Sweet little Jake isn’t so little anymore! He turned 18 months old last week and I can’t believe how much he has grown up since his 1st birthday! I’m almost a little scared for all the changes over the next 6 months!!
Seth and I were just saying tonight how he has really started talking more in the last week or two. He is repeating words like crazy (you know, only the words a mom and dad can truly understand) and trying to use them to his advantage (i.e. “peas! peas! peas!” while pointing to a bag of M&M’s…nice try mister)
I would have to say that 18 months is a fun but challenging age…I’m sure you all would agree. The challenge is even more so when I’m lugging around his little brother! Some days are wonderful…other days have me crying inside by the end of the day. Life is frustrating for Jake because he can’t always easily communicate what he wants…or he does and just doesn’t get it. I tell ya, life’s tough kid.
But he is learning by leaps and bounds and we love watching him grow. This blonde-haired, brown-eyed toddler is definitely not the same kid we brought home from the hospital!*
*He really is, I promise.
Jake, at 18 months you…
-love to play with your friends. You are starting to learn all their names and can identify them by pointing. You get super excited if I say we’re going to see Blake, Jack, Luke, Macie, Lexi, etc etc etc
-are also starting to learn how to share. This is completely on your terms right now though. If you’re in the mood to share, you will. If not…
-have increased your vocabulary dramatically! You say (again people, the common ear might not understand all these…):
Mama, Dada, Tucker (tuh-tuh), Maggie (Gaga?), please (peas), excuse me (scuuuuz), dog, Mickey (Mimi), Buzz (yes, Lightyear!), Luke (uke), baby, big boy (bi-bo), uh oh (you abuse this), milk (miiiiiik), more (mah), juice (uce), out (can’t begin to type how it sounds), up, shoes (soos), socks (sos), ball (bah), baseball (bee-bah)
You also make animal sounds for dogs, cows, chickens, ducks, and monkeys
-you can correctly point out certain people and animals in pictures. I was super impressed the other day when I asked where the zebra was and you showed me!
-even though you can’t verbally say a ton, you understand so much. And all of a sudden you’ve started signing “more” with a vengeance. Mostly in relation to things you don’t need “more” of -have slept for 4 nights in your “big boy” room (even though you’re still in a crib) and have napped there as well. There have been no problems so far adjusting to the new room and we are so glad! We ask where your big boy room is and you run down the hall to your new one. We’ve kept the nursery door shut in hopes that it will soon be forgotten and replaced by your cool new baseball room!
Sidenote: Mom & Dad’s greatest joy in the room change is now being able to flush our toilet at will (because our bathroom backs up to the nursery). I know many of you are gasping in shock but the one thing (well, besides the phone ringing) that wakes Jake up is a toilet being flushed. So I typically don’t flush the toilet during naps or early in the morning. How he can sleep through crazy dog barking, TV, vacuum, laundry, dishes, etc etc and have a little “flush” wake him up is beyond me.
-love babies. The jury is still out on whether or not you will love our real-live baby come summer but you love to kiss babies in your books, in pictures, etc.
-wear size 12-18 month clothes, size 4 or 5 shoes, and size 4 diapers
-have 12 teeth (waiting on your incisors to come in)
-weigh 22.8 pounds and are probably about 31-32 inches long
-love to watch you some Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! You were kind enough to share your chair with Blake this particular time. You forego your cute little Pottery Barn chair and instead use it as a stepstool to get in the recliner. A kid who knows what he wants!