Posted by: birdsandsquirrels | January 18, 2011

1 year checkup

Birdie’s weight is doing better. She is 21 pounds exactly now, which is 40th percentile. She is 31 inches long, which is 90th percentile. She got two shots, the MMR and chicken pox. She cried pretty hard but calmed down very quickly. Poor baby now has a green runny nose. Could we please go for more than two weeks without getting sick?

She is almost 13 months now. Still no walking. She doesn’t seem motivated at all, she just keeps dropping to her knees even when you try to tempt her with a toy or something. She is climbing like crazy though. She uses her little chair to climb up onto the couch now.

A few days after complaining that she isn’t doing any signs, she started making the milk sign! We were so excited and she seems awfully proud of herself. She is doing some fun new things, like instead of only throwing things out of containers, she is starting to put things back in them. She likes to feed us cheerios. She will dance (bounce around) and clap if you ask her to.

The feeding thing is going better. The thinning the yogurt with milk isn’t working so well, but I tried Murgdan’s suggestion of adding a tiny bit of chocolate syrup to milk (we are trying lactaid currently) and she will drink about an ounce out of a sippy cup (a different style of sippy cup than she uses for water or diluted juice). That is a huge step! I will reduce the amount of chocolate syrup slowly once she starts drinking a little more at a time, until it is just straight milk. She is eating a lot of different food. She loves bits of veggie burger. She likes tastes of hummus and pickles. Broccoli and green beans get explored but not really eaten. She likes eggs with cheese, mini waffles, and the other day we got bagels and let her gnaw on a big bagel. We tethered it to the high chair because she loves to drop things on the floor.

Sleep is difficult still. She wakes 2-3 times a night and I nurse or rock her back to sleep. She is getting 3 more teeth and is sick, so it has been worse than usual the past few nights. Boy do I miss getting 5-6 hours of sleep in a row. At least when she is up, she doesn’t cry a lot. We change her diaper and she nurses or I rock with her in the glider and she goes back to sleep within 20-30 minutes usually. It has been hard for me to fall back to sleep though, so those wakings result in me being up for at least an hour. It could be worse though. It could always be worse. Overall things are going pretty well. Now if we could just stay healthy for a few weeks in a row!



  1. She’s adorable!! Hope she recovers from the shots and cold quickly! πŸ™‚

  2. I miss getting a good chunk of consecutive hours of sleep, too. It makes me realize just how much I took it for granted before I had my little guy. We used to change his diaper when he was up in the middle of the night, but now we just leave him– he would get so much more awake then, and without a change he goes back to sleep within 5-10 minutes, however long it takes him to nurse. I felt guilty at first, until someone pointed out that for kids who sleep through the night, their diapers are just as wet! To compensate, I have a lot of diaper-off time for him…

  3. I just can’t get over how cute she is! She is so expressive!

    Colby’s still up 2-3 times a night too at 18 months. Some kids just don’t need much sleep! (or at least that’s what I tell myself)

  4. That’s great that she’d doing so well on the weight. I’m impressed that she’s eating such a variety. That is very good for her.

    I don’t change Michael’s diaper at night unless it’s one of those rare times when he’s had a BM at night (and that only happens while I’m nursing him if it happens). When Michael wakes up at night it often takes us an hour or more to get back to bed. A lot of the time (3 times a week or more) he would wake up at 4:30 and I had to get up at 5:30 anyhow so those were loooong days.

    Michael isn’t showing any interest in walking yet either. I think he will be a crawler for another couple of months. But I was hearing about how good crawling is developmentally the other day. Crawling is very important for coordination and can even reduce the risk of ADHD and dyslexia so maybe not walking too quickly will provide a benefit in the long run.

  5. they say it’s normal to not walk until 18 months. i wouldn’t stress about it now, especially if she’s doing other developmentally appropriate things. also: is the doc worried?

    our kids weigh right about 22 lbs. in fact, M is still just under 22 lbs and they are 16 months! i’m wondering if someone besides me is going to be concerned that their weight is so low! i know a five month old that is that weight!

    she’s super cute, btw!

  6. green snot? did you call the doctor? that can be a sign of infection, my step-mom is a respiratory therapist, she’s always asking what color my snot is when i’m sick!!!
    i’ve been worried about louise’s weight because she is almost a year (on the 31st) and was just under 21 pounds when i weighed her last week, i have a hard time getting her to eat most of the time, we’ve got a check-up in a couple weeks, hopfully the doctor will have some insight.
    i hope you’re all doing good (besides the green snot that is πŸ™‚

  7. Glad to hear she’s thriving!

  8. What a wonderful photo. She’s just adorable.

  9. i’m glad you’re not worried that birdie’s not walking, babies are all different, she’ll walk when she’s ready. we have a hard time getting louise to eat sometimes too, it can be pretty frustrating. it actually sounds like birdie and louise are about the same size πŸ™‚

  10. She’s such a cutie πŸ™‚

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