I contemplated making the post title 18 month old BABY William as I had done for his first twelve monthly updates, but ultimately decided, sadly, that my baby William is no longer a baby; he’s a toddler. A walking, talking, running, laughing toddler. We do still call him baby William, but in reality he’s a toddler and growing every day. He’s so much fun as he’s constantly learning new things. I’m definitely blessed to be his momma! Last week I took him to his 18 month checkup.
Clearly he was NOT a fan of the scale! But how cute is he?!
Height & Weight: 23 pounds 2 ounces and 32.5 inches (as of last week!).
Eating: William has changed so much in this department! We are still breastfeeding, especially so in the morning and in the evening, and throughout the day when I’m with him. Frankly, he’d nurse all day long if I let him. Foods he loves include eggs, French toast, bananas, avocado, chicken, turkey, salmon, cheese, crackers, peanut butter, and apples. We’re definitely entering the “picky eater” phase as some days he loves carrots, sweet potatoes, and spinach, and other days he won’t touch them. I do think he eats better when he’s not with me (if he’s at school or with my parents) just because he prefers to nurse when he’s with me, though his eating has definitely improved.
Sometimes William boycotts the high chair which definitely makes mealtimes more challenging. I can usually get him into it after offering something he wants whether it’s crackers or water. He loves loves loves drinking out of his thermos. I have the Foogo thermos which is stainless steel, and his teachers tell me he carries it around with him all day. William loves using forks and spoons to eat, and this is a trick sometimes I use if he’s getting antsy in his high chair or if he’s not eating. He’s actually pretty good at using utensils!
Sleeping (naps): At school, William takes 2-3 hour naps. For me? Ha! I’m lucky if he makes it an hour! But he does usually take two shorter naps with me and just one at school.
Sleeping (at night): I don’t want to jinx anything, but after sleep training him (TWICE!), he’s finally sleeping through the night. He goes down around seven o’clock and wakes up between 5:00-5:30. I cringe at anything earlier than five as five is the goal, but he usually makes it there. I’ve tried putting him to sleep later to see if he will sleep later, but no dice. I’ve heard that’s typical with kids, that they wake up at their normal time regardless of when they go down. I guess he’s a morning babe, just like his momma!
William still uses white noise, his wubbanub binky, and a sleepsack to go to sleep. Though now with the colder months approaching, I’m getting him a Woolino sleepsack which I’ve heard great things about!
Clothing: 12-18 or 18 month clothing. Size 4 diapers.
New lately: William recently started shaking his head no and it’s the cutest thing ever. I know soon enough this will not be so cute, but right now it’s hilarious. His voice is just adorable as he replies, “Yeah!” to almost everything. His words are coming along, and he’s really good at repeating. He’s turned into a huge climber. He climbs on everything. He’s also total boy – always banging things and very physical. William learns so quickly. He will watch me do something one time and then attempt it himself.
I’m amazed at how well he listens and follows directions. He loves throwing trash away which is great at my house, not so great out in public (ew to public trash cans… which he loves trying to play with – UGH). When we take his clothes off every night for a bath, he takes them and puts them in the laundry basket. He definitely knows where things go and how to put them back (most of the time). When we take our shoes off when we come in the house, he always tucks his socks into his shoes like I do. If he wants to take Zoey out, he brings me my shoes then grabs her leash. He’s definitely a smart baby!
William likes: William loves his momma! Haha obviously, but he’s shy in new situations, but will eventually warm up. When people he doesn’t know say hi to him or try to talk to him, he will curl towards me. Slowly but surely he warms up if he likes you. William LOVES playing with anything kitchen or food related. He plays with the tupperware in my kitchen and LOVES putting on the oven mitts, walking towards the oven, and saying, “Hot!” At my parents’ and my sister’s house, he loves playing with their toy kitchen set. That will be his big Chanukah present this year!
William also loves music – listening and making it, working with his tool bench, doing puzzles, throwing, kicking, catching balls, pretend talking on the phone, and reading books. Oh my goodness, does he love reading books right now! He will sit there and make you read the same book over and over again! He knows what he wants, too. After I’ve read a book for four straight times in a row, I will try to switch books, and he won’t let me. William loves running and he’s fast!
William dislikes: Being told no when he wants to do something, specifically when we’re outside and I have to hold his hand on the sidewalk to prevent him from running in the street. William is such a happy little guy, but he definitely knows what he wants and what he doesn’t want and will let you know!
William has the best smile and the most contagious laugh. He’s happy, I’m happy, we’re all happy! His favorite song right now is If You’re Happy and You Know It! How fitting!
Mommas, tell me: what do the next six months bring?