I feel as though I owe you (or, if nothing else, I owe myself) an update about Bo. I feel as though I did a pretty decent job of avoiding the whole “second child syndrome” and I actually documented his first year of life fairly decently. Of course, I was on maternity leave and his older brother was in daycare so I didn’t really have much of an excuse to be delinquent. However, since returning to work right after his first birthday, I’ve failed miserably at keeping track of his milestones and development.
So, here we go…
At his 15 month check-up (which was a month ago), he weighed 24lbs 7oz and was 31 inches tall. That put him in the 73rd percentile for weight and the 41st for height. Of course, he still has a giant head (which I’ve heard is common among screen stars, so we’ll see where that leads him…)
Bo likes to take things at his own speed. He has been behind his older brother when it comes to hitting developmental milestones and he still seems like such a baby to me. He was in absolutely no rush to walk and was happy as can be to remain on all fours. He enjoyed cruising and climbing (stairs, couches, you name it) but would drop to his knees immediately if you tried to place him on his feet. He finally took his first real steps at daycare a couple of weeks ago (and the daycare ladies did an amazing job of catching it on video and emailing it to me at work, where I got teary at my desk, obv!) Now, he practically runs and it has made our lives so much easier. One might expect it to be harder to have a walker vs a crawler, however it was making it really difficult to spend time outdoors. Bo hated being held or strapped into the stroller for long periods, but putting him down meant he was always in the dirt. Plus, every pair of pants had ripped knees and he couldn’t wear shorts.
In other developmental news, he finally popped three more teeth, which has improved his mood drastically. For a while there, the poor kid was a whiny mess with hands in his mouth all the time.
Between the new walking skills and the new chompers, he has settled back into his generally happy self. It was touch and go for a while and I was worried that our good-natured baby was turning into a grumpy toddler. But I think it was just his body that was brining him down. He’s much happier now. He still loves Littleman more than anyone in the world. Except for maybe me. He is a MAJOR mama’s boy. I’m not gonna lie…it’s kind of sweet. By this age, Littleman was already totally into daddy and I was a second class citizen. But Bo makes it perfectly clear (in a variety of ways) that I’m still his number one. Sometimes I wish he’d give me a bit of a break, but I know it won’t last forever so I’m cherishing it for now.
So, feeding a toddler’s always fun, isn’t it? The teeth situation made eating a disaster for a while. He’s gotten a bit better now, but it’s still a challenge to figure out what he’ll eat. He used to love sandwiches, but now he tries to stuff the whole thing into his mouth rather than taking bites. He ends up gagging on it and spitting it out. So I’ve learned to break things up into bite sized bits but, if I’m not watching carefully, he’ll jam too much into his cheeks and then, again, have to spit it all out. Ugh. He loves to feed himself and is good at eating oatmeal, yogurt, Cheerios with milk and, his favourite, egg salad.
Also, I’m still nursing. I didn’t expect to still be at it, but, hence, this is where we are. I’m only nursing him first thing in the morning and then right before bed, but he’s showing no signs of being done with it. Littleman breastfed until about 14 months (and we had dropped down to only the bedtime feed by the end). At 16+ months, Bo is still going strong.
Likes, dislikes and such…
Bo has a few favourite things. He loves his stuffed bunny, which he sleeps with and likes to cuddle. He enjoys books, but doesn’t really want to hear you read them out loud. Instead, he insists on holding them himself and flipping pages. His preference is books with textures (think fluffy animals or rough trucks) and he now knows when a book is upside down and promptly flips it over.
We’ve spent a lot of time in the pool at the farm this week and he really enjoys the water. He was unsure at first (I never did parent-and-baby swimming lessons with him – mommy fail) so it took him some time to adjust. Now, though, he wants to “jump” off the side and doesn’t mind going under water at all.
He pretty much enjoys anything that his big brother is doing, which sometimes leads to some unhappiness. Luckily, Littleman is very good with him and will usually give up whatever toy he’s using to avoid a meltdown. We’re so grateful that he’s such a good big brother.
Well, this turned out longer than I expected but, if you’re still actually reading, I think you get a sense of what Bo is like these days. I’ll leave you with a few pics.