Saturday, March 24, 2012

18 Months!

DAILY ROUTINE:

Your routine has not been the best since we have been doing all that is involved in moving.  You have been watching a LOT of television.  Which I am so sorry about!! Luckily in our first week back in Connecticut we have done two outtings!!  You have gone to toddler preschool and we went to the children's museum "Stepping Stones".  We have also taken you to the mall play area a few times.  So a better routine is in your future!



In terms of eating and sleeping.. you wake up between 8 and 10 eat breakfast and a snack/ lunch then nap at around 2 or so, then wake up around 4ish then eat a snack then we have dinner around 7,  then it is bed time around 9-10.  
FOOD:

You eat what we eat, with exception to red meat, we typically do not give you red meat.  You are weaned and you drink 2-3 10 oz sippy cups of milk a day. 

We still supplement your meals with veggie and fruit purees especially during the move, we haven't been eating the most healthy foods and want to make sure you are getting your fruits and veggies. 

You are a great eater! And you would rather feed yourself than be fed!

SLEEP:

Not much has changed since 15 months... You still do not sleep through the night.  But you usually only wake up when you lose your pacifier... such an easy fix for now and it is usually only once a night.
But we have gotten into a routine! And you are going to bed between 9 and 10 now instead of 11! 

You are also self soothing pretty well, I am sitting by your door now when you go to bed! Some days are better than others as you are teething from time to time!

Your Muti and I have discussed removing your pacifier altogether.  We have already removed it from use during the times you are awake unless you are having a huge melt down.  And have decided that once our home in Connecticut is less chaotic and we have re-established your routine after the move interruption.  We are going to get rid of it.  Starting with your Naps... Once you Nap without it a few days we will then put you to bed without it.  However, we are okay with giving it to you if you wake up in the middle of the night but will promptly remove it in the morning.  Our thought is that you will at some point sleep through the night and then will make it all night without it.

MILESTONES:

Every day you are more and more toddler and less baby.  In fact I now refer to you as my little tot.  You walk and even "run" (speed walk).

You pretend read your books and stack blocks.

You have started showing interest in using utensils when eating.

You add new words to your vocabulary every day and have even said a couple "phrases".  

One example is I turned on PBS while you were in a different room and you heard Elmo's voice and ran in and stated "watching Ehmo!" and hurried yourself to the living room to see the TV.

You have started to understand peeing and pooping, and have even stated you were peeing when you peed.  So potty training is in the very near future!!  

WHAT'S FUNNY:

You still love peek a boo and chase but you also have started chuckling when the TV is on... The dogs are a constant source of entertainment for you although we have had to work with you on being gentle with the dogs... you have found humor in hitting the dogs with whatever you have in your hands which is not so joyful for the dogs although they tolerate it well.

YOUR FAVORITE TOY:

You love your Scout, slides, stacking blocks, cars and you have found a new love in a Magna Doodle.  I think you will be quite the artist some day!  You have started requesting shows on TV like Elmo (EHMMO) and Dora (DOOREE)!!

CLOTHES SIZE:

You are now wearing 12-18 month clothes, some of the pants are still too long and some are too big in the waist, It really depends on the brand Carter pants are the right fit but some other brands are bigger or smaller... just like all other clothes size depends on brand!  Plus you are my skinny mini, most clothes are loose around the waist for you!

HAIR COLOR:

The brown tips are still there but you have to really look for them, I know once you get your next trim they will be gone since they are only about an inch and half in length.  Your hair has gotten much longer it is past your shoulders, you can now wear it in a pony tail although I don't typically put you in one since it would get in the way during nap time!

EYE COLOR:

Your eyes are definitely blue and pretty as can be!

STATS:

Birth: 9 lbs 8 oz (99th percentile), 21 1/2" long
3 Months: 14 lbs 3 oz (90th percentile), 24 3/4" long (97th percentile)
6 Months: 17lbs 12 oz (83rd percentile), 28 1/2" long (99th percentile)
9 Months: 18lbs 14 oz (56th percentile), 29 3/4" long (95th percentile)
12 Months: 19lbs 5 oz (21st percentile), 29 1/2"* long (67th percentile)
15 Months: 20lbs 10 oz(50th percentile), 31" long (87th percentile)
18 Months: 22lbs 8 oz (50th percentile), 33" long (85th percentile)

*Don't worry you didn't shrink, measuring your height isn't very accurate as they lay you down and mark off the end of your feet and the top of your head with a pencil then measure.  Chances are your 9 month measurement was off or your 12 month you had a bend in your knees or something.  

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