Monday, July 9, 2012

15 Months Old!

He's 1.25 today and his old age isn't slowing him down! 

Mommy and Andrew are home for the summer and we're enjoying every minute of it (well, we are now that Mommy has gotten a routine in place and Andrew is following along). Being a stay-at-home mom is hard work, but the benefit of being able to experience life from Andrew's perspective is amazing.  Come August, Mommy is going to have a really, really hard time going back to work (start tears now...)

I'm sure its the age, but the shear amount of cognitive development happening right now is amazing to watch.  One day he won't recognize a word and a few days later not only does he know what it means, but he can/does try to say the word. 

New Developmental Milestones this Month: Here are the new developmental things that he started doing this month: 
  • Physical: climbs onto furniture (couch, chairs, highchair, dining room table, credenza, kitchen cabinets), attempting to jump, walks up and down stairs alone, scribbles spontaneously when given crayon or marker, drinks from straw without issues, beginning to self feed with spoon/fork, imitates housework, brings objects upon request
    • Teeth: still at 8, no new ones
  • Cognitive/Language: jabbers expressively, uses sign language (all done and please are used consistently), vocalizes for attention, understands/vocalizes/shakes head to indicate 'no' and 'yes', points/shouts to indicate want, waves hand in front of nose for 'stinky,' knows body parts (ears, nose, eyes, mouth, tummy) and will touch them sometimes, very attentive with books (pointing to things he recognizes),
    • Vocabulary: We have 19 words in our vocabulary, not counting the sign language.  This month we've added "bun" for bunny, banana, "bo" for balloon, "birr" for bird, tree, diaper, milk, "ni-ni" for night-night, "ese" for Reese, "oes" for shoes (old words are Mama, Dada, Dog, Duck, more, hi, no, byebye, ball).  His first sentence is heard around nap time, "no ni ni" gets mixed in between whiny tears.
  • Psychosocial: wants Mommy, gives toys to adults, imitates adult activities (putting on shoes, combing hair, putting on lotion, blows his own nose), follows simple requests, beginning to play with older children, kisses freely and when asked, understands "be nice." 
Physical Growth this Month/Doctors:  Another month without a doctor's visit (second time in his life!), although he did weigh in at WW on Friday morning.  We have our well baby visit schedule in August.
  • July 6: 23 lbs, 10 oz (0.4 oz more than May 5th)
Sleeping: He usually takes a 2 hour nap from 10:30-11 to 12:30-1 and a quick cat nap after swim lessons.  Several times he's missed his nap time, or had a shorter one and it doesn't seem to affect his mood or his night sleep (thank goodness).  Bedtime has been moved back an hour (8:30 now) and wake-up time thankfully followed (7 am now).  Most mornings Andrew snuggles in bed with mommy for 15-20 minutes, sometimes falling asleep for a little bit more.
Eating: I understand the warning that your boys will 'eat you out of house and home' already.  This kid consumes 1000-1400 calories a day!  He eats pretty much anything except for bread and veggies (current food strike of choice).  Current favorites: blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, bananas, string cheese. 
Diapers: Size 4s (364 used) during the day and night.  Cloth swim diaper in Large :)
Clothing: 9-12 month clothes comfortably.  I'm assuming we'll be here for while still.
Favorite Toys: WATER! Little People animals, balls, books, and puzzles
 some pictures from our morning ball play time today
 Daddy taught Andrew how to put the balls into his shirt, which Andrew thinks is the coolest thing ever.

 a little morning mommy too (as scary as it might be)

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