19 months. I am painfully aware of how quickly the days and months are passing lately. I know I say that every time I write one of these updates, but I am noticing more and more how much my baby is growing up right before my eyes. It makes me so happy to see him learning and doing new things daily, but it also makes me a little sad too. Where did my baby go?
I finally had Kevin’s 18 month appointment a few days before he turned 19 months (due to the stomach bug we got when his appointment was supposed to be), so I was able to get his official stats! At the time of his appointment he was 34.5 inches tall (97th percentile), 26 pounds 2 ounces (60th percentile), and had a head circumference of 49 centimeters (90th percentile). Basically, he’s long and lean like many of my family members.
Here are the monthly comparison shots: 1 month to 19 months.
His favorite foods this month are more of the same: green smoothies, banana, oranges, all dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt), pancakes, peanut butter and honey sandwiches, avocado, and roasted chickpeas. This month he also became obsessed with dipping foods. He loves to dip pasta into marinara sauce, veggies into hummus, and anything and everything into ketchup. He LOVES ketchup! See the photo below for proof.
Kevin is still nursing at night on the right side only. He’s become more attached at night and isn’t as eager to go in his crib like he was last month. Every time I think we’re getting closer to fully weaning, he goes through a stage where he is needy and wants to nurse more. I’m fine continuing, but at this point I really feel okay with stopping whenever he’s ready.
He continues to learn a ton of new words and phrases. He now says up, down, wawa (water), dado (we think this is ta-da because he says it when he’s proud of something he did), shoes, cheese, and please in addition to the 30+ other words he knows. He knows a few phrases, including “no mommy,” “hi mommy,” “go bye bye,” and “no mine” (we are trying to teach him when things are not his, so this means ‘not mine’).
This month he FINALLY learned how to sign thank you. We have been working on it for a while. He will do it when prompted, and hopefully in a couple more months he’ll be able to do it appropriately on his own. He still knows and uses more, all done, milk, drink, please, eat, bath, cheese, and help regularly and we don’t need to prompt him anymore- he just does them on his own.
He loves showing us his different body parts, and this month he learned almost all of them. He still gets confused with ears and eyes sometimes, but other than that he’s pretty good! He’s since learned where his heart is too. It is super cute :)
We got him a little potty this month, only because he kept following us into the bathroom when we went and would say, “Pee pee? Pee pee?” and seemed very interested. We just put it in the bathroom to see what he would do, and sometimes he will sit on it when we’re in there together. One time he pulled at his pants while we were in there so I put him on it to see what would happen, but he just got off and walked away, then peed on the floor. LOL. A couple days later though at daycare he saw another boy who is potty training go and then wanted to do it too. He actually peed in the potty! I was so shocked, but it hasn’t happened again since which is fine. I know it will probably be at least another year before he’s potty trained.
Kevin got his other two canine teeth this month, which brings his total to 16. Just like his top canines, the bottom two broke through his gums on the same day. Poor baby. He’s getting better and more used to the teething process, but it does make him a little bit unhappy and clingy. And it makes his nose run like a faucet too! I’ll be so glad when the 2 year molars are in and we’re done with teething!
Sleep has been much better this month after the stomach bug we all got. He continues to sleep 11-12 hours a night in his crib and takes 2 naps during the day. We’ve been trying to figure out if he’s ready to drop the morning nap because sometimes he will fight it and not sleep, or only sleep for a little bit. But there are also days where he NEEDS it and can’t function if he only takes one nap. We’re working with our daycare provider to experiment with it. I was very excited to hear that he actually has been napping in a big boy bed for a week or so. We haven’t made that transition at night time yet and I don’t know when we will, but I’m hoping since he’s familiar with that type of bed it will be easier!
Speaking of his daycare, he continues to absolutely love going there and spending time with his “nanny” and his friends. He is close in age to two other boys and it is so cute seeing them play and interact with each other. The one boy below (that he’s fist bumping with) is only 2 weeks younger than him.
Kevin’s favorite toys this month are his cars and trucks, blocks, puzzles, and anything he can climb on. He is OBSESSED with climbing, and now that he’s getting taller, he can get on top of more things in our house which makes me nervous. Time to baby proof for the 3rd time I guess! This month he also had his first experience with Play-Doh, and shockingly didn’t even try to eat it! He really loves the app “Elmo Calls” too. He thinks it’s hilarious to FaceTime with Elmo.
Kevin is very independent and wants to do things for himself all the time, like put on his shoes, take them off, and put them away. He also knows how to clean up his toys (which is awesome!). He loves pretending to sweep the floor and wipe things down if I give him a paper towel. He loves helping mommy brush his teeth too. So responsible :)
He absolutely loves music and dancing. He loves to bring us the remote and dance, to show us he wants us to put on the music channel.
He also loves all animals. This is his spring “school picture” with a real, live bunny! Pretty sure it was the best day of his life! A surefire way to make him happy and laugh is to watch videos of puppies and other animals on youtube. Puppies are his absolute favorite though. He can hear one barking from a mile away and will ask, “Puppy? Puppy? Puppy?” until he sees it. He also loves watching videos of babies too. Other than that, he doesn’t really have an attention span to watch any type of TV show or movie yet.
Now that the weather is getting nicer we have been spending a lot of time outside. He will stand by the front door and say, “Bye bye? Bye bye? Bye bye?” until we take him out. We’ve been going on lots of walks with the stroller and wagon around the neighborhood and to the playground. He also likes hunting for sticks, leaves, flowers, and pine cones!
The only problem with going outside is that he completely melts down when it’s time to come back in. This is actually true for most times we have a transition- leaving a store, going inside, going in his car seat, etc. I know it’s just a phase but I hate being the mom that is carrying her child across the parking lot while he’s kicking and screaming. But I always get the sympathetic look from other moms who have been there, so that helps.
Besides the occasional tantrum, he really is so loving and sweet. He loves giving hugs and kisses, and says hi to everyone we meet. He takes very good care of his ‘babies’ (stuffed animals), and gets sad and upset if he sees someone crying.
He is becoming more and more attached to his daddy, which is so amazing to watch. I can tell he wants to be just like him because he will try to copy the things that he does. They have a special bond and I love it.
His favorite routine is bath time with Daddy. He knows the sign for bath, and will go over to my husband and start doing it when it’s getting close to bedtime. I really like that the two of them have something that they do together that is just theirs, and I know they do too.
Physically I had another great month and was able to run two more PRs (a 5K and a 15K), in addition to my marathon PR last month. I am feeling stronger and running faster than I ever have before, which is actually interesting because I weigh 4-5 pounds more than I did this time last year. I know this is 100% due to my nutrition, because I’ve been eating like I’m running 40-50 miles a week when I’m really running half that.
Kevin (my husband) and I are making it our mission over the next few months to start cleaning it up a bit and getting back to our ‘feel good’ weight. I need my clothes to start fitting a bit better. But I am super proud of my body for being able to run fast even while carrying extra weight, and it makes me wonder what I could do if I got back down to my normal weight! I guess time will tell!
I am in a very good place mentally and emotionally. There is so much going on in terms of work, running, taking care of the house, being a wife and a mother- but I’m balancing it all well right now and only get really stressed out every once in a while- a big change from even a few months ago! Things are really great and I am loving it.
We were able to take a spontaneous trip home to PA this month when rain cancelled our weekend plans. I was so happy to be able to do this, because it had been 2 months since we’d last made the trip, and we weren’t going to be able to go again for another 2 months- WAY too long! It was really nice to relax and hang out with my dad and sister without anything big planned. I love being home in Pennsylvania, it just makes my heart so happy!
Last week was my spring break, which was so unbelievably nice. We were busy every day trying to make the most of the time we have together. I love engaging and playing with him, but I also love sitting back and just observing him. It’s amazing how much he has learned and what he is able to do. I’m so excited to be able to spend all summer together and already have a ton of ideas planned for us.
I love you so much sweet boy! Can’t wait to see what the next month brings!
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