You were born one year ago today – July 7, 2007. On that day, you made me and your “Da-da” into parents. It was a beautiful birth, although tiring, and we were so happy to have you home with us. You barely cried at all that day. You were so calm and we just couldn’t stop staring at you.
Throughout the first month of your life, we made it through lots of gas, nighttime feedings, and a little bit of dehydration. It was pretty hot out there in Texas, so we made it a point to stay at home in the A/C as much as possible. In general, you remained a happy, easy baby who loved to be swaddled.
By the time you reached the two-month mark, you had turned into a pleasantly plump little baby! You were just beginning to smile and rarely smiled long enough for a camera to catch you in the act. You also began to sleep through the night without any help – I nursed you around 9:30pm, you would fall asleep, and then I laid you in your crib, where you slept soundly until at least 6am. Then, I’d bring you into our bed, nurse you, and you’d sleep until 9 or 10am. That was the life!
At three months old, you were smiling, laughing, and jiggling around quite often. You continued to chub up, and your cheeks stopped strangers in their tracks. I loved capturing pictures of you with your face scrunched together – especially because it showed how huge your lips were (and still are!).
When you were four months old, you couldn’t get enough of your daddy. You loved it when he rubbed his whiskery face all over you as he pretended to gobble you up. Your personality was really starting to come through. By this time, you were holding your head up very well as you spent time on your tummy or in the sling. This is also the time your daddy and I started considering cloth diapers and changing the way we ate. It was the beginning of a healthier family all around!
You were such an amazing five-month-old. If I so much as smiled at you, it threw you into a fit of laughter. You loved to lay on our bed and watch me as I cleaned, talked to you, or just sat there with you. As amazing as you were, however, this is also the month you decided you were done sleeping through the night. You began to wake up anywhere between two and 5 times each night. Although we became sleep deprived rather quickly, you were worth it all.
At six months old, you were officially sitting up! We often tucked pillows, towels, or blankets behind you, just in case, because sometimes you got so excited, you fell backwards! You seemed to be much happier when you sat up – in fact, sometimes you’d sit in one spot, playing with your toys (especially blocks and Mr. Giraffe), for over a half hour! I couldn’t believe it!
You had your first taste of pureed fruits and veggies when you were 7 months old, but you didn’t like it very much so we decided to hold off for a few more months. You loved sitting in your high chair, still loved your blocks and Mr. Giraffe, and you were showing absolutely no signs of crawling.
Your fascination with spoons really picked up when you were eight months old. You visited New York for the first time and met your Great Grandma on Daddy’s side, and you also “made” your first little friend, Gideon. You sprouted two teeth in your eighth month and so, began to eat Cheerios.
At nine months old, your two top front teeth began to push through your gums. You started crawling backward, and you still weren’t sleeping through the night. You were pretty cranky sometimes because of the crawling issue, but, you were still a pretty happy baby!
You finally learned to crawl forward when you were ten months old! You also learned to pull yourself up and “cruise” on the same day, and ever since, you have been very mobile. You immediately turned into an even happier baby. We babyproofed the house and gave you a little corner of the room for your toys. Your two top front teeth came through and you also started to sprout two more top teeth!
You began to balance all by yourself when you were eleven months old. You seemed close to taking your first step but we’re not in a rush. 🙂 Daddy got a piano and you love to play it! You discovered the joys of toy cars and you had a special love for watermelon, cheese, bread, and carrots.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You’re now twelve months old, my baby Jack! You know that hats and headbands belong on the head (and you even put my pink headband on your head without my help!). You have graduated to “adult food” and you love playing in the pool, still love playing with your cars, and you could pull laundry out of the laundry basket and put it back again for hours. You’re meticulous and detailed – you love pointing out things like bellybuttons, eyes, earrings, pieces of fuzz, and bugs. You laugh out loud every time you see and cat or a dog, and you can say, “Mama,” “Da-da,” “Doug,” and sometimes, we think you say “Hi.”
I love you, Jack! You’ve made me into a mother and I am so blessed by the joy you bring to our family. Here’s to you!