Here is a trip down memory lane at all of your monthly pictures. I'm sure going to miss these...
You have moved up to wearing size 4 diaper during the day and still wear a size 4 nighttime diaper after your evening bath so it'll hold more through your sleep at night. You are wearing mostly 12 month clothing. A few 9-12 month items still fit you, but not too many - mostly pants. We have put a couple of 18 month items on you, but they are a tad big. Some things fit you well in length since you are so long, but they fall off your little waist.
You are still on a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack schedule and it is working well. You are starting to eat when we eat our meals and that is helping a lot. Bless your heart, you are just not the best eater - I think you have bigger and better things to do. You don't much fancy being in your high chair and what food you do eat, you want to get it over with and get out. We are still working on trying to give you more and more table food and let you sample some of what we eat...just experimenting with different things. You still eat some "baby food" from time to time and have stuff like yogurt, applesauce, fruit pouches, etc for a snack. When you have teeth coming in (like now) it really affects your eating, but even when you don't, eating is just not a high priority for you. Your Daddy and I think that you would just go on all day without eating if we didn't make you stop and eat. You would much rather play and explore around the house. Luckily you are healthy and doing well, so we'll keep working on this. We talked to the doctor about it and have a few things to try and work on.
We are also trying to work with you on transitioning from a bottle to a cup (sippy cup and/or straw cup). You are doing better and better at it, but kind of like eating, most the time you could care less about drinking. Unless we stop and practically force you to take a drink, you never go for your bottle or cup on your own and start drinking as if you were thirsty. You're a funny little fellow.
You still go to bed between 8-8:30 and get up between 6-6:30am - you are an early riser. We are morning people, so I guess that works out well. The majority of the time you sleep so well at night, but occasionally wake up for one reason or another. You still take a morning and afternoon nap - sometimes three naps depending on the day.
You have eight teeth and are starting to work on your molars - poor buddy! We haven't felt any teeth yet just little bumps, but you are definitely showing your normal signs of cutting teeth.
You are THIS close to walking. You are cruising along the furniture constantly and pull up on everything. Some day soon, you are just going to take off walking. You can stand up on your own and even work on getting your balance once you are standing. You can take a few small steps before you fall down. You are so active, fun, energetic, funny and happy.
You can say a few simple words pretty clearly and other words not quite as clear, but enough for us to know what you are saying. You also know what we are talking about when you when we ask you questions or tell you to point to something, so you are learning more and more each day.
You LOVE LOVE LOVE books. We read you one every night and sometimes during the day. But even if we aren't reading one, you love to just look through them on your own. It's so sweet to watch you flipping through the pages. I always wonder what's going through your little head. Your favorite thing right now is board books with flaps to lift. You really enjoy those and look at them multiple times a day. Mommy has started taking one to the store each week for you to look at too.
When Calvin goes outside, you like for us to raise the blinds on the door so you can watch him and wait for him to come back in. We have your little keyboard by the backdoor that sometimes you'll play with while you wait or if you get tired of waiting.
The weekend before your birthday, Grandma and Grandad paid you a visit. They got in Friday before lunch and left Sunday late morning. We had a really nice time while they were here. You were played with, well entertained and loved. They both took some turns feeding you and enjoyed playing with you and your toys in the floor.
We still wanted to make the day super special and memorable for you and us. And I will use any excuse to decorate and get festive. I still wanted to do some birthday decorating and have a little baseball themed day for you. I had already bought a few things for your party (and Mamaw did too) before we decided to not have a party so I used some of it, but will save some of it for another time. Your bargain hunting Mommy had bought a few things on clearance after 4th of July last year so the red, white and blue items fit perfect with the baseball decor. I had a lot of fun decorating and crafting for your big day.
From there we went to Bass Pro specifically to let you look at the fish and "stuffed animals" - hah. You love animals, animal books, and listening to the sounds animals make so we knew it was the perfect place and you would love it...and you did!
We cannot believe you are 12 months old - ONE! We have had an awesome year and we are ready for the months and years to come with more fun, more celebrations and more memories. We love you very, very much Parker Holt!
Until we meet again...