Tuesday, December 14, 2010

18 months!

Cody is 18 months and learning new things daily! He learned to walk at about 15 1/2 months. He started off walking with his arms up like Frankenstein and then they got lower and lower until now he doesn't need them for balance anymore. Lately he's been RUNNING everywhere...even if its from the kitchen to the family room. He also has a happy dance he does with his feet when he's excited. If he's trying to tell us something or ask for something and we finally figure it out he smiles really big and laughs. He has a mouth full of teeth including molars but I am not about to try and count them. He can give high-fives, hugs, kisses and he's learning "fist bumps". He knows where his head, tongue, nose, ears and (sometimes) belly is. He sleeps great! He takes about a 3 hour nap (sometimes we have to wake him after 3 hours) every day and sleeps from 7:30 or 8 at night until anywhere between 6 or 7 in the morning. He wakes up silly! (unless he's teething...ha!) He talks all the time! Although we have a hard time always understanding what he is saying he certainly knows what he's talking about. He'll go on and on and use his hands while he's talking. It's very animated and hilarious. He will look at back and forth to me and Jason as if he's having a conversation. He does have several words and the ones we hear the most are "see that" (as he points) or "that" (when he hear's an airplane or a noise but can't actually see the object), "please" (while signing it), "more" (signed), "eat" (while signing it), "up", "moo", "baa", "think, think, think" (while pointing with his index finger to his head like he's thinking...like they do on My Friends Tigger and Pooh), "uh-oh", "daddy or dada", "momma (but not as often as dada), "Jesus", "hi", "bye (while waving), "cheese", "pizza" and lately "no" (while shaking his head). He can understand almost anything we ask him and repeat sounds and words that we say. He says bye to everything: water as it's draining from the bathtub, t.v. as it gets turned off, books when we come to the last page, people, toys, etc. He also "blows" kisses and will make the kissing sound ("mouh") and use his hand in a very big dramatic way as he gives kisses. Cody is extremely sweet natured but definately gets his feelings hurt easily. He's sensitive and but also very much a rough and tumble silly boy. He's still a picky eater and we constantly try new things. Now that he's started using "no" more he will say that a lot at meal time and we are working on not always changing what we give him for dinner just because he says no to it. I think it's a texture issue sometimes. He's much easier to take to restaurants lately which has been fun. He loves loves loves cars, buses, trains and trucks...anything with wheels! He spends all day playing with his collection of different types of transportations. When we are diving around town and he sees a truck (UPS trucks or other deliver/service type trucks are his favorite) or busses he says "see that" and kicks his feet in excitement. I love that he watches out the window while we are diving and takes in the world around him. He's learning so much. He also loves to read books, playing with legos (the mega-blocks), learning the animals sounds and throwing balls. He LOVES going to playgrounds/parks and can't get out the car fast enough when we arrive. He's not afraid of heights and would throw himself down the slides if we weren't there to stop him. He can climb up on the couch and is very proud of himself. Anytime there's a box/tub or something to climb on his there and right on top. He runs to the back door when we tell him it's time to go. He also goes to the back door when he hears the garage door open and knows one of us is home. He wears 18 month clothes (some 12 month pants) & a size 5 diaper. He weighs 23 pounds 2 ounces (10% to 25%) 32 inches tall (50%) Head: 19.3 inches (90%) Cody is very extraverted and loves people! He will show-off for a crowd...especially once he's warmed up. He is pretty independant but loves to snuggle! We are really enjoying this stage in life and would love to freeze time!

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