Mazen is so much fun these days, as all my friends told me ONE would be. Getting to one was kind of like planning a wedding: you really love the process and the details and all the excitement and then once the wedding has come and gone you think: “Wow, I am sort of glad that’s over!” I am definitely excited to have another baby someday, but I’m also thrilled that walking and talking and playing are all just around the corner.
At 12 months, Mazen can say “night night,” “Hello” (he-row), “ah” for cat and lots of Daaaaaa-das. We think he is starting to say other words, but they are still hard to hear at this point. He says a word that sounds like “this” or “yes” a lot, often when he points, but I can’t figure out what he’s saying. He also says a very enthusiastic “Mmmmmmmmm!!” when he is hungry! He can sign “all done” and “milk” and “more” (using my hands) but we’re still working on some of the others. He has applied “all done” to things other than food too – he’ll sign it when he’s finished with a toy or game or doesn’t want to do something anymore. It has been very convenient!
He has also started to show us that he knows things by pointing. He can point to his tummy, nose, feet, diaper and ears (although not always perfectly). He can clap when something is exciting. He can also point to animals and babies in books, but not always. He knows the cat in “Clip Clop!” He clearly understands language. When I say “Are you ready for your bath?” he heads to the bathroom, and I get a strong “Mmmm!” when I ask him “Are you hungry?” or “Ready for lunch?”
We are still nursing before both naps, but I have experimented and dropped one feeding a few times only to add it back the next day. I’d love to get down to just morning + night nursing soon. Since he has learned the milk sign he now knows how to ask for milk. He doesn’t ask for it that often, but there have been times when he has outside of our normal routine and I haven’t known what to do. I’m not that eager to feed him more frequently, but at the same time, I think it also might just be his sign for thirst in general so I often give him water and that seems to satisfy him.
He has taken 4-5 steps at a time and is getting so good at standing up on his own in the middle of a room starting from a squat. He seems a little timid about walking (and the crashes that go with it) so I think it will be a slower process to go from crawling to running than I originally thought.
I can tell that he really enjoys the company of other babies, and we’re getting to the point where a day at home just with mom is a little boring. He really seems to like going to the gym child care and playing there, and loves his friends when we go to meet ups. He doesn’t love the stroller as much if he’s not in the mood for it, so sadly our walks have shortened and gym visits are back up again. This makes me so sad because I would walk all day in the fall weather if he would be willing!
Mazen has started to become a pickier eater, which I hear is totally normal. His favorite food of eggs is now pushed from the tray. He is really into blueberries and halves of cherry tomatoes these days. And he has yet to turn down cheese, so I’d proclaim that he’s favorite food. He also seems to really like yogurt and bread. We get him to eat veggies in frittatas, things like No Bull Burgers or in ravioli or smoothies. The boy still loves meat and gobbled down BBQ the other night. It’s kind of strange: I would expect him to have a narrow palate of foods he likes, but he seems to want diversity. He gets sick of a food and when we present something new (like pumpkin this week!) he gobbles it down. He sure keeps me on my toes. He loves to offer me food now as well!
We are still napping twice a day, but that ebbs and flows. Some weeks he takes two 2-hour naps and other weeks he seems to not really want to nap or seems OK with just one. I’m actually looking forward to going down to one simply because it will open our day up so much. I haven’t been able to go to Pump or story hours at the library and things because of our naptime in a long time. I will miss all the work time though! Lately I’ve been putting a few books in his crib at naptimes and he will read for a bit and fall asleep. It seems to work better than trying to sooth or sing him to calm and then putting him down – he just stands right back up! He seems to be the type of baby who needs to settle by himself. Mom is too exciting.
He got his first haircut recently! Kiddos with curly locks looks so cute with longer hair, but with his straight hair it just looked unkempt. Love it now! Dada did a great job while I made silly faces and provided crackers.