Rowan at 14 Months

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.

Rowan 14 Month Update

Rowan at 14 months old, and this time last year at two months old

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

Size

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.

Teeth

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!

Personality

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.

Doing

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.

Likes/Dislikes

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!!!

Feeding

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.

Routine

  • 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.

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8 Comments

  1. 02/09/2015 / 5:41 pm

    This is such a good idea, and one I keep meaning to do but like you say, time slips away! I found this really interesting as our babies are close in age – mine is 15 months tomorrow. We have a cheese fiend on our hands though! He’d eat it all day if he could! Tantrums sound familiar … It’s so hard not to laugh at them but we try.
    Alana x

    • Laura
      02/09/2015 / 7:57 pm

      What cheese does your little boy enjoy? We’ve tried Rowan on Babybel which he sometimes eats and we fancy trying something else.

      The tantrums are ridiculously funny and you have to try so hard not to laugh. I usually laugh about it later or hide in the next room and have little giggle to myself.

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

      Laura x

  2. 02/09/2015 / 6:19 pm

    Lovely blog. Rowan sounds just like my son, especially the teasing where walking was concerned and with his eating, I swear my DS wasn’t ready to wean until he was about 9 months old, it just goes to show that each child is totally different and can’t be pigeonholed. I love your routine section, wish I’d thought of that one, would be lovely to look back on now x

    • Laura
      02/09/2015 / 7:55 pm

      Thank you very much indeed. We had so much pressure from people about weaning Rowan at around 5 months as he wasn’t sleeping very well and hungry all the time. We completely ignored that pressure and didn’t want to start weaning him until he was six months old as that was the guidance we were given. We tried when he turned six months and he just wasn’t interested at all and didn’t take to it until he was over eight months old. I’m so glad we waited as it just shows that he wasn’t ready at all!

      Thanks for visiting lovely 🙂

      Laura x

  3. 02/09/2015 / 9:56 pm

    I loved this post, he sounds such a cute little thing! Honestly though don’t worry about the speech thing, he sounds very similar to athena at that age although she didn’t say mama till later on even I think! All of a sudden she started to pick up more words and suddenly there’s o stopping her! All babes do things at their own pace so please don’t panic about it or compare to others!

    Thanks so much for linking up with #WhatMyKidDid and look forward to next month!

  4. 04/09/2015 / 4:48 pm

    My daughter is also a climber!! She does that all the time, so much that is now starting to worry me as she can fall easily!! She likes all the naughty things!! LOL It looks like your boy is doing very well. It is very interesting to see the similarities. Mine is just 1 year old but there is always things in common. Thanks for sharing, xx
    #whatmykiddid

  5. 16/09/2015 / 5:31 pm

    I’m the same, I really wish I’d started my blog when I was pregnant! I started writing monthly updates on paper when T was 5 months old but it was a bit hit and miss. I’ve found that since I’ve started my blog I’ve forced myself to write one every month for the past 3 months. I also feel sad that I’ve forgotten stuff that T’s done, especially in the early days, it all seems like a bit of a blur.

    Try not to worry too much about his speech (easier said than done, I know). T didn’t say a single word until he was 16 months, and now, a month later, he’s up to 7-8 words. I was told that as long as they’re making sounds and can understand you, it’s nothing to worry about at this age. #whatmykiddid

    • Laura
      17/09/2015 / 10:09 pm

      Thanks for commenting about the speech thing. I keep comparing his speech to other babies that we know that are a similar age (I know that’s a naughty thing to do), and they are saying a good four or five words clearly. Rowan isn’t saying anything. I do worry though as the other babies all attend nursery and Rowan stays at home with me, so I sometimes feel guilty about whether he would be able to say more if he did attend nursery. etc. The joy of Mummy guilt! But, from now on I’m not going to worry as he makes loads of different sounds and he makes them all the time. Maybe he is saying words and I just have no idea what the words are 😀

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

      Laura x

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