The past 6 months have gone quickly so I though it might be a good idea to do a little update on our tiny human.
Weight: We had his 18 month check up this morning. He’s still off the charts gigantic. 27.14 lbs and 35″ long. The Doctor has to turn a few pages on his graph to plot Riley’s sizes. He’s within the normal range for a 3 1/2 year old and average range for a 2 1/2 year old kid. I’m sure he’ll level off soon, right?! I was a little worried about his weight since he’s been less interested in meals and more into playing. We’ve had several feedings “on the run.” Where he takes a bite and he’s off again! The Doctor said that’s totally normal and most kids take a dip in their weight between 15 and 20 months because they are so active and curious. He said we’re doing well because Riley hasn’t dropped his weight percentile, it’s still in line. How, I have no idea. Smoothies and applesauce pouches are my go-to on days when he doesn’t want to eat. He said around 21 months his appetite will come back.
What Riley is up to: Walking happened around 13 months. Kelly was home to catch his first steps on video. I cried when I found out I had missed it, but I was so happy Kelly got a “first.” He can say a few words now, “Mama” “Daddy” “Buddy” “Doggie” “Betsey” “Hi” “That” and the rest is a constant babble. It’s really funny to see how serious he is with his conversations. He’ll babble and point, and nod his head like you understand. He’ll nod yes or no to a question. And get’s very excited when you offer him what’s he’s asking for. I try to present him with one suggestion at a time, “do you want an applesauce” and I can get a very enthusiastic ‘yes’ nod. I learned that tip when I was working with autistic children. They and their parent’s would get so frustrated when they couldn’t communicate. The parents would ask “what do you want? do you want this, or this or this?” The child would be so overwhelmed they would shut down and cry. The therapists taught the parent to present the child with 1 -2 options at a time, no more than 2. The child would make a choice, helping both the parent and the child to build confidence. There are times when he gets frustrated when I’m not getting it right, but for the most time I think we communicate pretty well. Sign language has been a HUGE help. I know boys tends to talk later than girls, so I always knew I wanted to teach him basic signs to help communicate so we could avoid tantrums from frustration if possible. He knows the signs for eat/hungry, more, please, bath, nap, phone, all done, and thank you. I think the signs for eat and nap have been so helpful. I can ask if he’s hungry or if he’s ready for a nap and he will agree, or he can tell me himself. Several nights he’ll ask to go to bed before I tell him. It’s awesome! He’s recently become very interested in reading. He loves reading his stories before bed and when I tell him it’s time for ‘night-night’ he’ll run into his room and climb into the glider and wait for me to join him so we can read. It’s probably my favorite part of the day.
PostPartum: I did my first Whole 30 Challenge in the Fall and wrapped up right before Thanksgiving. I was feeling so good about my body and myself. My body was happy and healthy – so much, that I got pregnant on Whole 30, ha! I’m 15 weeks so I’m still in the icky part where I don’t really feel and look “glowing.” It’ll come :) I still have some stretch marks from the last go around, but meh. It’s ok. I’m thankful my body had time to recover between pregnancies and I’m mentally preparing myself for what may lie ahead with a Newborn and a Toddler.Baby Gear: Puzzles, shape sorting toys, wooden blocks, mega block “legos” and his Smart Trike. He’s really gotten into shapes and fitting things together which is fun to watch. He’s play is very precise, and he is so proud of himself when things are “just so.” His snack and water cup have to sit on coasters, he’s very serious about that – not sure who he got that from ;) He also loves opposites. Open things must be closed, and closed things opened. Shoes that are on must come off, and shoes that are off have to be put back on.
Thoughts: I love being Riley’s Mom. I’m so happy to be staying home with him, and I love our little adventures. We’re happy to get out and explore or stay home and play. I really never imagined myself this content being a stay at home Mom, but it’s exactly where I want to be right now. I’m trying to dig up memories of the early weeks and months with Riley and image what that will look like this next time around with a toddler. I want to make as many memories as I can with Riley before #Merfketeer arrives. Not all of our days are sparkles and giggles, but they’re all good in their own way. The highs and lows can be more dramatic some days, but it just makes the good days so much sweeter.