July 3rd was my baby boy, Spencer's birthday, I can't believe that he is already a year old! He still seems so little to me.
We didn't do much for his birthday. I guess by the fourth baby, I have realized that he isn't going to need much to be happy, so I made him a cake and we sang to him and called it good. Grandma was out of town, but grandpa came over. We didn't invite any other family members as we were planning on celebrating Gracie's birthday 4 days later.
Really this past year has been quite easy when it comes to Spencer. I always say he is the best 4th baby. Spencer is the happiest baby ever. Seriously, everywhere I go there are people that comment on how happy he is. There is always a smile on his face, and I am often asked if he even cries. Yes he does cry, but it is usually when he wants to nurse, other than that he is just happy and content.
Just this week we were up in the canyon and I was holding Spencer, all of a sudden he started getting nervous and swatting at a bee that was flying away. I thought it was odd that he had developed a fear of bees when he has never been around them before (I guess I think that fear is a learned behavior); anyways a half an hour later I noticed that Spencer got stung on his arm. Poor baby, didn't cry and barely flinched, that's why he was swatting at the bee!
Spencer was a late crawler, he only started crawling a couple of weeks before his first birthday. Now he is into everything and can find me quicker than the other kiddos. He likes to find me and crawl up the back of my legs until I pick him up.
He is still nursing 4-5 times a day. I guess I should start to wean him, but really I don't think I have any desire to. I enjoy the time I get with him and he LOVES it. He is not much of an oral eater. We skipped the baby food and went straight to table food (we didn't introduce food till 10 months). Honestly, when he is done eating it doesn't seem like any went into his mouth.
He has a lot of babble talk, but hasn't really said many words. His first word was Grace---it is quite cute, he emphasizes the last syllable.
Spencer is super social and loves his brother and sister, though Ryan can never keep his hands off of him and makes him cry more often than not. But Spencer is starting to hold his own. We warn Ryan that soon Spence will be going after him!
Though Spencer started out pretty big, 8lbs 6oz and looking at him he looks quite chubby. He is only in the 15th percentile for his weight---20lbs. I just think he is perfect!