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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Saturday, July 18

The Big O.N.E.

Yes, Mac is one year old. 12 months. Numero Uno. Wow, to think of where we were a year ago. It is truly amazing how much they learn, change and grow in the first 12 months of life. Below are some of the milestones for a 12 month old and my comments on how/if Mac matches up.

Developmental Milestones: 12 Months

From eight to twelve months of age, your baby will become increasingly mobile, a development that will thrill and challenge both of you. Here are some other milestones to look for.

Movement Milestones
Gets to sitting position without assistance yes!
Crawls forward on belly by pulling with arms and pushing with legs he kind of skipped this
Assumes hands-and-knees position yes
Creeps on hands and knees supporting trunk on hands and knees yes
Gets from sitting to crawling or prone (lying on stomach) position yes
Pulls self up to stand yes, but still working on it
Walks holding on to furniture yes, but it is a new skill and usually needs assistance
Stands momentarily without support for MAYBE a second, but does have good balance
May walk two or three steps without support nope, not even close
Milestones In Hand and Finger Skills
Uses pincer grasp yes
Bangs two cubes together yes
Puts objects into container yes, LOVES to do this!
Takes objects out of container yes
Lets objects go voluntarily yes, started playing "ball" last week and is now his favorite game
Pokes with index finger I don't think so
Tries to imitate scribbling haven't tried
Language Milestones
Pays increasing attention to speech  yes
Responds to simple verbal requests yes
Responds to “no” we use other words but yes, responds to them
Uses simple gestures, such as shaking head for “no” yes, a little bit
Babbles with inflection  yes, this is new and so fun to listen to, he really thinks he is talking (usually to the Bigs)
Says “dada” and “mama”  yes, but he still doesn't look at us and say it
Uses exclamations, such as “oh-oh!”  yes, starting to and SO cute
Tries to imitate words CONSTANTLY!
Cognitive Milestones
Explores objects in many different ways (shaking, banging, throwing, dropping) yes
Finds hidden objects easily yes
Looks at correct picture when the image is named Hmmm, I don't know
Imitates gestures  yes
Begins to use objects correctly (drinking from cup, brushing hair, dialing phone, listening to receiver) I think so, maybe a little
Social and Emotional Milestones
Shy or anxious with strangers a little but SO much better than he was two months ago
Cries when mother or father leaves  yes, but calms quickly and easily usually
Enjoys imitating people in play  yes, especially his big brother
Shows specific preferences for certain people and toys  yes
Tests parental responses to his actions during feedings (What do you do when he refuses a food?) yes, he's started throwing/dropping food and looks RIGHT at you when he does it...stinker
Tests parental responses to his behavior (What do you do if he cries after you leave the room?) yes, and I'm a total sucker for it
May be fearful in some situations yes
Prefers mother and/or regular caregiver over all others yes, of course
Repeats sounds or gestures for attention yes, and man, can he be LOUD!
Finger-feeds himself yes
Extends arm or leg to help when being dressed yes, a little but he is usually too busy





Man, he's changed a ton. Mac brings so much joy and happiness to our family. He is content as long as he is rested and full! His first official word was banana just after he turned 11 months. He loves "sharing" a banana with Jim every morning and if Jim doesn't share fast enough, anybody in a block radius can probably hear him yell, "NANANANANA!" I think his second word is "puppy." We don't use this one a ton but he LOVES puppies and when we go for walks, he often yells at them as well. When grandma brings Chip, Mac can't get enough of him (and while Chip usually doesn't like kids, he tolerates Mac really well).

Developmentally, Mac started getting into sitting one week ago. This was HUGE for me (and for his PT). I always said I just wanted him to be able to transition and I thought he'd be so much happier. And he is much happier now! And the next day (last Sunday) he started full-on crawling forward! He kind of skipped army crawl, creeping, crawling backwards...all of it. He flipped the switch and he was often. He was tentative right away but by the time PT came on Tues, he was showing off like an old pro. He can cruise furniture with help and he can pull up to stand, but not from the floor. His PT would like to see him crawl for a couple months before walking, so we aren't pushing walking as much as we were. Plus, he isn't delayed as far as walking or not walking (yet!).

He is nursing 3 times per day; 8am, 2pm and 8pm, give or take (or when I remember!). I feel like we have started weaning even though I didn't have a plan or really think too much about it. I need to be done by the end of September so that gives us two months. It is bitter sweet for me because I LOVE having that time with him but it was never "easy" for me and let's be really ties me to him (even though three times per day is WAY better than 10 times). Plus, I have lacerations on one side which makes it excruciating when he latches on and the doctor said there isn't much to do except apply lanolin and give it time to heal. 

Mac loves most foods (especially fresh fruit and carbs!) but if he doesn't like it, will refuse to eat it. Or his new thing, to throw it on the floor. He does this when he is full, bored or wants something else. He gets a firm "STOP!" and if he does it again, he is done. Also, he doesn't/won't/refuses to drink from a sippy cup, so the weaning mentioned above obviously depends on him doing that. He "likes" water but I feel like since he didn't take a bottle, he doesn't quite "get" a sippy. He'll drink water if you hold  regular cup to his mouth or use a straw to drop it in. My other two used bottles at this point so this is new for us. I'm hoping with practice he is figure it out.

And we decided now that he is one, he is pacifier free during the day! I started this yesterday (poor guy, ON his birthday!) and it is going okay, but we have been busy/distracted too. He still gets one in bed and in the car; I'm only human and don't want to endure torture. I see him reach for it on his shirt where it used to be clipped a lot but he seems okay. Well, unless he is tired of course, but then he can have it in bed! Fingers crossed that this transition goes smoothly.

He recently started playing "ball" or "catch" and LOVES it. He thinks he is one of the big kids. And he is really good at it, sometimes even "catching" it in his arms. He also likes to play with Duplos and towers. He likes to play "pick up" which is putting toys in his bucket. Hey, I hope that continues! Except he then likes to dump them out.

I think that is about "it!" Ha. Did I forget anything? We have his well-child appointment next week, so we'll get all his stats then. I read somewhere that they are supposed to have tripled their birth weight at 12 months. So if he did, he should weigh 26.5 pounds. I don't think he is quite that much, but I could be wrong.

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