WHAT?!?! Torin is a year old?? HOW did that happen?? I honestly feel like just yesterday I was finding out I was pregnant with him! Man, this past year has been one of the best of our lives and I feel like it just flew by! This is his last monthly blog post. 🙁 It got a little harder each month as he became more mobile. He didn’t love the laying down photos in the later months and for at least the past 3 months, I wouldn’t have any of him laying down if my mom hadn’t of been there to make him laugh. This month we’re still living with mom and dad (we’re now currently in our own home though!). And we’ve gotten into a nice little routine, but we’re ready to be in our own house again and get things back to normal. We’re so grateful for the time we got to live with them and how they helped us through one of the most stressful times in our life!

This month, we celebrated Torin’s 1 year birthday!! It turned out to be everything I wanted it to be!! So, here’s a few more memories from the past month!

Torin got to visit Dude at work and had a fun “picnic” with Granda in Dude’s office!

He got his first haircut!! Cue the tears! I actually handled it very well. 😉 I was so afraid it’d make him look like a toddler instead of a baby, but I really don’t feel like it made him look that much older. It does look so much nicer though and it’s actually gotten a little curlier as the month went on after the hair cut! He did so good during it too! He sat on my lap while Usbec took photos and Torin laughed almost the whole time. It didn’t mind it at all until the hair dryer came out – he wasn’t too sure about thing!

We FINALLY packed up the whole house in Knoxville and moved it all to our new house! We haven’t officially moved in to the new house, but at least it’s all here! Torin loved playing in the kitchen at our Knoxville house one more time and it was great because all the cabinets and drawers were empty so we didn’t have to worry about him getting into too many things. He had the best time and then we all cried big crocodile tears when we left. How can it be so sad to leave a house? I mean at this point, we have another one we’re moving in to. But it’s been super hard. I just keep remembering all the wonderful memories in that house and the fact that that’s where we brought Torin home from the hospital! I know we’re taking those memories with us though and we’ll continue to make new one in our new home.

We celebrated Torin’s 1st birthday with a FIESTA at mom and dad’s! We had a taco bar and the cutest cake and lots of multicolored decorations! I never dreamed I’d have so much fun planning a party but I was so happy with how it all turned out! Torin loved it too and we were so thankful we live closer to all our family now and that they all got to celebrate with us!

He’s officially in 12 month clothes now! All the 6 month clothes are packed away but he still fits in the 9 month clothes for now.

2 more molars broke through! So we’re up to 11 teeth now! Poor guy.

Last month he went through a leap or a growth spurt or something and was waking up in the middle of the night. Which he’s done occasionally before, but last month he’d wake up and not be able to go back to sleep for an hour or two. It was pretty rough. Naps were all but non existent for a while too and we all were tired and cranky! This month though, he’s back to sleeping 13-14 hours a night and getting a 2 hour nap in during the day! Thank goodness for that! 🙂

He’s only nursing in the morning after he wakes up and at night before bed. I’m feeling a little sad over it but I’m so thankful for the past year and that I got to nurse him for so long. I know it’s coming to an end soon and I’m trying to prepare myself for it, but how do you do that when you’ve spent SO MUCH of the past year getting that sweet one on one time with him?? He’s eating solids and started a little cow’s milk throughout the day and he’s doing so good with it. He’s such a good eater and I’m thankful for that.

For his birthday, mom and dad got him a little work bench and one of those Flintstone cars. He LOVES them both!! When he gets in the car he makes a “vroom” sound the whole time we’re pushing him around haha!!

He’s not so in love with trash cans anymore – now he’s moved on to anything with buttons he can push! Car keys, toys, ESPECIALLY remotes!! OBSESSED!

He’s learned out to blow kisses. He doesn’t put his hand to his mouth, but he can make the noise with his lips and it’s the best thing ever!

He mocks EVERYTHING! Sounds, faces, you name it, he’ll mock it! He thinks it’s hilarious when we say streeeeeetch and he’ll raise his arms to stretch. haha! He’s also learned to shake his head no when he doesn’t want something.

He’s going to love to clean, just like his Daddy! He loves grabbing a towel, paper towel, napkin, burp cloth, anything to help us wipe things off. He smiles the whole time!

Last month, I mentioned he likes to pant like the dogs. Well, this month he also learned to moo like the cows. He’s just growing up too fast!!

UPDATE:

Torin is now 13 months old and several things have changed. He took off walking Thursday, October 18th! Just walked all the way across the living room! He’s gotten a little more confident with it every day since then. We’re so proud of him! He loves to walk towards me and then fall into my arms when he’s about 2-3 steps away. He just laughs and then tries to do it all over again.

That Thursday was also the last time I nursed him. It was a big day for us. I wasn’t prepared for it. I hadn’t planned on it being the last time but it was pretty clear he was done. I’ve cried so many tears over it since then and while I am so thankful for the fact that I was able to nurse him for over a year, having to stop has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life. It’s funny to me that when I was pregnant with him I didn’t think I’d care too much about it if I wasn’t able to. But being able to has been the best thing. I have so many memories of sweet moments just him and me and it’s so sad to realize that season of our lives is over. I’ve been praying for God to give me something – some other kind of moment with him that I can treasure. And while it’s not the same as being able to nurse him every day, God’s handed sweet moments with him since then. Torin isn’t the most cuddly baby, he’d rather be exploring something. But God’s given me some little moments with Torin that have filled my heart even though I feel so sad right now. And I’m thankful for that. He spontaneously gives me kisses and hugs now and he didn’t do that before.

We’ve officially moved in to our new home!! Photos and a blog post coming soon!!

I can’t believe this is the last monthly blog post!! 🙁 As of right now, my plan is to do a post for Torin every 6 months, but let’s be real, it might be every 3 months! 🙂

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Visiting Dude at work and enjoying a sandwich with Granda!
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Ready for his first haircut!
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I think it’s safe to say, he enjoyed it!
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Playing in the cabinets one last time at our Knoxville house!
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The Mexican Fiesta 1st birthday party!!
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Who cares about presents when you have a cardboard box?!
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He wasn’t too sure about the cake! haha! He just licked off some icing and that was about it. I think he was tired though.
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Helping Daddy fix the storm door at our new house!
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We may or may not have bribed him with French Toast sticks…
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Um, Granda…Mom says I’m not supposed to play with these!
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Aw man, the faces he makes! Hahaha! I love him so much!
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