5 Sep 2015

Alex, 13 months

I’m a little late this month with Alex’s update, what with everything we’ve had on the last few weeks and August having been such a busy time. But - my little boy is now 13 months, and it’s fair to say that he is blossoming with every week.

He recently had his one year review, which confirmed that he is right on track development –wise, scoring full points in every category apart from standing in the middle of the room unaided, but I’m not bothered about that. He’s almost walking now, pulling himself up like a little champ and cruising along the furniture, and on occasion he lets go and stands for a mille-second on his own, so I don’t think it will be long before he’s off properly.

Even though it was nice to hear officially that Alex is meeting all of his developmental milestones, I’m not too bogged down on official stats and percentiles – I can see that he is thriving, and that’s the most important thing, whether he starts walking at 8 months or 16.

He was weighed though, and I was surprised to learn that he is actually a lot lighter than I thought. Becky was such a petite little girlie – still is – whereas he is such a bruiser of a boy, so we assumed that he’d be way up there on the 12 kg or 24lb mark, but he weighs, in fact, only 9.9kg or 21lb and is still only between the 25th and 50th percentile, according to the HV. And he’s 76 cm tall, which I believe is a fair bit taller than Becky was, but I will have to dig up her red book and check.

He now also has 11 teeth in total, they are coming thick and fast. Some days he seems a little bothered by it and is a bit grizzly, but most days he seems fine, which is good. I love his toothy grin, it’s so cute.

His speech is coming on brilliantly, too, and he now has quite the array of sounds in his repertoire. I could listen to him all day, I think it’s the cutest thing in the world.

He’s such a happy and funny chappy, and everyone always comments on how he never cries, which is true. He only really cries if he has hurt himself  - which tends to happen more often now, as he is mobile and very nosy, so he keeps sticking his hands and fingers where he shouldn’t, often in split seconds before we have the chance to react. I’m not going to lie, it’s intense, and I had forgotten just how hard work this stage is. I’m perpetually exhausted and have to be so on my toes to prevent him from harm and keep him out of mischief, but at the same time I don’t mind. I know I will be sad when this stage is over, so I’m trying to take things in my stride and enjoy every minute of my clever, funny and gorgeous boy. 

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