The Adventure Starts Here: Noah is 19 Months!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Noah is 19 Months!


What's New:
Noah is getting better every day with identifying different body parts.  Now he knows his ears, nose, mouth, tongue, hair/head, toes/feet, shoulders, and belly.  Sometimes he knows where his eyes are, but that's a new one for him.  We've started singing Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, but he's not fast enough to point to all them along with the song yet.  He still loves doing the motions to the Itsy Bitsy Spider and will ask for it again and again (by putting his hands on his chest and grunting... not sure why that means again/more, but it does).


Stats:
I'm assuming Noah still weighs 29 lbs 7 oz and is 34 inches tall (from last month's doctor's appointment).  I honestly can't say what size Noah is, because he's different sizes depending what it is.  He can wear size 18-24 M or 2T in bottoms, but some 2T shorts are so long and if they aren't elastic they gap a lot in the back.  In tops he is anywhere from a 2T to a 3T.  I wish I could try clothes on him before buying ;)




Sleep:
This month we've been working on Noah's nap and nighttime routine.  While Noah still wakes up a lot, we have been able to reduce the amount of bottles of milk he drinks.  We had a few rough nights with Noah waking up and crying a lot.  It sounded like he was in pain.  We took him to the doctor to make sure it wasn't his ears and she said that he's physically fine, not even teething at the moment.  She said it's common at around 18 months to go through separation anxiety and he's most likely waking up wanting to know where I am.  She also said that since we never let him cry it out, that he's then used to me coming and rocking him back to sleep.  We had one night last week where he lasted until 4:30 AM.  I was hoping that we would get a repeat performance, but no such luck :(


Favorite Foods:
Noah would and does eat goldfish crackers (cheddar and pretzel) all day long.  He also loves smoothies, greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs, strawberries, chicken, and pasta.  Now that it's back in season, Noah has been devouring watermelon (just like his dad).  The only problem is that I've found the watermelon seriously stains his shirts and I'm worried we may have ruined a few of them.  We've found that he does best with eating at meals if you kind of "ignore" him.  At home, we put him in his highchair and let him eat while we eat as well.  At restaurants, I put a variety of food on a little "bread" plate and just carry on with our conversation.  He takes a bite, plays, and comes back for another bite.  I find he eats way more this way than if I sat and watched him and kept asking him to take one more bite.  He LOVES going into the fridge all day long.  We ended up having to put a safety lock on it to keep him from just standing in front of the open door.  When he goes to the fridge, I open it for him and let him pick out what he wants.  Most of the time he picks greek yogurt, strawberries, or a smoothie.




Communication:
Noah is definitely going through a grunting phase.  So far I think the grunt means yes, but I can't be positive.  Instead, he often just shows me what he wants.  He opens the fridge and takes out what he wants.  He comes and grabs my hand and leads me to what he wants.  And he points a lot.  My mom taught him how to put his hands up and sort of say "all done"... he's mastered the hand part but just kind of says "ah".  I also taught him to say "baa" for banana.  He's a pro at saying "hi" and now says "buh bye" when we leave.   My brother is a speech pathologist, and he said that Noah isn't delayed, but that if I wanted to work on his speech with him that he recommended this book.  It's technically a text book that some professionals use to teach parents how to work with their kids at home.  We only just received the book, but it explains how to be more interactive while playing with them and how to encourage talking.  I find it all really interesting and I'm excited to see how it helps.

Despite not having many words, Noah is AMAZING at following instructions.  I can tell him to go get me something from the other room and he will go and do it.  Sometimes he chooses to ignore my requests (like when I tell him to stop doing something) but I know he understands!  He's also picked up a lot of our routines and now does them on his own.  He puts Chris' shoes away in the closet, he knows that after I do my makeup I usually blow dry my hair and goes to get my blow dryer.  Now when I'm getting dressed he goes to get my shoes for me too.  It's the cutest thing.


Favorites:
Noah loves helping me with laundry.  When I say it's time to do the laundry, he immediately walks over to our laundry room and he knows how to turn the dial (not necessarily to the right setting though) and push start.   He also loves to dance.   We were watching the Bubble Guppies Train episode and they were doing this dance about the trains going down the tracks and he was rolling his arms in a circle just like them... it was beyond cute!




2 comments:

  1. Love the photos! Sounds like he has learned so much lately. How adorable that he anticipates your routine and helps you get to the next step.

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  2. Oh Buddy, give your momma a break at night! I know how hard that must be for you. BUT how fun is all the knowledge that they soak up at this age? 18-24m is one of my favorite phases.

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