It happened. Dash turned one.
We had a party for him this weekend with friends, family, barbecue, and a whole lot of balloons.
I mean, a whole lot of balloons.At 12 months he can now say, “ball,” and “balloon,” and seems to just repeat these two words over and over again all day. Ball is very clear, but balloon is pronounced, “ba-oo.” These are his favorite things to talk about and he has been waking up in the morning looking for one or the other. He also seems to say “down,” “more,” “all done,” and “wow.”
And the most exciting news – he took his first steps this weekend. I think it will be awhile until he is really walking around all over the place, but it was fun to be with family and watch him take those steps.
Also new this month is his signing ability. He now signs for more, all done, and eat. And maybe drink. When he wants something in a hurry he mostly points to things and then smacks his open palm against his mouth. Maybe not approved signs, but it makes sense to me. Sometimes if I guess the item of food he wants he bounces in his highchair and nods his head. But if I don’t receive the message he screeches with frustration. Fair enough. I don’t like being ignored either.
Dash the one year old has come a long way. He no longer takes acid reflux medicine, he loves bananas, and he sleeps all night and twice a day. He loves to be outside and still puts most things in his mouth sometimes to learn more about the things and sometimes to chew them up. He likes pools and bathtubs equally and I often find him trying to fling his leg up into the tub. Thankfully he is still pretty short.
He doesn’t watch TV, but knows exactly what to do with a TV remote. And he handled all the newness of his birthday party and lots of guests with grace. He greeted everyone, smashed some cake, and opened all his presents and then played so hard with his little friends he was sweating.
It was literally the best birthday party he has ever had.