Happy 13 Months LJ!
(Remember how I said I was going to revert to 6 month photos from now on due to the stress involved? ... Well I seem to have forgotten about it in the month that passed since the 12 month photos and thought - I can still do this. what.an.idiot.)
We tried various different entertainment to keep him still but it didn't work. In the end I settled for letting him have my phone so he can talk to Siri (You leave an iPhone around and he will be talking to Suri in seconds) and I managed to get one photo.
So what is the round up for 12-13 months for LJ?
My little man,
You now have 9 teeth, yes NINE. You doubled your teeth count in one weekend.
You are 79cm tall, your cousin measured you today.
I have NO idea how much you weigh but you feel heavier.
You now have size 4 feet.
You can say more words, you now say Ma, Dada, NanNan, Car, Ta, There and Quack Quack.
You are obsessed with Thomas and Friends and know your engines when I ask you to show me one.
You are now running!
You can climb up on things and turn round to come down safely. (Most of the time, oops)
You love to be chased around the room and run and hide when we say we are coming to get you.
You have started to throw tantrums when you don't get your way or get frustrated.
You do a great impression of a monkey.
You can stack your cups up in a tower.
Your hair has grown and you have one little curl at the back.
You love to play trains and line them up neatly and push them around the track.
You dance with your bum.
You love to watch water pour out of cups in the bath.
You still say 'Ooo' to everything.
You love to play with bigger kids and copy what they do.
You love to sit and drive in your play car.
You have started to master walking up and down steps.
You still have a way to go with working out hills.
You are extra ticklish on your side.
You love to scream at the top of your lungs.
You now love to sleep in your cot (thank goodness!) but you still need mummy there to fall asleep. (one battle at a time)
Your pretty good at kicking a football.
You are learning so much everyday, you continue to amaze us.
Another bright idea I had (after the stress of the return of the monthly photos) was to edit the year video, one month at a time, in order to reduce my stress levels come birthday time.
So here it is, a montage of a 12 month old in a hot summer heatwave.
My organisation for LJ's second year has been downgraded to monthly folders, this made it so much easier to just import all the videos in to iMovie for me to edit! Ta-Da!
If you missed LJ's first year video, you can check it out here.
So again it's been nearly a month since the last post. It seems i'm one of those people who can't just come home at the end of the day and chill. I always have a project (or five) on the go at all times and then get stressed out when i've got five half finished not even started projects.
To cut a long story short - i'll try to be better.
So what have we been up to lately?
There's been a lot of messy eating. Mostly in the nude. (him, not us)
It's been so hot! We finally got to get the paddling pool out! LJ got to sport his various swim wear that we obtained over the last few months, but he never wears for actual swimming due to his happy nappy.
We took the toys outside and built big train tracks and had everything out at the same time. Mummy took close ups of chubby baby hands playing so that she could remember the details.
There were a few summer treats that were finger licking good.
I somehow got talked into running 5K and having colour thrown at me, with 3 of my friends. We raised £340 for EACH (East Anglian Children's Hospices) and surprised ourselves with completing the course in 36 minutes with very little practice runs. Our charity page is here. You can still sponsor!
It was SO much fun and i'm signing up for next year for sure! The colour party at the end was spectacular.
We hitched a ride to Woodbridge with my dad and explored the town, picking up a train book in the local charity shop and stopping for some park time on the way back.
I battled with you and the sunhat and won 90% of the time.
We went on many walks and found the street we need to move too!
We #rockthatwall a few times with our new GAP sale purchases and birthday Converse.
LJ took lots of naps in his cot in the day! (Hooray!!)
We had our 12-13m injections and mummy nearly cried at how upset her baby was.
So I had an episode of mummy guilt, which resulted in a new choo choo train. (BUT he was REALLY brave, so he deserved it!)
We had some hilarious expressions in cute new birthday clothes.
I became even more obsessed with the TimeHop app as it showed me newborn photos everyday! (To read more about my favourite apps, click back on this post.)
We introduced a pillow! He doesn't always sleep on it, but it sure helped with 'lie down on your pillow' and cot sleeping!
It's part of an amazing bed set that I got in the sale (I couldn't resist!) but i'll wait and save that one for when we are using the quilt too!
LJ discovered his true climbing skills and his new love for boxes.
LJ FINALLY fit into his Freshly Picked Moccs that I bought back in November.
We hitched another ride with Grandad to Dovercourt Beach and fell in love with the shallow long tide for splish splashing.
It went on for ages, it meant it wasn't too cold or deep for LJ to play in and we had lots of fun.
I even got in front of the camera for a rare photo with my little man!
I realised that LJ still lays in the same way he did when he was days old.
We played more outside on our 'fake' grass.
We let LJ and the bunnies run free.
They amazed us with how patient they were with him and how loving he was to them.
LJ learned to say 'Quack Quack' as we played outside in the paddling pool (sporting more swim wear).
We had the last week off together as a family, it was great to have some fun days out and chill days at home. We had some time off at Christmas together but LJ was very poorly and we didn't get out and about. One of the best treats was taking it in turns to sleep in or nap in the day! I haven't had that much sleep in a year!
I didn't always win the sunhat battle.
We visited Bressingham Steam and Gardens for the day with my mum, brother, auntie and cousins. We have been coming here for years, it appears all the boys in our family are obsessed with trains. LJ was amazed at how big the stream trains were and how close we were to the little ones which were in operation.
Everything was Ooo but he did cling to mummy.
LJ fell asleep on one of the train rides, I guess it was all too much fun.
We met Mike the Knight at Bressingham, Mike the Knight is the programme that LJ and his nanny (my mum, pictured) watch in the morning when I leave them to go to work! LJ wasn't so sure about being close to Mike but he was happy to watch him.
We even had a go in a 'dirty diesel'.
If you needed a scale to imagine on. These trains were magnificent, it's a shame we don't have such grand trains anymore.
We even had time for a go on the swings. LJ has decided that he quite likes the swings now, that he will no longer look like the strange child looking like he's being hurt in a swing.
This trip also resulted in another two train purchases. We let LJ pick out which train he wanted (from a wall FULL of Thomas trains, i'm sure his mind was in candy land) and he kept picking two, so Ali said 'Let's just get two!' ... I'm down for whenever daddy wants to spend some money.
LJ decided to show some love to a cuddly toy, only 12 months after birth.
I continued to be amazed by the gift of this baby boy that is all mine (Ok, Ali's too) and how bloody gorgeous he is everyday! (Although ask me again at 3am and I may be more hesitant)
We used LJ's birthday voucher for Jimmy's Farm and had lots of fun as a family exploring the farm and feeding the animals.
We ate our lunch up in the woodland dens and LJ got to practice his walking skills over logs and through dens.
It continued to be hot most of the week, it was nice and shady in the woods.
LJ was in his element in the wooden cars in the sandpit area.
LJ's favourite part of the day was watching someone mow the grass on an old pink tractor.
We got LJ's feet measured and purchased some sandals to last him the rest of the Summer.
LJ spent most of his time at home with no clothes on and eating.
He did sport his new Bibsili monster and cow bib that we had delivered in the post. Bounty had a 2 for 1 offer running and I'd seen the bibs for a while. They are amazingly soft and flexible and catch any run away food.
We got down to under 100 stickers to go in our world cup sticker collection.
I got to go out with my friends for a birthday and had a lie in the next morning. I found my boys like this at 9am, it had obviously been a busy morning!
We went for some late afternoon drives around the block! I used to do this when I was little, it's such a great childhood memory.
Oh and he was nappy free in that car. LJ got a good 2 hours nappy free time playing in water buckets in the garden.
Then we had even more messy meal times. Kids, don't clap and eat.
We visited grandparents and had more pool time (and swim costume change).
I got to spend 11 days straight with this little man and I loved every second. This is the new #partypartyapp, i've got something awesome up my sleeve to show it off some more! Stay tuned. Ps - isn't it cute how you can see him understanding what we were doing in the Photo Booth photos above!
I hope your all having a great summer and surviving this British heatwave.
I'll have a LEGO update and a belated half year review of the resolutions coming