Friday, 21 December 2018

Flynn Monthly Update: 1 Year!

It still feels weird to say these words but as of yesterday, my beautiful baby boy was promoted to a darling one year old toddler. Can you believe it? A toddler! My little man is a toddler now. I still can't believe it. I'm in a stubborn state of denial. The last 12 months went by so fast and I'm finding it hard to accept my baby being one already. So here is the last monthly update that I will post for Flynn. Enjoy. 

How's Flynn Doing?

Here he is... our 1 year old toddler! He is now weighing 8.8kg (19lbs 06oz) and approximately 73cm-73.5cm tall. So he hasn't grown much in the last few months. He is the happiest baby who is always quick to give you a smile....unless you're Jordan's mum whom he still cries at for whatever reason. He can stand on his own but doesn't have the confidence to. If we stand him up and let go, he'll stay standing for about 2 seconds and then very slowly and carefully lower himself down. He can walk while holding our hands but again, rarely likes to do it. He's quite lazy like his dad. He prefers to crawl still. He has ended his first year with 6 teeth in total (half the amount his sister had at 12 months thankfully) but is showing signs of a 7th getting ready to poke through. He loves to eat and loves cows milk! Not to mention he absolutely loves and adores Vala, giving her cuddles, kisses, steals her food and plays with her. He's always so happy to see her. He mostly sleeps through the night now and has had his last ever breastfeed this morning. I thought last nights would be the last as he has weaned himself off breastfeeds but we did enjoy one last feed before breakfast today. 

He LOVES wheels! If there is a toy in this house with wheels on it, he will flip it upside down and continuously spin the wheels. Still only a few words (Mum, Mumma, Dada, Dad, Nana). He waves now when he wants to and tries to say "hiya". He now plays peek a boo properly as well. He used to just look away from us and then turn back smiling when playing but now he'll hold something over his face and drop it to play. He also really likes being upside down and will often throw himself backwards when on my lap so he can see the world upside down. Oh and he also has figured out how to climb onto the sofa so you know....cannot leave him unattended for even 30 seconds anymore. And lastly, he's gone from hating being bathed to loving showers. He's fine in baths but he truly loves having a shower and trying to grab the jets of water; laughing as he tries. There is rarely anything that robs him of his beautiful smile. He is a very happy boy.

How's Mum Doing?

I am definitely ready for the new year to begin now. Now that Flynn is no longer being breastfed, I can focus more on myself than I could before. I can start taking the easy to swallow multivitamins again which aren't safe to take while breastfeeding. I can FINALLY start treating a fungal infection I got on my big toe shortly into my pregnancy. And on top of both those already good points, I can also start using Acti-Labs diet and inch loss products again. I couldn't use their inch loss wraps or dieting aids like Hydraslim for example. I am so looking forward to using all these products again and starting my weight loss journey all over again in the new year. I've had some Acti products arrive today but I figured I might as well wait until after Christmas to start dieting and using them. 

Physically, I am majorly unfit and putting weight on. I've been more aware of my bad eating habits over the last month and trying to alter them. Been craving more vegetables, especially peppers/capsicums for whatever reason. I hope to do a massive overhaul of my eating habits in early January. Flynn's first birthday though, made me realise just how much the postnatal depression has effected my life. The reason why the year has gone so fast and why it all feels like a big blur to me is because I spent a lot of it hiding away from my family, being tired, crying and sleeping any chance I got. I've lived a hermit life and shut myself away from so much. It was only yesterday as I watched Flynn open presents with Jordan and Vala's help that I realised I'd missed a lot of precious little moments and I feel so guilty about it. I don't want to miss out on the next 12 months of Flynn's life and this is why I'm more determined than ever to get back into a healthy lifestyle. I plan to keep up with the multivitamins to help fight off the insomnia and fatigue. I plan on eating better to lose the weight so I can do more things with the kids and of course I'll also be adding in more exercise. Next year is the year of change and self-improvement for both myself and Jordan. I've got a good feeling about next year.

These last 12 months have been an incredible time for our family. Watching Flynn grow up into this cheeky, mischievous, playful, happy toddler is one of the best gifts we could ever wish for. I only wish I hadn't wasted so much time hating myself and focusing more on my family. 

Until next time,
Alli xo

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