Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Niko at One.

I can't believe it's been a year since Niko was born.  Well, a year and almost two weeks now, whoops.  To read the excitement of his birth story, click here.  For specifics on the birth photography (amazing), click here.

A lot has changed in the last year, but a few things stick out to me that haven't.  Niko still loves to snuggle and be held.  Not all the time anymore, but at least a couple times a day.  When he nurses, he likes to hold my hand.  I remember on day 0, that was the only way he'd eat.  He likes most anyone, and gets so excited when he sees Trevor, but he has a special soft spot for his mama.

Once again, I don't know how to put my kid into words.  This has been a big year for us.  Niko himself has been really easy on us, but the rest of life has kept us on our toes.  Besides liking to be held...a lot (who could blame him?)...Niko has been very easygoing from day one.  He is the happiest baby ever!

Playing at ECFE open gym on his actual birthday
Lately, he has become a big fan of clapping, to include clapping games (the "Niko's here today" chant from ECFE) and anywhere we hear a round of applause he just lights up.  He also thinks he is pretty cool when he does "so big!" and Myra likes to get him to do it, too.  He loves to throw his food on the floor which is obnoxious and messy.  Niko knows what he likes, so he usually picks out the stuff he doesn't want to eat and throws that, then eats the good stuff.  He really seems to like yogurt and Italian food (pizza, spaghetti).  I have started making more smoothies because the kids both love them and they're great for calories and fitting in some nutrition.  Niko weighed the same on his birthday as he did six weeks earlier, though he has had some illness in between.  He's also very fast with the crawling and much more active lately.  Not really worried about his weight, just like to make sure he's getting enough calories--plus it seems to help him sleep better!

As of his first birthday, he was nursing four times a day and if he woke at night (once, sometimes twice, but quickly so whatever).  Since then, I have eliminated two of those day time nursing sessions, so it's just morning and bedtime and if he wakes at night, which he's been doing less.  Bonus: he is less distracted these days.  I can actually nurse him while sitting down and sometimes I can do it with other chaos going on.  For so long, I'd have to pace around and even then sometimes he would get distracted.  Now it doesn't even really matter since I don't nurse throughout the day anymore.

Niko loves to crawl and pull up on stuff.  He has stood independently for a few seconds a handful of times.  Six teeth have poked through, minimal drama there.  He says "mama" and "dada" for us, on top of lots of other babbling.  He loves to hear his own echo ("AH! AH!")  Today he seemed to be saying "ba ba ba" for book.  Speaking of books, his favorite thing to do is pull all the books off the bookshelf over and over.  He's very tolerant of Myra holding him, burping him, and a variety of other things he outgrew a while ago that she still enjoys doing.  Sometimes he even enjoys it, too.

Saying Mama then thinking he's pretty funny.

Myra reading Niko his bedtime book.

Niko on his birthday!
We had a really fun dual birthday party.  For the last three years we have basically kept it to our immediate families and godparents, but I still wasn't about to plan that twice in less than three weeks.  And I didn't want to try and fit everyone in our house, so we found a great indoor playground nearby and it was a great time!

Attempts at a group photo...
I'm so excited to see what the next year brings.  Trevor and I recently went through and watched a bunch of videos of Myra as a one year old and got all sentimental about some of the ways she used to pronounce things ("I Yuh You" for I love you), but it really does just keep getting better.  I'm not one to rush through stages, but I will be excited when walking comes (crawling is not my favorite stage) and the morning nap goes away.  Everyone is happier when we don't mess with our kids' sleep, but honoring naps can get pretty restricting.  It won't last forever, I know, so I try to enjoy the quiet for now.

Niko fell asleep being rocked in ECFE sibling care
If you haven't met Niko, maybe you should.  He's cheerful, fun, silly, and that big grin is contagious.  Niko been the perfect addition to our family, slipped right in like he was always there just like so many people told me would happen.

I love you, buddy! We are so looking forward to getting to know you more.

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