You are 13 months old today! And you are definitely shifting out of Babyville and into Kidland. Though you aren't technically a toddler (as you don't toddle), you seem less and less a baby these days.
You've had one every day since. Have I said wow yet? WOW
Another new development is hitting. Ah, hitting. You like to hit people in the head. Mostly me, but your little buddies are fun, too. You don't hit hard, it's more like a repeated slightly more aggressive than usual pat, but man do you think it's funny. I've been grabbing your hand mid-hit and having you pet/stroke your target instead, while saying "Gentle pats!" You enjoy this, too, but go back to hitting once your hand is free. *sigh* The problem is that I think it's pretty funny, at least when you're hitting me. You have such a smile and your hand is covering my head with these pats and I know I need to tell you to knock it off, but I can't stop laughing. I have much more success in serious redirection when you're going for another sweet baby-that is NOT funny. Well, ok, one time it was hilarious. You sort of got into it with another boy (one month younger than you): you were both hitting each other's faces and heads and both laughing your heads off. He has a twin brother so I suspect he's sort of used to rough and tumble and you both were dishing it out as much as receiving it and it really was quite sweet. But, yes, I know, I know, I need to nip it in the bud.
You have been saying "baby" when looking at older photos of yourself. You love saying and waving bye bye if someone is leaving the room or if you are leaving. You are eating so much more food (chicken soup and smoothies are a new favorites), both in quantity and variety. You have also started this funny little laugh that you do when you are enjoying something. If we're reading a story or Skyping with Uncle Rossy or eating dinner as a family, you chuckle. Yes! That's exactly what it is. It's a chuckle, very different from your regular laugh when you are being tickled. And though you aren't walking, you walk on your knees instead of crawling sometimes, or walk while pushing something or holding onto our hands.
taking your buddy for a ride
You have also started to play more with other kids, taking an interest in what they're doing and interacting. Aside from the "I want the toy you're playing with" idea. It's very sweet.