I feel the need to forewarn you that I wrote a book with this post. This blog is as always, my journal to look back on first and foremost. I realize that it can be a bit boring to read every single detail about some strangers baby. So on that note, read if you wish, scroll to the end for pictures, or whatever floats your boat. Β 

What? My baby is 15 months old? How is that even possible? Didn’t I JUST bring him home from the hospital all tiny and helpless?! Now he can say actual real words and identify toys and foods and “mouth off” at us when he doesn’t get his way. This is so amazing – watching my little guy grow up.

Tru had a nasty flu last week and it was so sad seeing him so miserable. He laid in my arms and watched Elmo (which is how you know he’s really sick because he never wants to be held) and I pretty much had to force him to drink Pedialyte after it had been 2 days with him hardly drinking anything. He had a fever NYE that spiked to almost 104. I got scared at that point even though I had talked to the MA at his Pediatrician’s office earlier that day and she hadn’t given me a cut-off point for how high his fever could be before it was serious. She had suggested bathing him in lukewarm water so we did after we gave him a dose of Tylenol and his fever came down enough so that he could sleep. I checked on him all night. Poor little guy. He was still sick on New Years day and had possibly the worst diarrhea diaper in the history of mankind. The towel that we changed him on and the pants that he was wearing are a complete loss. There was no way to wipe that much carnage off his butt, legs, and feet so I had to just stand him in the shower and spray him down. He really wanted to eat the green bean that was in the shower. How did that get there? OH! That’s how. Yuck….

 

Thankfully he is all mended now although he isn’t feeling all better because of the world’s meanest molar that has his gum swollen like a big rotten grape… I was playing with him and I saw a flash of white in the back of his mouth. When I felt around his gums I discovered that in addition to 6 front teeth, he has also cut 2 bottom molars now. He apparently had no problems getting those teeth through but this top left one has been terrible. He woke up the other night crying so hard that he almost couldn’t catch his breathe. He kept grabbing his ear and hair and was obviously in serious pain. He wanted both me and DH at the same time so we had to sit on the couch together and hold him across both of us. This tooth has his face and chin all broken out in redness from all the drolling. He is irritable, has less appetite, and is throwing fits about every.single.thing. I am not happy with this particular tooth. It is very mean to my baby.

 

On a happy note…. He is starting to say things that we actually understand. For weeks now since well before Christmas, he has been saying something that sounds like “what’s this” and “what’s that” but the other night he took it a step further when he got super excited upon finding out that the middle seat of our couch folds down into a table. He had forgotten about that feature and was highly impressed. He kept looking back and forth between DH and I saying “what’s this” and finally he said “what is this!?” several times in a row. We were both shocked because he said it just as clear as could be! Then he started running around the family room pointing to everything saying “what’s this?” and we were naming stuff off as fast as we could. I asked him “Where’s the deer?” not even sure that he knew what the deer was as it’s not something we talk about much but he immediately pointed to DH’s mounted buck. DH said it is like he grew up overnight. I agree. In 3 days he went from playing with his toys all day long to barely even touching them at all. He is so interested in everything else right now.

 

Unfortunately, all this teething and developmental leaps bring about lots of fits and tantrums and frankly, I just don’t know what to do sometimes. Last night I just put him to bed because he was throwing himself on the floor every couple minutes about absolutely everything. I try to choose my battles and a lot of stuff I just let slide if it’s not causing him any danger but this is just getting beyond what I know how to handle. He throws himself on the floor and screams over absolutely everything that isn’t exactly the way he wants it to be. (Update: A few days after writing this, things began to improve. With the tooth thing over with, the tantrums have become a lot less.) πŸ™‚Β 

 

Then there are other things that he doesn’t see as being something he shouldn’t do. He’s not being bad, he’s just being a baby that is learning but still, these things aren’t acceptable. Sometimes he wants to sit in my lap and playfully slap me in the face. That’s obviously not ok because even though he is smiling and happy, it is really rough. So I gently tell him no and try to redirect him to rubbing my face gently, but he doesn’t want to do that. He wants to slap. He wants to bite us too while we are wrestling around on the floor. Not ok. He throws his toys and bottles/cups directly at us. It’s all normal baby stuff that he doesn’t realize is hurtful but we need to get a handle on it like yesterday and I just don’t know how. The more you tell him no, the more he does it. The worst thing is that he runs away from us all the time. This scares me the most because you never know when the time will come that your baby will run from you right into danger when you need them to come. It’s so important to me that we teach him this immediately. It’s just hard to get it across to a one year old.

 

Goodnight nurse, I’ve already written a book here and barely said anything… I know there are a lot of other things going on with him right now but these are the things that stand out at the moment.

 

  • He got his first “professional” haircut. I took him to a salon and they cut his beautiful little blonde locks. I almost wanted to be that weird mom who starts picking their baby’s hair off the floor to save it. But I had already cut his hair last month at home so I have a few swatches in his baby book. πŸ™‚
  • He is outgrowing his clothes faster than I can pack them away. Suddenly all his shirts are too short and we are both walking around with the bottom of our bellies hanging out. πŸ˜‰
  • He got a ton of Christmas presents from relatives but my favorite is possibly the baby gate that my parents bought. πŸ™‚ He did get a lot of nice clothes and toys and ever since he got his new toys, his old toys have barely been played with.
  • He will bring us the toy that we ask him for now as long as we sing the song that accompanies it. (Most of his toys play music of some sort.) It’s really cute. πŸ™‚
  • He knows when I put his jeans on that we are going somewhere. He always wears comfortable pants at home and we save the jeans for when we are going out and he caught on to that. Sometimes he puts one leg of his jeans on when he finds a pair of them. I take this to mean that he is bored of me and wants me to take him bye bye. πŸ˜‰
  • He runs to us and plops his butt right in our laps when we tell him to get his shoes on.
  • I couldn’t get his car seat buckled in my “new” car in the rear facing direction due to the stupidest seat belt ever so I had to put him forward facing in his big boy car seat. He loved it. πŸ™‚ The Pediatrician said we could forward face him earlier than the usual 2 years old but I was holding out until Levi gets here but it seems that we may have to just go with forward in this car.
  • He says “OH” excitedly while inhaling about absolutely everything that remotely peeks his interest. It’s really funny because he spends half the day runny around saying “OH”!!
  • He still loves going down for naps and to bed at night. He seldom cries about it and when he is extra tired, he looks at us with the most adorable look of gratitude. “Thank you for finally realizing that I am frazzled and want my bed!” We are so fortunate to have a baby that loves to take his nap and go to bed at night. I know we are very spoiled with him for sure. If he does wake up in the night, he only wants to be held in our bed until he is no longer scared or in pain or wet or whatever, then he wants back in his crib to fall asleep on his own.
  • He will work with putting shape pieces in his shape sorter for an unlimited amount of time. I eventually have to take the toy away because he will finally get too frustrated with it and start yelling at it with each stubborn piece. We get a kick out of watching him though. He pushes the pieces so hard at the wrong holes that his legs and arms are shaking. He leaves his tongue sticking out too which is just too adorable.
  • He talks non stop! He loves to talk on the phone to nobody. One of his favorite, most repeated lines is “Oioioioioioioi”
  • He gives me hugs all day and is starting to make me hold him several times a day. I LOVE IT!! πŸ™‚
  • He loves to dance!

Enough writing! Time for pictures!! πŸ™‚

 

"Helping" mommy with the Christmas baking. :)

“Helping” mommy with the Christmas baking. πŸ™‚

Trying out his chair I refinished for him for Christmas.

Trying out his chair I refinished for him for Christmas.

Exhausted at Grandma and Grandpa's Christmas Eve. I had to make him take a break. He was so hot and tired.

Exhausted at Grandma and Grandpa’s Christmas Eve. I had to make him take a break. He was so hot and tired.

"Ok, Granda. But I'm only laying here because YOU said to. Not because mom is making me!"

“Ok, Grandpa. But I’m only laying here because YOU said to. Not because mom is making me!”

I love how little he still looks sometimes.

I love how little he still looks sometimes.

Grandma "rescued" him from a nap and let him rummage through toys.

Grandma “rescued” him from a nap and let him rummage through toys.

Sleepy heads at Pap Pap and Grandmama's Christmas Morning.

Sleepy heads at Pap Pap and Grandmama’s Christmas Morning.

"I will open exactly one present! I am done after that. Leave me alone to play with my ONE present."

“I will open exactly one present! I am done after that. Leave me alone to play with my ONE present.”

"I am not leaving these to open anything else."

“I am not leaving these to open anything else.”

"Whoa there now! I DO like those presents!!" Have you ever seen a baby so excited to get diapers?

“Whoa there now! I DO like those presents!!” Have you ever seen a baby so excited to get diapers?

Catching a quick nap on the way to Great Grandma's Christmas afternoon.

Catching a quick nap on the way to Great Grandma’s Christmas afternoon. Check out that faux-hawk!

Exhausted little man.

Exhausted little man.

Chillin with daddy. :)

Chillin with daddy. πŸ™‚

I love this picture. If only the dog would always be so good!

I love this picture. If only the dog would always be so good!

Opening presents at home.

Opening presents at home.

We are so extravagant! lol.

We are so extravagant! lol.

Black beans.

Black beans.

We learned a lesson. 2 lesson actually. 1.Black beans stain everything. 2. RINSE THEM OFF! Der...

We learned a lesson. 2 lesson actually. 1.Black beans stain everything. 2. RINSE THEM OFF! Der…

Daddy dressed him up in this. Tru thought it was great.

Daddy dressed him up in this. Tru thought it was great.

 

Dear God, thank You for Truett. Thank You for the miracle and the gift that he is. Thank You for the snuggles we get to enjoy together and the fun we have playing and going about our day. I love him so much. Please help him to be healthy and safe and happy. I pray that DH and I will raise Truett properly according to Your will for his life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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