Another year! (It had just turned 2013!) This last year and a bit has been so much fun.
Here's the rundown of some Ollie stats:
Weight: 25+ pounds
Clothes: 12-18 months
Teeth: 9 +/-2 It's harder to put my finger in his mouth to see how many he has these days.
Loves: Lights, birds, food (especially blackberries), balloons, balls, cars, cats, water, baths, streams, lakes, any body of water, being outside, collecting or eating pinecones and sticks,
Hates: Diaper changes (though daddy is great entertainment for these), broccoli
What can he do: He can identify his own or our eyes, nose, mouth, ears. He helps get himself dressed and take his clothes off at the beginning/end of each day. He's a great communicator, he clicks his tongue when he's thirsty, can sign the word for food when he's hungry (he can also sign: more, please, hat, bird, and all done).
Words: Many! Cat, dog (woof, woof), Moo (for a cow), bird, duck (and quack), owl, shoes, socks, nose, eyes, please, thank you, lights (he's obsessed!), car, truck, ball, boo-oon (balloon), book, hat, mama, daddy, fish, tree and banana (or, actually Na-nana).
We've done lots of fun things with our babything this past year. One of our favorites has been visiting the babything's cousin, the ladybaby. She's just 2 months younger than he is and is quite adorable, as you can see. The two together are unbearably cute.
|Uncle Tim makes the best music, especially the lyrics. Meow.|
|Climbing at Hanging Rock|
|Panning for gold and finding some snakes, also at Hanging Rock|
|Falls at Raven Rock, August 2012 (10 months)|
|Falls at Raven Rock, December 2012 (13+ months)|
We decided to start our camping adventure on Friday, the 13th, in July, when the babything was 8.5 months old. The Blob and I took him to Grayson Highlands for an overnight and as usual, he surprised us by being happy and cooperative the whole time. He loved every bit and slept well too. This kid is amazing! We had some hints from friends who had tried before, so we set him up in his car seat to sleep the first time.
|Camping! In the tent at Grayson Highlands.|
|On this trip, he had his first Appalachian Trail (AT) hike.|
The camping was such a success that we returned with a few more people mid-September, when the babything was 10.5 months. This time, we had a 4 person tent and he slept in a pack n' play.
The weather changes pretty quickly, and dramatically. We were mid-hike, having a leisurely lunch when, out of nowhere, we were caught by a mini-derecho! We scrambled to get dry bits on and protect the babything. Thankfully, he had a happy, little baby pod to protect him from the elements.
Another thing that Grayson Highlands offers is wild ponies! We saw many, many ponies this trip (none on the first trip though).
And probably the best part of Grayson Highlands is the waterfalls. There are many and they are amazing!
|The last few minutes of being a baby. Sigh.|
|Psyched for Biking. Yikes!|
|Yardwork. He's his daddy's son.|