnosed with this same devastating and rare cancer as Grandpa. What are the chances of that? I’d never heard of a multiple Myeloma before and now 2 people we know have been diagnosed within two years of each other. At the time of posting this both were doing well. We will be taking a trip up north as soon as we can to see them both.

On the 14th we went to get your first shoes, you can read about the trip here. I was amazed you liked them considering the short amount of time you tolerate socks. It was funny when the shop assistant, Ella, put them on your feet mind. It was like someone had nailed you to the floor and you had to learn to walk again.  To top off the trip we found fault with the pair we chose meaning we got such a discount I bought the other pair I like. Since this day you often toddle off and get a shoe and try amd put it on your foot.

  

The next day, despite another cold, we took you into the garden for a little walk then decided to bundle you up and took you on the beach for your first walk on sand… You loved it! Despite the wind and cold you merrily sing songed your way across the sand, it was delightful. 

  

Since that day we have been on the beach every day thanks to the beautiful, unseasonal, weather we’re having at the moment. 

  

On the 21st we all went to Plymouth Aquarium where you spent more time trying to get outside and playing with conduit than actually interested in the fish but you seemed to enjoy it all the same. Afterwards we went and had some lunch on the Barbican where you watched the world go by.

  

Health

We’ve had to take you to the doctor regarding a couple of lumps we’ve found on your scalp and leg. We have to return after 3 weeks (which will be next week) for a follow up as they haven’t gone away.

Teeth

You’re still struggling with your first molar, all four points are through now and you’re constantly drooling. I’m trying to find a teether that’ll satisfy you as all that seems to be in favour are your fingers and metal spoons. Your incisors seem to be more noticeable at the moment so think they may be close to appearing.

Firsts

14th – First shoes

15th – First walk/run on beach

20th – First proper mouthful of sand. 

Character

You are becoming a real stubborn little character who doesn’t easily give up. You want to do what you want to do and when stopped you certainly let us know with a shriek that would put any banshee to shame. You insist on walking when you’ve started in that vein. On the 20th you walked from Life’s a Beach to the lock gates where we had a little play then all the way back home, and I mean up the steps, across the downs, the whole entire way. God help me if I stopped to wipe your nose. You know what you want and you’re hell bent on getting it, even if it’s not possible.

You’ll come up to me and grab my hand and take me to where you want to go which is hilarious, though a little tiresome when it’s all day, you need to hurry up amd talk so you can tell me what you want to do.

Muscle Development & Coordination

Mobility: You just don’t stay still. You walk/run everywhere now. I rarely see you crawl anymore which, sadly, means our Thursday group will be nearing it’s end.

Communication: You are definitely toying with more sounds now and intently watch my face when I speak and try and mimic the shapes my mouth makes. D’s are coming on and I swear this is because you get so excited when you see a dog and are desperately trying to say it. Your understanding of the world is spot on, you know what things are and what we’re asking of you to the point I ask you to get me a nappy and you toddle off to the nappy box, grab one and bring it back to me, often stopping en route to unfold it amd shove it between your legs.

Entertainment

Walking and the outside world. I need not say anything else. You want to be outside ALL the time and whilst there you want to walk.

Daddy went to visit Granny and Grandad a few days ago and came back laden with gifts, of which you have a new favourite toy in the musical squirrel microphone. We’ve got endless videos of you dancing and singing along to it and are often found just walking around holding it and pressing the music button.

Books, buttons and keys are still firm favourites and can’t see this dwindling anytime soon. 

  

Discipline

This is coming on and you definitely understand the word ‘no’. I’m having to be pretty firm with you which I’m struggling with but I’m beginning to see that it’s paying off and you are actually starting to understand some rules.

Sleep

You’ve pretty much dropped a daytime nap now. Night time has been hit or miss, you’ve had quite a nasty cough which has interfered with a good night’s sleep and on a couple of occassoyouve woken with a night terror and I’ve had a long struggle to resettle you. Having said that you’ve had a few nights where you’ve slept through or woken just the once. You’re still waking at 5.30am mind but then you nap around lunchtime for up to 2 hours which is nice.

Growth

23Ib 13oz. Only a 3oz gain but then you’ve been off your food (due to colds and teeth) and so active so they’re not concerned.

Feeding

It’s no secret, much to some people’s chagrin, that I’ve been bringing you up Vegetarian until a time as you decide not to be (or, decide to carry on being… Who knows?!). I have though, always toyed with the idea that you should have fish as they do provide relevant vitamins and minerals that can be hard (at your age) to supplement with a vegetarian diet. On the first of March I bit the bullet and cooked you some fish fingers for supper and you wolfed them down. You’ve been a bit hit or miss with your food at the latter end of the month, preferring pouches to anything home cooked. Not sure whether it’s a ‘stage’ or your teeth but you’re preferring your milk at the moment. I’m hoping it’ll get back on track again soon.

New Tastes: Fish Fingers; Potato Wedges; Beetroot

First Shoes

On the 14th March 2015, after weeks of putting it off, we bought Noah his very first pair of shoes.

Now I was always brought up on Clarks shoes and always knew Noah would have the same start in his vertical life.

We visited the Barnstaple Clarks store and were greeted by the lovely Ella who made the whole experience really special. She was so patient with him (and me when it came to decision making) and so gentle. She was, in a word, lovely.

The measurer she used was so tiny, so cute and Noah was so patient about it, I think he was quite taken with her and all the bright lights but he just sat on my lap and let her ‘do her thing’.



It turns out our little boy is size four and a half G on his left foot and four and a half H on his right… Typical. Anyway we went for the G width and they fitted brilliantly.

As I perused the boys section of shoes (which, I have to admit wasn’t as half as exciting as the girls’ section) Noah trotted off the the little girls section of shoes and decided to play with every silver/pink/glittery pair of shoes he could find.



I chose two pairs of shoes for Noah to try on, the Softly Nile First in Navy and the Softly Mac First in Denim Blue. As soon as Ella put the first pair on it was like someone had put his feet in lead blocks. When he finally figured out how to lift these dead weights it was akin to watching an historic deep sea diver trying to walk on the bottom of the ocean. It was emotional and funny all rolled into one.



After much deliberation I opted for the second pair I chose, the Softly Mac as I figured the colours would go with more but I was torn, I bloody loved the Softly Nile, they were so cool but we can’t afford both so practicality ruled for once.



The camera came out and we pranced around like loons to get Noah to smile for his ‘official’ photo, and he did. He looked so grown up, I struggled to hold back the tears (despite the smell radiating from his nappy… Yep, he’d chosen this moment to ‘go’).



I highly recommend Clarks for the first shoe experience, not only because you know the shoes you’re putting on your baby’s feet are the best, but also because everything about this experience was amazing. The photo, the card, the next appointment, even the box. Putting aside the size of this tiny little shoe box (which will NEVER be thrown away), the design is amazing… Even on the inside…



Then Lady Luck smiled down on us… David noticed the fabric on the back of one shoe was ruched up so Ella went to check for another pair. There wasn’t one so she had a word with her manager and returned with a 50% reduction!!! I was only expecting 10, bargain!!!

So what do we do? That’s right, we buy the other pair too 😂

15 Months Old

It’s been a pretty shocking month, unfortunately (hence the late posting), though it did start off nicely so let’s start with the good bits.  

On the 30th we took a trip over to Lyme and stayed with Auntie for four days so Daddy could get the flat painted so we can put it on the market. We had a famous time. You were so busy racing around and tiring us all out, Auntie in particular when you insisted on climbing all the stairs in the house repetitively.



We went for lots of walks and I took you on routes I haven’t walked since I was at school, it was lovely reminiscing if a bit sad too.

We read lots of books and you sat on my knee whilst you played my piano, I forget it’s there and haven’t shown you it before, you loved banging around on it. I often wonder whether you’ll have some musical talent.



Whilst here we took you shopping and for the first time I put you in the kids seat on a trolley (I usually carry you in the mei tai)… You absolutely loved it, looking around and swinging your legs it was lovely to see. Auntie and I embarrassed ourselves no end in the attempt at getting a decent photo of you in it mind. 



On the 3rd we tried a new soft play room, ‘Jumping Jacks’ at the Bullers Arms in Marhamchurch where you had me racing round like a loon pushing you on a bike, this went on for pretty much the entire 3 hours we were there but you did let me have a little break when you tried out a bouncy castle for the first time.



On the 11th we went and stayed with Uncle Dan et al as I had a hospital appointment the next morning. You slept fantastically despite me leaving all your bedtime accoutrement neatly folded on the sofa…. At home. In fact you slept 10 hours straight, I couldn’t have asked for more. The next day Uncle Dan took care of you until I got back from Exeter. It started so well, until Auntie Sam and Tommy left for school, then you made him work. You cried from the moment they left til the moment I walked in the door… 2 hours later bless you, and poor Uncle Dan. Unfortunately, due to this visit, we missed Samuel’s 1st birthday party of which I am so sorry.

A week later all manner of hell broke loose where your poor Daddy was thrown in at the deep end and forced to be in soul charge of you for a whole, entire night. More to the point this was the longest we’ve been apart since your conception. I, unfortunately, was taken into hospital by ambulance at 2130, luckily I’d managed to settle you before the paramedics arrived and I had hoped you’d sleep for a good few hours, unfortunately for your Daddy you woke up 5 minutes after I was taken away and that was the start of a hellish night. You both ended up only getting 4 hours sleep (which was 1 hour more than myself but 10 hours too few for you my precious). Apparently you kept pointing down the hall no matter what room you were in, thinking I was in the other and when you discovered I wasn’t there you broke down. This, of course, made me breakdown when Daddy text me when I was in A&E. My precious boy, you finally settled for him at 2 am and he brought you to me by 9am, luckily because I still breastfeed visiting hours don’t apply. We had a fun time trying to keep you amused as all you wanted to do was walk down the corridors shouting and their were lots of sick ladies that probably wouldn’t have appreciated it, though some older ladies loved seeing and hearing you.  

On February 17th you partook in your very first pancake day and you wolfed it down. Classic with blueberries all the way.



Health  

Bleurgh, another cold, more temperatures, more vomiting, more icky nappies. May be due to teeth, could just have been a cold but you’re on the mend now and full of the joys of spring once more. I hate seeing you so poorly, as a parent all I want to do is take it for you and feel totally helpless when there’s nothing more than cuddles that I can do. 

Teeth 

On the 11th February I discovered your upper right molar has finally come through after, what seems like, weeks of drooling, icky nappies and fist chewing. You’re yet to allow me to see if any of the others have come through mind. 

Firsts 

On the 31st you had your first ride in a supermarket trolley.

You rubbed your head after bumping it 2nd February. Now you rub whatever you’ve bumped, it’s so cute and terrifying too as you look so grown up doing it. 

On the 15th February you walked independently and of your own volition across the room. It’s official. You’re a walker. The speed in which you took to it confirms my suspicions you’ve been able to do for ages now but didn’t have the nerve, or the inclination, to do so. Next stop, shoe shopping! 



On the 17th February you ate your first Shrove Tuesday pancake.

Character 

You are turning into such a sweet little boy and love sharing everything you have, be it your biscuit, drink, toy or dinner you always offer it up to share, be it to us, another child at a group or play date or your doggy. It’s very endearing. 



You still know how to throw a tantrum and I have to stifle the laughter when you sit there banging your feet on the floor. You are due to exit a leap any day and after this apparently I have to start laying down the law… This should go down well!!! Watch this space!

I love how when you’re bored you throw things away shouting at them as you do so and you clear the sofa of stuff by chucking it over your shoulder shouting as you do it.

You’ve also taken to coming and getting us by the hand if you need/want us to get you something you can’t reach, it’s so adorable. You also grab our fingers and make us experience your touch and feel books as you do.

You are still sharing everything which I find so endearing. Whether it be everything you’re eating, or something you’re playing with, 

Muscle Development & Coordination 

Mobility: it’s official. You are now officially walking independently. We’ve been getting free steps everyday for a while now but only a couple at a time (6 being the most) and only once or twice a day. I think it was either a lack of confidence or pure laziness because you run whilst holding onto my hand and you’re not putting any of your weight onto me at all. However, whilst running a fever and thoroughly snotty, on the 15th February you were standing yourself up and taking a few steps towards furniture, you were practising pretty much all day and by the evening you were becoming really brave and pushing yourself. By the next morning you independently walked from the door to the chair then to me, by the afternoon you walked the entire length of the lounge. There is no stopping you now, the speed in which you did it proves you’ve been able to do it for a while, you lazy little monkey. Next stop… The dreaded shoe shop, though I still maintain my no shoes rule on the whole, however I can’t have you walking around barefoot outside, especially in this weather and in these times.

I’m beyond proud, and maybe boring Facebook and Twitter just a little. 

You continue to climb everything. We’ve had to modify the cat tower to stop you climbing the rungs but the rest of the room is pretty much your playground seeing as we can’t protect everything.



Communication: Still no improvement on words but you certainly know how to communicate using your finger, shrugs, nodding, shaking your head and props. You’re very clever, we just need to hear your voice more than just ‘mama’, ‘dada’, ‘AH’ and ‘uh huh’. 

Entertainment 

Telephone play. EVERYTHING is a telephone at the moment, be it your thermometer, the remote control, a credit card or a spoon, you are constantly nattering away to whoever you’re talking to.

Buttons. Your fascination with buttons is driving us mad. Especially the TV power button, where you press it three times, every time meaning it’s ALWAYS off. 

Keys. You love keys and are always wanting to put them in the door keyhole (or anything that resembles a keyhole, for that matter).  

Books. You still LOVE books and are constantly toddling over with one for us to read to you. You still prefer your ‘If I Were…’ And ‘That’s Not My…’ books.



Sleep

You really have turned a corner on this front now and sleep really well most of the time. The odd night you wake up still, but only the once. Though, having said that, on the 9th you threw a right whappy. We’re not sure what really happened but I knew it was going to be a tough night when I put you down, but I didn’t envisage that. All we can think of is that you had a night terror because it took ages to calm you down when you woke and then you point blank refused to go back to sleep. You kept pointing down the corridor at the lounge and when I finally relented and took you to the lounge you pointed down the corridor at the bedtime, and so this went on…. For hours!!! 

Growth

You now weight 23Ib 10oz and have, finally, grown out of all your 6-9 month clothing.

Feeding

I’ve started introducing a knife and fork at dinner times now and you love trying to use them. The knife is no more than a toy at the moment (I’m not expecting you to cut anything just yet) but you handle the fork brilliantly, stabbing the food with it and managing not to take an eye or your tongue out when putting the morsel into your mouth.

New Tastes: Omelettes; Cherries; Stuffed Jacket Potatoes; Lychees;