You are 12 months old! Where has the time gone? I feel like you have grown into a little boy in the blink of an eye. It makes me so sad that I can no longer call you my baby anymore. You’re a toddler now!
You weigh 22 pounds and are 29 inches long. You can still wear 6-12 months clothes, but the pants are too short for you. You are starting to wear more 12-18 month clothes. You wear a size 3 diaper during the day and a size 4 diaper at night.
You are my chunky monkey! You sure do love to eat, just like your mama. You don’t like it when your father or I feed you. You’d rather feed yourself. You love pancakes, waffles, grilled cheese sandwiches, and any type of fruit. Your favorite snack is what your dad & I call “cheetos” – they are vegetable & cheese puffs. You also started drinking whole milk this month. You love milk!
I feel like I say this every month, but you have changed so much this month! You are talking up a storm. You have learned to say “JC” and “George” and you call them all the time. You made your Ana so happy this month when you started saying her name. You made everyone around you laugh this month when you said “no no no!” instead of saying “ho ho ho!” You are also a backseat driver just like your Ana – when we are in the car, you like to yell “Go!” at Daddy.
You love to sign! You have mastered “more” and you are starting to pick up other signs as well. I’d like to thank Baby Einstein My First Signs and daycare for your signing ability.
You are so busy. You never stop playing or exploring. You don’t spend long periods of time playing with one toy because you want to play with all your toys. You are a little destructive – you like to take things apart and tear things up. You love to play with your music set, your alphabet train, and your Little People nativity. You carry around baby Jesus everywhere you go!
My heart melted this month when you voluntarily started giving hugs and kisses. You’ve always let me hug you and kiss you, but you’ve never come up to your dad and I and initiated a cuddle session yourself. A few weeks ago, when you were in the tub, you surprised me with a big kiss! I love kisses from my Cooper Bear!
You still love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. We watch it every night before bed, and you have recently started dancing to the Hot Dog Dance. You dance just like Mickey! You still love Baby Einstein. Your Grandma Mary got your a portable DVD player for Christmas, and you love to watch Baby Einstein in the car. You’ve even learned to turn the DVD on and off yourself!
This was a big month for you – you celebrated your first Christmas! We did lots of fun activities to get into the Christmas spirit. We went to the Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. We also went to a Christmas parade. You saw Santa three times! Some babies are scared of Santa, but not you. You wanted to touch his beard!
We spent Christmas with your Ana & Papa, and you got to spent Christmas Eve and Day with your whole extended family. Santa was so good to you. You have more toys than you know what to do with!
You spent a few days after Christmas with your Ana and Papa. Daddy and I missed you very much, but I know you had fun visiting all your family members! You got to go out to eat, play, and visit your great-grandparents. You even got to see your first snow!
Bear, I say this every month, but I feel so lucky to be your mother. You are such a precious gift to me. You’ve made me slow down and enjoy all the little moments in life. Nothing is sweeter than a kiss or a smile from you. Your laughter can turn my whole day around! I’ve been so blessed to have journeyed through this first year with you. I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us as a family.
I hope you know how much you are loved.