So, Nathan has had a bunch of checkups since the last update but we’ll just mention the latest one. His 15 month checkup was a while back (2 weeks ago or so) and he was 29.5 inches tall and 17 pounds. He is not on the weight charts yet but he is on the height chart. I think he’s around the 10th percentile for height but it may be a little bit under that.
We will be talking to a nutritionist hopefully pretty soon to make sure he’s getting everything he needs. When I asked the nurse practitioner at his last appointment how many calories he should be getting she said around 1000 a day, but give him 1200 a day to get him growing. Looking at his calories per meal they seem to hover around 225 to 250 per meal so he is getting what he needs. We have been trying to give him new foods as much as possible, like last night I gave him a whole grain waffle with Black Cherry fruit spread on it. He likes it, but he hasn’t been picky about anything yet so we’ll anticipate that at a later date!
Our trip to Michigan in March for his birthday was good as was the birthday party here in Texas. We’re making another trip to Michigan in 2 weeks and it promises to be exciting. It’s the annual cottage trip and this year Nathan is going in the water! He’ll probably hate it but we have to try. Hopefully being able to splash around will entertain him. We’ll coat him in sunblock to be sure and we’ll buy him his own floaty that may get 30 seconds of use, but I can’t wait!
Nathan isn’t walking on his own yet but he is crawling REALLY quickly and he will walk around as long as he is steadying himself on something like the table or futon. He is feeding himself finger foods (has been for months) and seems to understand the concept of feeding himself with a spoon but we aren’t there yet. He stopped drinking from bottles almost on his first birthday so he has transitioned to sippy cups as if there were no change at all. He likes white grape juice and orange juice quite a bit (watered down of course) but he seems to not like milk so much. He’ll drink milk but mostly he fills his mouth with it and then lets it dribble down his face onto the carpet. I don’t envy the people that have this apartment after us! I’m sure they’ll have to replace this carpet so maybe it is good for the next people. Who knows! Since he doesn’t drink milk all that often we’ve been giving him yogurt (he seems to love it!) I’ve been careful about feeding him things that only have natural ingredients, like organic yogurt or 100% juices or like the fruit spread that is sweetened with fruit juice instead of high fructose corn syrup. I know at some point he’ll have to start eating some processed foods but why start now if we don’t have to? I even go so far as to use real butter in his foods as opposed to the I can’t believe it’s not butter that we use. I just want him to eat better than I do, since both Nikki and I are really poor eaters. I’m trying to build healthy habits now and hopefully they stay with him but we shall see.
Nathan still has 8 teeth. He got 8 teeth like, 8 months ago and then stopped. However, he is now starting to pop out (or at least they are near the surface) 2 big molars but he doesn’t seem to mind all that much.
So that’s our update for now. I’ll try to take a TON of pictures on our trip to Michigan and share them.
Thanks for reading!