Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jona Update: Life with a One Year Old

I haven't done a Jona update in a while, so I thought I'd share some ups and downs of life with a one year (thirteen month) old.


Health: Jona got his first ear infection this week, and in fact he had a burst ear drum. The crazy part is he didn't even seem that sick. He had a cold for a couple of weeks, and I noticed him tugging at his ear. I took him to the doctor on Monday, and when she told me about his ear drum I couldn't believe it. She said he must be pretty tough--most babies scream and cry nonstop when that happens. He sure wailed when she examined his ear, but otherwise he had been his usual, happy self. I was certain that I was being paranoid for bringing him in; I'm glad I did. Mother's intuition...it ain't no joke people. 


Eating: Hands down one of Jona's favorite activities. Unless he's tired or not feeling well, he usually enthusiastically attacks what's on his tray. He eats whatever we're eating, and seems to like/dislike things just depending on his mood. Some of his favorite things: cooked carrots, Grandma Gail's homemade applesauce, meatballs, macaroni and cheese, beans, pulled pork. His favorite meal of the day is breakfast, and he can devour some scrambled eggs, peanut butter toast, and yogurt, all or any of these. He's also drinking whole milk (in a sippy cup) with every meal, we ditched the bottles after his first birthday. That process went much better than I thought it would. 


Mobility: Jona crawls or scoots around, pretty quickly too. He usually crawls for long distances, then scoots once he's closer to whatever it is he wants. He's not walking, nor does he seem very close to walking. I'm not going to let myself worry about that just yet. 

Talking: Second to eating, this is Jona's favorite thing. He babbles constantly; he'll say things that I have no idea what he's trying to say, but he looks and sounds quite certain that he's trying to make a point. He'll increase the volume and repeat it to drive his point home. Actual words he says, or almost says, are: Dada, Papa, doggie, uh-oh, thank you, "E-I-E-I-O" (from Old McDonald), yeah, and hi. 

Playtime: Jona loves any toy that involves music, and he also loves being sung to.  He will stop what he's doing to listen to music if it comes on. He has a toy xylophone and a drum/percussion instrument set and these are some of his favorite toys. His favorite songs are: Obladi Oblada by the Beatles, Zaccheus (the Bible story song), The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Old McDonald. He's also a big fan of throwing blocks and other toys onto the hard-wood floor and then chasing after them. I also randomly discovered that he thinks it's hilarious when I throw paper in the air, or jump up and down. 

That's my (much overdue) Jona update for now! I'll try to post some highlights on a more regular basis from now on. 

14 comments:

  1. I can't believe how big he's getting!

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  2. He is such a cutie! Hard to believe it's been over a year already.
    Chic on the Cheap

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  3. Fun update! I'm sorry to hear about the ear infection though! I'm glad to hear the transition to sippy cups/milk went well, I'm anxious about that when it's time, but you're the second success story I've heard so I am hopeful!

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  4. Poor baby. Hope that ear gets better. He's a cutie.

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  5. He is such a cutie. I can't believe he wasn't fussy at all about his ear! You are a good mama for knowing!!

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  6. I can't believe it either, it's so crazy! thank you! :)

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  7. I know, I can't believe it. Time flies. :) Thanks!

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  8. I know, he's growing way too fast! Thanks Krysten!

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  9. So fun to read this update! I think he and Hendrik would get along great. They could eat some big meals and listen to the Beatles (love that he enjoys Obladi, Oblada - we'll have to try playing that one for Henk!). Oh, and do some not walking together... we'll all worry about that one later. Bummer about the ear infection, poor guy.

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  10. p.s. didn't mean to go MIA on your blog - somehow I just realized that it dropped from my Bloglovin', maybe with the name change? So comment overload now as I catch up :)

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  11. Haha, no worries! Yeah, I wondered if that would make me lose a few people for a bit, until my feed updated on Bloglovin' (or whatever it does when you change your name...I'm pretty clueless about it really). And yes, I think Jona and Henk would be buds for sure--they'd rock out, eat lots of food, and discuss the merits of crawling over walking, hehe :)

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  12. He is such a cutie! Sounds like he is a fantastic eater! My 16 month old liked everything until about a week ago when he decided he only like yogurt and applesauce. Please let this just be a stage. Ha! So cute that he says e-i-e-i-o!

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  13. Thanks Megan! I'm taking advantage now when he'll eat stuff, because I know we're not far from the picky stage!

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