Berkeley 12 months ~ ElephantEats.com

As usual, I’m really behind on this update. Little Berkeley is no longer a baby, and is officially a Toddler (tho really, who makes those rules?). 

1st birthday cake ~ ElephantEats.comFor his first birthday, we were down at my parents’ shore house. I don’t really give him much sugar, so I used my mom’s recipe for Apple Zucchini Muffins (i need to share that, btw), baked it into cake pans and then just cut it out with a bowl to make small circles. The frosting is just whipped cream with a little maple syrup and vanilla. And of course, blueberries to garnish (Berkeley’s favorite fruit!)

1st bday Smash cake ~ ElephantEats.com

My little toddler is definitely toddling, and with his first pair of shoes (!) he’s pretty fast outside. Our nanny says that when she takes him to the park, he runs around nonstop. Indoors he’s still always on the go as well, walking between the living room and dining-room-turned-playroom with his little water cup in hand. He also decided he likes to go into the kitchen and open a few cabinets and drawers…one in particular has spatulas, etc. in it and he carries them around. 

Playground ~ ElephantEats.com

I mentioned before that he was saying “uh-oh” tho not consistently. But the day after he turned one he started saying mama! He says it really clearly and I love hearing his little voice :) He doesn’t necessarily know what he’s saying, though. He also started saying baba a day or two after that. Now he says yaya and wawa, but again just as sounds.

bday wknd ~ ElephantEats.com

He may not be talking much, but he’s understanding a ton more! When i say bird, he points up at his bird mobile (i didn’t even know he knew what a bird was!), he’ll bring you a book if you ask, and understands some other basic commands. It’s so fun to see him understanding things :) He also pulls on your hand to take you somewhere…so cute!!

Governor's Island 2 ~ ElephantEats.com

He LOVES to wave at everyone and everything. It’s so funny because when it first started I was pushing him in teh stroller and kept seeing people waving at him, and i was like…what the heck? Then I realized they were waving BACk at him, haha. And it’s like a real wave with his hand now, not a whole-arm movement like before. He can also really clap now, as opposed to putting his partially closed hands together. 

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He does this game now where he runs over to his crib and hides behind it (it’s about 1 ft away from the wall) and then we say “where’s berkeley???” and he pokes his head out and laughs hysterically and runs towards us. Repeat to infinity. He does this same game whenever you tell him not to do something…he’ll pretend he’s about to do it and when you say “noooo,” he laughs hysterically and runs away. Something tells me this boy is gonna be t.r.o.u.b.l.e.

Governor's Island 3 ~ ElephantEats.com

He actually gives kisses now when asked, although he really just sticks his tongue out and touches it to your face. He’s also become more gentle with LC and has redeveloped a love/interest in her, although we still have to get him to pet her side instead of her face.

I thought Berkeley was having separation anxiety before, but it was nothing compared to this month. He cries whenever I leave for work (like full blown tears) and pretty much whenever I leave the room. It makes me so sad. For a week or two he would cry when his nanny showed up because he knew I was leaving.

Governor's Island 4 ~ ElephantEats.com

Berkeley is usually a really happy, easy-going boy, but he started to get really cranky. On the weekend he had his last swim class for the season, he cried during the class and I ended up having to leave. Then he bawled while getting his new pair of shoes (I don’t think he liked the strange man touching his feet). I think maybe he’s teething?

First pair of shoes part 1 ~ ElephantEats.com

 

First pair of shoes part 2 ~ ElephantEats.com

I talked to the lady we used for Sleep Consulting due to his bad second nap, and she got him on a nap schedule. He usually takes two 1-1.5 hr naps, which isn’t bad. 

Along with the new schedule, we’ve begun weaning from bottles. This was actually a blessing since it is SO hard to get that boy to sit still for a bottle. It was becoming a fight for every one but the morning one. I’d have to simultaneously hold the bottle while rotating thru toys/books with the other hand to keep him occupied and sitting still.

Apple Picking 2015 ~ ElephantEats.com

Pardon Berkeley’s face…this was the best of all the choices

Since he never sits still and is now walking, we like to take him out onto the sidewalk and let him stroll on his own (under very careful supervision, obv). He loves it. 

Trader Joes ~ ElephantEats.com

Stats: 22 lb 5 oz, Size 3 Pampers Swaddlers diapers (Size 4 Huggies Overnite with a booster pad for nighttime)

Teeth: 4 on top and 4 on bottom. 

Apple Picking 2015_2 ~ ElephantEats.com

Likes:

Walking!, drinking water from his straw cup,babbling, climing on his chair and getting books from his bookshelf, hiding behind his crib, NOT SITTING STILL, woofing at any animal, waving at anything and anyone.

Dislikes:

Bottles, mama and papa leaving for work, falling when he walks, the shoe store salesman.

Schedule (same as 11 months):

between 5-6 am: wake up. I don’t go get him until 6am though.

6:15 am: 6 oz bottle of formula followed by baby oatmeal (made with half prune juice/water) and some fruit pieces

8 am: 1 hr-1.5 hr nap

9:30 am: wake up (if still sleeping) and have a snack (some cheese and fruit, etc)

12:00: lunch (usually some protein, some fat, some veggies/carbs/fruit)

12:30: 1 hr-1.5 hr nap. He has boycotted this several times due to teething i think.

1:30-2:15ish (when he wakes): 6 oz bottle of formula

3-4:30ish- more solids (technically his dinner since he goes to bed so early). I usually make this 1.5 hrs before his bedtime bottle.

Bathtime

4:30-5:30ish (1/2 hr before bedtime): 7 oz bottle of formula

5-6:30ish (4 hrs after waking from second nap): bedtime! He’s had a 6-6:15ish bedtime several times and if I rush home I can see him for a bit. He’s always SO surprised and happy to see me :)

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9 Comments

  1. Hi Amy! Oh my gosh, the baby is BIG! What a happy little guy and I love how he gives kisses. I still remember when my son started lifting his arms up to be picked up and started understanding things like giving kisses and blowing kisses, waving, etc. It’s all so sweet. : ) Wishing you all the best over here!

    • Hi Monica! Sorry for the late reply. Yes, he is getting so big and so heavy :) He’s def doing the “pick me up” thing and also doing the squirming so he slips out of your grip when you try to pick him up and he doesn’t want to be :) Happy new year!

  2. I can’t believe he’s ONE YEAR OLD ALREADY! Time flies, for sure. Such a fun time, too, when they turn one, because so many milestones really start to get hit, and so much personality really shines through. I remember being a paranoid WRECK when stella started walking, b/c they’re so tottery and unstable that everything in her path looked like a potential hospital visit to me. :) so exciting to see him growing!

    • Oh my gosh, I know…and with my late reply, he’s on his way to 1.5 yrs old. He is starting to say some things and understand more and I’m loving it :) Thanks, Shannon!

  3. Amy, your little guy is so big, and so cute! I can’t believe he’s one already-I remember the pregnancy posts like it was yesterday! Love & best wishes to him and your whole family.

    • Aw, thanks, Elizabeth! Man, I need to learn to schedule my time better so I can find my way back to blog-reading. Miss your yummy recipes, tho i love the previews on get on social media ;) Happy new year to you and your fam!!!

  4. I think Berkeley is such a fine young boy…love how he likes to wave to everyone. :)

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