19 Months!

Photo bomb! To be cropped…my computer just wouldn’t let me crop it today! Eek!

I don’t know what it is about fall, but the Monster household has been busy lately! So busy, that I missed posting an 18 month update – eek!

To play a bit of catch-up – Monster’s vital stats (at 18 months) were:  Height: 33.5”; Weight: 23.5 lbs. I’m amazed at how much his weight gain really slowed once Monster started walking. It really shouldn’t surprise me though, considering that Monster is very much a “go, go, go” kind of toddler! 🙂

We think Monster is getting his 2 year molars. Sleep the past few weeks has been pretty poor and Monster has been sucking on his fingers more than usual. I haven’t noticed any molars breaking through the gum yet, but if his first set of molars were any indication, we’ve got another month of sleepless nights ahead of us. But, then we’ll be done with teething for a while, so I kind of hope he is getting his 2 year molars now.

Monster’s vocabulary is growing bigger every day. He tries to repeat everything we say – it’s too cute! He’s regularly saying two-word sentences now and occasionally he says three word sentences too (such as “Dada car vroom.” Most words are still abbreviated to one syllable – we’re working on saying the second syllable!

Monster is learning his shapes now and can pretty accurately name all the basic ones (circle, square, star, and triangle). We’ve also started learning letters, since Monster has shown an interest in them, but we’re only “teaching” them to him when he asks about them. So far he seems to recognize the letters “S”, “T” and “I”.

Monster is still nursing and he still prefers mama’s milk to cow’s milk. Consequently, he’s still not sleeping through the night. I’m sure we’ll get there eventually, but I think it will literally be years!

Curious George is still Monster’s favorite book/TV show. He loves to imitate what George does – and so far refuses to say “yes” – instead he says “uh-huh” just like George says.  *Sigh*

Vacuuming is still a favorite activity, as is helping Daddy and Mommy cook. Monster also really enjoys raking leaves and digging. He really likes digging. The more covered in dirt he is, the happier Monster becomes. Really he likes to “help” us with all the household chores. We’re trying to encourage this as much as possible with the hopes that he’ll still enjoy it when he’s older (I know this isn’t realistic, but a mom can dream – can’t she?).

Toddlerhood is so much fun! Each new day is filled with adventure and new discoveries. It’s so much fun watching our little Monster grow and learn – we are truly blessed!

Love you, little Monster-man! Happy 19 Month birthday!

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