16 months old

January 9, 2013

I haven’t blogged in a while. I have been too lazy and didn’t want to continue boring the few readers of this blog with our daily milestones and achievements we’ve had with Milo. But then I realized there are a few people who would care for it to be documented – mainly me and Renz, and perhaps Milo when he’s older.

14 months old

at 14 months old

On Breastfeeding

Yes, we are still breastfeeding! When I first started to breastfeed, I was determined to keep at it and told myself just to just take it day by day. My stubbornness about not giving up has paid off. There were a few times when I had plugged ducts and it was so painful, I definitely wanted to give up. Around the time Milo turned 1 year old, it was getting so painful, I was ready to stop. I told myself that I made it to 1 year already and that is already a tremendous achievement – it was enough. But the pain went away and I didn’t stop for several reasons. First, formula is expensive! Secondly, it’s just so much more convenient to whip out a boob rather than have to go to the kitchen, get a bottle, prepare milk, and wash the bottle afterwards. In short, I’m too cheap and too lazy to stop breastfeeding. We do mix feeding now though with fresh milk and it is a relief to be able to give him that when we are out and about rather than having to worry about where I can breastfeed and not expose myself.

On Cloth Diapering

Yes, we still continue to use cloth diapers! I am still extremely in love with our cloth diaper stash. I’m sure the investment we made on these diapers have already paid for themselves with how much we’ve used them already.  I have to admit though, there is a place in our lives for disposable diapers. There were a couple of times when he got horrible diaper rashes (I think from diarrhea) and we had to use rash cream/medication so we resorted to using disposables. We also use disposables when we are traveling for more than an overnight trip.

On Baby Wearing

We don’t get to use our baby carriers as often now. Mainly because most of the time, Milo would much rather prefer to walk and explore rather than be carried. If we do need a carrier, for his age and weight now, we would use our pouches or the Ergo.

On Baby-Led Weaning

More often than not know, we do spoon feed him or at least assist him in holding the spoon. The main challenge I’ve encountered with BLW is rice. It’s such a staple in our household but it’s so damn sticky and messy for a baby to try to eat with his hands. Aside from that though, we do try to offer him a variety of healthy option at every meal and he decides what to eat. He can point and he says ‘mamam’ when he wants something.  He’s quite stubborn in that way. If doesn’t want to eat it, there’s just no sense in forcing it. The way he’s eating is definitely led by him.

On Baby Food

He loves grapes, corn, and watermelon.  Those are the food that come to mind when I try to think of his favorites. He also likes noodles/pasta, sinigang, apples, pears, carrots, bananas, kiat-kiat, and a slew of other things. He is usually keen on trying whatever food we have at least once.

On Toys

I don’t know of any toy that he does not like. He received a lot of new toys for Christmas from our family and friends and I think he loves them all. Lately, he plays a lot with his blocks, anything with wheels, magnetic drawing boards, his magnetic alphabet, his golf set, and his fake dog. But really at his young age, it is so hard to distinguish what toys are from everything else. Sometimes he prefers to play with the empty boxes rather than the toy that was inside those boxes.

On Developmental Milestones

When Milo was first born and was just a blob that had to be carried all over, my aching arms and body yearned for the day when he would be mobile enough to carry his own body. Well, that day has arrived, and he is super active and hyper and we are often chasing after him. Now, I yearn for those days in the past when he was just a blob lying down and not moving so much. Another reminder that the grass is often greener on the other side.

He has a few words he can say – apple, mama, dada, ba (for bye), up, baaah (for bulaga). I swear he can speak in full sentences when it’s just the two of us. I just haven’t been able to document it yet. We’re working on that.

He knows where his belly button is. Bow. He knows how to bless, how to shake hands, and how to fist bump. We joke around that he is going into politics someday because he is never satisfied with just shaking one person’s hand. He has to shake everyone else’s hand.

Now, he is not just walking, he’s often trying to run somewhere. He dances (bends his knee) when he hears music. He’s always trying to climb everything and anything. He’s also getting taller so it’s only a matter of time when he will be able to fully reach the door knob and escape!

so curious about everything

so curious about everything

There’s so many other things I could take note of so that I don’t forget but this blog is long enough for now. Every day is a constant adventure. Our worlds have been turned upside down since he arrived into our lives but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

For your continuous reading pleasure, Renz and I area also working on updating our other blog (Excess Baggage) to document the travels we’ve had with Milo.

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eleven months old

August 14, 2012

 

Dear Milo,

You can now walk! For real! Every time I see you take steps on your own, I am in awe. A few months ago, you were just a blob that couldn’t even control your own neck! Now you are really, truly, a small person. You’re eleven months old now and soon graduating from being a ‘baby’ to being a ‘little boy’.

Your Daddy says you don’t look like a baby anymore because you have so many teeth now. As of today, you have 2 in the bottom and almost 4 on top. We still haven’t given you a hair cut and I’m not sure when we will. There are days when we want to shave it all off but there are days when I just want to keep it as it is for a little while longer. It’s often in your eyes now though so I think we will have to cut it up sooner rather than later.

You sleep through the night much better now. Sometimes you still wake up once in the middle of the night but more often, you don’t wake up until it’s morning already. Unfortunately, you are turning out to be an early morning person waking up somewhere between 5AM and 6AM – EVERY DAY. I really wonder when the day would come that we would have to wake you up because you’re sleeping in so late.

You still love to eat noodles/pasta. You eat it like you’ll never see it ever again and it’s your last chance to eat it. You love fruits of all sorts – grapes, bananas, mango, watermelon. You seem more hungry for solids lately. Actually when you’re crying and I don’t know what to do to console you, I usually offer you some crackers or cheerios and you settle down almost right away! I’m apologizing in advance if this is going to create some problems for you when you’re an adult and the only thing that can console you when you’re upset is food. Haha.

I’m not sure what your favorite toys are because it seems like you play with everything. You’re very curious especially if you see something new. If I had to answer what your favorite hobby is, I would say it’s opening cabinets. You just don’t get tired of doing that for some reason. Lately, you like playing with balls, things with wheels (cart, stroller, trains, cars), Tigger, Poe, you love destroying towers of blocks, and you like looking through your books.

You really know what you want now. You already reach, point, and pull to get whatever it is you want. Unfortunately, if there’s something you want and we don’t give it to you, you already throw mini temper tantrums. I’m already very afraid of the terrible twos. Fortunately, right now, you’re still easily distracted so you easily forget what you were so upset about.

Oh, we’re not planning on a big party for your 1st birthday. Heck, we’re not even planning for any sort of party at this point.  Instead, we’re going on a trip! You’ll get to ride an airplane for the very first time.

 

month-by-month photo comparison

 

 

six months old

March 14, 2012

Dear Milo,

This past month, we let you have your first tastes of real food. You started with carrots but so far, have tried broccoli, zucchini, kamote, squash, pan de sal, banana, avocado, papaya, and baby corn. It’s really fun to watch you learn about the different textures and tastes. During your first meal, you wore a shirt and a bib. By the next meal, you were down to just a bib. By the third meal, we’ve learned our lesson and now, you eat naked – except for your cloth diaper of course. Your favorites (those that you’ve eaten the most of) were the pan de sal with squash palaman, baby corn, and zucchini.

Lately, it seems you’ve also discovered that you can control different parts of your body. You squirm when you’re being carried to try to reach for an object you’re lusting after. You hold out your arms if you want to get picked up. You are now also crawling a bit on the floor. I  get so surprised when I leave you in one position and when I come back you’re in a totally different position.

We have upgraded your bath situation. You no longer use the newborn sling your bath tub came with and you now take baths in the bathroom! Woo hoo! We need to get you sleeping on the lower part of your crib though. You’re getting too mobile and too heavy for that top part. We have to figure out how to put you down there without waking you up and without breaking our backs.

Unfortunately for all of us, you still don’t sleep through the night. One time, you surprised me with a 7-hour stretch. Key words = ‘one time’. Usually, you still wake up every 3-4 hours. Sleeping is so nice, you should really try to enjoy it.

Your favorite songs I think are Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Ba Ba Black Sheep, and the ABC song – or maybe I think they’re your favorite because these are the only ones I can sing to you? Note to self, we should learn more songs.

We’re now starting the Summer season so I hope we will get to go swimming soon!

month-by-month

solids & BLW

February 26, 2012

Yesterday, we got the ‘go’ signal from the Pediatrician. We initially wanted to wait until he was 6 months old but since he is already practically 5 1/2 and showed signs of readiness, we decided to go for it a couple of weeks earlier than planned. So today, we went to the Sunday Legaspi Market and bought a bunch of organic veggies that we will try as his first solids.

At first I planned to make homemade baby food – no store-bought jarred baby food for us! But then I learned about something even better – Baby-Led Weaning (BLW). To summarize in one paragraph, according to a BabyCenter forum:

The biggest component of BLW is in its name, baby led. This means the parent does not feed the child, the child feeds themselves from the start. There is no spoon feeding or purees in BLW. Parents offer table foods in manageable pieces and the child gets to explore and eventually eat. You will often hear the word “offer” in discussing BLW instead of “feed”. This is because parents only offer and the baby gets to choose (remember, baby-led!).

It made so much sense as a natural progression from on-demand breast feeding. I got so excited about it, I immediately reserved a copy of THE book from Fully Booked and started to read as much as I can about how to go about it from the Internet.

So today, we broke our first BLW rule (waiting until 6 months) and started Milo off with his first real experience with solids. Plan A was to offer him avocados since it’s loaded with good kinds of fat, it’s in season, and because it’s my personal favorite! The avocado I got from the market was not ripe enough though so we went with Plan B – steamed carrots.

Must get it in my mouth!

Is this how it works?

Gah! Hands are so over-rated! Nom nom nom!

There were a couple of times I got nervous because he gagged. But from what I’ve read, there is a clear difference between gagging and choking so I tried not to be too worried. It’s all a part of his learning experience. He did manage to get a few pieces in his mouth but most of the carrots actually ended up on the floor. All in all though, I think it was a successful first attempt with solids.