It’s official…I no longer have to refer to the age of my boys in months! When people ask how old they are, instead of saying “9, 10, or 11 months” I will now say “ONE YEAR OLD”!! Where did the time go?? It seems like only yesterday I was bringing them home from the hospital, but in reality, a full year has passed, and what an amazing year it has been!
I love seeing their different personalities that have emerged and become even more pronounced since they were first born. They are both such happy boys, but James has the biggest and most contagious smile. He is such a sweet boy, and always offer to share his toys and food with those around him. Philip loves to laugh, and warms to people very quickly. He is always waving at strangers when we are out, while James is a bit more wary with them. Philip knows what he wants and will throw a tantrum when he doesn’t get his way, whereas James is a bit more mellow in that regard.
They love to play with each other and are constantly making each other laugh. In addition to soother-swap, they also love to play chase. They crawl around the house chasing each other and laughing, which is so amazing to see! They are so engaged with everything around them. This past month we took them to a petting zoo and they loved looking at the animals, James especially squealed and shrieked with delight. We also took them to the Toronto Aquarium recently which was so much fun. They enjoyed it a lot more than I thought they would and were so engaged in watching the different fish swim around in the tanks surrounding them. The especially loved watching the octopus!
They are starting to become more dexterous and planned with their movements. Instead of knocking over a full tower, they will carefully take apart the tower block by block. And they have both started to place toys in (or around) the specific area designed for that toy, instead of just throwing them (although they still do that sometimes and usually get a good laugh out of it)! Philip started to clap this month, and also will ‘dance’ by wagging his head back and forth to music or when we ask him to dance. They’ve also graduated from only blowing raspberries to using their fingers to help make a motor-boat sound. Both of them are so ‘talkative’ and sometimes have babbling conversations with each other.
At a year old, Philip has 5 teeth and a 6th on its way any day, and James has 4. They are both eating pretty much everything that we eat now and started to enjoy meat a lot more in the past month than they did previously. Some of their favourite foods now consist of chicken quesadilla, home-made hamburgers, sweet potato fries, scrambled eggs with chopped veggies and ham, and of course the old favourites of banana pancakes and yogurt.
Both boys are experimenting more and more with standing! Philip has stood for 15 seconds before sitting down on his own, and James for 14 seconds. They are both doing a lot of furniture surfing, and when walking with someone they barely hold onto the adults hands and just use them more for support rather than relying on them to stay upright. It is going to a whole new ball game once they start walking on their own!! Now that they are so mobile, their Jolly Jumpers no longer hold the same appeal that they used to so will soon be retired.
It’s been so hot this last month, that we’ve done a lot of water activities with the boys. We borrowed a kiddie pool for our back yard that we have used several times, and while my sister-in-law Auntie Alex and her boy friend Uncle Will were visiting, we took the boys to the pool, the beach and to a smaller lake for a swim. We also tried out a splash pad with my sister and her two kids, but we may wait until they can walk to go back to the splash pad. The boys still love to splash around in the water and get soaking wet. They laugh with each other so much in the water, so it will be a fun summer going out lots with them!
I am so blessed to be able to stay off of work until January, when the boys turn 18 months old, so I will be able to continue to see all of the little daily changes that they are going through!