Thursday, May 16, 2013

August's 1 Year Update!

I have been putting off writing this for a couple weeks now.  It seemed overwhelming to sum everything up about August in a single post!  He is doing so much now, I'm afraid I will miss something.  But, I will try because I do enjoy looking back at how he has changed.  I wish I had documented more on him in the past year.  It's something I'll have to be better about in the future.

At August's 1 year doctor's appointment he weighed 22.7 pounds and was 31 inches long.  I believe he is in the 75th percentile for weight and 95th percentile for height.  He's a growing boy!  He has definitely come a long way in the past 6 months.  Y'all may remember that he had weight gaining issues.  You can read about that in his breastfeeding story.  He is fully in 18 month clothing now, and we are even reaching for 24 month clothing more and more.  Some of that is due to cloth diapers, but most of the reason for the bigger sizes is his height.  The boy is long!

August's eyes are still blue, some days bright blue and some days dark blue.  I love them.  My Nannie is the only one in the family with blue eyes, so he must get that from her.  His hair is still light blonde, and he has not yet had his first hair cut!  I wanted him to have all of his baby hair for his first birthday.  :)  I actually think his longer hair is pretty cute, but it is getting time for a hair cut.  If it was curly, I would just leave it, but it's straight so it's starting to look a lot like a mullet. :)

August says momma, dada, nana, uh-oh (his version is "uh-uh"), yeah, (we are working on "yes", it just sounds nicer, haha) and bye-bye.  He also will point to his teeth if you ask him to.  Also, if you ask him if he wants breakfast (or lunch or supper), he will crawl to his high chair and wait for you to put him in it.  He also understands, "Do you want to brush your teeth?"  He gets really excited about teeth brushing, which I love.  I am a little fanatic about having freshly brushed teeth.  Mine are brushed 3 times a day, at least.  Also, if you say "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" then he will bring you that book.  It's his favorite and has been for months. :)

He isn't walking on his own yet.  He is really good at furniture surfing, and he can walk really well holding both of your hands.  He will occasionally walk while holding just one hand, but if you try to let go, he sits his little booty down. He's a safety person, just like his momma.  I didn't walk on my own til I was 15 months old.  I am thinking he won't wait that long, but I don't think he will walk tomorrow or anything.  I'm not rushing him at all, because I know once he's up there's no stopping him, but at the same time, it would be nice to have him walking before the new baby gets here.  But I don't want to wish away these days just because a baby is on the way. :)

August has turned into a picky eater lately.  I think it's our fault though.  He has quite the sweet tooth.  We have had a lot of celebrations lately: gender reveal of baby #2, August's birthday, my birthday, Mother's Day, and there are more coming up.  He has had his fair share of cake and ice cream, and the boy can't get enough.  Ice cream is pretty much his favorite thing in the world.  He jumps up and down with every bite.  So, he has gotten to where he will only eat sweets or sweet things like fruit, oatmeal with fruit mixed in, applesauce, puffs, sweet potato (at least that's one vegetable he will eat), etc.  But I have put my foot down this week, and I am trying to detox his little sweet teeth.  He eventually eats a little bit, but I think it's going to be a process.

Oh, speaking of food, we have switched him from formula to whole milk.  Surprisingly, he has handled the switch just fine.  The first bottle of whole milk he didn't really care for because it was so cold (his formula is usually lukewarm), but he did drink it at breakfast in a sippy.  Since then he has taken it from the bottle just fine.  I haven't really pressed weaning him from the bottle because it's still a big part of his routine right now, and it's the only time I get cuddles!  So for the time being, the bottle is staying.  :)  He takes about three 8 oz. bottles a day.

Yes, that's the peace sign. :)

He is still 100% addicted to his pippy (pacifier).  The boy has it everywhere he goes.  I am fine with it though.  It soothes him, and he pops it in the instant he gets upset.  I'm in no hurry to wean him from it either.

He has 4 teeth now!  It took the top ones forever to come in, and I'm still not sure they have moved all the way down.  They are so cute.  They are big chipmunk teeth and they have a gap in between them.  I love it!  He still doesn't show them off that much when he smiles, but you can definitely see them when he laughs, which I love!

His absolute favorite toy is his hockey stick.  My mom got him a kids hockey stick for Christmas.  It has the Smurfs on it, and it is padded so he can't do too much damage.  It came with a puck, but he prefers to use a ball with it.  He will play with them all over the house.  He is actually quite coordinated.  He also really likes to throw ball with you too, and the kid has aim!  He can get it right to you.  Looks like we have an athlete on our hands.  He must get that from me (LOL). 
He is still a great sleeper, always has been, and I pray he always will be! Ideally, we like for him to be in bed before 8, but sometimes it's a little later.  He will sleep til sometime between 8 and 9 a.m.  Usually 8:30-8:45 is the norm for him to wake up.  I'm thankful!  Trust me!  His naps vary from one to two naps a day.  When he was around 10-11 months old, he quit taking his morning nap. He would lay in his crib and sing, but he wasn't sleeping.  So I cut out that nap, and he started taking a 3 hour nap in the afternoon.  I liked that schedule because I was getting a long stretch to get things done around the house.  However, our days and evenings started getting so busy that we have been out late most nights.  So he has gone back to the two naps a day.  Usually around 10:30 he will go down and sleep about an hour and a half, and then he will take a nap again around 3:00, and he will sleep about 2 hours or a little more.  I really don't mind which schedule he chooses I guess.  Whichever one he needs is fine. These next pictures are going to make a liar out of me.  I always tell everyone that August only sleeps in his crib, which is true 99.9% of the time.  We have been so busy lately that he has slept in his car seat and in the stroller.  I took pictures because I couldn't believe it myself. :)



Well, I think that is about all I have to update on.  I'm sure I'm leaving things out, but I am happy to get this post up!  I'm excited to see what year 2 will bring with August!  So thankful for my sweet boy!!


Mother's Day with my 2 boys!


  1. He is such a stinkin' cutie pie!!! I can't believe all of his accomplishments :-) What a proud momma you are (and should be!). Love it!!!

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  3. Love the update Amanda! He is just TOO cute!!!! :)


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