18 Months

18 months seems like an incredibly old age. Ben is a great kid with lots of opinions, an odd sense of humor (takes after his dad!), loves to play, watch shows, “go go” in the car, play with the kitties, read books, go for walks, eat pretty much everything we give him, visit his grandparents, play “Zehda” with dad after work, and explore the house. He’s getting toddler opinions and the stubbornness that goes along with it. The other day, he burst into tears because he thought I poured the wrong cereal into his snack cup!

Ben mimics so many words now that it is difficult to list what ones he knows. He can say tons of food words, ask for a show (Baby Einstein), greet people (he says hi to everyone when we’re out), say goodbye, talk about books, talk about what he’ll do with his daddy when B is done with work, and many more things. He talks almost constantly now. We heard him singing along with the song “Rain Rain Rain Came Down Down Down” from Winnie the Pooh last week.

There are only three things Ben will not eat: Broccoli, pasta, and american cheese. Everything else is fair game. His old favorites are still his favorites but he loves bread (“brea”), lunch meat (“mee”), green beans (“bee beans”), and crackers (“crker”). He still uses a handful of signs along with his food words but even some of those are being replaced by verbalizing. Please is consistently a sign but thank you is more often words than signs than it was a month ago.

Ben and I like to go out adventuring every morning. Some adventures are common and boring, like grocery shopping, but there are times we go play in the kids area at the mall or explore a new store. My mom takes Ben for Grammy Day at least once every two weeks. I get so much done without having to stop working to change diapers, pick up toys, refill sippy cups, and give healing kisses when Ben falls. Ben climbs now, mostly just the living room ottoman but he’s really good at stairs and will try anything that he thinks is low enough. We’re going to have quite the time keeping an eye on him when it warms up enough to play outside!

Ben is wearing 18 month clothes and size 5 shoes. His size 4 Converse are finally getting a bit small. I’ve amassed quite a collection of 18 and 24 month winter and summer clothes so I shouldn’t have to do much shopping for Ben until after Baby 3 arrives. I still need to go through his dresser and pull out the 12 month onesies and pants. T-shirts and jackets fit longer than onesies or pants so he still wears his 12 month tees regularly. I’ll put those in storage eventually. I haven’t changed his cloth diaper sizing but he’s moved up into size 4 disposables, mostly because I had a huge stash from my last two Honest Company shipments and had run out of size 3 diapers. Ben doesn’t see the pediatrician for his 18 month well-baby checkup until the 31st because the doctor is out of town. I’m sure I’ll have some more accurate stats than “bigger than 15 months” at that point!

Well Baby Checkup:

Ben weighed in at 23 lbs 3 oz (34th %), was 33.5 inches tall (82nd %), and his head was 18.5 inches around (37th %). He didn’t gain much weight but that is to be expected since he’s hit toddler stage where he runs instead of walks and is always on the move. He is a tall little guy though! He’s outgrowing his 18 month sleepers already so I’ve got to dig out the 24 month pjs I have in storage. The doctor seemed pleased with his progress in social skills, learning to use silverware, talking, sleeping, and showing off his personality (Ben was a little ham the entire time we were there).

Ben only had once vaccine, the second Hep A shot, and now he is done with vaccines until he turns 4. I can barely imagine my baby turning 4 but I’m sure it will come sooner than I expect. He also doesn’t have to go back to the doctor until he turns 2. I told the pediatrician about Baby 3 and his/her expected arrival around Ben’s birthday so it is very likely that I’ll schedule a tentative appointment but cancel and reschedule for both kids at once since our pediatrician doesn’t make rounds at the hospital were I’ll be delivering.

Their 18 cheat sheet says that by this age, Ben should be doing some of the following: Speak 5-10 words (check!), walk up steps (working on it), Uses a spoon and fork at times (check!), stacks 2 blocks (check!), helps around the house (check!), can point to one body part (check!), and runs (hahahaha!). He is doing great, just like we thought!

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Celebrating the bath mohawk

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This photo harkens back to our Disney trip in 2013 but Ben is much bigger this time

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Ben LOVED the Finding Nemo ride at EPCOT. He ran around to check out all the fish in the aquariums at the end of the ride

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Fsssshhh!

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Disney was exhausting! He took two naps a day for most of our week there

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Strutting his stuff! We bought him a sheep backpack/harness to help keep track of him and we were very thankful we did!

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Coloring is fun but he still loves to chew on the crayons

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Meeting the Boss at dinner on our first night. Mickey was the only character Ben warmed up to while we were there. No tears but was clearly not interested in getting closer

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Benny and his Daddy

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Dumbo!

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Ben passed out minutes after getting off Dumbo and slept all the way through the Little Mermaid

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Dinner with a Toddler

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Glorious bedhead!

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Post-Disney, we stayed with my great aunt and uncle in Cape Coral, Florida. All Ben would talk about all week was playing in the water with daddy

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The church the college students stay at has a preschool and daycare and Ben loved to play with their toys. We may have to hunt for a car this summer

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Our boy loves brooms and vacuuming, even when traveling

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Ben was a big hit among the college students and enjoyed hanging out at the church and took pretty good naps every day.

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We stopped at a church on the way back for a few hours (the students were staying the night, we kept driving) and Ben’s eyes were HUGE when he saw all the toys in the nursery. He had so much fun playing with new toys after two weeks of the same bag of toys

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Ben loves checking out my friends’ kids on Instagram

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Winnie the Pooh was one of my favorite movies as a small kid and Ben thinks it’s pretty sweet

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