One day he was ONE and now he’s far beyond. 13 months feels so far away from the big first birthday!
I feel like we have truly gone from baby to toddler this month because Mazen is a real toddler now. He toddles around on two feet nearly 100% of the time. I haven’t seen him crawl in a while, and that makes me sort of sad. I miss his komodo dragon crawl : ) With walking, though, have come new freedoms. We can now go out in the backyard and actually play. We can go downtown and he can get out of the stroller and walk. Yes it’s more tiring to have to chase him around, but it’s also a nice change from having to carry him all the time because the ground was too dirty for crawling.
With walking also comes SHOES! I bought these Robeez (in size 18-24, which are big but work) and they are GREAT! No more crying. I think he even likes them. They are very easy for him to walk in, and they stay on. One day he even pointed at them and said “Sheez.” Cute.
Tantrums have been a whole new can of worms. M is very much into climbing – stairs, his high chair, a box – and he’s not very steady yet. Thus, we have to tell him “no” a lot when we’ve had our fill of back-breaking spotting. With the word “no” comes a head-banging, back-arching tantrum. I just do my best to support his body while he flails about so he doesn’t hurt himself and ride out the storm so to speak. And my gosh I am soooo tired of changing diapers holding him down with one hand! I wish I could explain how important diaper changes are to his wellbeing.
Mazen continues to be a picky eater and changes the foods he likes daily. Sometimes it’s frustrating to figure out what he wants to eat. Where do you find the balance between a short order cook and having them go hungry? Isn’t he too young to understand the whole “this is what you get. eat it or go hungry” concept? I think so, but I don’t want to be starting bad habits by getting him whatever he wants.
He has surprised us by eating broccoli and zucchini with gusto this week. He still loves cheese and bread. He was back on eggs for a week, but now he’s back off again! Feeding my baby has been one of the biggest challenges of parenthood, in my opinion.
He sure loved the bites of ice cream I gave him at the beach!
We are down to one nap, which I LOVE. Especially when he sleeps for 2-3 hours!! We’ve had a handful of days like that, and they are pure bliss. But we’ve also had our fair share of 1 hour naps, and that not only sucks for me, but M tends to be grumpier those days too. He generally sleeps 11-12 hours a night now, which is great. 7:30pm to 6:30am is typical.
M is learning to play by himself better than he did a month ago. Especially after a meal he will play for a good 20-30 minutes until he comes to whine at my feet for a while. I play with him and then it’s almost time for another snack to get rid of the crankies. I’ve been able to be a little more productive when he’s awake because of this and can do the dishes and things after a meal, but I still get down and play with him for a good portion of the day.
He’s been getting bored more (I think) with our house, his toys and his mom, so more than ever a daily outing is important. Luckily our gym’s childcare is a great way for him to burn some energy and socialize while I get my workout done, so that’s usually our morning activity. In the afternoons after naptime we sometimes go for a walk, run errands or just play in the yard. I am hoping to start up some more kids activities soon – Little Gym, story time at the library and things. He’s just getting to the age where these will be fun for him.
Mazen has been generous with his “Mamas” lately, and I think he really knows that’s my name now. Matt sent me a voice text through Voxer when I was out the other day of Mazen going “Maaa ma.” I must have listened to it 10 times <3
M has developed this hilarious cheesy smile that he does from time to time. It’s a huge eat-to-ear, teeth showing grin and makes me laugh.
Matt taught him to high five, and he loves to shake his head no, especially at other kids. He is obsessed with Matt and gets sad on the days when Matt leaves for work before he wakes up. Whenever our door chimes open he rushes to the door thinking it’s Daaaaa-da.
He has really started to show signs of attachment to his puppet cat, Pumpkin. He carries her around with him and even hugs her when it’s been a while since he’s last seen her. And he laughs hysterically if we put Pumpkin on our heads and say “Where’s the cat!?!?”
Mazen really understands a lot of what I say these days. He knows things like “It’s time to take a bath,” or “Where is Pumpkin? Go find Pumpkin” or “Are you hungry?” He has started talking more in a funny jumbled language, so I imagine more words are just going to start popping out soon.
He knows the sign for bread now too – here’s the first time he did it. We didn’t realize the “seashell” in front of him was actually bread someone had been feeding seagulls. He’s like “BREAD. GUYS. LOOK!”
Weight: 26 pounds baby!