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Family Friday: 18 Months Old

Time is flying by so fast that I did not even realize Nathaniel turned 18 months last Saturday until Sunday morning. Sometimes it is hard to believe just how fast they grow up. And he is definitely growing up. We have not had his 18 month check-up yet, but I took him in and weighed him on our scale at home the other day. And according to it, he weighs about 25 pounds. Only about 7 or 8 pounds behind his sister. He also seems to be catching up to her in height, but he’s too much of a squirmer for me to try to get that measurement on my own.

He is starting to figure out the spoon and fork more. Up until recently, he could get food on the fork or put the fork in his mouth. But, getting both at the same time didn’t really happen. Just the other day though, he did seem to figure it out.

He is getting a lot better at following directions too(sometimes I think better than his sister) and will do a good job of putting his toys away at night(if he feels like it, that is). The other night I told him to go pick up his computer and put it in his toy box. And he did it.

His vocabulary is expanding as well. He still doesn’t say much that is understandable by us. But, he uses mama and dada well. And he knows “no” very well(probably since he’s a little monster and hears it so much). He’ll look at something he’s not supposed to touch, point at it, and go “na na na”. He also has names for both of the dogs. Our lab, Lady, is now “la da” and the chow mix, Shadow, is now either “ya sha” or “sha sha”.

The other day we were in the dining room, and he went right over to the bookshelf and pulled Cory’s John Deere book right off the shelf and started carrying it around. He sat on Cory’s lap looking at all the pictures and pointing to each of the tractors. I can see he’s definitely going to be his daddy’s boy.

Carrying the tractor book

Looking at tractor pictures

And here’s a video of them looking at the book:

18 months old

My little goofball

wrestling with his puppy

And in comparison, a picture from a year ago. He was just starting to sit up on his own.

Family Friday: My Little Monkey

So, Nathaniel has been walking for just over a month now and is getting pretty sure on his feet. And even before he started walking, he loved to climb. We used to call him a little mountain goat because he would get up into a set of low chairs and then climb up onto out coffee table. That was one reason we had moved our coffee table back to where he couldn’t get to it. But, back then, he couldn’t get up onto the couch without something in front of it to give him a step up. In the last couple of weeks that has changed though. He is now climbing up onto both of our couches without a problem. And I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before or not, but there is no redirection with this child. If you move him away from something he wants, he just goes right back to it. No matter how many times you try to distract him from it. I suppose this could be the reason for my utter exhaustion by 9 at night even more so than the time change.

Climbing up

Getting all the way up

sitting on the couch like a big boy

thinking he can stand on the couch

Family Friday: And He’s Off!

I guess it’s official now. I have a toddler. Nathaniel has been taking a few steps here and there since his birthday. But, it has only been when he feels like it, which is usually when he thinks I’m not watching. As soon as I turn to look at him he’ll sit down and start crawling. Then, on Monday he was on the other side of the living room, and he let go of what he was holding onto and started walking toward me. I had just enough time to take a picture before he sat back down.

Walking over to Mommy

Since then, there hasn’t been any stopping him. I’d say he’s walking at least half the time now and probably starting to do it more than crawling. I was even able to get a video of him walking by bribing him with a teddy graham cookie. He hasn’t needed any incentive since then though. I know this means he will be getting into even more(like he wasn’t all ready into everything), but still I’m happy that he didn’t wait until he was almost 17 months old like his sister. She watched everything and did not even try to walk until she knew she could do it. Pretty much from the time he was born, we knew he would be different. And he hasn’t proven us wrong yet.

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