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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

13 Months

Diego had sort of a rough 13th month of life. He was pretty sick for over a week, and the crankiness seemed to really linger, until Eddie and I figured out he was having trouble with cow's milk. We switched him to Next Step Formula and he is back to his happy-go-lucky self! We'll bring back the milk a little later, apparently after having stomach illness kids can have trouble digesting the milk for a while, which can cause further upset stomach. For now, we're good with the formula instead. Diego is such a happy boy! He is all smiles and giggles and is mimicking everything we do. Even if he can't say the actual words we say, he makes the sound. He squeals with delight if we chase after him, or if he chases after us. He even enjoys the company of the dog a little more now, although she still thinks of him as her own personal playtime buddy and licks his face and ears constantly, which promptly annoys Diego! They are getting better though. We've taken him over to the new house several times and he LOVES it! Of course, right now its still pretty much empty so we just crawl around playing with the toys over there, but its fun nonetheless. He also loves the stairs! We will definitely be investing in some good baby gates, and if any of you momma's out there have some recommendations on which gates are best for stairs, let me know!

When I took Diego to his 1 year well child checkup, the Doctor asked me if he pointed at things. I was a little dumbfounded and said no. I had never witnessed him pointing at things, although had recently noted other babies around his age were pointing at various things. When I said no, the Doctor said we would have to recheck at his next appointment, so what does a first time mother do? I freaked out about it! Talked to all my friends, family, looked it up on the internet, looked it up in "what to expect the Toddler years", etc. Well, a month later, he finally points! He points at the ceiling fans and says "fan", he points at random things just to point...I am happy and my mind is at ease. Now, I'm just waiting for him to walk. Although I'm sure once he does, I'll be wishing he still was just crawling. :)

Right now, Diego's favorite bedtime story is Goodnight Moon and his favorite part of the story is "the quiet old lady whispering hush". Everytime I read him this story he smiles, kicks his feet and says "hush" when I read that part. He will even pick it up and say hush while he looks at it himself. He really loves to look at books and magazines, turning pages is his favorite! He also just learned how to point to his nose when asked "where is your nose?" Too cute!

All in all, we are so lucky to have such a blessing in our lives. Diego adds so much to our lives and we have so much fun together! Soon we'll be in a new house with a big yard to explore, can't wait for spring and summer!


Rachel said...

Look at that sweet boy pointing at the fan...ABOUT TIME!!!! I'm so happy he's doing so well.

Stephanie said...

So glad that Diego is feeling better!

I know just what you mean about the benchmarks doctors ask about. When Sydney was one, the doctor asked if she was waving bye bye. She wasn't, so I went home and promptly taught her how so I wouldn't worry. Good grief!

Erica said...

I don't know when my kids started to point, but they all seem normal?? So I think each kid learns at their own pace - so no need to worry (I know easier said than done!) but just because he didn't point when "they say" he is supposed to doesn't mean he has something seriously wrong with him...heck I walked at like 8 months, but my "slow" kids didn't! LOL!

Tiffany said...

No wonder Goodnight Moon is a classic - every kiddo seems to love it!

Baby gates...we found one that spans to 60" (very few do) and is so awesome we bought it for both grandparent's houses as they have stairs. Don't remember the brand but we found it at Walmart (for $40ish I think). Instead of the typical accordian style, it attaches securly to the wall with eye-bolts.