Age: 17 months
Representative Song of the Month: A combination of “Splish Splash” and the sound the Roadrunner makes in all the Looney Tunes shows. He loves the water, and never, ever stops moving!
Stats: Wacey grown more than three inches since we last checked in, and he weighs at least 26 pounds. He’s into size four (almost five!) shoes, and 18-24 month/2T shirts and pants. He’s already lost most of his baby fat rolls, though, much to my chagrin, but he’s a lean mean running machine, so I can hardly complain, because running babies and bouncy cheeks are pretty awesome and funny.
Favorite Foods: This kid is a garbage disposal. All berries, cherries, peaches…okay, maybe all fruit! He loves noodles or tortellini with marinara, fried rice, chicken lo mein, peanut butter sandwiches, cheese, yogurt, every cracker ever, popsicles, quesedillas, sometimes broccoli, cheese (particularly sharp cheddar), granola bars, turkey, hot dogs, carne asada, anything with soy sauce…so many things! He’s still not super hot on veggies, but we’re working on it! He also loves tasting ice cream, coffee, juice, and donuts, but that doesn’t happen much😉
Words/Sounds: Oh man, he never stops! In addition to his previous repertoire, he can say “yes,” “no,” “shoes,” and we’re working on “bath.” Bert taught him the signs for “more” and “all done” and I’m working on “please” and “thank you.” He also says “Mama” and makes a funny gurgling noise that means cat, and has various kinds of yells that mean hey and hi and is anyone there? It’s great. The pediatrician said that he’d really start talking around this age, and she really wasn’t kidding!
Favorite Activities: He LOVES being outside. We got him a water table and he spends tons of time dumping water from the table into various receptacles (as pictured), and exploring and picking up rocks from the driveway. He loves to pet the dogs and the horses, and go on “nature walks” aka “pick up every rock ever” down the driveway. He’s gotten much more independent in terms of playing, but he also really loves for us to chase him and scare him and read him books. He also loves to “rope” with Bert and check things out at the barn and pens.
Favorite Things: He still loves all of his toys, but he’s into playing outside more than playing inside, so he really likes cups and buckets and sticks and ropes at the moment. OH AND FLYSWATTERS. He’s obsessed, has his own, and brings it everywhere.
Least Favorite Activities: Being restrained, doing things he doesn’t want to do, being hungry (this is one HANGRY child, let me tell you) and teething, if that’s an activity. He’s getting a little more defiant, which is to be expected, but gosh he’s still so great. It doesn’t hurt that he’s still an absolute champ in the sleep department. If I could guarantee every kid we had would sleep this well and be this good-natured, we’d have another one already. Maybe.
Signature Moves: He has tons of moves! He loves to dance, and spin, and bring things to show you. He things he’s pretty hot stuff since he figured out how to hold onto the side of his crib and bounce on his mattress. He’s also big into mimicry and doing whatever you’re doing, and is really getting the hang of simple directions. He’s also the biggest cheese you’ve ever seen, and can’t stop won’t stop hamming it up in public (and at home) ALL THE TIME.
New Skills this Month: Thanks to Mimi, he’s officially done with bottles! After about a week-long milk strike, he now drinks exclusively out of straw tumblers (go figure), but not the spill-proof kind (go figure). We’re working on drinking out of cups and I don’t think he’ll have too much trouble picking that up when he’s ready. He really listens, and is obviously absorbing SO much. He’s able to eat bigger chunks of food, harder things like crackers, and is getting more adventurous with food (and everything else!). His dexterity has really taken off, too, and his balance has really improved. Basically, our little baby has turned into a little boy!
Again: oh, this kid. He might throw little tantrums or get frustrated and yell, but he’s also so sweet and silly. He’s learned to give “kisses” and it is the cutest. I love being his mother, and while I miss when he was a tiny snuggly baby, he’s turning into this little human and it’s so, so fun. Also, I seem to have no trouble getting in my steps on my Fitbit every day because he just moves, moves, moves.