I haven’t written an official update on Grant since he celebrated 9 months… Now almost seven months have gone by and life looks very different than it did last September. I did manage to write a mini-post for Instagram for months 10 and 11:
To celebrate Grant’s first birthday, we had a small get-together of Grant’s play-date friends. We did a safari/Curious George theme because we’re wild about our Grant Man!
As I mentioned above, Grant turned 10 months while we were traveling in Europe. I still need to write a full post about our trip (it was very special!), but I’ll keep this post focused on Grant’s development over the past half a year…
When we returned from Europe, Grant started having very hit or miss nap days. He was still taking a morning and afternoon nap, but his morning nap kept getting pushed later and later; then by twelve months he would only sleep 30 minutes in the morning and oftentimes only 30 minutes in the afternoon. So over Christmas, I decided to transition him to one nap a day (once he got over the three-week period of illnesses). It was a little bit of a struggle to keep him awake until a nap at noon, but as long as we were out and about he’d do fine. After a couple weeks, one nap a day became the norm… and he started napping much longer and more consistently too!
Also, I was very stressed out about transitioning Grant from bottles to a sippy cup because my doctor made it sound like this was a very important milestone to achieve. Looking back, I should have just relaxed. Grant knew how to use a straw cup since around seven months old, but he never wanted to drink breastmilk or formula from the cup — though I repeatedly tried! Then after Christmas when we switched him to whole milk, he suddenly started using the straw cup and drinking milk with meals instead of at separate feedings. He also dropped him nighttime milk soon after because he was eating larger dinners. Lesson learned!
The sippy cup transition has made me more laid back about him learning to use utensils and other “bigger kid” things. I let him practice and make a mess (when appropriate) and am not as worried about those “milestones” that the doctors give.
Now at sixteen months, here’s what Grant’s schedule is like (when he’s not at school):
7am Wake-up : Around 15 months, Grant started sleeping in more consistently until around 7am… and occasionally even 8am. Even if he wakes up earlier, he’s content to play in his crib until 7:15am or so. This is so nice as it gives John and me the chance to do a daily devotional and prayer together in the morning.
7:15am Breakfast : Grant wakes up saying “nana nana!” aka banana! He eats a banana and whole milk while I prepare the rest of his breakfast, usually oatmeal, leftover pancakes or waffles from the weekend (his favorite!), or eggs.
7:30-12pm Playtime & Snack : Grant is typically content to play by himself while I do dishes, make the bed, get ready etc. After these chores, we’ll go for a walk, head out to the zoo, meet up with friends, run errands etc. He eats a snack around 10am (typically fruit, a cheese stick, and water).
12pm Lunch : I try to be home around noon for us to do lunch, otherwise Grant is apt to fall asleep in his car seat if we’re driving anywhere and this throws off nap time. For lunch we usually have leftovers from dinner the night before, including a protein, veggie, healthy carb, and maybe fruit. He’ll either have milk or water depending on what he wants as he can say “milk” and “wawa” now.
1-3pm Nap time : Grant goes down for nap around 1pm and will usually sleep between 1 1/2 – 2 hours. About once a week, he’ll only take a 30 minute nap but we have him stay in his crib until 2pm as quiet time. Also about once a week, he’ll take a 3 hour nap.
3-5pm Snack & Playground : After nap, he’ll eat a snack (i.e. hummus and cucumber) and then we usually head to the playground around the corner from our house. Being outside is a must at this time of day!
5-6:45pm Prep Dinner, Dinner, Play time before Bed : Around 5pm, we start heading inside to prep dinner. Grant loves “helping” with dinner and has to see what’s going on! We have a step stool I’ll let him stand on and “help” me like moving chopped veggies to a baking sheet, tearing kale, or stirring. John usually gets home around 5:30pm and Grant runs to the back door to see “Dada!” We try to eat as a family most nights (aka early bird dinner at 6pm) and then have some family time before bed.
6:45-7:15pm Bath and Bed Time : Grant loves bath and asks for “bubbles!” every night. After bath, we read a few stories, and his favorite books rotate every couple of weeks. Right now his favorites are If You Give a Pig a Pancake (which he asks for by saying “pan-kick!”), Maisy Goes to the City (which he asks for by saying “citeee!”), and Dear Zoo (aka “zooo!”) …as you can see, his words are very exclamatory these days! After books, we tuck Pan-ya and Owl (his panda and owl stuffed animals) into bed… he is attached to several stuffed animals so we limited it to 2 in the crib and we put the others on his chair with a blanket over them. We sing our lullaby, say a prayer, kiss goodnight and then put him in the crib for the night with AB and Brownie (his 2 stuffed animals Asparagus Bunny and Brownie Bear).
16 Month Favorites:
- Being outside, playing in the mud/hose/yard, going to the playground
- Trying to climb everything
- Driving his alphabet train and 4-wheeler
- Hot wheels cars and toy trucks
- “Wrestling” Daddy
- Pretending to cook // Funny story: Grant was stirring an empty bowl with a spoon and John asked him if he was making gumbo. Now Grant says “gumbo” and wants us to “taste” his pretend meal!
- Hats and glasses // Funny story: We were at the zoo watching the gorillas, and a man walked up next to us wearing a hat and glasses. Grant goes “hat! glack-ees!” to which the man responds, “I’m not a part of the exhibit but you’re welcome to watch me!”
- Basketball (or any ball really…) // Funny story: John taught Grant how to do the Florida State Seminoles chop and now anytime Grant wants to play ball or sees a basketball hoop, he starts doing the chop with the “oohh” chant.
- Pandas, gorillas, elephants, and owls // GM has to see the pandas first at the zoo and gets very concerned whenever the baby pandas fall over or the mama panda is wrestling with them. He then beats his chest like a gorilla because he wants to see them next and raises his arm with the elephant sound to see the elephants.
Animals: pan-ya (panda), ow-el (owl), eeee (monkey sound), hoot hoot (owl sound), roooar (he does this very quietly for the lion sound), li-en (lion), jaff (giraffe), nake (snake), doggy, woof woof, kitty, goat, neigh, moo
Food: eggies (eggs), yogi (yogurt), nana (banana), gummy (gummy candies), wawa (water), milk, cheese, ap-el (apple), nack (snack), toast (he calls most bread “toast”), keebee (kiwi), keenee (zucchini), pa-sta, gape (grapes)
Phrases: ta-da (thank you), pees (please), aw man (oh man — he heard John’s dad say this once and it stuck!), uh oh, oh no, no, yeah!, bye-bye, fall (i.e. something fell), kaboom!, ah-choo (sneezing sound)
Transportation: buts (bus), tren (train), choo-choo (train sound), bike, boat, vroom vroom (car sound), truck, sigh-een (siren), doog-er (digger)
Sports: ball, shoot (as in a basketball), hoop
Other: bubble (bubbles), hat, ha-met (helmet), glack-ees (glasses), eye, head, top, up, tool, ham-mer, toebies (toesies), shoes, socks, jack (jacket)
Names: Mama, Dada, Gigi, Pop Pop, Gammy (grammy), Gamps (gramps), and several of his friends/our neighbors names like James, Uke (Luke), Andy, Maeve
I know I’m forgetting a lot but those are the top-of-mind favorites. Grant is full of energy and very expressive. Challenges right now are when he is very upset for not getting what he wants — usually this will happen during mealtime (i.e. he is not only going to eat bread for dinner) or when he’s not getting his food fast enough (i.e. waiting for the “keenee” (zucchini) to cool down before he can eat it… He’ll keep screeching “keenee keenee keenee!” …At least he likes to eat vegetables!). No matter what, he brings so much joy to our lives and is so much fun!