Sunday, April 27, 2014

21 Months Old

Only a few more monthly updates left (I think I will stop when he hits 2)!  I was looking back at his older monthly photos and thank goodness I finally cut his hair!  While it took me awhile to adjust to his new look, I think he looks much more handsome now (albeit also ten times older).  That baby hair was getting a little ridiculous in the last few months.  Okay, commence the bragging...


Favorite Foods:  He continues to eat a little bit more, but not like all the other toddlers I know.  He's particularly fond of quesadilla's "dee-a's", pizza, canadian bacon, smoothie's, & hummus.  He's typically not interested in what I'm eating but will occasionally crawl onto my lap towards the end of dinner and sometimes take a few bites.  He actually put back quite a bit of steak the other night, and I was thoroughly impressed!  If he doesn't want to eat, meal time can be very challenging..  It looks a little something like: refusing to sit in his own chair, so mom's lap it is, wants to use mom's utensils to play with her food but still not eat, hang on mom's back, crawl down, tug on mom's arm while cry-whining, beg mom to come play until I finally do.  Let's just say I can eat fast.  Very fast.  Finishing my entire stuffed burger before Conor has finished loading up his plate fast!

Breastfeeding:  Nursing for naptime, bedtime, through the night, and sometimes one other afternoon session.  He's held this routine for the past couple of months and it doesn't appear to be changing soon.  I continue to love our breastfeeding relationship and those extra snuggly moments.  One day at the zoo he continued to ask for "Nini", so I decided to nurse him on a bench by the apes.  Since that visit, he thinks he now always has to nurse when he gets to the apes!  It cracks me up that he made this association after just one time!


New Words Phrases:  Liam's vocabulary continues to grow like crazy!  He frequently uses 4+ words together and is developing some signature phrases!  He says lots of "I did it!" & "That's funny!"  He also uses the word "pretty" and it is so sweet coming from his little lips.  Sometimes mommy is pretty or her flowers are pretty.  Sometimes it's Daddy or even Liam that are pretty.  He still talks in the 3rd person occasionally, which is adorable too!  He knows almost everyone's name in the neighborhood and loves shouting them out!  

Sleep:  Somewhat exciting things here!  Liam is officially starting the night in a big boy bed!  The change was extremely easy; we just put his bed together one weekend and then told him we would be going "night night" in the big bed!  He's been excited about it every since.  We nap in his bed together, and I put him to sleep in his bed too.  Once he wakes up for the first (or sometimes second time), we still bring him to our bed.  We've gotten a few 3 or 4 hours stretches from him, but in general he still wakes up fairly frequently.  Still waiting for the day that he decides a stay down for a solid 6+ hours!  He's also doing better sleeping next to me, instead of on top of me; so, I am sleeping much better and my back isn't nearly as sore in the morning!


Favorite Interests:  We have been spending as much time outside as possible!  He's either on his wiggle car, digging in the dirt, running down a grassy hill, or coloring with sidewalk chalk.  If he's not outside, he wants to be at the sink "washing hands".  He is a super clean kid, but he loves running his hands under the faucet and trying to sneak a cup or bowl in there as well so he can make a big watery mess!  However, books are still his most favorite thing!  He is starting to memorize many of his favorites and will sometimes "read" to himself.  This is especially true for Go, Dog, Go!  I love watching him flip through the pages and trying to "read" everything that he can possibly remember from that page.  

Potty Training:  No big developments here.  He voluntarily sits on his potty now, especially if I am going potty.  However, he refuses to sit on it naked!  Flat out refuses!  He's a by the rules kind of guy; therefore, he always wants a diaper on.  He's waking up from his naps dry about half the time, but will not sit on that potty bare bottomed afterwards.  Hoping this changes soon, but we're letting him do it on his own time.


His little mind is working like crazy these days.  He knows all his colors (although he often mixes up blue & green as well as yellow & red).  He counts to three and occasionally five (but almost never says the number four).  L loves spelling out his name, but still needs help remembering all those letters!

He's starting to ask for what he wants whether it be a particular food or activity.  He lets me know if he's up for the zoo or aquarium or park.  I love how much we can communicate.  I now have to prepare him for transitions, so I typically tell him the next 2 or 3 things that we will be doing.  He fights me hard on diaper changes as well as getting dressed or undressed.  Those are the most exhausting daily activities for me.  Hoping this phase ends shortly.

This month he has already been much more attached to me than usual.  I'm not sure if it's just a stage he's going through, or if it has been brought on by going to the gym daycare and being separated from me for a small bit during the day.  He's also started to show his sensitive side, especially when playing with friends.  He is such a gentle boy who loves to share, but can easily get upset by others who are a little rough.  He's the youngest of the kids in the neighborhood, but I think it will help toughen him up.  I love his spirit and how sweet & caring he is.


Both Conor & I are so proud of the little boy he is becoming.  Each new day we continue to be fascinated with him.  Excited for what this next month will bring!

11 comments :

  1. He is so adorable, Laura! What a "'lil man" he is becoming. Thanks for posting. I've really enjoyed reading and following your journey as a mom. Love to you all. Pam

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    1. Thanks Pam; you are so sweet! I've been thinking about your family. Hope all is well! Miss you lots!

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  2. He is such a little man, happy 21 months!!

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  3. You write so well - I will miss your blog!

    Love, your Dad

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    1. Thanks Dad! The blog isn't going anywhere anytime soon...stop scaring away the readers! ;-)

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  4. Oh my word!! Your Liam is too cute!!! I bet he is a heart breaker already :) :)

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  5. He's so cute and yay for sleep improving a little bit! I know kids change fast, but he's only 3 months older than Noah. I'm wondering if Noah's language and communication will just take off because you describe a totally different situation than we have. Maybe I give Noah what he wants to soon and should let him try to verbalized it first. Or maybe he will just be a little delayed like he was with walking. Being a mom can be full of worry huh?

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  6. good grief is so adorable I can't even take it! (And tall!!) Why stop at 2? :) :)

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  7. He is SO cute and look at him posing away in all these photos!!

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  8. The hand in the pocket kills me :) He is such a little gentleman! When I read these updates I feel like our son's are so much alike. The run down of dinner time when he is over eating is my son to a 'T'! HE does the exact same thing. You are such a good mommy to him :)

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  9. He looks like such a little man in that last picture!!!!!!!! :) :)

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