Sunday, September 23, 2012

18 Months!

Cole turned the big 18 months this week! We are halfway to two now. Look out! He had his 18 month check up on Tuesday, so we got his measurements right on the day. He weighs 28 lbs 4 oz (79%) and is 35.6 in long (97%). He's wearing 18-24 month clothes, and 2T in a few things that run smaller. Size 5 diapers and size 6 or 7 shoe, depending on the brand. He's outgrowing a lot of his summer clothes and shoes.
Cole is starting to develop a lot of independence. He likes to walk places and do things on his own (turn on/off lights, open bottles, open doors, take shoes on/off, etc.) He started feeding himself with a spoon, but kind of got out of practice and has gone backward on that a little bit. He's also gotten better at playing with his toys on his own. Just this week he's started driving all his different cars all over the house, up the walls, on furniture, on legs & arms, everywhere! Cole loves to play outside with his mower or golf clubs and just run around. He asks to go outside every chance he gets. We've even started going on short walks around the block with no stroller. Climbing on everything is also a favorite activity. He knows how to get on every piece of furniture in our house. I appreciate the times he still wants to sit and read stories. But, now he wants to chose the books!

You can see what happens when he hasn't had much practice with the spoon lately!
We've been amazed lately with all the words Cole can say. I've really quit keeping track because he says everything and can repeat new words like it's nothing. He's started saying phrases or two words together which is so cute. He says "sit down", "I see you", "Daddy's or Mommy's drink or shoes or whatever", to name a few. He knows the names of his friends at daycare and uses words to describe things on his own like heavy, hot, cold, funny, etc. He can almost get through all of the ABC's on his own if we throw in a letter or two for him to keep it going. He loves little songs or rhymes and dances and moves his arms around to the music. He gives the sweetest hugs and kisses. When he leaves the room or when he says goodbye he goes "bye bye, see ya, love you." Our little man that used to say "yeah" to everything has started saying "no" when he doesn't want something now.
He's done a really good job keeping up his schedule and getting started back to daycare this school year. He still takes two naps for about two hours each time. I'm just waiting for this to change any day, but he's on the go so much I think he wears himself out. Cole is still a good eater. Not very picky. He has gotten to the point where he asks for certain things though. Like wanting a cookie at the grocery store. :)
We thought we were entering a stage of tantrums, but it seemed to be short lived for now. For almost a week he was throwing screaming fits when he didn't get his way and was very clingy. We found out at his doctor's appointment that he had the start of an ear infection. He had some congestion and had a cough, so I wasn't really surprised and would have taken him in earlier if this appointment wasn't already coming up. So maybe he wasn't feeling good because as soon as we started antibiotic he's been back to his old, happy, easy-going self. Mommy and Daddy are SO happy about that!

We love every minute we spend with the little man and can't wait for all the fun fall activities coming up with him. He's already turned into a football fan! Cole is such a funny little guy and brings so much energy and love to our family. :)

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