Charlie had his one-year check up on August 25. He is still a tall boy - 31 and 5/8 inches - in the 95% on height. His head is still on the smaller size at 17 3/4 inches, and he weighs 21.41 pounds. He is now on the lower side of the weight percentile, which the doctor said often happens once they reach this age and begin walking. They start to eat a little less and move a whole lot more. And that definitely defines Charlie. He doesn't stay still. Even when he sleeps at night, he is all over the crib. He walks really well now, preferring that to crawling. When he walks he still holds his hands up by his head, looking very much like Marc when does his impression of a monkey.
For the past 5 weeks, we've been adding whole milk to Charlie's bottles and he has been tolerating it very well. We will next week move from half and half to only one-quarter breast milk. I am so lucky that breast feeding went so well for us, and I am very surprised that I'm a little sad to see it end. Milk I didn't have to pay for was so much cheaper than the organic whole milk we are now getting by the gallon. Charlie will very soon move up to the one-year class at school, where he has to be on the menu. We've been working on that, but he hasn't been too interested in the lunches. Charlie is all about the breakfast and the snacks, though.
Charlie has lots of new words in his vocabulary, although he may not understand all of them. He will say Please and Thank You, and Marc got him to say Love You once. (And has been trying to get him to say it again for a week, with no luck.) Charlie can say Dog and Duck and knows what those words mean.
He is still a loving and happy boy, as long as he is well fed and rested. He takes one nap at school and - for the most part - sleeps through the night. Charlie still wakes up much earlier than we would like, but Marc usually plays with him for about 30 minutes and then gets Charlie to nap until I take him to school.
This past year has gone by so very fast, but it has been the best year of our lives.