Last weekend my son turned one. It was a magical time full of casual friend encounters and a simple home-baked cake. My fiance and I spent a majority of the day reminiscing about the baby we made and welcoming this active, emerging toddler into another year of wondrous life.
While recapping our favorite memories, we realized how interesting the first year of life is. There are times of ups and downs, and there are times where you have no idea what you are doing. Whether it’s your first time or your fifth time, parenthood is always full of surprises.
Like those days where I thought I’d never get to leave Anders because I couldn’t find the right bottle for his reflux issues. Finding the perfect bottle that is both breastfeeding friendly and caters to your baby’s specific needs is harder than it looks. Dr. Brown’s saved the day! I wound up purchasing several of their natural flow bottles because even though the multiple parts made me crazy, being able to leave my son in the care of others helped me regain any sanity lost over a few extra parts to wash.
And then there’s the teething. Oh my the teething! Those first few teeth are insufferable! So many nights I lost sleep trying to snuggle my writhing, fussy baby with no solution to his woes. As a breastfeeding mom, the biting was probably the worst. Anders would bite, I’d set him down and say “No biting, Anders” in a firm tone like you’re supposed to, but then he’d shove fingers in his mouth and cry for Mama milk and we’d be at it again. And then before I knew it there would be a tooth. All all was well in the world.
We have some teething toys, of course. We have natural wooden teethers and freezer teethers, but the easiest thing for us to do is to just have random chewy toys laying around the house. Like this giraffe teeether from Dr. Brown’s. This teether has become on of our favorites as Anders works on his chompers. He can shove it back into every creative of his tiny mouth because of the unique shape.
And as you can see, the boy loves boxes.
Sometimes my fiance and I will just stop what we’re doing and watch Anders play. I’ve done this baby thing before, but it’s always so bittersweet to watch each one grow and develop into their own person. Anders is very boy. He likes to yell and make noise. He likes to climb and tumble. He’s very careful though, which might explain why he’s solid to stand but reluctant to walk. He also doesn’t go all-in with his hands until his single index finger has confirmed that the object is safe.
He loves to eat. We’re doing baby-led weaning and I must admit it freaks me out to see him gag sometimes. But his 7 teeth are working out and his favorite foods are eggs, trees (broccoli), and turkey. We’re also big fans of squash here, but Anders doesn’t eat as much when it’s a squash night.
I love that he will keep the plate on the table instead of throwing it like most children his age. I’m probably jinxing myself for announcing that publicly, but he totally keeps his Dr. Brown’s divided plates in place until he’s finished eating. Then he’ll proudly throw his arms up in the air to signal “all done” and demand to immediately be removed so he can continue playing.
So I’ll wipe him up and set him down and he’s fueled up and ready for more babyhood adventures.
So many baby adventures! It has truly been a joy to watch him grow and develop and be the amazing creature he was meant to be. So we said goodbye to our infant son, and we’re moving forward to enjoy many more years with our little boy.
Here’s to being one! Cheers!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Dr. Brown’s. I was compensated with a early feeding and solid feeding kit from Dr. Brown’s that included several products that support growth through the first year of life. All stories and opinions are 100% my own. I shall not tell lies!