WE MADE IT!!!!!!!! My itty bitty Shrimp turned one! The most epic year of my life has come to a close, but a new and exciting chapter is just about to start! Arthur has started the amazing transformation from infant to toddler, and is enjoying the process immensely (so are we!)!!!
1 year milestone of breastfeeding and we are still going strong! I am so proud of us for making it this far! I really felt that even if things were so tough, I would try my absolute hardest to breastfeed until 1 year, and luckily everything went so smoothly, so we have no plans of giving it up anytime soon!
In addition, Arthur now has no restrictions on the foods he can eat (Honey was the only food we delayed due to the risk of botulism), but has shown preference to foods like breads, and fruit, carrots while obviously disliking green veggies like broccoli and brussel sprouts!
I weighed Arthur a week prior to his birthday. Fully dressed, in a possibly wet diaper he weighed in at a grand total of 20lbs on the nose!!! Little man is…..well, little! The weight doesn’t really mean much right now, he’s never used an infant car seat, but it is interesting to me, to know that he would technically still fit in one by weight. He also just had a massive height growth spurt, so he’s looking a whole lot skinnier than before!
Arthur’s sleep has been slowly but surely improving! He sleeps usually one 4 hour stretch followed by a 5 or 6 hour stretch and has at least one 2 hour nap per day, sometimes two! Over all it was a rough year in the sleep department, but when it’s all done, he has improved so much and I am happy to say we never had to resort to any form of CIO, although I would never judge another parent for doing what works for their family. Sleep deprivation can do brutal things to you, but I want to give hope to other families going through this! There is light at the end of the tunnel!
Arthur still only has 4 teeth.
He’s standing on his own more and more, moving from sitting to standing on his own without using anything to pull up!
He officially says “dada” with the intention of getting Hubby Bumpkin’s attention, or clearly wondering where he is!
Baby Bumpkin mimics sounds and signs for more and all done!
Babywearing has come back into our lives quite a bit! Arthur likes to be held and we do a lot of running around the yard. He isn’t crazy about grass, so I just toss him in my ring sling while hanging laundry on the line and he’s a happy camper. The ring sling and boba are getting the most love lately, and I don’t know how I’d ever survive without them both!
Cloth diapering is still going well. Although the struggles with sores on his bum have not gone away! We are continuing to try all kinds of natural remedies, it seems that sun and air have been helping the most! He is on the road to recovery there! What I take away from all this is that cloth or disposable wouldn’t have made much difference!
As well the stink issues we have are still kicking around, but I’ve found adding some vinegar to the rinse cycle every so often (beware this can damage elastics) has helped! I think 1 more good strip of the diapers would help, but I just haven’t gotten to that yet!
The final month of Arthur’s infancy went rather smoothly! No major bumps or hiccups! He has become such an independent little person, moving from toy to toy, room to room exploring and learning through touch and sound. Experimenting with putting objects in and taking them out of various containers (emptying my cupboards is a favourite activity as of late!
Thank you so much to anyone who’s kept up to date with the goings on around here! I am so grateful to have an online community that has supported us through Baby Bumpkin’s first year on Earth!