Nathaniel turns 1!

Nathaniel is 1 year old today, not a “baby” anymore. Well, a big baby, I guess. Chasing after his big sister, he’ll be a big boy in no time though.

Today, Alice has the flu; she’s been sick since 2am, vomiting every 1/2 hour or so until about 4pm. Poor girl… we’re glad though that Nathaniel isn’t sick on his birthday!

Nathaniel has changed lots since our last blog; he can easily walk 3-4 steps without falling on his bum, but can go 9 or so if he really tries. He talks up a jabbery storm, telling all sorts of stories, and is a funny boy! He loves to play games- peekaboo, hide and seek and tug a war with his yellow b (his most favorite blanket that must be with him at all times, received at birth from Auntie Wanda- gee, thanks auntie!) We’re lucky if we can get it away from him long enough to wash it… yes, it serves as comfort, as well as having other functions such as a napkin!

He can say “nana”, “dada” and mum mum mum; Alice is pronounced “AAAA!”, he can say “up”. He claps his hands when you tell him to clap, and waves as well.

He loves when you tickle him, and giggles up a storm!

He’s been sleeping through the night since about 10 1/2 months. His naps the last week have been off kilter, I think he’s transitioning to only 1 nap/day (sleep is for babies!). Most days now he does only have 1/day, depending on when he wakes up.

Nathaniel’s First Teeth, First Christmas

On Christmas Eve (Dec 24, 2008) we noticed that Nathaniel finally had a tooth break through his gums. It was one of his bottom incisors. Kind of funny that Alice got her first tooth at Christmas too.

Nathaniel seemed to like Christmas. He didn’t try to unwrap anything early, nor did he bother the tree at all. Not what we expected. But on Christmas day, he did kind of figure out how to unwrap presents.

Alice enjoyed her Christmas too. She wrote Santa a letter (with Mommy’s help), asking him for Baby Belle, Baby Belle Bathtub, and the Sleeping Beauty movie. Because she’d been so good all year, she got all three of her wishes! Nathaniel asked for more things for the Thomas the Tank Engine train set, and he got that too.

Alice took her time opening presents. We let her go at her own pace, and she seemed to enjoy that more. As she opened a new toy, she could take a little time to play with it right away. This was better than what sometimes happens: a furious and un-enjoyable rush to open everything as quickly as possible.

Nathaniel is getting really good at standing on his own. He can take a step too, but mostly sticks to the perimeters where he has some extra support. He still adores Alice, and is a generally happy little boy.

We’re also starting to see clear communication from him. He can shake his head for “no” and “yes” — mostly he says “no.” He tries to say:

  • Alice (Ahh)
  • Nana (nah nah)
  • cat (tack)
  • up (upf)

He also loves to clap his hands, wave at people, and point at everything. He doesn’t make strange, but seems to love being around people. Whenever we go out, Nathaniel befriends anyone who looks at him.