“Done properly, parenting is a heroic act.” — Edna Mode
Happy November! I hope you’re enjoying a great start to this year’s holiday season. ❤️
That word — season — has taken on such a different meaning for me as a mom. I’ve heard it used sooo many times to describe these precious days with a little one that it’s a cliche at this point.
But, I think it’s an apt word used for a good reason. It reminds me that almost every part of what’s hard about being a parent changes as my little one grows. And, more importantly, that each of these “seasons” ends up feeling too short and gone all too fast.
Maybe that’s the reason, with all the festivities beginning, Baby K’s 21st month feels like it snuck up on me.
Here’s a few highlights from this past month, followed by Baby K’s 21-month progress report:
We had a wonderful time celebrating Halloween and alllllll the pumpkin- related things this year. 😊
Baby K dressed up as a brown bear and we went to our local “Mall-oween” event, made a stop at a friend’s house in our neighborhood to practice trick-or-treating, and visited several relatives, too.
Fire Station Tour:
We took a fun tour of a local fire station with the MOMS Club. Baby K had a blast exploring the big red trucks!
Baby K also got to play in snow for the very first time!!
And, if you couldn’t tell from my opening quote, we finally found time to watch Incredibles 2! 😍
It’s been a pretty awesome month of fun with Baby K!
With that said, here’s Baby K’s 21-month progress report:
- Weight/Height: I haven’t weighed Baby K myself at home, but I know he’s growing (he was 24.2 lbs/33 inches tall at 18 mos.). He’s filling out his 2T clothes much more than just a few weeks ago, and I had to adjust the straps in his stroller recently.
- Climbing: Baby K can climb a ladder and go down a slide all by himself now. He’s been getting plenty of practice at a few indoor play places we have locally. I’m definitely in hover-mama-mode each time he does this, because he’s still a bit wobbly when climbing and sometimes goes to step off the slide before he sits all the way down. 😅
- Speech: Baby K is talking!! 🙌🏼 In addition to his animal sounds, he’s recently added:
~ Apple 🍎,
~ Up ⬆️,
~ Bye Bye 👋,
~ Uh-oh 😯,
~ Yummy 😋,
~ Hot 🔥,
~ Rainbow 🌈,
~ Hat 🎩,
~ Light 💡,
~ and All Gone ✨
In the meantime, I did end up calling our local early intervention office. The rep I talked with told me that between 18 and 24 months, toddlers should have at least 10-14 words. At 24 months, though, the norm is 200 words! (I guess they don’t call it a “language explosion ” for nothing!) Because Baby K is within 10-14 words, the plan is to check back at the start of the new year depending on his progress.
- Sleep: While Baby K is sleeping really well lately, his timing has shifted in a weird-to-me way.
With the fall time change, I thought we’d be dealing with too-early wake-ups and earlier bedtimes. But, Baby K has shifted sleep to even later than before, going to sleep after 8 p.m. and waking up after 7 a.m. He’s also shifted his nap to between 1-3 p.m. most days. It works, so I’m not complaining. I was just surprised. 🤷🏻♀️
- Teeth: I do think Baby K has his 2-year molars moving down, because he’s had a little reoccurrence of drool-rash on his cheeks and I often find him chewing on his finger (he won’t use a teether, and I think it’s because none of the ones we have can reach to the back where he needs relief 😕). We also recently bought Baby K a little step-stool and a faucet extender so that he can brush his teeth at the bathroom sink with us. (Before, we’d just let him brush his teeth in his highchair after meals.) I think he’s really enjoyed this little bit of a big-boy transition. 😊
Favorite Activities and Toys:
- Books, Blocks, Puzzles – these continue to be his favorites.
- Because I’ve read that pretend play will be appearing around the 2-year mark, I’m trying to focus on those types of activities when planning gifts for Christmas and his upcoming birthday in February. If you have any tried-and-true suggestions, please send them my way.
Mealtime has been a bit less messy lately. Baby K is using a spoon really well now, and I can give him yogurt, fruit, and applesauce cups without too much fear that they will end up on the floor. It does still happen, but it isn’t as inevitable as it used to be. 🙄
His appetite is still all over the place, and some days I worry about how little he seems to eat. But, he’s soooo energetic and growing, so I just remind myself that he’s doing all right (along with myself!).
Well, that’s it for Baby K’s 21-month post for now. If you’re interested, you can read more about Baby K’s progress here.
In the meantime, take care. 🙂