Liam has another check-up at the end of this month, but I can give you his stats from his doctor's appointment last month:
Weight: 11.32 kg (24 lbs. 15 oz.) -- 69th percentile
Length: 81 cm (31.9 in) -- 90th percentile
Head: 47.8 cm (18.8 in) -- 78th percentile
I'm sure he has grown since then, but we won't have real evidence until his next appointment. : )
|Liam's first milkshake -- he loved it!|
Liam's eating is definitely that of a toddler now -- he eats 100% "people food," 3 meals a day plus a snack or two. He still breastfeeds in the morning but drinks whole milk the rest of the day. We transitioned to whole milk right after his first birthday. Every morning I was always nursing on one side and pumping the other so that he would have a breastmilk bottle at night; but when Liam started signing "more" to me after nursing a few days in a row I stopped pumping and let him nurse on both sides. We had already been adding some whole milk to his bottle at night so transitioning to only whole milk was easy. I'm just happy that we have made it as long as we have with breastfeeding! I will continue to do it in the mornings for the time being because it is still works for both of us.
In regards to his meals, his very favorite thing to eat is his Dad's spaghetti (or recently my chicken tetrazzini). He LOVES all fruit, fish sticks, pasta, and cheese, but isn't a fan of veggies. I've been working on sneaking them in to his favorite meals, but the boy has a great palate -- he will pull out whatever he doesn't like and keep eating what he does. What a stinker!
|Liam pulled out all his blankets one day and rolled around in them for 20 minutes :)|
|visiting the Philips orchard|
Liam's gross motor and fine motor development has really advanced these last months. He has gone from taking steps, to toddling, to walking (all before his first birthday), and now the kid is full on trying to RUN. We have to make him slow down a lot because he slips and falls if his shoes or socks are too slick (or his upper body gets ahead of his lower body, haha!). He even is starting to drop the "drunk sailor" walk with both hands in the air -- lately he is just super confident and walks around, like, "Hey, you guys didn't know I could do this?" We also taught him how to come down the stairs backwards, which is super helpful since we have 5 sets of half-stairs in our house. He has actually gotten really great at it and needs no help, but we still stay close behind him in case he slips.
|running home from the grocery store one day|
|playing with a box kept him entertained all day!|
It's crazy how much he understands, too! We can ask him a question or tell him something and he totally gets it. He will answer simple yes or no questions with the right response (most of the time), and follows simple 2-step directions, like "Go get your dog and put it in your chair." He loves to get dressed (especially putting on socks and shoes), so if we ask him if he wants to get dressed, he always answers "Yeah!" and drops whatever he is doing to run for the stairs. We can even say "Let's go to Liam's room" (or the kitchen or the potty, etc.) and he knows where to go. He distinguishes between items as well, such as the difference between my slippers and boots -- if I ask him to get my slippers he knows that they are on the other side of our bed and will go get them for me (better than a dog!). After he gets dressed in the mornings he loves to go into his Dad's office and take him his slippers as well, just to make sure all our feet are covered. : ) When I put laundry away in his room I will give him his socks or washcloths (anything small) and he knows exactly where they go and will open the drawer to put them in, closing it behind him. He can point out many body parts like: feet, head, mouth, tongue, teeth, nose, ears, hair, fingers, hands, feet, toes, and belly (maybe more? I forget!).
Liam's favorite songs to sing are Wheels on the Bus (he loves to do the motions) and Old MacDonald (he always sings "ee-i-ee-i" and will do the animal noises for me). He also loves to watch the Baby Einstein video of Wheels on the Bus after being introduced to it on You Tube one day. : ) He plays peek-a-boo with us or anyone on Skype, and loves to "tap dance" -- especially when Keith or I sing "tap, tap, tappin', tap, tap, tappin'" from this scene in The Break-Up :)
|My fave movie ever!|
PS---Just a few more pictures from this month . . .