Wednesday, January 16, 2013

19 months, almost!

My child will be 19 months old in just a few short days.  I feel like he's basically a two year old now, though I know he's far from it.  He's a little independent mini man who wanders our house bouncing from toy to toy.  This past week we had a his 18 mo. check up, though it was the fourth time we've visited a medical facility in the last two months.  This kid really tested our parenting skills when twice in the past two and a half months he ran fevers over 103 degrees, causing us to end up in the emergency room when we couldn't bring them down.  After finding out the first one was an ear infection (two days before Thanksgiving!), Liam ended up on antibiotics and things cleared up quickly.  The second time we were told it was viral and waited it out.  All is good now.  

I do have to mention that all these doctors appointments/ER visits have really changed Liam's outlook on medical personnel.  He used to scream bloody murder and thrash his head side to side when someone tried to stick a thermometer in his ear, but he did so well at his well child check, not really protesting at all.  He stepped on the big boy scale and stood still for his height and his weight.  And although the picture below says otherwise, he really did quite well with his shots.  Most of the crying was done afterwards when he saw the band aids and the proof of his pain.  I am seriously so proud of him.  

Since my last update on Liam's body, mind, and spirit at 15 months he's changed quite a bit.  Three months is alot in baby time, that's for sure.

Weight: 30.1 pounds

Height: 32 inches long

Head Circumference: 18 inches 'round
Clothes Size: anywhere from 18 mo to 3t (I know, it's quite a range, but it depends on the brand!)
Diaper Size: 5
Shoe Size: 5
Teeth: 6 (4 bottom, 2 top)

18 months

Weight: 32  pounds

Height: 33 1/2 inches long

Head Circumference: 19 inches 'round
Clothes Size: 24 months to 3T
Diaper Size: 5
Shoe Size: 6
Teeth: almost 10 (those molars are almost through)

Just as I did in my last post about Liam's growth and development, I have been keeping an eye on Babycenter's checklist to see where my boy stands developmentally.  Since my last post he has achieved almost everything on the 13-18 month checklist except for saying "shhhh" (we don't really do this) and showing signs of toilet training readiness.  I think we are still far from that!  In a couple more months I will go through the 19-24 month checklist.   

Liam's still eating basically everything we eat.  No peanut butter, nuts, or shellfish yet though.  He has been interested in more vegetables, which pleases Mama and Dada and he's really branching out with eating different types of meat, other than chicken.   

Liam can say at least 26 words that most people would understand.  These are words he uses regularly such as dog, elmo, mama, dada, car, duck, up, hat, off, no, more, boo, moo, clock, out.  Also on the list are: eyebrow, onion, elbow, and dough, though this doesn't mean he's going around the house saying "onion!" all the time.  I keep two lists on my phone of all the words he can say that are understandable to others (some of those which I just listed) and then another list of about 30+ words that probably only my husband and I can understand.  For example: "ark" for shark, "angel" sounds like "angle", horse and house kind of sound the same, and so on.  He also says a few phrases like "uh oh", "oh no", and "all done".  

Liam still sleeps through the night, though he sure is having a hell of a time going down.  He's been protesting getting into his crib and laying down and usually needs to be talked through it.  We have a nice little bedtime routine that consists of a bath and about a half hour of story time.  Liam still takes only one nap a day for two and a half hours from about 12-2:30 pm.

Other fun stuff
Liam picks up on things so quickly.  When asked he can tell you what sound a dog, cat, duck, horse, cow, fish, and pig make.  He also picked up on the jingle bells tune pretty fast.  

He is quite a responsible little fellow, cleaning up after himself (when asked), sweeping, and vacuuming when needed.  He actually starts to scream and become very upset if I stop sweeping the floor before he decides it is time to be done.  Will this boy stay helpful like this forever?  I sure hope so.  

This child is as active as ever and only breaks to watch a little Elmo, eat, sleep, and have books read to him.  He runs, he can hop, and he likes to do little dances.  We are really in constant "go" mode here and I can tell you that I selfishly look forward to my alone time at the end of the day.  But, then I find myself missing him when he sleeps and wishing that I could sleep next to him all night.  It's pretty much just the constant cycle of a mother's love!    

This face, I love.  So much.

Happy almost 19 months, handsome!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The last 2 months of 2012

Wow.  I feel almost embarrassed to have not posted anything on this blog for over two months.  At this point I feel like I've missed too much and it is difficult to start back up again.  Let me go back..from November until right before Christmas we were insanely busy with Christmas shopping, parties, family, illness, and I had taken two college classes for credits.  Not only was I forced to stop blogging, but I also had to keep myself from reading the final Fifty Shades book :(

Anyway, the Magahas had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and all of that.  We spent most of the time at my parent's house, which isn't far from ours.  We had a beautiful white Christmas around here and Liam was able to go sledding for the first time AND drink hot chocolate, which he loved.  Though he was still not too interested in opening gifts he has enjoyed playing with them and thoroughly destroying our house with all of his new toys from Santa.

Although it's late and most of your Christmas spirit has surely faded, I wanted to share some pictures from our much too short holiday.

Most people have probably already seen these pictures, especially if you are my Facebook friend or follow me on Instagram or Twitter.  Rather than blog, that's how I kept everyone up to date on our lives the past two months.  It's so much easier and quicker!

I hope everyone has been happy and healthy.  Best wishes to all for 2013!  

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