Monday, January 10, 2011

1 year old

i can't believe we have a 1 year old on our hands! the past year has FLOWN's definitely true what they say-the days are long but the years fly by. yup, some of the days are FOREVER like yesterday...tman had a rough night (meaning he wanted to party from about 12:30-3:30 am), was super fussy and tired all day long, didn't want to take an afternoon nap...which leads to lots of screaming and crying from his crib. normally on those days we'd load up in the car even if it's just to drive around. but nope, not yesterday...we were STUCK at was freezing outside and snowing...and then of course it turned to ice last night...yup, we were going a little stir crazy and tman was in bed shortly after 6! :-) and we have no snow pictures to show for the day...he just wasn't up for it.

ok, back to tanner's 1 year post...i feel like we were just at the hospital having the tman. what a year this has been! it is amazing to see how much he has changed in just 365 days. the last few days i've been working on making a book with all the pictures from tanner's first year, and it's been fun to look back...crazy how much one little person can change...and how you so quickly forget things. but not to worry-we have 4,043 pictures from the last year to help us remember!

little did we know how much our lives had just a good way...but man, we had no idea!
a year ago...this was about 1 am on January 3...and yes i look rough and have 5 chins, but i get a pass-i had just birthed this kiddo like 30 minutes prior and had been pushing for over 3 hours before that-um see head circumference percentiles below-yup, big head-and had been hooked up to ivs and fluids (adding to the puffiness of my face-well really the puffiness of everything) for a whole 24 hours before that. yes, gold star to me.

who knew you could love a little guy so much?!?! and who knew that being a parent could be so fun, hard, exhausting, rewarding, baffling, exciting, confusing, emotional, joyous, overwhelming, and hilariously funny?!?
in one year's time tanner went 
from this:
to this: 
(oh my goodness, he looks like such a little boy in this one compared to the other...he's definitely not a baby anymore!):

we had his 1 year check up on friday...3 shots-yes these were doosies!-and a toe prick for blood (which doesn't even bother him at all). 
tanner's measurements...we've got a tall, skinny dude on our hands.
height: 30.75 inches (76%)
weight: 19 lbs 5 oz (8%)
head circumference: 47 cm (75%)

karen thinks once tanner starts drinking whole milk and eating more and more yummy things, he'll start to pack on the pounds. we've started trying to give him whole milk...he's not so sure about it but we'll get there. he's finally learned to like a sippy cup and is quite proud when he gets a drink himself. and i've finally started weaning him-yes, i really can't believe i/we made it a year. i almost quit at 4 months-nursing strikes are no fun. and even after that i really hadn't planned on going a year...had really always had 6 months in mind as my goal. but it kind of just happened, and hey, it did save us a bunch of money! but it will be a good day when the milk factory shuts down for good!

teeth-he's got 4 on top and 2 on bottom but i think the other 2 bottom ones are working their way out (which could explain yesterday's extreme fussiness). hopefully these will come in handy for all the yummy food in his future. 

we've been trying lots of new foods, but he has a thing for textures and has discovered the skill of spitting out food. yup, it makes meal time lovely! most new foods get spit out at least once. and even if i hide a new food that he doesn't love in with something he does like, he usually somehow finds a way to swallow the good food, isolate the new stuff and spit it out. yes, my friends, that takes skill! and just because he likes something one day, doesn't mean he'll like it the next. yesterday, he had part of a blueberry muffin for dinner. so of course i figured we could share one this morning for breakfast. he wanted NOTHING to do with it! same thing with mandarin oranges. loved them yesterday, this morning, nope! but he did have his first few bites of ice cream sandwich the other day and he was a fan! and he's still quite into feeding himself. every once in a while he'll tolerate something that i have to feed him (ie applesauce or yogurt), but i haven't been brave enough to let him try the applesauce on his own with a spoon (although he'd probably love to try!). tanner's current favorite foods: lima beans, peas, cheerios, cheese, pears and peaches.

sleep-wise we have finally gotten this kid to sleep past 6...wahoo! he's usually waking up around 6:15-6:30...but that is a heck of a lot better than 5:30-5:45! and he's still going to bed around 6:30 at night. part of me would love for his bedtime to be a little later (bedtime at 6:30 makes going out to dinner a little challenging and it doesn't leave him much time to play with lance when he gets home), but we'll get there eventually. let's just say it's usually not worth it to keep him up late...we ALL pay the price for that! he's still taking 2 naps a day-kind of. his morning nap has gotten really good...usually about 1 hr 15 minutes. but lately he's decided that he wants to fight his afternoon nap. he's tired and needs it, but the last few days he's just refused despite anything i try.

toys...he is on toy overload after christmas and his birthday. we've got some stashed in his closet to pull out when he needs some new entertainment. but he loves his laugh n learn house, table and kitchen, his new ball popper, and of course all of his vehicles that he can ride/push around the house (ice cream truck, 4 wheeler, push cart and cozy coup...and even the big tub of dog food...he loves pushing it around the kitchen). he loves walking and pushing those ALL around the house! some days i feel like he's doing laps. 
the birthday boy playing with his cars

and of course he loves to play in the kitchen...opening and closing doors and cabinets is the best entertainment! and he's just recently started to "let go" of whatever he used to pull up with and balance for a little bit without freaking out!
 playing with his farm animal fridge magnets...he love to make it play the songs 

clothes-still in 12 month outfits for the most part. 6-12 month tops still fit great, but the pants are starting to get a little short so we've moved to some 12-18 months. diapers are still size 3 but probably not for long...i'm seeing size 4 in the near future.

all smiles the morning of his birthday...we went to visit lance at work and then went to lunch in grapevine, and then tanner took a nice nap in the car on our way home (yup, i got home and drove around the neighborhood for a while and sat in a parking lot for a while as to keep the boy asleep).
i had a little fun fixing his does quite the spike!
 and a few of his pictures with the puppy dog...round 1 by myself didn't work so well
he thought it was so funny to throw the puppy off of the chair-apparently he didn't want the dog sitting with him.
 yup, about to grab the dog and throw him off again! can't you see it written all over his face-get off this chair, puppy!
 if he wasn't throwing the dog off, he was throwing himself off. he has no fear (taking after his ipop and uncle grant)...nose dives off the chair are hilarious apparently!
 the best 2...taken with poppa's assistance
we love you little guy...what a wonderful year it's been!



Kim said...

TOO cute! Reading this made me kind of emotional- maybe that's why I haven't done Grace's yet! :) We are working on weaning too and it's not going very well- she's going on sippy cup strike! Keep me posted on how he does! He is such a cutie! Can't believe our babies are ONE!!!

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday Tanner! It goes so fast. I saw your comment on my blog. I have been reading your blog but have never commented :). Christy told me you are in her PlayWisley class. That is so fun!

Meredith said...

i know, doesn't that year just FLY by in a blink? oh man, my little dude will be 18 months on Friday. what?? how?? but, you know, it just get's better and better every day. well, some days more than others;) congrats girl!