Thursday, August 28, 2008

Turning one- frustrating or fun?

Last week, Preston had a doctor's appointment for his one year check up. Although it was scheduled for 10 am and we did not see the doctor until 11:15, (GRRR!) it went really well. He's now 19 lbs and just over 30 inches long. Still long and lean- he's actually only in the 5-10%tile for weight, but 50-75th%tile for height. Good thing Daddy came along to this appointment and kept Preston entertained with his cell phone.

Speaking of his doctor, I don't think I blogged about this, but the week prior, we unfortunately discovered that Preston has an egg allergy. The general rule of thumb is that a child can have egg YOLK before they turn, and all of the egg afterwards. (Egg whites are a common allergen.) Well, on the Wednesday before his 1st birthday, I had nothing on hand to make a quick dinner for him, so threw caution to the wind and decided- "what the hell, he's almost one, let's try some scrambled eggs for dinner." Well, within minutes, as we were bathing him after dinner, we noticed a few red spots near his armpits and by morning, the poor thing was covered in hives. He didn't act as though they bothered him or even that he knew he had them, but I took him in to her office, and after a dose of Benadryl, (and a good long nap as a result of the benadryl), they went away. We now are waiting another 3 months to re-introduce them and hope this doesn't mean he has any other allergies. So far, so good. We've been lucky because he really does eat pretty much anything we eat now, although I'm kinda careful with meats because the kid still only has one tooth! He likes a good varitey of healthy foods- loves fruit, does great with yellow veggies and ok with green ones, can't get enough dairy like cheeses and yogurt, and generally enjoys proteins like shaved turkey and ham, and pinches of grilled chicken. His favorites are:
cottage cheese
cream cheese
colby and cheddar cheese
SPAGHETTI- his latest and greatest (and messiest)

He is also communicating really well at the table and does the sign for "more" and "all done." Although sometimes he gets them confused, he generally has the idea.
Here's a video of him at the end of his meal- a little zoned out, but having some fun with his peas.

He's picking up a few words here and there and it's so stinkin' cute. He's really into mimicking us these days, too- if we say, "la la la" in a high sing-songy voice, he'll do the same. If we blow raspberries, he'll do that, too. He now has several words... mama, dada, hi, bye, up, and hot. (Hot sounds like "hhhah" but he points to my coffee or a stove and says it with the same inflection that we use when we say it to him.) And just yesterday, I asked him what the doggie says and he said, "ooo-ooof." (Woof-woof.) I also think we are starting to pick up on some affirmative and negative responses like "yeah" and ...unfortunately, "no." hmmm...I'll keep you posted on how that goes.

Sometimes, when he can't get his point across, or we don't allow him to do something, (i.e... crawl on the coffee table), he also communicates by melting down. Enjoy these lovely photos of Preston's more persistent side:

The poor thing- can you imagine how frustrating it must be to know exactly what you want, but not posses the words to tell someone?

Since those pictures no doubt broke your heart, I'll leave you with some better ones from our more fun times throughout the week. By the way, is anyone noticing how MUCH he looks like Kevin lately?


heatherc11 said...

He is so cute! We found out that my son is allergic to soy, peanuts, eggs,wheat and dairy when he was one.(He is now 19 months old) I started a website and I thought you might be interested because all of the recipes are free of soy, peanuts, eggs,wheat and dairy.

Erin said...

Thanks, Heather! I checked it out and it looks great. Can't wait to investigate further some of the recipes when the time comes!