Well, I’m almost a full month behind on Whitlee’s 18 month post, but ya know… life happens. We recently had a very unexpected, very abrupt change to our life. Some of you may have noticed fuel prices in the United States have been down a while, which to most has been a blessing. Even my husband and I have been known to appreciate a cheap tank of gas. But as a result, there has been a significant impact on the people that work in the oil industry. A lot of people we know have lost their jobs and had to switch fields. I was fortunate enough to be spared in the beginning since the department I worked in dealt primarily with natural gas, and not directly in the oil industry. But the company I worked for had an oilfield division that took a pretty big hit and we had to absorb those people. So based on seniority, they did a large layoff and I lost my job. I was really upset at first, but I have been truly soaking up my time as a stay at home mom. Recently, while spending the day at the waterpark with Whitlee, my sister in law, and nephew, I realized I got the better end of the deal. I mean, work or waterpark with your baby? No contest there! It’s been a blessing in disguise and Whitlee and I have been living it up this summer. I am looking for another job, but it’s slow going. Anyway! On to the 18 month update. I feel like this update is totally different because now it just seems like “life”. Like she eats, she sleeps, she talks, we play, but I don’t pay much attention to the detail of it, like how much she eats or how much she sleeps or whatever. We just go with it.
We had her 18 month appointment on time and while I don’t remember the exact weight and height (again, I’ve chilled on details), I do know her pediatrician said she’s in the 5-10 percentile for weight and around 25th for height. A little small, but normal. They were also really impressed with how well she talks (again) and the pediatrician actually asked how we got her to talk so well. I was caught a little off guard because I just assumed it was normal activity for her age, but I told her I guess it’s because we just talk about everything. We read a lot of books, and we get her to repeat a lot, especially anything new that she sees, hears, eats, etc. They asked how many words she says, explaining that she should be saying between 10-15 real words now…. I’m just gonna say she has exceeded that by an extreme amount. She also got one little shot and didn’t even cry this time! She was super interested in her bandaid.
She is eating really well these days. Since she got all four of her first molars, she just took off and basically eats whatever we’re eating. Still has the occasional texture issue (mashed potatoes are a no go), and is really into feeding herself. She likes to eat the toddler cereal bars but only if you peel the wrapper down a little and let her hold it like an adult would. Feeding herself makes for way more mess, but her coordination has to improve somehow.
Food Likes: Macaroni and cheese, yogurt, cereal bars, waffles, Gerber lil crunchies, chicken, steak, and suddenly – guacamole! She loves chips and salsa, too!
Food Dislikes: Mashed potatoes, eggs of any kind, baked beans, sweet potatoes, lunch meat
Oh Em Gee, y’all. My kid F I N A L L Y sleeps through the night, in her own bed. Only took 18 months (face palm), but we are finally there. About 16/17 months, she finally started sleeping in her bed the whole time with one, maybe two wake ups. These were usually due to a lost bink bink (pacifier). Well I finally took the plunge and we started going without the pacifier at naps. At first she was a little freaked out, and would cry for it, but she got the hang of it after a few days. Then one day, she found one in a drawer. So I cut a little off the tip so it had a hole in it and gave it back to her. She stuck it in her mouth and pulled it out and looked at it weird and said “broke?” So I said “oh no! I guess your bink bink is broke. I guess we have to throw it away.” She loves to throw stuff in the trash so I let her throw it away. I kept explaining it was “broke” and now it’s “gone gone” and kept telling her she’s so big now. She has a new baby cousin so that helped explain it too, that bink binks are for baby Parker and she’s a big girl now. A few shaky nights after that (maybe a week?) and it clicked. Now she goes down around 7:30/8, sleeps all night, wakes up around 7/7:30. I can’t even believe it. It seriously blows my mind.
-More teeth of course. She has 12 now.
-Went to her first swimming lessons
-Tells people “hiiiiiiii” and “bye bye”
-Knows some of the pages in her books by memory
-Got her toes painted for the first time
-Can put her shorts on by herself, still working on shirts
-Can also take her diaper off by herself. This one is a constant battle for her to keep. it. on.
-weaned the pacifier
-stayed two nights in a row with grandparents while we went out of town for a weekend
I said this at 15 months but I just cant get over her absolute toddler-ness at this point. She says things unprompted now like “please” and “thank you”. She also listens when she’s in trouble and says “yes ma’am”. We’re working on colors, but usually everything is pink lol. She does several animal sounds – cows, chickens, horses, cats, dogs, owl, monkey, duck, sheep, and does a “swish swish” thing for a butterfly. She has people association now, like that Tyner and Aunt Kendal and Uncle Justin go together. She will usually asks for what she wants and is pretty good at communicating what’s wrong when she’s upset. Some of my favorite things she says:
Yea, I know
Hush! ( with her finger on her lips)
Love love (I love you)
She’s wearing mostly 18-24 month clothes, and she actually fits into a few 2T outfits. I’m dying. She’s such a big girl. She wears size 5 shoes and size 4 diapers, and we’re taaallllking about potty training.
-Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, still calls her “Mimmy”
-Baby dolls and taking care of them – rocking them, wrapping them in a blanket, giving them a bottle, stealing their “bink bink”
-Swimming, she asks to “wim!” every day (actually this past weekend, she kept saying “mama! Hot! ‘Wim! Hot! ‘Wim!”)
-Animals, especially Maggie “Mag Mag”
-Paw Patrol, calls it “Pups!”
-The lake and riding in the boat
-helping with laundry
-painting, we made the cutest fathers day present and she loved helping
-getting her toenails painted
-makeup, calls it “make make”
-milk, still not really into much else to drink
-bows and clothes, after I get her dressed and I say “oh, you look so cute!”, she says “mirror!” so I can take her to see in the mirror.
-Being told no
-Washing her face in the tub
18 months + has been so much fun. I think this is going to be our best summer yet. Our girl is old enough to go do things and actually enjoy them and hey, I’m apparently off work for a bit, so we might as well. Hope everyone reading is doing well!
18+ month photo dump