Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Braxton is 1 Year Old!

Can you believe it? Can it even be true? My sweet little boy really turned one? A whole year old??? I'm so proud of him and all the things he's learning and doing every day!

Let's start out this post with his sweet stats from the doctor's office.

Height/Length:    30.75"
(which is the 75th percentile)
Weight:                22 lbs 0 oz
 (which is between the 25th and 50th percentile)
*Even though he doesn't look it, apparently he's 'long and lean' lol!

He's growing each day and its hard for me to believe it, but he's really doing great. He's completely off baby food and has been for almost 3 months. He eats whatever we're having, but most days he'll only like one thing. He rarely has a little of multiple items, and its usually a crap-shoot to determine his meal. Most nights he'll pick one thing that we're eating (corn or mashed potatoes or chicken) and only eat one of them. Now he'll eat a ton of that one (finishing a solid 3/4ths of a can of creamed corn just last night), but not touch the other items. Each meal that item changes. Today he might love chicken, but tomorrow won't eat it. In the morning he might devourer bread but turn up his nose to it next week. Its quite an adventure. When asked (by the doctor) if he's a good eater, my reply was 'sometimes' because if he won't eat what's at the table, then he doesn't eat. So some meals he eats great, and some meals, well, we'll just say 'not so much'. haha.

He LOVES playing with his sister.

And his Paw Paw.

And outside.

He ESPECIALLY loves playing with his sister AND his Paw Paw WHILE being outside.

He's able to walk pretty much anywhere he wants, and climbs EVERYTHING.
Things that I didn't even realize were 'climbable', I'll find him halfway up them. He can climb all the way up the playhouse stairs, by himself, with out any hesitance or encouragement. Most days there is at least a time or two where I just smile, roll my eyes and shake my head as I remove him from the top of a staircase, rocking chair, couch or table. One of his favorite things to do is to move things closer to other things so that he can climb on the first thing and get up on the second thing. True story. :) *little rascal*

He's been in 12 month clothes since November, and some of them are starting to get tight. Most of the 18 month stuff I've tried on him is too big though (like really too big), so I'll probably squeeze him into 12 month stuff for a month or so more.

For the most part, we're DONE WITH BIBS!!!! Some of you might not know the importance of this statement, but its a very big deal to me. My sweet little man has been a slobber. machine. Seriously, since about 2 months, he started slobbering so much that we would go through 4-6 bibs a day and at least one outfit change, just because of slobber. And everyone would tell me, over and over and over, that he was 'just teething' and yet, no teeth arrived until 11 months! Long story short, in the last few weeks, he's gotten control over the slobbering, and no longer wears a bib 24/7. YAY for pictures without bibs!

Speaking of teeth, he has 2!!!! The little stinker got them both within a week or so of each other, one at 10 and a half months and the other at 11 months. They are his 2 bottom middle teeth, and they are pretty much adorable!

He's wearing size 5 shoes now and only in the last 2 months has he really been wearing shoes at all. We've had issues because he's got pretty wide feet, so if he fits in a size 3 width wise, then they're so long that they fall off easily, but if he's a size 2 length wise, then you can't get his foot in them. Thankfully, we're getting to the shoe sizes that you can buy 'W' shoes, so that will help.

He just started sleeping through the night again! Literally the few days before his birthday, he slept through the night ('through the night' being 9 pm to 5 or 6 am) He had started sleeping through the night at about 8 months, but then after falling out of the car and me having to wake him every 4 hours for 48 hours, he wouldn't go back to sleeping through the night and started waking up around 2 again every night.

He sleeps in his crib for night time, and for some naps, but if I want him to sleep as long as his sister, then I have to put him in his swing because that always gives me an extra 30-45 minutes of napping!

He was on breastmilk right up until a year! I'm really glad that I can say that, and now I'm done pumping too! He's having to drink soy milk because of his lactose intolerance, but hopefully we can switch him to whole milk in a few months. They keep telling me to 'test him' every few months because most children grow out of it. We'll see!

He had tubes put in his ears earlier this month, and he did really well! This was him still waking up from the anethesia. He was so stinking cute!

He can clap!! This is his newest accomplishment and he's still getting the hang of it, but he can definitely do it and can do it on demand! (that's when we say they can do something, when they can do it on demand)

He can wave 'hello' and 'goodbye' (even saying "hi" or "bye"), and it's pretty much the cutest thing ever.

Scratch that, him blowing kisses is the cutest.thing.ever. And then some! He even makes a kissing noise when he does it and always gives you a huge grin when he 'throws' the  kiss your way! I swear I could eat him up!

He LOVES Ice cream. And makes quite a mess eating it, but who cares when you look this cute with ice cream all over you???

Braxton James, we love you so much and are sooooo grateful for you! You're an amazing little boy
and a gift from God!


  1. How fast a year flies by! He is so handsome! So glad to be able keep up with you guys.

    1. Thanks L! :) I was just thinking the other day that I hadn't heard or seen anything about/from you guys in ages. Hope you're doing well. We miss ya'll!