Today Scott turns one! Mostly it feels like the past year has passed quickly. But it also seems like Scott can't possibly be one yet, he's still so little. He has his check up tomorrow, I'll have to add his weight and height later.
Fun facts about Scott at one:
-He cruises around on everything, even grabbing ahold of his siblings clothes and walking around with them. Sometimes he grabs my legs and walks circles around me. He loves push toys or anything he can push and walk with.
-He learned how to go down stairs! A week or so ago I went to the Hands on Museum with the little boys and Scott loved the many stairs in the preschool room. I kept saying to him, "turn around" when he was at the top and it started to stick. Now we say it to him if needed and he turns himself around and goes down the stairs. He likes to go up, then down, then up, then down. We have taught the older kids to just walk behind him but not to touch him when he is on the stairs.
-Scott also respond to "get it out of your mouth" and will usually spit out whatever is in his mouth when I say that. I say it when I can tell he is chewing on something he shouldn't.
-Scott would love nursery and enjoys going during institute and a conversation group I help with. 6 more months until nursery at church!
-Scott eats just about everything, I haven't done much baby food with him simply because of time. It is much more efficient to just give him what we eat, cut smaller and he does just fine with it. As of last Sunday he is weaned and drinks whole milk or soy milk from a sippy cup.
-He sleeps though the night and shares a room with Joanna and Amy.
-He gives "high 5s" and loves them! After doing high 5s, when we stop, he starts giving them to himself, which is similar to clapping, but a little more deliberate.
-Scott loves to be outside and will cry if the door is closed before he can make it out. (Like when the big kids head to school, etc.)
Tonight we invited many in our courtyard to come join us for cupcakes to celebrate Scott's birthday. It was so fun to see all of our neighbors there! Scott took a little while to warm up to the cupcake, but then he ate it. My neighbor Aya took pictures and I will update when she send them to me.
Our sweet Asian friends each gave Scott a present (even though I had stated no presents on the invitation.) (Fee Fee told me that in China the first birthday is a big deal!) Aya's family gave Scott a Thomas the Tank Engine sippy cup, Sooah's family gave him a Target gift card and Sooah and her brother Gil each made a card for Scott, and Fee Fee and Chen Chen gave Scott a little stuffed panda bear (because they are from China!) It was so sweet of them all. After eating cupcakes the kids had bike and running races around the courtyard. I am really grateful for the great neighbors we have and I love seeing these little kids play together!
At Scott's party were people from the US, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Japan, and China.
One funny story: When we were handing out the invitations the other afternoon one mom asked me if Scott would get his own cupcake. I said yes and she asked if it would be his first sugar. Um, no. I told her that he hasn't had his own piece of cake before, so I guess that's it. Maybe the difference between a fifth child and a first since she only has one. I would say I have been less worried about Scott's eating (ex: not worrying about giving him much pureed baby food).