William, William Monthly Updates

William 13 months (1 Year 1 month)

Dear little Bood,

You’ve gathered quite the collections of nicknames in your year of life. Your most recent one is Bood, given by your big sister. We’re not sure where it came from but it is all she calls you and its uniqueness has rubbed off on your daddy and I (and even your grandparents and aunts and uncles) as we often find ourselves referring to you as Bood. Other names you respond to: Bud, Budski, Budski Mudski, William, Will and ‘the grump’.

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This past month has been a long one full of sickness for the whole family. You, Lexi and Mama came down with a terrible cold in the beginning of the month. Your cold turned into an eye and ear infection. I don’t think the ear infection you had in February ever went a way so this was more a continuation of it. Then, when we went to get it re-checked at the end of the month, we learned that it still hadn’t gone away and the Dr. threw out the ‘tubes’ word. Daddy had lots of problems with his ears growing up so it may be something we have to look into if your infections continue.

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As far as talking goes, the words and even really noises are few and far between (with the exception of laughter and whining there are lots and lots of those). You have learned how to say ‘uh-oh’ and say it whenever something falls or throw something off the table. You’ve also started to initiate the word ‘done’. I’m the only one that can tell you’re saying this because it really just comes out as the ‘D’ sound, but it is accompanied with you doing the baby sign for ‘all done’. You also make the sounds ‘Mmmamma’ when you’re hungry to mimic ‘Num-num’. This is particularly confusing because it sounds like you’re saying mama, but it is really not about me and it is more about the food.

Speaking of food, you love it. If someone is eating something, you absolutely insist on eating it too. You’ll come over tug and my legs and just whine. If you don’t get it, you dramatically fall to the floor and start crying. If something comes along that you believe is better than what you currently are eating, you just spit it out and reach for the new food. You absolutely refuse to eat anything unless you can put it into your mouth yourself. The one exception to this is ice cream. We’ve started to give you a fork and a spoon while you’re eating; and while you do hold it, you have yet to use it.

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One afternoon, Lexi left most of the apple she started to eat on the table. You were able to reach it and started waddling around the house and eating it. You would take a bit of it, eat the inside part and then spit out the peel. I found little pieces of peel all over the house.

This month, we took away your bottles before nap time, and just give you a sippy of milk to drink before if you want. The first couple naps there were lots of tears and it took you longer than normal to go down, but you adjusted pretty quickly. You still love your bottle in the morning when you wake and the one prior to bed time.

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As far as napping goes, you take two naps a day, usually for about an hour each around 9:30 and then again around 2:00. At home, I will tell you it is nap time and you usually start crying as we walk up the stairs and when I lay you down, but as soon as I put your blanket over you and give you a stuffed animal to snuggle, you calm down and roll over onto your tummy. Then for bedtime, we’ve been giving you your bottle earlier and allowing you to play a little after to help break the association that you need a bottle before bedtime. You usually go down around 8:00 and with very few tears if any at all. We go into your room, give you a kiss, turn your sound machine on, turn the lights off and walk out. Occasionally you’ll cry but for maybe only a minute or two. (However, there were several times this month where you did cry for over an hour!) So hard little guy and I think this is a little foreshadowing into your stubborn and determination.

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This month you also turned a corner in liking books. You frequently go to your shelf and pick out a book and bring it to me and plop yourself down into my lap. Your favorites are the Animal book, Little Blue Truck, the little color board books,

Another amazing accomplishment for you this month was learning how to go down the inside slide all by yourself. You climb up the stairs and have figured out how to get your legs out in front of you and slide down. Throughout the entire process, you have a smile as wide as the Mississippi plastered across your face. You just love it and then get up and go again.

Happy 13 Months William! We are infatuated with everything about you and just love how you are this happy little smilely guy that has made his perfect way into our family. We don’t know what we would do without you.

Love,

Mama

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Alexis Monthly Posts, Lexi

Lexi One year one month (13 months)

Dear Lexi,

What a fast, crazy, fun-filled month! It was cold, we got lots of snow and you had you’re first (second) Christmas. Technically, your first Christmas was last year, but you were 3 weeks old so it only 1/2 counts. And to be completely honest, you could have given two hoots about Christmas this year too. You definitely didn’t ‘get it’.

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Favorite moments

For your birthday you received two baby-dolls, some pretend bottles a stroller and you love to take care of your babies. It is so sweet to watch you put the bottles up to their faces and put them over your shoulder and pat their back. When you take them for ‘walks’ in their stroller, you’ll waddle to the front, squat down and check on them and fuss with them a little bit and then continue your ‘walk’. It’s so adorable to see how caring and nurturing you are!

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We took you to see Santa for the first time. I tried to plan the visit so we wouldn’t have to wait in line very long, but failed. Luckily, you and Daddy were stuck in traffic while I waited, so you only had to wait twenty minutes. I wasn’t sure how you would react as you usually take awhile to warm up to new people and places, but you did surprisingly well. You didn’t cry or smile. You pretty much just sat there and looked at him were intrigued by the items on the table next to him.

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You’ve made the connection that when you pull the bathtub drain up, water disappears. When you’re done playing you’ll announce ‘aaaww done’, pull the plug and try and swing your leg over the edge of the tub, which you not quite tall enough to do so yet, and makes mom nervous.

Daddy has done a really great job teaching and enforcing ‘one-touch’ with you. You can touch almost anything one time, but no grabbing or multiple touches. This came in handy with the Christmas decorations up. You touched the tree and a couple of ornaments a few times and then were done with it. Daddy also set-up the Christmas tree train and you LOVED it. Every time you came into the room, you would run and point for it to be turned on. Then, you would proceed to run back and forth as it would circle and giggle and stomp your feet. You were pretty darn cute. And it was fun to see Daddy excited, as you showed interest in his hobby!

Not exactly a favorite moment, but definitely a memorable one, is the first negative behavior we’ve seen from you. On a couple of different occasions if I said ‘no’ to something you wanted, you would take my hand and try and bite it. At first, I thought it was a teething thing, but after it happened a couple of times and you would look at me as I said no, and then take my hand and bite it, I knew you were expressing your anger. I’m not sure what to think of this. Part of me is nervous for what that may mean for the future. Part of me is intrigued that you have been pre-programmed to react this way. This isn’t a learned behavior because you have never seen anyone else do this. Another part of me is sad that I’ve made you so angry you’re driven to hurt me. I know there are going to be many situations in the future where you’re not going to like what I say, but it doesn’t mean I like it.

Other notables:

You learned how to climb up on our couches this month.

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You spent your first night away from both mom and dad. We’ve each spent nights away from you, but not at the same time. Grandma B loved having you!

You love to point at everything and shake your head ‘no-no-no’.

New words for the month: ‘uh-oh’, ‘oh-no’, ‘no-no-no’, ‘see’, ‘num-a-num-a-num’, which translates to ‘I’m hungary’.

Your hair has grown long enough to be put into pigtails. You look like blonde Boo from Monster’s Inc.

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Your bottom right tooth popped through–which was pretty terrible and you felt awful from it. You also had a cold at this time which made the teething process that much worse.

You can identify your ears and your toes (in addition to your nose and eyes)

If we leave food out on the counter, you demand to have some of it.

You make brum-brum noises while playing and pushing your cars.

Sweet Lexi, you are so fun to be around and dada and I love watching you grow and learn. We love you more everyday.

Love,

Mama

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Snuggling with Daddy on Christmas! Too much fun for you!

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Reading stories with your Grandma Sampson’s.

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Family pic on Christmas Eve

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Fun playing in boxes

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Snuggles for your pillow

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The ONLY decent day to get outside in the entire month!

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Sleeping like Auntie Sheila, butt up in the air.

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You LOVE LOVE LOVE reading books, with mama and dada and by yourself

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Your first wall ‘artwork’ we woke up to as your sippy cup wasn’t properly screwed on and you were shaking it all over the place creating beautiful artwork.

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Carrying your 6 lbs bag of gummies to me.

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You learned how to crawl up and down in the chair this month.

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Helping clean the floors! Love that you saw the rags and just got down and started cleaning!

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‘I swear I didn’t do it dada!’

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Somehow you got yourself between the bar and the mirror

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