MAGNUS IS ONE!!!! Let me repeat that... HE'S ONE YEAR OLD! This past week was filled with frantic party planning, cake baking, lots of baby cuddles while I could still legitimately call him my baby and some sneaky tears because wow... it's already been a whole year.
What's new? Well, for starters, he's gotten a lot clingier! It's super adorable and makes me and D feel very special, but oooooh boy.... Speaking of "oooooh boy", that is one of the things he's started to say! It sounds like that anyway - he has been saying a lot of things, none of which are quite decipherable yet. EXCEPT.....and yes, you guys, drumrolls please....Magnus is saying Mama and Papa! It is the bestestest feeling in the world and please remind me I felt this way when he is 2 and a half and will not for the love of God stop saying "Mama, Mama, Mama, Mama....".
His daily schedule has also slowly but surely been morphing into an actual schedule (most of the time). Here goes (just add an "-ish" after everything - we are never fully on schedule!):
7 am - wake up, drink 200ml of (organic whole) milk
8 am - get up, have breakfast. For breakfast, he'll have whatever we're having, which is usually oatmeal, yoghurt and fruit, scrambled eggs or avocado toast.
10 am - first nap! He'll usually just do a quick little 30-45 minute siesta in the morning. When he wakes up, it's usually time for a music class, a walk, or some reading, singing and playing at home.
12:30 pm - 1 pm - lunchtime. Usually, lunch is vegetables, leftovers from breakfast, bread and cheese, or whatever we are having).
Post-lunch - it's playtime, outdoor time, chill time...
Between 2 pm and 3 pm - nap numero dos hits, which can go for anything between 45 minutes and 2 hours. To fall asleep, he'll drink another 200 ml of milk.
5 pm - If he hasn't woken up, we'll wake him, give him a snack (usually a mixed fruit-and-veggie pouch) and play some more.
6 - 6:30 pm - dinner, which is maybe the biggest wildcard. He'll have whatever is left over from the day, whatever we have, veggies, quinoa, costco rotisserie chicken... you name it.
7:30 pm - 8 pm - Bedtime, with another 200 ml bottle of milk.
Mind you, this is Magnus's weekday schedule - on the weekends, all bets are off. We kind of like adding a little craziness on the weekends, so he doesn't become a complete creature of habit - even though it's nice to have a structure you can rely on, with the amount we travel and our jam-packed weekends, we need our little sidekick to be his usual flexible and patient self.
Also, in case you saw the "organic whole milk" part and were wondering... yes, he is fully weaned. We did that right around the 10.5 months mark, when I went on vacation without him for a week. Of course, as with all of these decisions, this is what worked for us (and was a lot less of a big deal than I had thought), but I am a big believer in "fed is best" and would never question anyone's choices in this department.
Now that Magnus has 6 teeth (side note - he got his first three teeth literally the week after weaning! Talk about perfect timing!!) we've started brushing his teeth in the mornings and at night (if and when we remember - which is certainly not every morning and night, but we are getting better!). He takes a bath every other night, sometimes less, sometimes more depending on what kind of trouble he got himself in during the day.
Magnus is not walking yet, but loves walking along things he can hold on to (like our coffee table, an ottoman or a chair). He'll also take some steps holding on to hands, but it doesn't seem like he sees the point yet. Like mother like son, in this case - I didn't walk until I was 18 months old. What can I say, it IS so much better to be carried everywhere, am I right?
As for things that (thank goodness) haven't changed - he is still an avid snuggler, has no stranger danger (even though increased clinginess means he sometimes cries when I leave the apartment - cue the mommy guilt!), sleeps and eats like a champ and loves his little party tricks. One of the more fun ones - every time someone sings for him, he'll clap! (If you've ever been told you're a bad singer, just sing for Magnus and he'll make you feel like a million bucks!)
Anyway, long story short, this past year has been the most fun D and I have ever had. We can't wait for year number two and to see Magnus's fun little personality grow and develop. Fingers crossed he'll stay as happy, easygoing and sweet as he has been throughout the first year!