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About

Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

Well on his way...

We had Xavier's 12 month well check on Thursday. We have a great pediatrician and since we don't deal with the misery that comes with vaccinations we generally look forward to our visits, and this was no exception. I am happy to report that our 'little' boy is above the 75th percentile in growth for full-term 12 month olds.. Our doc loves to call X chubby, fat, plump - you name it, and considering his start we giggle with pride. And as we went though the list of standard developmental/dietary/temperament questions it became apparent that our should-be 9 month old is on track with his chronological age, doing everything a 12 month old should.

The Stats:
Weight: 24 lbs 12 oz
Height: 29 3/4 inches
Head: 19 inches


And the babe can talk! More for my memory than your viewing here's a list of his words/signs:
Mama
Papa
Dada
Mom
Dog
Oliver (ah-ver)
Hi
Hello
Uh-Oh
Yay
Woah
Grandmama (Ga-mama)
Go
Elephant (Eh-fun)
I love you
Car
Baby
Gray (he loves his best buddy!)
Milk
Drink

Signs:
Hi
Bye
Mom
Happy
Milk
More
All done
Dog
Light
Fan
Up
Help
Hurt
Eat
Drink



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  • Blogger Adventures In Babywearing says so:
    8:35 PM  

    He's amazing! He's saying way more words than Gray! And we won't even go on about the SIZE differences. Wow- that Xavier is one special boy, SUCH a cutie. I abolutely love this picture! I absolutely LOVE his story. top

  • Blogger The Flip Flop Mamma! says so:
    12:26 AM  

    Wow! That's great that he's so big! My beast is small. They would be the moose and the mouse together!! LOL. top

  • Anonymous Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats says so:
    9:58 AM  

    What a cutie! I'm so glad he's doing so well! Thanks for the birthday note! Can't wait to meet you too! top

  • Blogger Allie says so:
    4:29 PM  

    Congratulations on one year Xavier!

    Thank you for sharing your birth story! I was touched by it. My son too was a preemie surprising us coming 7 weeks early. And like yourself, no forewarning. My water broke, I dialated 10 cm in 2 minutes and out he came within 15 minutes. He was born at a healthy 5.5 lbs and today at age 2 is 35 lbs and 38 inches tall and an amazing little boy. We were tremendously blessed with him only having to spend 17 days in NICU, but I can identify with the feelings that you described.

    Preemies are amazingly resilient and special aren't they? top

  • Blogger Glass Half Full says so:
    1:51 PM  

    So glad to hear little X is healthy and moving right along.

    By the way...see you at Don Pablos tonight!!! :) top

  • Anonymous Mama C-ta says so:
    8:35 PM  

    How impressive! Cricket didn't talk much at all at 12 months, or even 14! top