You are 18 months old – a year and a half! It seems like time is flying by, except when you are throwing a tantrum or we are reading “Go, Dog, Go!” for the forty-seventh time in a row. You’re such a good helper, and will close doors and carry things when asked. We’ve spent a lot of time practicing holding Mama & Daddy’s hands when walking places – you do a really great job! You love everyone and everyone loves you. And we can measure the humidity by how curly your hair is.
What you like to do
- climbing onto the couch
- standing on the chair in the living room
- going to the library
- watching police cars and construction vehicles
- going on walks outside
- reading books
- building towers of blocks
- strewing your toys everywhere
- going up and downstairs
- listening to music
- talking to your friends on your Elmo cell phone
- being silly
- jumping and dancing, which look extremely similar
- playing ball with Toby
Things you like
- Outside things: Pine cones! Buckets! Grass! Flowers! Walnuts! Gravel! Rocks!
- Animals: Kitty cats! Horses! Owls! Doggies! Flamingos! Fish! Ducks!
- Characters: Elmo! Big Bird! Grover! Oscar! Monkey (Curious George)! Woody!
- Vehicles: Tractors! Backhoes! Police cars! Fire trucks! Ambulances! Airplanes!
- Colors: Blue and green, although you often sit in the middle of all of your toys and tell yourself what colors they all are – so maybe you just love all colors
- Food: cheese, hot dogs, mangoes, pears, chicken nuggets, french fries, sandwiches, rolls, pasta, strawberries, oranges (finally!), Teddy Grahams, bananas, bagels
- Music: “The Duck Song”; “The Hat Song”; “The Balloon Song”; anything by OK Go; anything by The Civil Wars but most especially “Poison and Wine”; “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”; “Bears” and “Tractor, Tractor” by Slugs & Bugs; “Hello My Baby, Hello My Honey”; “Golden Slumbers” by The Beatles (I sing it to you every night before you go to sleep); “New Shoes” by Paolo Nutini; and “Hold On” by The Gospel Whiskey Runners
- Books: The Carrot Seed; Go, Dog, Go!; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; I Am Invited to a Party; Little Blue Truck; Alice in Wonderland: A BabyLit Colors Primer; Romeo and Juliet: A BabyLit Counting Primer; Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs; Maisy’s Colors
- Toys: a blue ball, an orange teething star, a teapot, two bracelets, an Elmo cell phone, buckets, the “bee bucket” (an empty Burt’s Bees round metal container), blocks, bowls, cooling racks, anything with a cap
What you don’t like
- swinging on swings at the playground
- being sick (you had erythema multiforme and an ear infection this past month)
- being told not to stand on the chair or the couch in the living room
- not being allowed to take all of your toys outside
- not being allowed to blow bubbles in the puddles of water outside
- when you can’t pull your blocks apart by yourself
- if you can see Mama but someone else is trying to hold you (or change your diaper, or take you out of your car seat, or…)
- when we run out of Teddy Grahams
How you communicate
- New meaningful words: roll, puddle, backhoe, and so many others that I can’t think of them right now
- New intelligible words (even to strangers!): baby, blue, owl, cool, oh no!, knee, yellow
- Lowercase letters: c, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, m, n, o, p, r, t, u, w, y, z
- Uppercase letters: all of them except for Q, V, and X!
The Highlight Reel!
Sometimes I’m not patient enough with you, and sometimes I get tired of how loud you are. But we are both learning. And you’re the best boy there is, even if you don’t understand what “quiet” means just yet – because you’re kind and silly and bright in every way I can think of.
I love you,