Speedy is 12 Months Old

It is hard to believe that one year has gone by since Speedy joined our family. (Side note: I don’t think a week has gone by that someone hasn’t mentioned his birth story to me.) Speedy is a very happy baby, and he is starting to make his opinions known to our family much more these days through yelling, fussing, and throwing food off his high chair.

At one year, Speedy takes two naps a day, but is having more difficulty falling asleep some days for naps. I have to make sure he is awake by 7 a.m. to maintain that morning nap, and then I often need to wake him from his morning nap to maintain the second nap. I see a transition to one nap a day in the coming months, and while I enjoy the freedom one nap a day brings, I also dread that transition. I am also not sure how we will do much homeschooling when Speedy doesn’t take a morning nap as we currently get the bulk of schooling done during that time.

Speedy loves to run around, getting into things and displacing objects. I found the remote by our toilet a few days ago, my hairbrush in the pantry, and countless toys and shoes spread throughout the house. We have been spending more time outside in the mornings now that Speedy walks everywhere. At the park, a friend called Speedy’s wandering “ignorant mobility”, and I think that is a great description. He is always on the move, not always with a purpose, but moving. He loves to climb up the neighborhood park steps and go down the slide on my lap over and over again, between wandering around.

While he used to be a great eater and eat anything that I put in front of him, Speedy has become very, very picky the last few weeks. If it isn’t fruit (no bananas!), a cracker or some veggies, he is not interested and angry about it. He refuses to let anyone feed him with a spoon, so everything has to be finger foods. He also wants nothing to do with the self-feeding baby food anymore, which leaves him often cranky and hungry. I think it is less to do with being picky and more about not wanting to be confined.

Speedy loves to play with his siblings, and is enjoying Sugar’s antics more these days. They played “school” together in the laundry room for some time the other day. I found Speedy, sitting in his “desk” (one of the kids shoe boxes) and “learning”.

I decided it was time for Speedy to have a bit more of a drastic haircut, since the hair on his neck was getting very long and thick. Since I cut Thomas’ and Bud’s hair, I figured I would do Speedy’s in similar fashion: clippers. However, it was a bit more drastic than I wanted it to be, but we are getting used to it. He looks like quite a big boy these days. One of the pictures below shows how much hair was cut off.

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