Mareto's 12 month update!

I still can't believe we have a ONE YEAR OLD! How did this happen? Time goes way too fast when you're crazy in love... I just want to freeze every moment with him. So, what's our little sweetie pie up to these days? So glad you asked:
  • Mareto is shooting upwards like crazy! Our little giant weighed in at 28 lbs on Friday. That put him in the 95th percentile for weight. His height is now 33 inches... which puts him in the 137th percentile!!! Yes, we have one tall boy! If the size of his hands and feet are any indication, I think he is going to be a very tall man! 
  • He is wearing 24 month - 3T clothes! His torso is quite long but his legs aren't, so he wears 24 month pants with the bottoms rolled way up. It's pretty cute if you ask me. ;)
  • Mareto is eating all solids now. He is over baby food in a jar - he wants the real stuff! So he basically eats whatever is on our plates. He is completely off formula now and loves his almond milk. Apple juice is a yummy treat for him on occasion. 
  • We have had a break through in the area of sleep! As of last weekend Mareto is sleeping all through the night! A little help from our pediatrician (Christian man and father of 8 children) went a long way! Our little boy is much happier and so are we! :) 
  • I fear that he is trying to do away with his second nap. :( I've been dreading this. It's still spotty - he takes two naps for a few days and then will only take one nap for a couple. I'm hoping to get to a regular schedule soon.
  • Mareto is adding to his vocabulary a little at a time! He can now say "gentle" and "Pap" (my dad). He also has a very cute version of "hi". :)
  • He recently started playing "peek a boo" but instead of covering his eyes he covers his ears. Super funny!
  • He currently loves playing with cars while making vroom-vroom noises. His new favorite Veggie Tales is "A Snoodle's Tale" and he gets to watch it every morning (unless he's sick and then he gets to watch it all day long). 
  • His favorite book is his ABC's book and wants us to read it to him over and over. He makes some of the letter sounds with us which has me convinced he's a genius! ;) He also loves his Baby Einstein "first words" book.
  • Bath time is still a highlight for Mareto. He loves water and loves to dunk his face in it! He plunges his face down in the water and then comes up laughing. He's also discovered how to blow bubbles in the water and spends most of bath times doing just that. 
  • Mareto has 6 teeth now - 4 on the top and 2 on the bottom. He absolutely loves brushing his teeth with his Winnie the Pooh toothbrush and cries when we have to take it away. I'm glad he cares so much about dental hygiene. ;)
  • Last, but certainly most exciting... MARETO IS WALKING!!!!!!!!!!! He took a few steps the week before his first birthday. Just a couple at a time for a few days. Then he got a little train to hold onto and walk behind. Within a day of practicing on that he was taking several steps at a time. He can now walk all over the place. He still loses his balance some, and crawls whenever he wants to get someplace super fast. It's so much fun to watch him walk though! :D

(reading books with Pap...)

(walking with his "alphabet train"...)

(sweetest thing in the whole wide world...)

Our pediatrician told us on Friday that he looks wonderful, is growing beautifully, and is ahead of most children his age developmentally. We've got one smart boy! :) He never fails to bring us enormous amounts of joy! We are constantly amazed that we have the honor of being this little guy's parents. He is completely delightful and very special. We love you so much Mareto!

Unfortunately he's been sick with a cold for the last few days... fever, cough, and super runny nose... so he looks more like this right now...
Poor little guy.


Anna said...

were just getting over the crud too! Your sweet little boy is just amazing. I am so glad he is doing so well!

The Stanfields said...

He is perfect! Hope he gets to feeling better soon!

Mrs. Miller said...

Happy Birthday to him and Praise God on his great growth and development.

Behn and Meg said...

He is SO cute! It most be so fun to play with him :)

Anonymous said...

He is just so darn adorable. When I saw his stats I was so excited but also cracked up because he is a full 11 inches taller than my niece who is older than him by 4 months...HAHA! I adore that he is so tall and doing so very well. And woot! for walking.

Kristin said...

Oh my goodness, he is too cute! I cannot believe he's a year old already! Seems like just the other day you were bringing him home. What a precious miracle and a beautiful family!! Hope he is feeling better!

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