Year two is halfway gone already. Last week Avery turned 18 months. I thought things were changing fast this time last year, when Avery was trying new solid foods and rolling over was his coolest trick. Little did I know that a year later, we’d have a climbing, meat-eating, tantrum throwing little man! These past two months, Avery has grown leaps and bounds. Every day I am amazed watching him talk, build, play, and socialize.
Vocabulary & Communication
At 18 months, there isn’t a word Avery doesn’t try to repeat. Sure, his pronunciation is a little… off. But we know what he’s saying. His favorite words as of late are ‘baby’ for his baby doll that was his Aunt Sarah’s. He loves to feed the baby, put it in baskets with blankets and feed it. He even calls small animals in his books, like kittens, ‘babies’.
As of late, we’ve been using the sign for ‘please.’ Avery began using it on a visit to Aunt Candy and Uncle Pauls, where Avery would ask Uncle Paul for more strawberries by bouncing up and down and rubbing his tummy (the sign for please), but when Uncle Paul didn’t respond, Avery yelled ‘PWWWEEEESSE!’
Avery has adopted the name ‘Grunk Gra’ for Grandpa, Dee-Dee for Aunt Candy, and ‘Sah-Wah’ for Aunt Sarah. He even says ‘Jenna’ at school for his teacher. Avery says ‘Ya’ when he agrees with you and when he protests, he points a finger and says ‘No! No! No! He loves to put his finger to his forehead (yes, forehead, not mouth) and say ‘shhh’ when someone is sleeping. And he babbles… sometimes I have no idea what he’s saying and he makes up signs and gets mad at me when I have no idea what he’s trying to say!
Well, aside from getting bitten at daycare, Avery’s social interactions have been pretty good. They practice hugging at daycare and give each other high fives. If Avery hasn’t seen someone for a while, he runs up to them screaming, excited to see them.
Avery’s the king of ‘Hi.’ We can be passing an aisle in the grocery store and if Avery sees someone, he waves and softly says ‘Hi’…. to EVERYONE! It’s adorable. I can’t help but smile the whole time – people probably think I’m crazy, wondering why I’m grinning from ear to ear in the pasta aisle. Maybe I’m just excited about spaghetti and meatballs?! Avery sure is.
Avery’s favorite food is still meat. Mostly hot dogs, sausage, meatballs, and sometimes chicken. He’s come to really love rice too. And although it makes a HUGE mess on the dining room floor, it’s easy for him to pick up, so we let him go at it. Sometimes he just eats rice for dinner and won’t touch his meat. Silly kid. And let’s not get started on the veggies – this kid still isn’t interested. We supplement with fruit & veggie juices and dried Gerber snacks, but give Avery a pea and he will spend forever chasing it around his tray with his finger trying to smush it.
He wasn’t interested in pasta, so one night I showed him how to slurp it and now he LOVES pasta!
Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
Avery’s become quite the independent reader lately. He demands choosing his books at night before bed.
He loves turning the pages himself and mocks back noises of animals and cars. He can also point out objects and characters in all the books – anything from Elmo to Grover, to a shoe, a ball, even an airplane and a robot. Smart kid! We’re working on counting, and although he doesn’t repeat the numbers back, when I point to the objects and say “1, 2, 3″ He repeats pointing at them as I did.
- Height = 33″ ?
- Weight = 24 1/2 lbs
- Clothes Size = 18mo-2T
- Shoe Size = 6T
Avery’s grown maybe an inch this year and his weight is slowly going up. He outgrew all his 18mo pajamas and we had to get all new 24mo or 2T sizes, since he’s so long.
We bought him new shoes last month because his size 4’s were too small and what do you know, a size 5 was snug too, so he jumped up to a size 6! I’ll know his exact height and how he looks on the charts at his doctor’s check up next week.
Personality & Parenting
Avery does things when and how he wants, and if you interrupt him or keep him from doing something (like climbing on the dining room table or superman diving off the side of the couch onto the hardwood floor) he THROWS A FIT. A legit toddler tantrum. Crying. Real tears. And when you try to pick him up, he gets those spaghetti legs and won’t stand up, so we put him down and he proceeds to scream on the floor. As parents, we make sure Avery is safe and then we distance ourselves from him. The fit just has to takes its course. And before you know it, Avery’s distracted by a toy or something else and all of a sudden he’s laughing and playing again. Maybe some parents would coddle their child, but we don’t want Avery to think he can always get his way and that No means no and that he needs to listen when something is off-limits. Call it tough love
Avery is a thrill seeker. He loves going down the slide at the playground, all by himself. He still loves diving from the ottoman to the sofa. Avery doesn’t stop moving. He’s always been active, and continues to be. Sometimes he’s too fast and pulls something down or topples something over before I can get to him. Last night he pulled some dishes out of the lazy susan before I could stop him and they fell on his toe. He screamed an cried – poor little guy. But I did get to kiss it better. He wasn’t thrilled when I put ice on his toe, but he’s so cute when he points at it to have me kiss it.
Avery’s attention span has seriously increased. He will play with his ‘choo-choo’ for a good 10-15 minutes before getting bored of it. And he’s become quite the helper… he helps with laundry by putting it in and out of the basket, and sometimes he helps me put it away in drawers – but he hasn’t quite got the concept yet, because sometimes he thinks part of the game is taking all the clothes OUT of the drawers.
- Being outside
- Riding in the stroller
- Playing IN his toy box
- Helping with laundry and dishes
- Juice boxes
- climbing and jumping
- Elmo video clips
- Checking the mail
- His House at Grammy & Grampys
- Matchbox cars
- The vacuum cleaner
- Slush puppies!
- Playing with straws, pots and pans, anything that’s not an actual toy
Not So Fond of:
- Mommy leaving (not just the house, but any room)
- His car seat (still!)
- Chocolate milk
- Diaper changes
- Getting dressed
- Brushing his teeth (but he would eat toothpaste all day long if we let him)
Avery’s growing into quite an opinionated little man. His personality is coming out more and more. One day he loves this, and the next day he’s onto something new. This list is sure to change day by day. We’re excited to see what he does next…