I admit I haven't been as active in posting about Josh as I had about Charlie when he was a baby. But today is Joshie's first birthday, and it has been so special. I guess I've been in denial - the time has been passing so quickly...he just hasn't been a little baby long enough. His babyhood has been so much easier in so many ways, and in so many ways, so much harder. Josh is a social and fearless little creature. He's friendly and loud. He's athletic. He's a handful...he gets everywhere. He loves intensity - the tang of lemon, the bubbles in Pellegrino, the shock of cold from ice cream (he had his first today!), the rush of sliding down the slide at the playground. He loves to snuggle. And he's an awful sleeper.
In so many ways, he's Charlie's polar opposite. They say you're not supposed to compare your children, but I can't help but compare the boys every moment and marvel at their differences. Both boys are a joy and a lot of work. Josh is so sunny in his disposition, but his mood can turn on a dime. Charlie is Mr. Consistent - he's either switched on to a good mood or a bad mood, and there's no turning back for him.
Anyway, Josh had a wonderful birthday. It was warm and sunny. Ben worked from home today, took Josh to the park this morning, before lunch and nap. I left work early today to get Charlie at school, and picked Josh up along the way. His favorite place to be is wherever Charlie is, especially if that place is the preschool. We then played in the backyard, blew bubbles and watered the garden. Ben joined us and we headed to Celebrity for pizza, fried seafood, french fries, and creamsicle ice cream.
Josh LOVES ice cream. He kept signing for more after each bite, and giggling after the shock of cold wore off. We headed to the playground next door, where Charlie slid down the fire pole by himself. Josh crawled his way around the climbing equipment, heading for the tallest slide, and sliding down, giggling the whole way. By the end of our time there, both boys were exhausted, both barely holding it together for the ride home.
Speaking of the ride home, we turned around Joshie's car seat. Seeing the world from the forward facing perspective suits him. He's happier in the car, by a long shot. Where he used to fuss and cry, he now smiles and looks out the window. He doesn't yet understand that he can see us in the rear view mirror, though I bet that will come soon.
We had birthday cake on Curious George plates, left over from Charlie's birthday party. Josh was unthrilled about the cake, though he was fascinated by the candle. I feel guilty that I haven't planned a big party for Josh, but for some reason, I couldn't bring myself to do it. We're going to have a barbecue around Memorial Day, so that will just have to do.
And now for the run down. Joshie, at 12 months:
crawls, pulls up, and cruises
says "mama, dada, yellow, ball, bubble, bottle, cookie, boob" (though he doesn't say this one anymore)
signs "more, all done, out"
takes off his own socks
helps you take off his shirt
hinders you from getting him dressed
throws a nerf football forward
throws a small plastic ball backwards, and have it hit his target
plays with his new interactive giraffe ball toy (can you tell this kid likes ball games?)
walks with a push toy
blows bubbles through the Gymboree bubble blowerplays the kazoo
climbs the stairs (ugh)
tortures the kitty, though she tolerates it for some reason
swims. he's a natural swimmer.
sits through a couple of board books (this is new)
bathes in the big bathtub (this is very cute)
holds his own when Charlie tackles him
steals toys from his cousin Tammy (3 months younger) and then give them back when she complains
sleeps through the night (although he doesn't)
uses a binky to put himself back to sleep (this is new)
eats pizza, ice cream, and chocolate cake
eats broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, and cooked carrots
eats bananas, quartered grapes, halved blueberries, watermelon slices (he loves this), cantaloupe, apple slices, peaches...if it's fruit, he'll eat it
despises peas. with a passion.
refuses to eat anything we offer him on a spoon, unless it's miso soup, yogurt, or applesauce
eats California rolls (this is also adorable)
His first year has been such a joy and an adventure, and it went by far too quickly. A bit bumpy in the beginning, with nursing problems (nothing Reglan couldn't fix), ear infections and even pneumonia this winter, but we came out of it ok. He was a fabulous nurser, once we got started. He is a sweet and happy baby, and has been the best addition to our family I could have ever imagined.
I am so thankful for my Joshie. Happy birthday little one.