When pre-baby Meghann asked people how old their toddlers were, and they answered something like 19 and a half months, I wrote them off as weird and overbearing. Why not just friggin' say he's a year old? What's with new parents and all the overcalculating?
And now? Now I can tell you that the silly exactness of months is, in fact, meaningful. Because with each aging month, you really are dealing with someone new.
Today, I have an 18 month old.
Eighteen fun facts!
♥ When we ask him how he feels, he says Happy!
♥ He knows before his bath is over, he should put his toys back in the bucket and open the drain to let the water out.
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♥ He started eating food instead of just picking. He'll cram strawberries or sauteed spinach into his mouth like they're candy. Other favorite foods? Edamame, apples & spaghetti.
♥ He has a small fear of walking on grass. He feels safer on cement.
♥ He can fit into a booster seat at restaurants.
♥ He waits by the door for his Daddy to come home from work.
♥ He calls his Grandma na-mah and points her out in pictures.
♥ His favorite book is No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. When I ask him what a monkey says, instead of saying ooh ooh, he points his finger and yells, no more no more no more!
♥ He won't say it, but he knows that signing the word Please will get him pretty much anything.
♥ He drapes clothes, cords, strings, jewelry or fabrics over his head, around his shoulders or around his arm and walks away waving, saying Bye bye.
♥ He just started holding his teddy bear under his arm when he sleeps.
♥ He runs to his Daddy to help him get out of bedtime. He knows Dada will pull him into our bed and let him snuggle.
♥ He makes a hobby out of finding things (lint, dirt, crumbs) to hand us that will get a reaction. His latest? Presenting whatever he can find in his nose.
♥ He yells UH OH! when my phone buzzes or something falls over.
♥ Cats went from a daily obsession to unimpressive toys. He either completely ignores them or tries to throw his ball at them.
♥ After he's done eating and I wipe his hands, he takes the damp paper towel from me and wipes his spot at the table.
♥ He entertains himself in the grocery cart by waving at every single person who walks by. When people see him waving and ignore him, I tell him not to worry, that he's still very cute.
♥ Seeing Mommy run his hilarious.
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