Well, a whole freakin’ year has gone by.  I have been a mom mom for a whole year.  I can hardly believe it.  A year ago today, I was recovering from having my mid-section surgically pulled open in order for Ryder to get out the easy way.  He spent the next two days in NICU and I spent the next two days trying to get my head around what had just happened.

The last few weeks we have been transitioning from infancy to toddlerhood.  There have been some major changes in what Ryder eats and how often he eats.  Most notably, he is finally off the $25 a can organic formula he’s been drinking since 7 months or so.  This is a $100 a month habit that we are happy to break.  The cow’s milk is 100% whole, fatty, organic and delicious.  He hates it.  I keep taking sips myself to figure out why he is rejecting it.  I myself haven’t had whole milk since I was probably his age and my god, is it good!

The hardest part about change is fearing it.  For instance, I put the tyke down tonight with no goodnight bottle.  Just changed his diaper and threw him in the crib. Gus and I kidded about our new bedtime routine.  While other weary parents spent an hour bathing, reading, bottling and singing, our routine tonight consisted of a diaper change.  He howled a bit but the shots this morning made him pretty drowsy (not to mention irritable!) and he’s happily snoozing away as we speak.

His doctor appointment went well today.  He’s 31 inches tall and 23 pounds.  90th% for height and 50th% for weight.  Doc says he will be 6’3″, 175lbs at adulthood.  Sounds about right. 

Happy first birthday to my little boy, favorite toy and pride and joy.