At fourteen months things are in cruise mode. The days are feeling longer as the boys’ faze out of their second nap. I don’t ever force things one way or another, if they get an early morning nap then I know they’ll need an afternoon one. If their morning nap is long (two hours or more) then I know we’re likely in for a one nap day.
Our typical day flows in the general way:
Wake up between 7:00am and 8:00am
Have breakfast in highchairs which typically includes french toast or scrambled eggs with cheese
Normally the boys will eat everything we put in front of them, although the last several days they’ve both been finicky which means I think we’ve hit a food jag.
We’ll play around the living room after breakfast, crawling, walking, standing, tickling, laughing and practicing the technique of not chewing on board books.
A morning nap starts at 10:00am and goes between 11:00am and noon.
After the boys wake up from their nap we’ll do lunch and then head out for errand running or an outing.
We’ll go to Fred Meyer, the library, Target, a play date or some other mommy meet up.
By the time we’re back home the boys are usually ready for another nap so we’ll have a snack and then head back upstairs to rest.
The late afternoon is more flux depending on a second nap, if it happens and if so when they wake up.
Then it’s more play time around the living room until Daddy gets home and crawls around on the floor with the boys.
Then it’s dinner in highchairs and a bedtime routine of letting the boys crawl around naked while we pick up toys, then nighttime diapers and pajamas then bedtime milk bottles beginning around 7:00pm.
Then Mommy and Daddy crash and it’s time to start it all over again the next morning.
Graham is a super crawler and will wiggle up onto the couch when he’s determined to get up. He’ll open and close the ottomans where we have toys stored and loves to bang toys on the window (we’re working on that). He’s cruising the furniture and beginning to stand without holding on to anything which means walking will follow soon. He’s still the more sound sleeper and often sleeps through any night wakings Miles has. He’ll giggle and smile at the drop of the hat and is usually the “spokesman” for the duo when we’re out in public. He gets the routine of getting in and out of his clothes and will raise his arms up for his shirt to come off, step out of his pant legs or point his feet for getting socks and shoes on. It’s so fun to see both boys becoming more and more sufficient.
Miles toddles around walking like he’s been doing it his whole life, picking up toys or lately carrying around a cardboard box lid with toys balanced inside. He uses his pacifier during naps and at night but often pops it out and smiles really big when it’s time to get out of his crib. Both boys have been getting better at staying on their backs for diaper changes and Miles babbles and looks into your eyes while he’s waiting to get all cleaned up. There’s not a single detail that passes by Miles. He’ll come downstairs in the morning and point outside at the steam coming off the bbq grill or walk over to the front window to watch the neighbors coming and going throughout the day. Both boys have learned to blow kisses and sometimes Miles will throw you a “mmmwaah” out of no where.
We made it through our first official throw up incident last week when poor Miles woke up at 1:00am on a Thursday night after throwing up most of his lasagna dinner. It was so sweet and sad (and gross) to see him sitting up in his crib, whimpering, looking around trying to figure out what happened or maybe just hoping that Mommy or Daddy would hurry up and get him out of the mess and smell that was all around him. Graham of course slept through the whole thing. Perhaps there is a limit to how much food can fit into those little tummies!