One Year Check-up
He had his one-year check-up. That day he was 28.4 inches tall (10th percentile), he weighed 20 pounds, 4 ounces (15th percentile), and his head size was 46.5 cm (55th percentile). Compared to his brother at that age he was an inch shorter, half a pound heavier, and about 1 cm less head circumference.
(For comparison's sake, here is the link to Gallant's nine month measurements.)
Walking and Running
Gallant is very comfortable on his feet.
He walks well, and likes to carry things. Both hands full is best! Sometimes he drag things behind him.
Pushing toys can fun, but only now and then. His big brother really adored pushing things, especially toy wagons. Gallant just wants his hands full.
The exception is pushing toys down stairs or down the back deck's ramp. He loves that! I spend a lot of time bringing toys back up onto the deck for him to push down again: bump, bump, bump. His favorite pushing game is pushing the little doll stroller down the ramp.
When we go for a morning walk he likes to leave the stroller for the home stretch and walk down the sidewalk from the middle school to the bottom of our hill. That third of a mile takes him 18 minutes. He has to stop and look at every crow, dog, and cat. The sidewalk has a few deep worn-down cracks, which he often will cross and re-cross to make sure he has mastered walking over them. One neighbor has recently replaced their duplex's water meters: he always takes a little detour to walk on the sand around those and step about upon them.
He also runs a lot, usually in the back yard but also when I am exercising by doing some sprints across the fake-grass field behind the middle school he runs about and shouts.
He only jumps when I hold his hands. He likes that.
He climbs, but is not at all the super-climber his big brother was. He loves our plastic slide.
He can climb up stairs very well. Down stairs is usually okay, but occasionally (almost always on the steps leading down from the gazebo) he tries descend while sitting and might tip over.
He also likes stepping on things. I am not sure how much this is a balance game and how much it is a manipulating objects games. Cloths, small toys, bits of rope or chain. He reaches forward with one foot and wiggles them around.
Smiley likes to use a walking stick when we go on a walk around the neighborhood. (He has two lengths of broom handle.) Gallant has picked up on that. He looks very cute walking around the back yard using one of his big brother's sticks as a walking stick that is slightly taller than he is.
(Ironically, Gallant still refuses to ride that little wood scooter which had been such an important part of Smiley's life at one year of age.)
I wrote about Gallant getting in his sixth tooth. Now he has ten teeth. A top and bottom molar on each side have arrived. (My lack of sleep during that long process is a big reason I have done so little blogging since May. Now he is sleeping through the night again. Yay!)
A year ago I wrote about all sorts of roughhousing games that Smiley invented. Gallant is now old enough to enjoy rough housing, but does not usually care what it involves as long as the movement is fairly gentle and he is receiving lots of attention.
Gallant is allowed to eat just about anything now that he is over one year old.
He enjoys feeding himself. Using a spoon is still very tricky, but banana and full-fat Greek yogurt stay on pretty well even turned upside-down. Applesauce is a favorite but much more messy.
We are no longer keeping track of when we introduce foods, but I should mention that today he had chocolate chips for the first time. (Today has record heat for this summer so far: 97 degrees Fahrenheit. I took some cookies out of the freezer. Cool cookies are nice on a hot day, and he loves dried cranberries even though they go right through him. I bit off the obvious chocolate chips, but he still got some.)
During his molar teething he had some very fussy days when all he really wanted to eat was fruit. A lack of non-milk fats caused his poops to turn soft and white. We solved that problem by mixing olive oil into his applesauce and introducing him to Larabars (which taste like fruit but have nuts with their fats). He still refuses to eat avocado, which once was a favorite--why, oh why that sad change?
We are using our Toddler Nutrition Log to confirm that Gallant eats a balanced diet.
Gallant also gets to use the sandbox now. We move it down from the stand I built to keep it at a good hight for Smiley.
One day he tried crayons with his brother. They were great for putting into and out of the purple cup. That is all he did with them.
On warm days his brother plays in the wading pool. Gallant just watches, and splashes the water (with his hands or a toy) while leaning over the edge. He likes baths, but for some reason does not like being in the wading pool.
Remember the new big swing? Gallant can swing too! We unhook his brother's wooden circle seat and hang up our baby swing seat. It is nice to have a child who enjoys the swing at a young age. (Smiley would only swing for a few moments until we made the big swing. Park swings were too boring for him.)
Gallant's selection of inside toys has not changed much. He still likes stacking toys and putting objects in boxes. He shows more interest now in board books and shape sorters. He has become fond of rolling toy cars down cardboard ramps. He gets to shake the vacuum cord when I vacuum (which is a treat since he is otherwise prohibited from touching electrical cords). He yearns to play with dishes in the dishwasher, but I do not let him help with unloading the dishes (as his brother got to help at that age) because he still drops them on the floor so often.