18 months!!! (about three weeks ago...)
Language: He's consistently stringing words together. (mama hold it (means he wants me to hold him), purple car zoom) He's also grasping concepts like later/wait/in a minute. He asked for a cookie and I told him it wasn't time for cookies so he asked me, "minute?" He's also getting that there are two different languages in our home - he will translate a word for jb, or even for me if I'm not getting it fast enough.
Affection: He went through a phase of being really stingy with his kisses and hugs - which broke my heart. But lately, as long as I make a big deal about how happy they make me he is back to being a generous kisser :)
Dancing: Still loves it. Has added a few new moves: 1. Shaking his booty (he must hold his bum while doing this) 2. a lot of arms 3. splits. He moves his legs as far apart as he can and yells "split!"
Haircut: He got his first haircut - and he looks like a totally different kid. I wasn't prepared for how different he'd look and it made me a little teary.
|Favorite Pastime: digging for lint|
People Identification: He can differentiate and name all the people in our family and can even group them together by household/city. He knows which three uncles live nearby and we visit regularly - or if we are on the phone with my mom he knows he can ask for grandpa or Uncle Nick or Aunt Lissa.
|Children's Museum water fun|
Potty: We've had some stalling and regression with potty progress - and I know I've said that I'm not in any hurry, but I was a little frustrated when he totally boycotted the potty for a week. The last week or so he has been getting all poops in the potty and doing ok with pee. I'll take it!
|Playing with Abi's porcelain birds in Abi's bed|
Eating: He is eating (what seems like) massive amounts. He's also getting really good at feeding himself. From soup, to yogurt, to cereal - he can work a spoon pretty well. A little messy, but not a disaster area. Makes it so nice to be able to give him is food and actually eat at the same time. He's still nursing - around the clock, but I've been entertaining the idea of night weaning. I'm thinking of using Dr. Gordon's approach.
|My big nursling|
Sleeping: We recently went through a rough nurse-all-night and wake up crying for more nursing jag. It was miserable. Things have calmed down a bit, but I'm still thinking of night weaning. Ugh - it just seems like it's going to stink. But I think we will both sleep better. He's been resisting bedtime. Not in a rebellious way - it just seems like maybe he is naturally moving to a later bedtime. I guess we should bump him from 7 to 8. Naptime is hit or miss - he usually wakes up after an hour - but will go down for another hour if I nurse him.
|I'm ready! (for bed)|