Snapshot in time: 15 months old

July 30th, 2008

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Statistics:

  • Weight: 32 inches (75%ile)
  • Height: 25 pounds, 5.5 ounces (50%ile)

New accomplishments:

  • Hugging us back!!!  (often with his head on your shoulder at the same time–too precious for words!)
  • “Folding his arms” (but actually his hands) for prayers
  • Climbing!!  (Onto chairs, couches, coffee table, slides, etc.)
  • Spontaneously “cleaning up” and putting away toys (and then dumping them out again)
  • Snapping himself into his toy booster seat (and calling for me to come unsnap him again)
  • Walking very fast (and being suuuuper close to running)
  • Sweetly sleeping with his stuffed blue dog, stuffed polar bear (from my childhood!) and green blanket (each one chosen very carefully and with great affection by him)
  • Feeding himself with a spoon (with occasional support)
  • Doing the hand motions for “Wheels on the Bus” (“wheels”, “wipers”, “driver”, “sh! sh! sh!”)
  • Pointing to some of his body parts! (nose, eyes, lips, ears, toes, & tummy-with varying degrees of accuracy)

New Receptive Vocabulary:

  • “Time to change your diaper!” (goes into his room)
  • “Fold your arms” or “It’s time for prayer” (his eyes light up and he clasps his hands together–so cute!!)
  • “Sit down” (looks at me and then sits down)
  • “Do you want to have a lesson?” (smiles, goes to the closet for the lesson pictures, goes and sits by fridge to wait for the lesson to begin)
  • “Do you want to go outside?” (goes to the back door)
  • “Let’s go to the car” (goes to the garage door)
  • “Get your shoes” (looks for and gets his shoes)
  • “Turn around” (turns around and goes down the stairs)
  • “Can I have a hug?” (pauses, smiles and then walks into my arms)
  • “Do you want to read a book?” (pauses, smiles and then takes off to get a book)
  • “It’s time to eat” (eagerly walks to his booster seat and tries to buckle the straps–before he’s even in it) :)

New Expressive Vocabulary (and other vocalizations):

What he’s doing right now:

  • Peacefully sleeping in his crib for the night after being ceremoniously laid on his pillow, given his bear and his dog, and tucked firmly into his green blanket with only his sweet angelic face and right arm free.  And as we head for the door, his little right arm waves and his angelic face smiles good night.

Teeth watch:

  • Top: Four (and 2 molars that just broke through)
  • Bottom: Four (and 2 molars making initial bumps in his gums)
  • Possible teething symptoms: An unexplained low-grade fever (101 degrees F) for a couple days

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What he’s wearing:

  • 24 mos. onesies
  • 18 mos. tops and bottoms
  • 24 mos. socks
  • size 3 or 4 shoes
  • size 4 diapers

How he’s sleeping:

  • About 11 1/2-12 hours at night (6:00 p.m. to 5:30 or 6:00 a.m.)
  • Morning nap and afternoon nap

His Favorites:

  • Smiling and playing with other people and kids
  • Filling up and pouring out his rinse pitcher during bath time
  • Standing at the sink and filling up and pouring out my measuring cup
  • Playing Dad’s guitar
  • Giving Mom the caterpillar and butterfly puppets to wear and then giving the caterpillar blocks for building towers
  • Backing up until he runs into my bed and then squealing and smiling at me (and then repeating it over and over)
  • Mom’s crazy puppet shows
  • Occasionally throwing his stuffed animals, pillow and blanket out of his crib when he’s supposed to be sleeping :)
  • Free concerts at the library and park
  • Using the car keys to unlock the car, door jams, the dryer, walls, his toy car, and anything else that holds still
  • Mom and Dad’s Pocket PC’s
  • Asking what something is, watching me say the word and then trying to say it himself
  • Wearing blankets and marching around the house, kicking out his left leg extra high
  • Sitting in his car from Papa and gg and then “calling” for Mom or Dad to come push him
  • Wrapping things around his neck (one of his more dangerous pastimes…..)
  • Being read to and looking at books (Wheels on the Bus; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?)
  • Knocking over my stack of blocks and trying to stack them himself
  • Standing on a chair and “helping” Mommy make lunch and dinner
  • Pushing buttons on the heater, thermometer, ceiling fan remote, TV remote, bubble machine and calculator
  • Knocking on doors
  • Climbing up into the leather rocking chair, putting his hands on the armrests, leaning back and smiling as he rocks and rocks
  • Climbing up slides and then going down them on his tummy
  • Doing anything that Mommy and Daddy are doing
  • Nursing

His Not-So-Favorites:

  • Being told “no” (especially if he’s tired or hungry)
  • Not getting what he wants (especially if he’s tired or hungry)

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Dad’s Favorites:

  • Calling me from the toy room to push him in his car
  • Slobbery kisses
  • Throwing my hat down the slide and pushing him down to get it
  • Showing him new trees and birds in the backyard
  • Walking around with him outside
  • Going to Lowe’s with him
  • Playing with the dog puppet with him
  • Slapping my back when I’m not looking

Dad’s Not-So-Favorites:

  • When he’s cranky
  • Not wanting to see me after he nurses before bed

Mom’s Favorites:

  • His sweet hugs and kisses
  • Floaties in my water glass
  • His awesome laugh when I nibble his sides
  • Taking my finger and leading me around
  • Wondering what on earth he’s going to do next! :)
  • How cute he looks when he’s laying in his crib–his head on his big pillow, one arm wrapped around his dog, the other arm wrapped around his polar bear, his green blanket tucked over them all, and his sweet grin as he watches us leave the room  :)
  • Listening to him wrestle with his Daddy
  • When he suddenly pops around the corner doing something I never would have expected (like pushing his ride-on truck while wearing his big chain link necklace) (???)
  • Cuddling with him on my bed while he drinks his juice bottle after a nap
  • How long his shorts look on him (reminds me of a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon I saw once)
  • When he fell asleep as I sang Primary songs to him while he laid with me on the couch once
  • How well he knows and loves our daily routines
  • When he learns to say a new word with his wonderful Wooga articulation
  • Finding and secretly watching him as he quietly plays by himself in the toy room
  • Watching him concentrate on new things (especially the concerts and shows I’ve been taking him to this summer)
  • How he holds both arms up in the air while he walks
  • Watching him interact with and charm people
  • How he loves to use my keys to “unlock” everything in the house
  • When he gets tired or scared and turns and runs into my arms for comfort and snuggles
  • Reaching up his hand and “asking” for a snack while we’re driving in the car (and then I contort my body to reach back and hand him one) :)
  • Having him reach up to hold my finger while he walks on treacherous ground
  • His wide eyes, gaping mouth stare at something that absolutely fascinates him
  • His soft skin and chubby cheeks
  • Hearing him call my name (very rare–but I sure love it when he does!!)
  • Nursing him

Mom’s Not-So-Favorites:

  • When he suddenly decides he doesn’t want me to change his diaper (but, fortunately, his mind is easily redirected)

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Things I’m looking forward to:

  • Hearing more and more words out of that little mouth
  • Him walking into the room one day and saying, “Mommy!  Mommy!  Watch this!” or “Come play!” or “Look at this!”

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4 Comments

charlotte | 7/31/2008 6:19 am

He such a big boy now!! And how much do I love that one of his first words is meatball!!

 
Jesse | 7/31/2008 10:04 am

It is so much fun to experience their personalities. He sounds like a wonderful little kid!

 
Melissa | 7/31/2008 3:13 pm

That was awesome, Heidi. He’s growing up so much! I loved hearing some of his words – I’m very impressed by his “elephant” sound. I love how long his shorts are, too. ;) And the curiosity and wonder written across his face in that last picture? Priceless. It’s miraculous to watch a little one learn something for the very first time…I’m afraid that all too often I take that for granted, now that I’m busy with three kiddos. Thanks for the reminder. :)

 
Kara | 8/1/2008 8:03 am

He’s such a cutey! Thanks for sharing him with us! :)

 

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