It’s been a long time since I updated T’s stats. A lot has changed in the past three months!
At his 18 month appointment, T was 25 lbs, 9 oz and just a little over 33″ tall. He, like I think most toddlers his age, had a bit of a growth spurt. He’s thinned out a bit and isn’t as chunky as he was when he was just a year old. It’s been nice because stuff like pants were quite a pain to button there for a while. I went ahead and packed away all his 18 month clothes. There were a few pants and things we were hanging on to because they fit him better in disposable diapers than 2T things. Now almost all his 2T clothes fit regardless of what diaper we put him in. We’re still sticking with cloth diapers, but occasionally I’ll have a lazy day and use disposables.
I don’t remember exactly how many teeth he had the last time I updated his stats, but he’s finally to the point where he has more teeth (11) than he needs (5). The most recent one to appear is on the bottom right next to the middle two. It’s pair on the other side still hasn’t poked through, so he looks a bit silly with three teeth on the bottom.
There isn’t a whole lot to talk about in regards to food. He still will eat most anything, except for tomatoes and potatoes. Most days he will eat a lot, but every few days he doesn’t want to eat anything. Occasionally he doesn’t want to feed himself, and we’ve even started resorting to using the old “here comes the train” technique to get him to eat more.
Sign language has almost completely stopped. At least, he’s stopped learning new signs for the most part. However, he’s replaced most of his signs with talking! He went from saying a very small handful of words to learning at lest one new word a day in about a week. His primary language is English, but there are a few words in German and Spanish that he’s picked up on. Obviously, he can’t pronounce every word exactly, but here’s a very long list of the words he recognizes and will repeat back to us.
English: down, bath, nap, up, car, diaper, out, open, bye-bye, coat, cold, brr, bubble, house, gross, nose, snow, no, yes, work, remote, wet, door, bounce, stop, tomorrow, Monday, pants, home, drip, train, chair, cooperate, eye, dip, mitten, quiet, truck, tracks, done, play, gone, dirty, clean, run, rain, stroller, window, one, what, I love you, kiss, cut, climb, button, balloon, change, sleeping, broom, two, color, hat, knit, don’t, hi, clown, cabinet, there, brush teeth, towel, tool, hot, wipes, box, bag, phone, hand, blanket, bike, shirt, couch, arm, pajamas, dinosaur, help, bus, ambulance, fire truck, paint, train, plane, mail truck, mop, trash, gate, green, no way, socks, orange, brown, colors, shoes, rings, chest, drum, red, race car, get, later, ottoman, room, mama, papa, coco, grandma, Tobias, baby, Paul, Bobbie, name, moo, meow, giraffe, frog, mouse, roar, woof, baa, Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Eeyore, Kangaroo, Gopher, Tigger, cat, bear, fish, cheep, bird, dog, elephant, penguin, lion, animal, squirrel, cow, puppy, quack bowl, cracker, macaroni, onion, milk, banana, snack, cup, apple, compost, water, juice, hummus, spoon, eat, mango, corn, bean, lunch, toast, eggs, plate, grapes, peas, pasta, table, fridge, kitchen, avocado, pizza, strawberry
German: Kaka (poop), Buch (book), Gabel (fork), Bauch (belly, usually uses in reference to his belly button), Müll (trash), Pipi (pee), Danke (thank you), Helm (helmet), Bitte (please), Kuh (cow), Oma (grandma), Opa (grandpa)
Spanish: caca (poop), pipí (pee), gato (cat), mano (hand), coches (cars), oso (bear), tambor (drum), pan (bread), pie (foot), baño (bathroom), zapatos (shoes), leche (milk), dámelo (give it to me), toma (take it), camión (truck), cama (bed)
I won’t write out all the signs he knows, since he doesn’t do them much anymore. The few he’s learned to do since the last update are: taco, bread, clean up, banana, water, please, thank you, baby, nap, later, egg, cracker, bike, and gorilla.
His three favorite things that he asks for all day long are 1) to play with his friend, Coco, 2) to get out the trains, and 3) his cars and trucks. Every day he asks if he will get to see Coco. That’s probably the only reason he knows the words “tomorrow” and “Monday”, because those are usually my answers on days we don’t get to see her. He recently even named a stuffed puppy “Coco”. He’s totally obsessed with her and it’s very cute.
Our days are mostly organized around whether we get to see Coco and when he can get his train set out. “Tins” are his favorite toys at the moment. Whenever we’re downtown we have to stop at the train tracks and watch the trains go by. It’s very disappointing if we don’t get to see a train.
One thing he loves to do with his cars and trucks is play “bye-bye go go”. This seems to be a game he made up on his own. He will line his cars up on the ottoman or a table, says “bye-bye go go” or “bye-bye cars”, and pushes them off the other side. He can spend a decent amount of time doing that.
Besides that he’s got a few other things he’s been getting into lately. He learned to climb up on the couch by himself, so we now have to be careful about leaving him alone in the living room. He knows how to climb down, but sometimes he gets a bit too excited and forgets to hold on. He also learned how to say “run” and what running is (he knew how, but he just hadn’t put the two together), so occasionally he’ll “run” around the house. It’s not my favorite thing when he runs on the couch :( He also, recently started walking on his tippy toes, which is very cute. He loves to dump his water out of his sippy cup, which I hate and usually try to stop. However, he started dripping it into small bowls and drinking out of the bowl. I would prefer that he didn’t make a mess doing it, but he’s using his imagination, so I’m learning to deal with the mess. Randomly, he will decide he’s done with certain toys, say “done”, and start packing things up. I guess my anal need to have his toys picked up when he’s not playing with them has paid off.
He and Tobias are getting along better now too. T hardly pulls his tail anymore, which makes Tobias happier and we haven’t had many scratching incidents lately. If Tobias does scratch or bite him it’s never very hard (just a warning nip), T will come to us and show us his arm. Usually a kiss is enough to make everything better. Sometimes he’ll go up to Tobias and pretend that he’s a drum. For a while there I thought he was saying “dumb Tobias” and I couldn’t figure out where he picked that one up.
And as far as other stuff goes, he has no interest in potty training. I recently bought a seat that attaches to a regular toilet, but he doesn’t want anything to do with it. I’m sure it’s a bit intimidating for him. Eventually, I plan on getting him a small potty, but for the time being I just haven’t gotten around to it. Potty training is the one thing I’m not in a huge hurry to push.
Getting him into his big bed was more important to me when it came down to it. That has been going well for the most part. Some days he won’t nap, but that was about the same in his crib. And he’s stopped refusing to kiss me good night! He still shoves me away occasionally, but he’s also started saying “one more” to get me to give him another kiss. He’s totally got me wrapped around his finger on that one!
Well, I think that’s about it for now!