A like doing a year in review post of our family at the end of each year. But this year nothing really majored happened in our house. This was the most peaceful, uneventful, year we have had in a long time.
It was a great year for us!
So since I have nothing exciting to write about the family as a whole...I decided to do Russell's year in review...Because this year was SUPER exciting as far as Russell goes!
Looking back over each month this year I am amazed at how hard my little boy worked this year and just how many things he accomplished!
January-14 months old
This was the month Russell FINALLY became mobile! Up until this point he would not even roll towards a toy or something he wanted...This was the month we saw Russell learn to army crawl!
(I yell "No" at the end of the video because Russell is about to pull over my shelf...The house was not baby proof then!! haha)
February-15 months old
This was the month Russell learned to go from a laying down position to a sitting position all by himself!
This was also when Russell was learning about balance...We could lean him up against something and he would work hard at bearing weight on his legs and balancing while having the support of a firm surface behind him.
March-16 months old
This was a VERY exciting month in our house! Russell learned to four point crawl!!
This video was taken the very morning we first saw him do it! A day I wont ever forget...
Having a crawler in the house was so exciting...Russell was every where and into everything! And no matter what trouble he got himself into or what he dumped out or destroyed...I smiled.
April-17 months old
This month Russell learned to pull to stand! I will never forget the excitement I felt as I turned around and saw Russell STANDING in his crib for the first time!!! I made him do it over and over again...
May-18 months old
This month Russell learned to side step and then eventually cruise along furniture...At first he kept his legs and knees very stiff and straight and over time as he gained confidence and courage he loosened up.
June-19 months old
This month had Russell crawling and cruising but he mastered other skills as well...Like the sippy cup!
And the straw cup...
July-20 months old
This month we saw an explosion in fine motor skills as well as speech and signing. Russell seemed to quickly learn anything we taught him. He learned to point to body parts, to say names, to sign his basic needs such as food, bubba, bath, just to name a few.
One of my favorite things he learned to say was "Bye, see ya"
This month we saw Russell's personality bloom...
August-21 months old
A BIG month for Russell! This was the month where out of the blue Russell learned to stand all by himself...Not getting himself up into a standing position, just being able to balance...To let go of something and stand alone!
It was thrilling! I was so very proud of him!
Russell also learned to climb stairs this month...
September-22 months old
This month Russell started pushing toys around the house and walking behind things.
He never did use any real push toys...He would only push those while on his knees.
This was his toy of choice and he would walk all over the house pushing it.
This was also the month Russell learned to get into a standing position on his own. But really he didn't start to do it often until after he started walking a month or so later.
October-23 months old
This was my favorite month of all! This was the month Russell took his very first steps.
I will never forget a single thing about that day. Ever.
The weeks following those first steps were the most joyful I have ever experienced...Never has a family cheered louder or clapped harder than we did for our boy every. single. day.
November-24 months old
The month my son turned two. The month I felt my heart heal completely.
The month I only reflected briefly on this time...
Because I was to busy celebrating this...
December-25 months old
This month Russell became a FULL time walker...He is learning to self feed better and making progress with his eating issues. He is learning new words and signs daily.
And he is continuing to make us proud every single day.
I have to say looking through this post I cannot help but to cry.
For all the months that felt like nothing was happening...That his progress was so slow...That the delays were so evident...That we were so far away from reaching milestones...
All along my boy was working as hard and as fast as he could...And even though it was in small tiny steps, it was there all along...Progress...It was always there.
And for all the times where I pushed him along and cried over the waiting and how hard it was to be patient...For all the times I wanted him to hurry up and learn the next thing...He was doing as much as he could...And I wish I could take all those moments back...All the worrying and hurrying...
Because in the end we got to everything we wanted to and Russell just needed to take his time doing it.
To all the newer Moms who read my blog...To the ones with small babies just coming up a year old...
This is the year of exciting times for your baby...Don't be afraid to go slow...Enjoy every small step...Because it all happens in time. Don't look back on this new year with regrets.
Happy 2012 Everyone!