I’ve been meaning to start posting a monthly update for Rowan on here for the past couple of months but time has run away with me, AGAIN! From now on, as a regular feature, I’m going to post a monthly update on Rowan which will be posted on the 1st of each month (as Rowan was born on the 1st July). I intend to split the update into categories such as what he’s doing, likes and dislikes, his size/personality, how many teeth he has and his daily routine.
As part of this I also thought it would be cute to have a picture of Rowan the day that I publish the post and a picture of how he was a exactly a year beforehand. It’ll be lovely to see how much he’s changed and developed. Plus it also means I get to look back at all his pictures and reminisce.
I really wish I’d started my blog before I was even pregnant with Rowan, it would have been brilliant to have somewhere to document my pregnancy and what he was like when he was born and the weeks/months after that.
There are certain things I can’t remember him doing that Alex has to remind me about. It makes me sad sometimes that I can’t remember every little thing and then I get overwhelmed by ‘mummy guilt’. Surely we aren’t supposed to remember EVERYTHING?!
As a bit of a side note, the main thing that gets me in floods of tears is not really remembering much of Rowan’s birth or the few days after it. It all merges into one but hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll actually get round to writing Rowan’s birth story – the bits I can remember anyway.
Rowan at 14 Months
We need to get him weighed this week as we’ve not had him weighed for around two months now, which is a little naughty as we were being quite good and having him weighed every three weeks.
He was just over 22lb when we had him weighed last. He’d also dropped down from the 75th percentile line to the 50th (this has happened gradually since he was 11 months old).
Rowan is only just growing into his 12-18 months clothing. He actually looks quite long at the moment and what we tend to find is that he’ll grow in length, then he’ll fill out and get his baby rolls back, then grow in length again and repeat, repeat, repeat.
Rowan has eight teeth and another one is on the way by the looks of things. We aren’t sure which one, as the eight teeth he currently has so far came in a completely different order to what we’d read about!
Rowan is very stubborn (which is a trait he has gained from both of his parents). He’s also quite boisterous and is asserting his authority more and more at the moment! The odd little tantrum is taking place, which is really funny to us but when he is having a tantrum we completely ignore it and laugh about it later.
Rowan has been cruising for a few months, he took his first tentative steps a few weeks ago, two to be precise. He then seemed to forget that he did that and has been enjoying teasing us ever since by standing up, letting go and then smiling at us like he’s going to walk and then he falls to his bottom and giggles – I swear he’s doing this on purpose. Four days ago he took SIX steps and then nothing again since. I think by the end of his 14th month he’ll be more confident and taking more and more steps. Watch this space for next months update to see if we have a walker on our hands!
One of Rowan’s favourite things at the moment is climbing, whether that be climbing on people, climbing the stairs or climbing on the sofa which is a new thing that he only started doing about five days ago. He suddenly started crawling over to the sofa, standing up and then attempting to climb onto it. The first few times weren’t exactly successful and led to a few little tantrums but he’s managed it now, so much so that he now likes to roll off it and he thinks this is absolutely hilarious. Mummy is terrified that he’s going to hurt himself.
Rowan is starting to be able to feed himself with a spoon. We’ve been doing Baby Led Weaning with him which consists of him using his fingers so we’re trying to get him to use his spoon. Using fingers for eating things like yoghurt doesn’t quite work!
The only thing that concerns us a little bit is his speech. He says ‘Dada’ and the odd ‘Mama’ and then just lots of different sounds. We’ve been doing what you really shouldn’t do and comparing him to other little ones of the same age who seem to be talking a bit more. We spoke to the health visitor at his one year check up and she said as long as he is making plenty of different sounds then we don’t really need to worry just yet.
Rowan was born tongue-tied (which he had snipped at around two weeks old) and we sometimes wonder if that could slow his speech down a little bit, but I don’t see how it could as it was dealt with quite early on. The thought is always there in the back of our minds.
Rowan loves anything with a hinge that he can open and close, such as his books, the baby gate, doors, etc. His favourite thing at the park is the gate to get in and out of it! We actually bought him an amazing Melissa & Doug Wooden Puzzle Board that has lots of things he can open and close on it.
Rowan also enjoys swimming, he gets so excited when he sees water. He started swimming with the brilliant Water Babies when he was five months old and has had lessons with them since. The classes have stopped over the past four weeks due to the venue not being available, lessons will start again this Saturday. In the meantime we’ve been taking him to a local swimming pool on a weekly basis so he doesn’t forget what he’s learnt previously at his lessons. He’s doing really well, he loves going underwater and can now climb out of the swimming pool. One thing we do need to keep working on is his kicking! He refuses to do it.
Another one of Rowan’s favourite activities is putting his toys away (miracles do happen). He gets his toys out of his toy boxes and then he’ll sit and put everything back in to it, and repeats this five or six times.
The main thing he dislikes at the moment, like most toddlers, is having his nappy changed. He thinks it’s really, very funny to crawl off once his nappy is off. He loves being naked!!!
Rowan still has three bottles of milk a day – full fat cows milk as we weaned him off formula as soon as he turned one. He is and has always been a milk monster. He’ll have a bottle when he wakes up, one in the afternoon before his nap and one at bedtime. My aim this month is to get him off the bottle and to drink milk from his usual cup. I think we’ll then drop the bottle that he has before his nap time – although he still gets milk drunk from this bottle and I love seeing it, it’s going to be very hard on me to drop this one but it’s for his own good. Then we’ll think about dropping his morning feed after that.
Rowan is still a bit off and on with his food (he didn’t start eating solids until he was over eight months old, he wasn’t interested at all). He usually gobbles down breakfast, faffs around with his lunch and then gobbles his tea/dinner down.
His favourite foods at the moment are pasta, fruit (he’s a fruit bat and will eat any fruit, his favourite being nectarines this month), oat bars, weetabix and Babean savoury mini muffins.
- 7am – 7.20am: Wake up time with a bottle of milk
- 8.10am: Breakfast
- 8.45am: Get dressed
- 10.30am: Snack time
- 12noon: Lunch
- 1pm – 3pm (ish) – Bottle of milk and then down for his nap
- 3.30pm: Snack time
- 5pm: Tea/Dinner
- 6pm: Naked time and story time
- 6.30pm: Bath
- 7pm Bedtime bottle and sleepy time
The gaps in his routine are filled mainly with playtime, a trip to our local park, a walk in our local area or go to a toddler group. We stay fairly local during the week as I don’t drive and when the weekend arrives we’ll then go further afield.
I’m really looking forward to continuing writing this update post once a month, it’ll be a great reminder in years to come about what Rowan did when.