It has taken me a while to get this written but here it is. I kept thinking of updates to share so it has turned into a long post.
Hugo zoomed past his corrected first birthday and so did we. I guess I knew from the start of the pregnancy that I would never make it to May realistically so I never expected to have a May baby. His due date was May 6th which I spent at Church and High Tea and Hugo spent time having lots of fun with Eva and Daddy.
Last year on his due date he had a pediatrician review and weighed 3.38kg (up from 2.355kg at birth) and he lay still for photos.
This year he was reviewed by the Maternal and Child Health nurse and does not sit still for photos!
His stats currently are:
Weight: 8.560kg (up just 740g in 4 months) at least my babies’ get lots of wear out of each size of clothing!
Length: 72.5cm (up 5cm in 4 months)
If it is plotted on the charts in the blue baby book he is between the 3rd and 10th centile. He comes slightly higher on the WHO breastfeeding baby chart and the important thing is that both his weight and height are in proportion to each other. I kind of forget how small he is until I read a friend’s 4 month baby stats update and the baby weighed 7.5kg. He’s a good size for me to carry around and for that I am thankful. Hugo is still in size 0 clothes and, like his sister, I find it hard to find trousers that stay on his waist.
Remarkably he is only 855g bigger than Eva was at her corrected 1st birthday but they are the same length.
Of course developmentally he is doing exactly what he should be which is the most important news of the review!
Hugo loves to push anything that moves but shows no interest in free standing or letting go. I am happy with this pace of progression. In just that last week he has become really confident with Eva’s mouse which goes very fast in all directions. He has quickly mastered turning it and controlling it. He must have good stomach muscles!
Climbing is certainly a lot of fun for Hugo with the coffee table and children’s table fun places to be found inside and the cubby house stairs a major attraction outside. He climbs with such ease and confidence now. Just this past weekend we have seen him automatically turn around to go backwards “safe-safe” down any step. We are relieved and proud that he has been listening to us and remembered.
Opening the cupboards and removing the contents with gusto is a favourite activity which is a pity as mama is tired of tripping over things and replacing them to their homes. Andrew has put cupboard locks on where they are needed but I really don’t think that I want one on the pantry, we’ll see how long I last!
Hugo loves his baths more than ever and is so robust in the bath now just happy to splash with Eva and have lots of fun. He goes under water and resurfaces with no drama.
Finally after his birthday Hugo has learnt to sleep through the night. It did take some strength and coercion from mama to convince both of us that he didn’t need feeding overnight really and that sleep was a much better option. After a couple of sad nights Hugo is now consistently sleeping through the night without needing resettling from us. How magical is sleep and how much more refreshed we all feel. Morning sleeps seem to be disappearing with just one long sleep in the middle of the day.
Hugo’s food ideas are trending towards the picky toddler stage with any food that is undesired being immediately dropped off the side of the high chair without a second glance. Potatoes are a firm favourite, other vegetables are hit and miss and meat is not that popular any more. He loves to feed himself both finger food and with a spoon but will let us feed him with a spoon too which is handy.
We are still enjoying a lovely breastfeeding relationship with an average of 4 feeds a day. We both really enjoy the time to slow down and spend time together.
We have been practicing Elimination Communication with Hugo since he came home from hospital. It is very much a part time basis mostly with just pottytunities after eating and before and after sleeps. We have great success with 90% dry nappies after day sleeps. He is of course becoming less interested in sitting still long enough so this is becoming less successful but we will still persist.
So Hugo has been busy and we are delighted with his progress at 12 months corrected. We keep thinking that he must be going to walk soon but he’s taking his time (mama’s happy).