You are now 18 months old!
My original plan was to continue writing you monthly letters about your milestones and development until you reached 24 Months old.
As you can see, that did not happen. Life got a little more chaotic than usual around your first birthday. For some reason, I was unable to get motivated enough to write anything down about what you were doing.
But you are a year and a half now and rest assured, the past six months have been a difficult, but your smiling face has been such a bright spot. We’ve made it through the darkest times and life feels kind of rosy right now!
Over the past six months, I’ve watched you go from cautiously crawling around the house to running and climbing and falling all over the place.
You do sit still occasionally (to watch cars and birds out the window, to watch cartoons) but you mostly just like to move.
And talk! You love talking and screeching! Sure, you’re not making much sense, but it all sounds super important! Though you can clearly say mama, baby, daddy, and yuck. You’re trying to mimic us with other words too. But it’s all mostly babble.
However, since it’s mostly babble, you can’t really make yourself understood. There’s a lot of frustrated whining these days because you wantbso badly to make us understand you! Plus, you’re also trying pretty hard to assert your own will and you get pretty angry when we tell you no. Which we do a lot because you’re always on top of the table or the counter or stuffing coins in your mouth…or trying to start the dishwasher. You’re such a busy little fella.
You love food and always want to share whatever anyone else is eating. You still love your bottle and soother. I’m definitely not mentally prepared to take those things away from you yet. Nope!
You’re a pretty bad sleeper still and I must admit to a certain sense of exhaustion. Every once in a while, you’ll sleep through the night, but most of the time you wake up twice. I’m so ready to be a mom who sleeps more but I guess it’s just not in the cards right now.
Your favourite things right now are birds, dogs, your brothers, being chased, your soother, putting boots on, toy cars, and books.
You do have quite a few grumpy moments during the day, especially presently because you have a cold and your four canine teeth are trying to pop through. But you smile so much. You are playing shy with strangers pretty frequently now, but most people still get smiles for days.
Watching you interact with your big brothers is one of my favourite things. You stare at them and smile and constantly try to copy them and climb on them. They are pretty indulgent but do tend to get annoyed when they want to play without disturbances.
I’m looking forward to seeing how you act at Christmas this year as last year you were oblivious. You’re more aware of what’s going on and, even though it’s hard to get anything done with yoinaround, it’s a joy to watch you learn about the world.