I wasn’t planning on continuing my monthly series on Oliver’s development past his first birthday. My plan was to do a 6 monthly update, but I still see him developing and changing every day. I want to make sure I document everything, so here is his 13 month update!
Food and Milk
2 weeks after Oliver’s 1st birthday he stopped breastfeeding. He naturally weaned himself and is now happy having cow’s milk, albeit a very small amount at bedtime. He doesn’t seem to be a big milk drinker/lover but I am hoping his love of milk grows with time! Food wise, Oliver seems to have developed a HUGE appetite. Blueberries seem to be the food of the moment, I’m pretty sure he would eat a whole punnet if I let him. His favourite meals seem to be macaroni cheese, sausages, pulled pork and shepherd’s pie. They are the meals I can offer him, and know he will eat the whole plate! After supper he always likes to have a fruit puree pouch, he gets so excited when he sees them! We have found that the Kiddylicious range seem to be his favourite snacks, he LOVES their smoothie melts!
Movement and Speech
We still haven’t seen those first steps, but Oliver is well on his way. He’s starting to confidently stand alone and let go of us when he is holding on. This week he has begun to walk whilst holding onto my fingers, he gets really excited and almost starts running! He even took his walker out for a walk down the road the other day (although he got really annoyed that it didn’t go up the steps!!). Oliver still loves climbing the stairs, although he had a little slip down them the other day. Although that slip only stopped him for about 2 minutes and he was back on them again!
What have we been up to?
The week after his birthday, we took Oliver for his first haircut. His hair is a bit sparse on top, but it was getting quite long around the back, so we thought it was best to get it snipped! It’s already starting to grow back though, I’m hoping he doesn’t end up like Stu who needs a haircut every two weeks! We took him to Trotter’s in Guildford, the hairdresser was brilliant and he even got a certificate.
Since I’ve been back at work Oliver has started spending one day with his granny and the other with a childminder. He loves his days with Granny because he gets super spoilt, treats galore and naps on Granny! He seems to really enjoy going to the childminders too, apparently he has made buddies with the other little boys she looks after as well. Other than our new work arrangement, we have been busy with classes. Oliver and I started a new music class this month and Oliver seems to be enjoying it so far (especially the cymbals)!
We visited Wisley for my sister’s birthday at the end of February and saw the first signs of Spring. Then we celebrated my mum’s birthday a few weeks later, we had a lovely lunch out and spent the rest of the day eating lots of cake, macarons and biscuits! Of course Oliver enjoyed it, anything sweet and he’s happy! Oliver’s Great-Granny (GG) passed away in January and we had a celebration tea in her honour a few weeks ago. She didn’t want a funeral, but as a family we felt we had to do something for her. It was a really lovely afternoon and Oliver was definitely on his best behaviour. I swear babies can often pick up when they should be good. But then again, they don’t always!!
All in all it was a lovely month. We have really loved watching Oliver grow and develop. I feel like I will blink and he will suddenly be a full blown toddler (strops and all, he’s already pretty feisty!). Where did that little baby go that I brought home, not even that long ago? We hope you have all had a lovely month too!