Here is what our 18 month old is up to these days…
Weight: 22 lbs, 14 ounces, 35th percentile
Height: 32 3/4 inches, 90th percentile
Head Circumference: 48 1/2 cm, 95th percentile
- She is finally starting to say some words that we can figure out what she is saying (ball, no, tree, book, kitty, baba, and a ton of animal sounds). She has put together phrases like “I want baba” or “What’s that?” She will parrot most anything we ask her to repeat…and so far she hasn’t come out with any words that we would not like her to repeat. :) When you are reading a book with her, she can point out almost any object on the page.
- I believe our days of two naps are coming to an end. For the last few days, she has been sleeping until 7:30-8:00, dropping her morning nap, and finally passing out around 1:00 or 2:00 for a 2+ hour nap.
- She loves to sing, dance, and color. Barney, Olivia, Wonder Pets, Caillou are among her favorite shows. She can be entertained for hours with crayons and paper. When she sings “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” she twists her fingers in her cheek at the “your face will surely show it” part. She also enjoys puzzles with shapes and letters. Her new thing is to twirl and will spin on command. Check out the video below.
- She gives great big hugs and kisses, and I can’t get enough of her pats on the back. When she falls asleep in the car and I put her on my shoulder to carry her inside, she never fails to give me a little sleepy pat on the back. So sweet!
- She is a nut for the outdoors and would prefer to stay outside all day. Every time we get out of the car in the garage, she fights to get down and play. I’m worried about how we are going to keep her warm (or entertained) this winter!
- Mocha has gotten really good at letting her pet him, and she has been very sweet to him. She rubs her face on him, gives him kisses, and touches his nose. Rebel on the other hand runs the other direction when he sees her!
- She hasn’t crawled out of her bed again, although I have taken out all but the back bumper pad. I have thrown in some toys, books, and stuffed animals too, so that seems to entertain her a little and distract her from throwing herself over the side.
- She can finally drink out of any kind of sippy cup- straw sippy, plastic sippy, or even a regular straw. This makes eating out so much easier.
- When you ask her how old she is, she holds out one (and sometimes half of another) little finger.
- She still loves to play in the Tupperware cabinet. I normally stack the little bowls inside each other with the lids grouped together and stacked on top. When she was playing with them the other day, I noticed she had laid out each bowl and put a lid on each one. When I told my mom this story, she laughed and said, “You’ve got another one on your hands!” I guess she’s inherited some of her mom’s Type A personality. :\
- She wants to do everything by herself and will shoo you away from helping her. She will say no and shake her head and sometimes nod yes. This week, I had my first experience of asking her if she wanted something and she nodded her head yes. Now that’s a nice feeling!
- And the best of all…she has started reaching for my hand- and not just when going down stairs. :) We were walking through Target this weekend, and she just reached up and grabbed my hand. Lately, she’s been grabbing my hand and dragging me to whatever it is that she wants, but now she just reaches up to hold your hand because she wants to. Love it!
And just in case you ever thought she was a quiet child and an example of, “I’m one!”