Jack: 18 Months

So much has happened since right before you turned 18 months on Thursday.  Mommy went back to work, you started at a new daycare near where Mommy and Daddy work, and Mommy left you for the first time (for more than just a few hours) for a business trip.  You handled it all so well, although you miss your 2.5-3 hour naps at home in lieu of your 1.5 hour naps at school.  (The other kids wake you up)

Daddy and I have noticed the leaps and bounds that you are making in your speech, your fine and gross motor skills and especially in your socialization with other people and other children.  Mommy and Daddy are still your favorites, but we find that you cry less if you are dropped off at school.

Mommy swears that you grew a few inches this month and are still slowly losing your baby face and gaining your toddler/big boy face.  Certain people say that you don’t have Daddy’s exact face anymore and that features from Mommy are starting to appear.  We will see with time.  Either way, you will always be my handsome boy.

You love it when I carry you in the Ergo and especially loved it a few weeks ago when we would buy flowers at the greenhouse.  You were in your element.  Cuddled up to Mommy as tight as could be, you would reach up with your chubby, dimpled hands and play with my hair or kiss me on my back as we walked.  I melted into a million puddles each time that you did it.

I never thought my heart would be full of so much love for another person, other than your father, but I am amazed how absolutely gaga crazy I am for you.  It’s like I am love-drunk and I need my daily fix of Jack each day to keep myself sane.  I love you more than words or expressions could ever say.

18 Months Old on June 9, 2011

Clothing: You are still wearing 18-24 months clothing, and a few things are size 2T. (same thing, only pants fall off at the waist because you are a little skinny mini!)

Shoes: Still wearing a toddler size 6.

Diapers: Size 4 all day and all night.

Teeth count: 4 molars and 8 other front teeth.  Your incisors have been giving you issues, but none have cut through yet.

Favorite foods: You will truly eat anything that we give you.  New foods this month are pineapple, fish, and french toast sticks.  The only thing that is different is that your new favorite thing is to chew up food in your mouth and then spit it out.  It drives Mommy and Daddy crazy.  Oh!  And you love to dip your food in condiments while saying “Dip, dip, dip.”  “Uh Oh” is also a new favorite word, although you like to do something just to say uh oh.

Favorite toys: Trucks.  You line up all of your trucks on the back of your chair (according to size) and you have them all facing the same direction.  You make truck noises whenever you see a truck and point.  It is trucks all day long right now.

You have learned to: Take off your pants.  Yep, I spoke too soon last month.

Words you are saying: New words: Hello, “Ack” for yourself, and if you are asked how old you are, you put up your finger and say “one.”  (Grammy Maureen taught you that one)  Oh, and you love to say “My Moo” when referring to Killian.

Sleeping: Since our schedules have changed, you are now going to bed around 7:30 during the week and have been waking up around 7:00am.

Naps: School has you sleeping around 12:15/12:30pm and sleeping until 1:30 or so.  At home, you sleep until 2:30 or 3.

Accomplishments: You can use utensils very well and can march, follow two-step directions and hold hands while walking in public.

18 month stats: (estimate because the appointment is next weekend)

Weight: 25 pounds

Height: 32.5 inches

You had a little virus last weekend but are feeling so much better now.

STATS via BabyCenter:

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)
• Will “read” board books on his own – Oh yes!  Most of the time it is baby babble, but he occasionally says hello throughout the book.
• Scribbles well – He has been coloring and finger painting at school.  He enjoys both activities and is slowly improving.

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)
• Strings two words together in phrases – He will say “My Moo” or “No, Daddy/Mommy” but that is it so far.
• Brushes teeth with help – Jack will cry if you are the one to brush his teeth.  He only wants to do it himself.
• Stacks four blocks – He can stack up to 7 blocks.  (He’s also had a lot of practice!)

Mastered Skills (a few kids can do)
• Throws a ball overhand – Has been doing this for months and has never thrown underhand.  Daddy is thrilled and wants to enroll him in private left-hand pitching sessions ASAP.
• Takes toys apart and puts them back together – He can take apart the shape containers and put the shapes in the right holes.  It may take him a bit of time, but he can do it.
• Shows signs of toilet training readiness – He has been holding his bowels much better and is still interested in the potty, but unfortunately, due to space and facility restrictions, his day care will not assist with potty training until age 2.  He knows when he is wet and brings me a fresh diaper on occasion. He loves to flush the toilet and sits on his potty when in the powder room with Mommy and Daddy.  Just 6 more months, and he will be on that potty in no time.

Happy 18 months JackMan!

Funny boy

Long & lean

Lining up his trucks

Trucks all in a row

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