It has been a great month for Levi–especially compared to last month. I’ll delve right in…
No change in the amount or frequency of his milk drinking. About 5-6 oz every 4 hours.
Levi didn’t try too many new foods this month, if any. He continues to be a great eater! He’ll at least try just about anything. One thing that he did really love eating this month was anything including rice. He also really started liking broccoli florets, which surprised me. He still refuses to eat almost any type of sandwich–he doesn’t like the bread or lunch meat at all. Even PB&J, which he loved the first time I offered it to him, he pretty much refuses now. But, if sandwiches is the only “pickiness” we’re dealing with, I can definitely handle that!
Our big boy still devours smoothies for breakfast or his afternoon snack. I started sitting him on the counter so we can make the smoothies “together” and he is loving it! I’ll hand him the ice cubes to throw in the blender, let him add the spinach leaves, and he even knows which button to press to start it! We are having a lot of fun with that.
Not too much of a change here either! Levi still goes to bed at 7 PM, but has been sleeping until anywhere between 7:45 and 8:15 AM. He sure does love his sleep!
The beginning half of the month, he did have some napping trouble because we had some company in town. But the last half, he has been napping really well–usually 1-2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. That makes me think he probably isn’t ready to drop his first nap quite yet, which is totally fine with me.
Levi has been LOVING time outside this past month. It has been warm enough for him to sit outside and explore! Since he still doesn’t walk, he mostly likes to stand while holding onto a flower box that we have. He’ll just walk around and around that thing, playing with his sticks and trucks in the dirt.
A couple of times per week, we have also been walking to the park, swimming in the seminary pool, or heading to the zoo! The weather has been so beautiful and Levi has been loving these little field trips. He is much more aware of what is happening around him (as opposed to last Spring)–saying “doggy” when he hears a dog barking or looking up into the sky when he hears an airplane overhead. This has been tons of fun!
Throughout the day, I usually clean up Levi’s toys as he is finished playing with them or before his naps, to prevent our house from being an absolute wreck come dinnertime. I have been including him more in this, so he learns how to clean up. He is doing SO well with it! I sing the “clean up” song as we go and he knows to throw his toys back in the baskets or put all of our cosmetic items back under our bathroom sink (he takes everything out of the cabinet while I’m showering and getting dressed in the morning…sigh). I’ve actually been including him in the “clean up” for months now, but this month I definitely saw him catch on, so I wanted to note it!
Still not walking, goodness gracious! He just sees no need for it whatsoever. I feel differently about it, obviously–I’m tired of carrying him. We are trying so hard not to carry him much anymore and to help him walk to wherever we are heading. Sometimes, he is enthusiastic about it and will walk like a champ (while we hold his hands), but other times, he will have a fit and literally throw himself on the ground.
He does use his walker a lot more now! He’ll actually get it out of his room all by himself and walk up and down our long hallway with it. So that is encouraging, at least. We are also trying to only hold one hand when we walk with him now, to get him more used to balancing himself. Most of the time, he is still very nervous when we do this–like he wants the extra hand for support.
Levi figured out how to climb stairs this month! It all started when we visited the mall playground a few weeks back. He learned how to climb the stairs to the slide while we were there. Now, he is working on figuring out our spiral staircase…which makes me just a bit nervous.
Levi learned a few new words this month, including:
“Daddy” (he says it perfectly now)
“Yes” and “No” (he’ll also shakes his head for these now)
“Side” (for “outside”)
“Lion” (mostly just sounds like “Zi-uhh”)
“Yay!” (he says this in the most unenthusiastic voice. it’s hilarious)
Yes! He has said ma-ma. Only like 5 times, not on a regular basis by any means. And most of the time it’s when he is mad about something or in a voice that sounds like he is dying–but it’s progress, right? He also knows a lot of words, but just can’t say them yet. Most of them are food-related (I’ll ask him if he wants some strawberries, and he’ll say “yes” or shake his head, etc.).
We’re still working on the screaming I talked about last month. He doesn’t usually wake up like that anymore, but he does have screaming fits throughout the day–most of the time when I need to change his diaper. Grr. He’ll now throw himself on the ground or bury his face in the floor and scream if something isn’t going his way. Currently trying to figure out how to discipline in this area! He is completely stubborn. Levi does understand when I tell him to “look at me” and he’ll look me square in the eye. At that point, he knows he has done something wrong. I try to stay as calm as possible with him, because if I yell, it really just escalates things and doesn’t teach him that he shouldn’t yell.
Lastly, our big guy learned a few new “tricks” this month! He has mastered high fives, fist bumps, head butts, lip smacking, kissing, saying “ahh” after drinking something, and mimicking several other sounds. Writing that just made me so appreciative that I have a boy. We are working on animal sounds as well!
The hemp inserts are working great! His diapers are still sopping wet every morning, but leaks are pretty rare (unless he had a lot to drink right before bedtime). Yay!
Last week, Levi was stirring throughout the night much more than usual. He also was in a super grumpy mood for a few days, but I just assumed it was because we were out a few nights past his bedtime. I just so happened to stick my finger in his mouth to feel around for teeth and lo and behold, he already had two new top molars! They had already broken through.
This week, he has been a little more picky with his eating–he mostly wants softer foods. And one molar was bleeding a bit the other day, so my guess is they are giving him some pain now. I just give him 1-2 teething tablets throughout the day, and he is usually back to his old self. Total teeth count: 12.
Earlier this month, I was getting super stressed because Levi was not napping as well–therefore, I wasn’t able to work as much as I need to. But halfway through the month, everything changed when he put himself on this schedule. It has been the weirdest thing. He has been napping well and actually wanting more sleep. So here’s what the last few weeks have looked like for us. I am definitely not planning to wean him from his morning nap anytime soon. In my opinion, if he still sleeps for at least 1.5 hours every morning, he still needs that nap.
8:00 AM- Wake up, milk, breakfast
9:15 AM- Nap
11:00 AM- Wake up, get dressed, playtime
12:00 PM- Milk, lunch
1:00 PM- Nap
3:00 PM- Wake up, run errands or do something fun
4:00 PM- Milk, snack
5:00 PM- Levi plays in the yard or takes a bath while I get dinner started (we switched to daily nighttime baths, since he is outside a lot more now)
6:00 PM- Milk, dinner
6:30 PM- PJ’s and wind down
7:00 PM- Bedtime
Whew, this has been a long post! Here are a few highlights of Levi’s 16th month of life.
We celebrated Brian’s 27th birthday! What an oldie he is 😉 We went to the mall to try to find him a bathing suit (and didn’t end up finding one…bummer). We found Levi a mini-skateboard while at Tilly’s and he thought it was the best thing ever. So did Brian. They were both in heaven, my little skater dudes. And then we looked at the price tag…and put the $125 tiny skateboard back on the shelf. We closed out the night by eating at El Taco Luchador for dinner. Yum!