Oliver has just turned 14 months old and he’s changing so much every single day. His first birthday feels like yesterday – To be honest so does his birth! He’s turning into such a confident little boy who literally wants to run around anywhere. I thought it was time for an update on how he’s doing. I’ve spoken a lot about him on here, so you may already know how he’s getting on, but I thought it would be nice to have a little 14 month round-up – Plus I’ve totally got writers block at the moment!
Oliver started walking a little before 13 months old, and now that he can walk he WILL walk. He walks (or attempts to run) everywhere. We went to the opticians at the weekend and he was desperate to get down and start running around. It was super busy so there was no way I could let him down – He’d get in everyone’s way if I did! He walks from one end of the room to the other every single day. He never wants to sit down and play, he just wants to walk! I’m absolutely loving it.
Looking back I was so excited when he started to crawl, but walking is something else. I love being able to walk into another room and having this mini-me following me! I was always told to ‘be prepared’ for when he’s walking as it won’t be as easy as before. To be honest I love this more! I hated when he couldn’t even crawl, I felt bad for leaving him on the floor with just the toys around him. Now he can explore to his hearts content!
Oh my gosh, Oliver loves his food. To begin with the weaning process was a bit rocky – this is something I’ve never written about. We actually tried him with pureed food around 5 months old, but that was only every so often to see whether he liked it or not. We actually started 3 meals a day pretty late, around 7-8 months old maybe? I’m not sure why it took us so long. I think I was scared and a little unsure of what he could eat and how much.
Our health visitor didn’t advise us about anything to do with weaning. I didn’t actually get visited by a health visitor between Oliver being 3 months old to 1 year old. He didn’t really like to eat vegetables. I know not many kids like doing it, but he just didn’t eat them, full stop. He’d throw a tantrum if any were put on his plate. After a while and trying new recipes he now eats them – Usually when they’re mixed in a meal, but hey he’s eating them!
I’ve written about this very recently, which you can find here. We had a visit from the health advisor when Oliver was nearly 13 months old and I was told Oliver’s communication skills were low. I really didn’t see this coming! Oliver loves to babble all the time, but because he wasn’t saying any ‘first words’ yet, he scored very low on the health advisors check list. How you can judge a toddlers skills on a piece of darn paper I do not know.
Since the health advisor visit Oliver has been able to whisper the word juice. I’ve spoken about this before but he’ll pronounce the J and then hiss. We know what he’s trying to say but he almost seems too shy to say it. The fact that he’s communicating that he wants a drink is good enough for me for now. Today I heard him whisper ‘dada’! I was so excited! He’s not confidently saying these words out loud, but he’s getting there.
We’ve always been very lucky with Oliver as he’s always been quite a good sleeper. From around 10 weeks old he’s slept through the night. Since we moved 3 months ago we were worried Oliver would find it strange sleeping in a new room, but he adapted so well! He goes to bed at 7pm and he doesn’t usually wake up till around 6am. Saying this though, recently he’s been waking up around 3-4am. My husband and I won’t have this so we bring him into the bed with us and he goes back to sleep luckily!
Yes, I’ve added in a section about us! I don’t think I’ve done an update about us as parents so I thought it was a good idea! Nathan’s a top Daddy. It’s obvious Oliver loves him very much. Nathan is never afraid to step up when I’m having a bad day. I suffer greatly from anxiety and Nathan is so supportive. My anxiety is all over the place at the moment. I had a bad week a few weeks ago, but it seems to be okay at the moment.
We still haven’t got the hang of going to bed on time. For some reason we think it’s a good idea to go to bed at midnight, fully aware Oliver will wake up in about 5-6 hours. We still spend some evenings falling asleep on the sofa, but hopefully we’ll get the hang of going to bed on time one day!
I’m so proud of Oliver and how grown up he is at 14 months old. Every day I love him even more. Some day’s can be tougher than others, but it’s all worth it. I’m looking forward to watching him grow up more over the next few months. I’ll make sure I do another update soon.