July 14, 2010

One Year Old

I took these pictures a few days after Hamilton's actual birthday; he turned one on July 5. We did not tote Mr. Waddles, Teddy Long-Legs, and Simon on vacation with us. He gave no smiles during this photo shoot; he just tugged on his top lip with his big, bottom teeth, which has become his habit lately.
Most of my shots looked like this. The slowness of my camera is only exacerabated by Hamilton's quickness.
I employed Mr. Morgan's help: I pushed Hamilton back against the chair, and Mr. Morgan held him there by the head until my camera was ready. Hamilton looks like he's bracing his friends for impact. As a one-year-old, Hamilton is moving everywhere and exploring everything! He crawls like a champ, cruises on furniture quickly (especially in familiar territory), and pulls himself up on just about anything. He stands by himself for several seconds at a time, though he prefers to drop and crawl to his destination instead of taking steps.

He still loves to mimic sounds especially the dogs' growling and barking. We've switched from formula to whole milk, and he's weaned off the bottle. He enjoys his sippy cup with handles, and it took him only two days to get used to drinking milk from that cup instead of his bottle.

He has five teeth--two bottom and three up top. He loves making sucking noises with his teeth, tongue, and lips. He's still vocal, making all sorts of sounds and noises. He especially loves his books that require the reader to make noises or perform actions. His newest book allows him to mimic the reader's movements; he's mastered several of the animals' actions, including turning his head like a penguin and clapping his hands like a seal.

We visited the doctor last Thursday for his one-year visit. He's 32 inches long and 20 pounds, 6 ounces. His weight is on the low end of normal, and his height on the high end. He's such a delight, and I can hardly believe it's been a year since we first met this precious, little boy. I'm so thankful to be his momma!

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