Saturday, November 19, 2011

21 months old

Age: 21 months old. 3 months away from turning 2, although the tantrums that have been thrown lately make that seem a lot closer.

Weight: I'm guessing 32 lbs?

Length: He was 34" 3 months ago, so taller than that.

Size: Size 5 diapers during the day; size 6 at night. Shoes size 6. Clothes are 24 months or 2T.

Hair: Almost to the point that he needs another trim. I also think it may be starting to get a bit darker.

Teeth: 16 teeth - some of the pesky 2 year molars are starting.

Sleeping: Night time is the same (7:30-7.) The time change threw him off a bit, but we're just about back to normal. Naps seem to be getting shorter though (about an hour.)

Eating: We are making some progress! He ate strawberries and oranges the other day! His current favorite thing to eat is cheese. "More cheese!"

Movement: He loves to jump on the bed

Talking: I'm having a hard time keeping up with his new words. He seems to pick them up so quickly. We were outside the other day and Jason mentioned it was windy. When we left the restaurant 30 minutes later, the wind hit his face and he told us it was windy. Our current favorite words are: gobble, Santa (which half the time comes out like tatas), moon (with a long drawn out nnnn sound at the end), and several others that I can't think of right now.

He's starting to put some words together into short sentences: "more cheese", "no cat", and my favorite "love you."

Oh, and Nemo has gone from "momo" to "memo" - he's getting there.

Favorite toys/activities: playing with his choo-choos, reading books (lots and lots of books), wrestling with daddy, and dancing.

Dislikes: being told what to do, having something not go his way, sharing (are you noticing a theme here?)

Disposition: Still just the sweetest little guy - he loves to give kisses and when you say "I love you" he'll sometimes say "love you" back. However ..... the crazy toddler emotions and terrible twos are starting. When something goes wrong (the train comes off the track) he has a total meltdown. He's also had 2 or 3 temper tantrums - screamed at Marsh because I took my credit card from him, threw a fit in downtown Chicago because he didn't want to leave, and laid down in the middle of the library lobby looking up at me like "what are you gonna do about it?" He also is having some struggles with sharing at school, but we're working on it.

Other cute things about him (or "here is where I brag about him!")
*He seems so very smart to me. The words that he repeats now astound me. He knows the color yellow. He knows that 2 is more than 1. He recognizes, points out, and tells us the letters B, D, E, O, and I. He recognizes and will point when you ask the letters A, C, and others that randomly pop up here and there.
*He continues to point out things that belong to certain people and tell us who's it is (specifically cars." He also has a great memory and if we all sit somewhere one day he'll tell us where to sit the next so that we're in the same spot.
*He can drink out of a regular (but small) cup. We still use the sippy most of the time, but will give him water in the little cup once a day or so.
*The pacifiers are gone!!! This was about the biggest non-issue yet. One night we left some in his crib, just didn't actually hand him one. The next night we just put one in there, up near his pillow, and he never touched it. We keep an emergency one for backup (but have only used it 3 times in the last few weeks) and they have one at school. This morning he found one on the floor and came and gave it to me laughing.
*He loves books and loves to read. He knows what they're all about now, even the ones that we get from the library every few weeks. His favorites are his "moon" book (Goodnight Moon) and his "roar" book (Goodnight Sleepy ones, with lion cubs on the front.) The moon book is not to be confused with the "choo-choo moon" - a library book that has both trains and a moon.
*He loves to line things up in a row. He'll carry things across the room, one at a time, and then line them up over there. Very anal retentive.
*He tells us when he needs his diaper changed! Granted, he says "pee" for it all - but still, this is great progress! I guess at daycare he stands by the changing table and tells them. I think we might add potty chair to his Christmas list.
*He's had a few "boo-boos" over the last few weeks. A run in with a little dog that left his cheek/eye a bit puffy for a few days, and he dislocated his elbow again.
*He's had his first dentist appt. It was actually my appt, but he came in at the end and let them (quickly) look in his mouth. Then he got to pick a toy from the treasure chest - he thought it was great fun. Hopefully he won't take after his mama with the whole dentist fear thing.

We just had Christmas card/21 month pictures taken today - so stay tuned for those!

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