Sizing up: Harrison has an appointment with his primary doctor in two weeks for a weight/height check. On his tube surgery day two weeks ago he weighed in at 20 lbs 1 ounce. As a reward for his continue good eating on Christmas Day we turned Harrison's car seat around. It's like a whole new world facing forward! Like I said, Harrison does a good job eating and until today he ate everything I gave him. Apparently Banana Oatmeal is not a hit---he took three bites and gagged every time. Perhaps it's a texture issue. I plan to retry in a couple days. Formula consumption is dwindling. We went from 3 bottles a day down to two a couple of weeks ago. Within the last week he has only taken his morning bottle. For some substitution I have tried to give him "milk" formula with his meals and unlike juice--he tosses it to the side. At the coming appointment in January we will be talking about switching to whole milk, which I gave the go a head to start that at meal times at daycare.
Communication: This is where we have seen the largest leap this month. Bye, bye is the latest word added to the vocabulary and he can't get enough of waving and patty-caking. For daddy's sake we are still working on da da. Some other fun things include whispering---Harrison can't get enough of it, he thinks it's the funniest thing ever. I have some video of it that I will post. He has become quite the tickle bug. He rolls on the floor laughing when you blow or poke his tummy and he will fall to the ground laughing when you tickle his chin. Fake sneezes, coughs, or hiccups also makes him giggle. When you say, "Where is daddy?" or "Where is Whitney Dog?" he will look to see where they are. Stranger anxiety is also on the rise.
Mobile: Crawling, crawling, crawling! Harrison is on the move...it's hard to not catch him as he cruises by you. The newest component of crawling is climbing. Harrison can climb or entire set of stairs at home, which I must add includes 19 stairs! (Thank goodness for jail gates, I mean safety gates). Are we getting any closer to walking? In the short, no....in the long partially. Harrison can cruise furniture like it's nothing, but when it comes to letting go...that's what stops him in his tracks. Doug and I have made it a point to work with him every night on this. Really we believe he has the ability to walk, but when he can crawl, why walk?
Healthy: Harrison is the healthiest he has been since May. Hopefully this course continues. His ear infections continue to heal and for once in 3 months I am not chasing after him with a Kleenex wiping his nose. I am pretty sure he is has been pleased with this. Hopefully I haven't jinxed him as I blog about this, knock on wood.
Sleep, sleep, sleep: OK, most people wouldn't complain about a sleeping baby, but this has been a cause of concern for me for the past 5 days. Harrison has been awake today for a grand total of 4 1/2 hours today and at the most 6 hours yesterday... He is awake long enough to eat and play for about an hour and a half and is crabby for a half hour and falls back asleep. Maybe it's a growth spurt? Or a busy weekend? We aren't sure. But this isn't like him to have to woken up for bath time and dinner.
Enjoy a couple of 13 month photos and be sure to check out the two posts from earlier today.
I love this next one...a new little photo shop trick I learned!