It’s been fun watching my son Elliott learn and grow throughout his first year of life. I’m so thankful I was able to be home and see all the little (and big) changes he has gone through. Here is a list of firsts and new skills he has gone through over his first year of life.

Monthly Photos

January 17: Elliott was born
January 18: Visited his first store (Walmart)
January 19: First Doctor’s appointment
January 20: First bath at home (he had one in the hospital on the 18th)
January 21: First grocery store visit
January 22: Had his first booger (haha)
January 23: His cord fell off
January 26: Slept upstairs in his bed for the first full night
January 31: First time leaving the house with mom by herself

February 6: Already growing out of newborn clothes
February 14: Met his Lola and Lolo (grandparents)
February 23: Met mom’s best friend and her kids
February 28: Slept his first 5 hour stretch at night

March 8: Mom stopped breastfeeding
March 12: First walk in the stroller
March 15: First hospital visit (8 hour wait for nothing!)
March 19: First immunization needles

April 3: First diaper blowout
April 4: Looks like he’s trying to roll from back to front
April 7: First library visit
April 19: Looks like he’s trying to sit-up

May 2: Sounds like he is saying Mum
May 8: Met his Nanny and Granddad
May 9: Went to his first restaurant (Harveys)
May 9: Had his first big outing to the Botanical Gardens
May 10: Went to the Rock and Gem show with his sister
May 11: Went to Jurassic Forest
May 13: Went to the Royal Alberta Museum
May 14: Left Elliott with grandparents while Mom and Dad went on a date
May 25: Went to the Ukrainian Fest
May 27: Went on a Hike it Baby walk at Elk Island National Park
May 29: Four month needles. Got his first bad fever.

June 4: Went on a Hike it Baby walk at Mill Creek Ravine
June 5: Went on a Hike It Baby walk at Devon Voyageur Park
June 14: First library program attended
June 15: First parade (in Beaumont)
June 18: Rolled from back to front for the first time
June 21: First road trip (to Calgary)
June 22: First time at the zoo
June 26: Started eating solid foods

July 3: Facebook meetup at the Edmonton Valley Zoo
July 13: Went to the Highland Games in Sherwood Park
July 24: Went to his first movie, The Lion King

August 8: Went to the Edmonton Corn Maze
August 14: Went for a walk at Fred Johns Park in Leduc
August 17: Went to a parade in Calmar
August 30: Drove to British Columbia, longest road trip

Sept 1: First time on a boat
Sept 12: Elliott started scooting backwards on his belly
Sept 13: Went on a Hike It Baby walk in Capilano Park
Sept 16: Went to a play date in Westbrook
Sept 17: Got his first tooth
Sept 20: First time swimming
Sept 22: Elliott can get on his hands and knees
Sept 23: Elliott can drink from his straw cup on his own
Sept 27: Elliott has his second tooth

October 3: First eye doctor visit
October 4: Went on a Hike It Baby walk in Capilano Park
October 5: Went to his first b-day party at Jump ‘N’ Play
October 11: Elliott has started saying Dada
October 16: Went to his second movie, The Adams Family
October 17: Elliott’s two top front teeth came through
October 18: Went on a Hike It Baby walk in Capilano Park
October 19: Elliott has started taking small steps from Mom to Dad
October 31: Starting to move forward on his belly like a caterpillar

November 2: Went to his first craft fair
November 2: Went from laying on his back to a sitting position
November 6: Starting to officially crawl
November 10: I found Elliott sitting up in his bed for the first time
November 13: Elliott was found standing up in his bed for the first time
November 16: Met Santa for the first time
November 23: Went to a Santa Claus parade

December 10: Elliott waved bye bye for the first time
December 21: Elliott clapped for the first time

January 9: Elliott got a fifth tooth popping through on top

I am heading back to work on the 29th after having a year off for maternity leave. I can’t really say that I’m excited for it or that I missed working. If you ever have the opportunity to take a long period of time off from work, I highly recommend it. I loved having the freedom to go out what it was nice and go for walks or visit the zoo. Or when the weather was terrible, just staying snuggled up at home. But that is all about the end.

Elliott is going to start going to his Day Home at the end of this week. He has only been left with someone other than me or his dad twice so far. And both times it was one set of grandparents. I’m a little nervous about how he is going to do with a stranger.

I’m also nervous about how our evening routine is going to go. On the days when Elliott is at the Day Home both my boyfriend and myself will be working until 6pm and will get home around 6:30pm. We usually start getting Elliott ready for bed around 7pm which means we have to try and figure out how to have supper ready pretty much as soon as we get home. I might have to start just feeding Elliott something easy like baby food or oatmeal and then mom and dad eat after he’s in bed. It’s going to be an adjustment for sure trying to figure out our new routine.

I’m also interested to see how his dad deals with being a main caregiver. For the last year, it’s been mostly me taking care of the baby (who I guess I can no longer call a baby). Now he will be with his dad 2-3 days a week, at the Day Home 2-3 days a week, and with me only 1-2 days a week. It’s going to be interesting.