Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Camden - 12 Months

Hammy, Hammy, Hammy.

My baby boy is officially a big baby boy today.  No fun 1-year stats to share, but if you check back on Monday (because, what better things would you have to do?) you can see how much he is not climbing the growth percentile chart.  Funny, because he's trying to climb everything else.


Height: 28 inches (6th percentile)
Weight: 19 lbs 8 ounces (8th percentile)
Head Circumference: 18 inches (32nd percentile)

His eleventh month of life was full of change and growth.

This boy is a pro walker.  He only crawls now if he's fallen over and is desperately trying to get away from the stomping-tickle-monster-mama.  I swear, the sound of his bare feet slapping against the hardwood floor is just about the sweetest thing I've ever heard.  He is still quite small, and it's really precious to see his little body toddling around the house. I'm waiting for him to just take off running any minute.

He loves (repeat, loves) books and puzzles.  He sits there for several minutes at a time and flips the pages and turns the puzzle pieces over and over and over.  Such a curious boy, he is.

Our ENT consult ended with a recommendation for ear tubes, and he had those put in at the end of November.  Other than being really pissed off after initially coming out of anesthesia, he did great and we've seen major improvements in his sleep and speech since the procedure.

Speaking of sleep, I can happily report that when my alarm clock wakes me up in the morning now, I don't immediately panic that he's stopped breathing and no longer alive, thus explaining why he didn't wake me up.  For a while, I was waking up in this panicked state, making it quite obvious that I wasn't used to getting a full, uninterrupted night's sleep.

And speaking of speech, I'm guessing that he wasn't hearing super clearly, because since his ear tube procedure, he's had sort of a speech explosion.  As much as speech can explode for an 11 month old, anyway.  He proudly says mom/mama, dog (gog), and book (ook).  We're still pushing dad/dada, but he's not biting too hard on that one.

Within the last few days, another bottom tooth has poked through, and another (on the other side) is close behind.  (Seriously, the excitement never ends around here, people!)  It had been so long since his last tooth eruption that I was beginning to worry that he was going to go to Kindergarten with only six teeth!

Apparently, this child is just a bit slow on the food-uptake because we're slowly (but surely) mastering baby finger foods.  Cam loves bananas (will literally rip a banana from my hands), pears, peaches, carrots, green beans, yogurt, cheese, and noodles.    

These past 12 months have been the happiest, and the hardest of my life.   have been dreading this day for a long, long time.  It's such a bittersweet feeling.  I have a very happy, and overall very healthy baby boy, and I'm so happy because he truly is the most amazing gift, the coolest little boy, and I get to be his mama.  But I'm so sad because he's got about 1% baby left in him, and time is just tick-tocking away.  C'est la vie.

Camden James. When seeing those two pink lines, I could have never imagined that you were what I was waiting for.  You are the greatest gift I've ever been given.  Better than I ever dreamed or hoped you would be. You made me a mama.  I didn't know what the hell I was doing when I first became your mama, but you just hung in there like a champ and were along for the crazy ride.  You truly light up my world with your smile, your laugh, your snuggles, and your little personality.  Everywhere we go, people are drawn to you and your smile, and I hope that's a quality that stays with you forever. I am so lucky, and so proud to be your mama.  You've made me a better person. I love you to the moon and the stars. You are my little love. 

Take Luck,


  1. I knew you would be an incredible Mom -- but you are even more incredible than I imagined. I'm so happy that you're getting to experience the amazing love that a Mom has for their child. There is nothing like it. There isn't any way to explain to someone who has never experienced it. And then you watch your beautiful children grow... and even when they're 28 ... you still feel that incredible love, incredible awe, every time you look at them or think about them. :)

  2. I'm convinced you have the cutest baby alive. Seriously. That picture of him in the blue plaid?? I want to frame it. Haha. Is that weird? ;) Obviously, he'll have to take second place when Sawyer arrives ;) So glad you guys had a wonderful year. This was such a sweet post. You're a great mamma, L!


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