Henry: 18 Months Old

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetHi Henny Benny, as we have grown to call you! I know it’s been several months since my last little blog post about you. Forgive me! On Christmas Day, you turned 18 months, so I figured now is as good a time as any to update here with what you’re up to these days. At your 18 month check up a few days back, you were 27 lbs (85th%) and 35 inches tall (95th%), so you’re definitely still a big guy. When we are out, people often mistake you for a 2 year old because of how huge you are! You have been well into 2T clothes for a few months now. Here’s some more about these last few months:

EATING

Nothing really new here. You still eat A TON–more than your brother at most meals! You like just about everything, so I can’t even think of favorites for you at this point. You have pretty much mastered using a spoon and you’re working on figuring out a fork!

SLEEP

About a month ago, we officially transitioned to “one nap.” I write that in quotations because you are still needing a tiny little catnap around 10:30 or 11 AM each morning. We’ve been staying SUPER busy in the mornings (more than I’d really like to be) so that you can nap on the way home from wherever we go. That has been working nicely! Once you get that 10-15 minute power nap in the car, you are refreshed and ready to go until 1 PM when it’s time for your real nap. At that point, you’ll sleep from 1 until at least 3 PM. You still go down to bed with Levi around 7 PM each night and wake between 7/7:30 AM.

MOTOR SKILLS

The day you turned 17 months, you finally began walking! Hallelujah! We were at Grammy and Papi’s house and you walked to Papi as he held out a cookie for you. You walked for about a week following that (pretty wobbly), took a 3-4 day break and completely went back to crawling, and then began walking again (this time with much more stability!). So you’re now about a month into it and we are both LOVING it! You seem to love the freedom and the ease of getting around and I love not having to carry you/letting you crawl everywhere.

You have mastered climbing on to the couch, rocking chair, and Levi’s bed! You also get onto your stool to reach the counter top, but you have not yet figured out how to get off it. For Christmas this year, mommy and daddy bought you a scooter like Levi’s, so we are excited to help you learn to ride it! You also know how to kick a soccer ball now, and of course, you’re always trying to improve your awesome throwing skills.

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TEETH

At 18 months, you now have 13 teeth, with your second canine about to break through any day now! Those molars took some time to fully come up and your first canine was right behind them. It’s been a tough month for you in the teething department! Often you’ll just hold your little mouth and whine. You’ve been drooling an insane amount, which has led to some yucky poops. I decided to use disposable diapers for the month while we wait for this to pass.

COMMUNICATION

Henry now knows how to say:

Thank you

Yes please

Doggie

Blankie

Night night

and something similar to Levi

Most of these words only I can understand, but there has been definite improvement! Sometimes, he’ll just make two humming sounds to represent the words he is wanting to say, which is pretty funny.

One thing that really changed over the past month or two is Henry’s tendency to throw fits! Just a simple “no” will send him screaming and throwing himself on the floor. Oui.

SCHEDULE

7:00 AM             Sippy (4 oz cow’s milk)

7:45 or 8 AM     Breakfast with Levi, then playtime

10:30 AM           15 min power nap on-the-go, sippy (4 oz cow’s milk)

12:00 PM           Lunch with Levi

1:00 PM             Down for nap

3:00/3:30 PM    Up from nap, sippy (4 oz cow’s milk) and snack

5:30/6:00 PM    Dinner with family

6:30 PM            Sippy (4 oz cow’s milk)

7:00 PM           Bed

img_6236We love you so much, Henry! Can’t believe it’s already been 1.5 years since you joined our little family.

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