3.15.2007

My baby is a toddler.
March 3 my baby Will turned 1. I can't believe how quickly the last year has flown by. Compared to life with his big brother, with Will I only savored little moments here and there, like a second each, before moving on to the next emergency or crashing in my bed. But here are the moments I have savored, and the things I remember that make me feel truly warm and fulfilled.

Before bedtime, he rests his head on my shoulder, and places his chubby hand on my shoulder. Sometimes he pats it.

He constantly looks back at me for validation and to understand his world. Anytime he starts to bring something to his mouth -- like a rock, toy, hunk of sand, food from the floor -- he holds it in front of his mouth while looking at me with a raised eyebrow, and starts to shake his head 'no.' The look on his face says, "this is a no-no, right?" When I say no, he usually brings it down to his lap, but often sticks it in his mouth later, when I'm not looking.

He uses his hands to talk. Signing is something I never taught his brother to do. The other day I was nursing him, and he heard The Dog bark in the yard behind us. He immediately sat up and looked at me, waiting for me to explain. I said "dog," while doing the sign for dog (patting my thigh). He immediately started to hit his thigh while trying to bark ("ahh! ahh!")

He adores his big brother as some amazing big kid. This is odd for me because Charlie is still practically a baby himself, at least in my eyes. Will looks at Charlie like he is all-knowing and so, extremely cool. If Charlie pushes him with his foot, it devastates Will.

But he's a pretty happy guy. He rarely cries, unless a very exciting opportunity (like sucking on something sharp or touching a flame) is denied him. Then he arches his back and bursts into tears.

He loves people. He cries when one of the kids gets into trouble. He cries when his brother is put into time-out. He waves and says, "haaaa" whenever anyone arrives at our house. He never acts like he wants space from anyone.

... though he doesn't like to share my lap. I was nursing him, and Charlie wanted up, so I let him sit near Will's feet. Will took his foot and assertively pushed Charlie away. Message was clear: this is my lap now.

The other morning, Jerry put him down so that both of us could get dressed. He started to cry, and said the following: "mama baby."

Here are my favorite pictures of my baby.
March
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1 month old
The only time he ever co-slept was as a newborn. Here, with Charlie.
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2 months
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3 months
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4 months
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5 months
First non-boob food
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6 months
Eating with the big boys
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7 months
The beginning of getting into stuff
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Notice the fingers above the high chair.
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8 months
Freshly bathed.
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9 months
Getting baptised.
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10 months
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11 months
Playing outside.
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12 months
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First haircut.
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Self-feeding.
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Cute.
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4 Comments:

Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Happy Birthday, Will. Those photos were so cute. :)

9:09 AM  
Blogger Kyla said...

Happy birthday, Will!!! That photo of the boys sleeping is just breathtaking, Red...all of them are adorable, but that one is such sleepy sweetness.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Thank you! I love my boys. Glad you enjoyed them. :)

5:20 PM  
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Your little boy looks very pretty.

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