Here is Dek on his actual birthday (November 4!). Both Mike and I took the day off to hang out with him. We just bummed around took him to get his photos and then to a rock show where Mike played the Harvest Moon Festival (much delayed from September). More photos to come on his birthday jubilee weekend.
Our little man has grown so much these 12 months. At times we didn't know how we would survive some of those sleepless nights, but here we are wondering how it went so fast. I'm also happy to report that I made it pumping a whole year of work (it was very tough at times, but totally worth it). Due to his milk allergy, we will be nursing for a bit longer. Otherwise, he's a healthy and happy dare-I-say it toddler (sniff, sniff - bye bye babydom). He's become quiet mischievous. Recent hijinks include attempts to swallow marbles, guitar picks and outlet covers even. He loves food and eating until he's stuffed and throws up. Just the other day we were at dim sum and we gave him his own "bao" - total mistake as it was rebated to us moments later after he stuff himself with it. His favorite foods are chicken and rice puffs. We've tricked him into eating lots of pureed spinach and kale - I wonder how long this will last.
First year stats (as of Nov 7 at his 12-month visit)
Height 21 lbs 3 oz (30 percentile)
Weight 30 inches (50th percentile)
Head Circumference 18 3/4 inches (90th percentile!)
All that and 7 teeth! The doctor is happy with his weight gain, growth and level of activity. He isn't walking yet, but has mastered crawling at lightning speed and can climb almost anything. He didn't crawl until almost 9 months, so we expect walking may be a bit later. Dek is a super climber though and if you leave him for a moment he'll be on the living room table trying to turn the stereo up. We're really seeing his personality more too; he's turning into such a jokester. He's going through this new shriek/screech phase when he gets really excited. He's also fascinated by water bottles, pots (likes to cook like dad) and enjoys throwing laundry. His potty skills are progressing well too. We started some infant potty training around 10 months (more in a different post) and can convince him to poo in the pot with some regularity.
More photos of his birthday jubilee to come. Apologies for the delayed and massive posting.
Thanks for all the love in helping our little boy have such an amazing first year!