Luke is 18 months which means he is half a year old which means we are only SIX months away from him being 2 years old. I just can’t believe it!
Oh boy these last three toddler months have been so fun! I continue to be shocked at how much of a “little adult” Luke is. The rate at which he learns things is beyond astonishing and I only wish I could learn new things like he does.
Where to start……I guess the biggest and most recent event that has happened since I last posted his 15 month update is that he is now a big brother. And goodness he is the most adorable big brother. He is SO loving with Olivia and constantly gives her kisses and hugs. He’s recently started trying to pick her up when she’s in the rock and play. It’s adorable and again reminds me that he is always watching what we are doing. I hope that he continues to show his affection for her and I can’t wait until she starts to smile back at him.
Sleeping has been going pretty well in the last three months. He continues to sleep through the night with no issues. Sometimes he needs an extra cuddle session when we put him down but I am thankful he is in the crib every night from 7:00ish to 6:00ish. His one nap a day is going fairly well. The length is still highly unpredictable but he always gives us at least an hour and a half and sometimes the nap lasts for 3 hours. Average is definitely two and it is the most welcomed two hours as he truly does need a nap that long.
He’s currently getting his last set of 4 teeth before two year molars start. The canine teeth showed their ugly heads months ago but are JUST now starting to pop through. He’s got one through and I am so hopeful the next three will be through soon. I. LOATHE. TEETHING. I’m also hoping he will be done with teething before Olivia starts.
Eating is still going well although he has definitely gotten more picky than before. He doesn’t like to have the same things more than a couple days in a row. I do find myself nervous about mealtime (particularly lunch and dinner) as I never know if he’s going to eat what I make or not. I’ve just started to put his food on my plate and pretend like I’m going to eat it as he always points and demands to eat my food. Breakfast is always the easiest meal and I’m thankful at least that is predictable. Just for fun I tried to give him a bite of donut which he refused and when we went for frozen yogurt and I tried to share he had a fit. I’m totally fine if his disgust for sweets continue. I only wish i didn’t like sugar as much as I do. I’ve recently discovered some great toddler foods including RXbars-kids. I hope to continue to discover foods that Luke likes as he gets older and I’m looking forward to the day he can just tell me what he wants to eat.
I continue to be amazed at the cognitive ability of a toddler. Luke seems to understand everything we are saying and we’ve resorted to spelling some things out as to avoid having him fixate on whatever it is we are talking about (i.e. crackers, park, milk). I’ve been keeping track of words that he says on his own regularly (I figure the pediatrician will ask me) and so far we are over 30 words. He will attempt to say whatever we ask him to say when we say “Luke can you say….” and it’s been really fun hearing his versions of our language. His newest language skill makes me think he is trying to begin to speak in sentences. He will say something along the lines of “Buh buh ba buh ba ba ba” as he’s pointing to something he finds interesting or wants to know more about. I think it is adorable and I’m hoping to get it on film so I can watch it a million times over and over again when he is actually saying sentences.
Luke is truly all boy and enjoys typical male things (i.e. tooting and laughing-how do they know at this age that it is funny?!?!, playing in mud and dirt, etc). His all time favorite toy continues to be the golf ball and golf club. He will take any stick like contraption and swing it like a golf club. We recently bought him a t-ball stand and he’s enjoying swinging the bat. When he does so he says “POW.” I wonder if he’ll grow up to play some type of sport that involves a stick. He loves being outside which is now sadly limited to the AM hours since it’s so hot. He loves the water and completed a third session of swim lessons in May and is now participating in the Little Gym this summer. We continue to be habitual library go-ers and are enjoying all the story times and festivals during the hot months. We’ve also joined an art studio for children here in hopes of getting him more interested in those typs of things. His love for coloring is really just a love for taking the marker tops on and off over and over again.
Luke loves responsibility and being given tasks to do. Throwing things away, putting clothes in the dirty laundry, putting items back in the fridge and pantry, and sweeping are among his favorite househould duties. I’ve figured out anything can be turned into something fun and exciting to a toddler….it’s all in the presentation!
I feel extremely lucky to have Luke and can’t wait to see what the next few months hold for our little adult!
Luke’s music class
Our mornings involve pajamas and outdoor activities.
Luke had his first professional haircut…..you can tell how it went by the picture!
I hope his love for books continue.
Imaginary Worlds Festival at the Library a few weeks ago.