I always love reading the “Life With A…” on other blogs. It helps me either prepare for what my little guy may be up to next or to see how other parents are handling similar situations. It also gives me ideas what our little guy may need for gear, toys, etc. So, here we go! Life with L at 14 months old!
It is crazy, busy, and the best thing in the world. L has always been incredibly strong willed and nothing has changed here. He knows what he likes and isn’t afraid to tell you. The tantrums are coming regularly, over the silliest little things, but the smiles and laughter make you forget all about the hard moments.
L has learned what to do to make us laugh and he is constantly trying to show off or copy us. He loves playing hide and seek behind the curtains or doors. He has this ridiculous fake laugh and cough that get us every time. L is constantly on the move and runs through the house shrieking as loud as he can (happily!) and is obsessed with throwing us the ball, chasing our cats, and climbing the stairs.
The other day I was sitting on the floor with my back to him, busy on my computer. All of a sudden I felt his little hands grab my shirt and pull me away to play. Worst mom ever! He was so cute though leading me over to his toys and it made me really think about how distracted I can be, trying to multitask between him and work. He is starting to notice absolutely everything and I need to make it a priority to play with him and work later.
He loves being outside which is wonderful, but also tough when it’s cold, rainy, and dreary out. New England winters are crazy and some days it’ll be 45 and sunny, the next 20 and snowing. We try to take advantage of those warmer days though, even if it’s for 20 minutes. L loves to run around in our little cul-de-sac area, climbing all the sets of stairs and exploring every nook. He has a favorite little pig statue he likes to say hi to every time we go out! Often times, I have to drag him in because his nose is so red and I am freezing cold!
Although he’s constantly on the move he is still my cuddle bug and always giving hugs. The best feeling in the world is when I get home from work and he screeches in delight, runs to the door and wraps his arms around my neck. I’d like to remember that feeling forever! He doesn’t often curl up in my lap but if he’s tired I’ll put a show on or read a book and we’ll veg out for a bit together.
L still isn’t talking at 14 months old. He babbles some, but mostly his vocabulary is full of screeching as loud as he can and blowing raspberries non stop. The doctor said it is totally normal, but it does make me said I haven’t yet heard “mama.” I think he is so busy taking the world in it just isn’t super important to communicate yet. He recognizes everything we say, like do you want a banana, breakfast, where is the ball. I am hopeful his words will come soon and that it may help ease some of his frustration and tantrums.
We haven’t had to put L in any sort of daycare yet and that is fine by me. I think daycare is excellent when needed, and if we had to I do think he’d adjust and love it. The play, structure, and interaction is so great for kids. We just have been incredibly lucky with family helping out and haven’t needed a daycare regularly.
We do occasionally try the daycare at the gym and unfortunately, it brings an instant meltdown. Big huge alligator tears. I’ve tried various times, drop off techniques, staying with him to play for a while, everything. It just always ends up being a 15 minute workout and then they come to get me. I am going to try and keep at it as I know the interaction with kids will be great for him, and alone time for me will be even better! But for now he is perfectly happy at home and at my mother in laws’ when I work.
Meals and Eating
As far as eating, it’s different every day. Consistently, he eats just about any fruit with bananas being his favorite, peanut butter, and plain yogurt. I try to bake a lower sugar baked good every week like muffins or oatmeal bars for easy healthy snacks. I am constantly trying to sneak veggies in where I can and he loves my Banana Zucchini Pancakes. Noodles are hit or miss but this week hes been devouring macaroni and cheese with black beans. Who’d have guessed!
My Breastfeeding Journey
One big change this month is that I officially stopped nursing. From the very start L was a champ at nursing and it was his favorite thing to do. I was basically a human pacifier! I truly loved the bond he and I had while nursing and every time I thought about stopping I would get totally emotional. I always felt like he would either self ween or something would give me the push I needed to call it quits.
We then booked our trip to Dallas and decided to leave L home. He was just shy of 14 months and I knew this was the perfect time. At 12 months I weaned him down to nursing mostly at night before bed unless he was really emotional or needy. I didn’t think the transition would be too hard for me or him. For our trip, we left early on a Wednesday morning so Tuesday night I nursed him like normal, felt all the feels, put him to bed and that was it.
When we got home I was hopeful he wouldn’t even remember or think about nursing that wasn’t the case so much. He would reach up to my shirt, which was always his tell tale “give me a boob,” but I’d gently try to distract him with something else. Some times it worked, others he would melt down. Bed time was tough as we tried to transition to a new routine that didn’t involve nursing. It was hard for about a week, but then slowly got easier.
Physically, I was sore for about a week, maybe a little longer. I think because I stopped so abruptly I got a few little clogged ducts, but over all it wasn’t too bad. I truly miss the cuddles and time with him and I think I always will, but it is getting easier. I am glad to have a bit more freedom at night and not feel the pressure to always be home for bed time.
Sleep is going well for the most part over here as well! L is an early riser like his mama and up every day by 530. When we sleep til 6 we all do a happy dance! We have cut him back to one nap within the last month or so and he seems to be doing just fine. The transition to one nap took a bit of time and a lot of patience. For a while he’d be ready for bed by 530 which was hard, but now his schedule is pretty consistent. He wakes up between 5 and 6, goes down for a nap around noon, and bedtime around 7!
There is so much more I could write about this sweet boy of ours but I’ll stop here! He is truly the best thing ever and having him in our lives is so much fun.
- Tv remotes!! He is always stealing them
- Melissa & Doug wooden toys
- Being outside
- Hide and seek
- Books- he has a few favorites he actually laughs at now!
- Pointing at everything
- Toothbrushes-not for brushing his teeth but chewing on
- Water, taking a bath
- Cats and dogs
- Brushing his teeth
- Changing his diaper/getting dressed
- Having to sit in the same place for a while, like his highchair
- Melissa & Doug Wooden Pounding Bench
- EverEarth Jr. Race Car Ramp
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear Book
- The Pout Pout Fish (We love this book. Every time L sees it we must read it and he smiles so big at the end!)
- Lolla Cup The best sippy cup.