Happy First Birthday Sprout!
I feel like I blinked and you turned ONE. Just yesterday we were holding you with the feeding tube coming out of your nose and the monitors attached, crying as I left the hospital and you needed to stay a few more days…and now folks look at that round little belly and big grin and would never believe you entered this world 5 1/2 weeks before we had planned. You are PURE JOY little man. Such a people person and you love your mama, daddy & big sister fiercely. We love you so much and know without a doubt that you came into our life in God’s perfect timing. What a gift you are. Watching you grow, learn, play, and just be has been wonderful. We continue to pray over you and ask that God use you to move mountains for him. We know that He has BIG things planned for you Sprout and we anxiously await the day that you root Jesus deep into your heart & begin to follow the path he has set out for you.
It’s amazing how much you have grown and changed over the past month. You definitely got the memo that you were turning one. My favorite are the open mouth kisses you love to plant on our cheeks (I won’t mention that sometimes they turn into bites…we will work on that!). You crawl toward us with such determination and squeal in pure elation. It is priceless. You are cruising all over the place and standing for a few seconds as you go from one piece of furniture to the next. You are also getting a lot of practice n the walker. I am hoping you start standing/walking soon & praying that means you will be less interested in eating the mulch when we are playing outside! You are making all kinds of squeals, sighs, and sounds but not really saying any words consistently, yet. All in good time, little one. You mastered clapping and wave bye bye most of the time.
We started supplementing a little formula in with your nighttime bottle and it has made a huge difference in your nighttime sleep. About two weeks before your birthday we started moving your bottle closer and closer to dinner time and you make the transition beautifully. Good work! We also transitioned from nursing 2x a day to 1x and then by the beginning of April you had weaned completely. You began drinking whole milk in a sippy cup around this time and after 2-3 weeks you mastered the straw cup and whole milk was a hit. By April 5th you were weaned off bottles, breastmilk, & formula. Only whole milk and water in a sippy cup from here on out buddy. You continue to be an awesome eater, and eat the same as the rest of us for all your meals! Meats are always a hit & you’ve even started coming around on eggs and avocados. Steamed carrots and sweet potatoes are probably your favorite though.
You love playing with your sister, but you are also super content crawling around doing your own thing. You love looking through books and throwing/rolling the ball back and forth. You conquered going down the slide and squeal super loud when you get to swing. You napping has been quite the downfall this month, but I am praying it is a season and that one day you will see the beauty of enjoying a little rest.
We celebrated your first birthday in Oneonta with family. It was a LION theme and you enjoyed the first half of the party…unfortunately you spiked a fever near the end, and once we knew you were okay I took it as just a little more snuggle time with my baby before he becomes a toddler. We love you soooo much little man and can’t wait to see what God has in store for you this next year!