Wow, I can’t believe that I just typed that! He’s been 19 months old now for just over a week and I am continuously blown away by how quickly he’s growing and maturing.
Mr Independence wants to eat by himself (he is getting really good with the fork), walk without holding hands, and has a nasty habit of running away without stopping when we yell “stop” or “danger”. Very scary in a parking lot! He sees something he wants and off he goes, without paying any attention to anyone around him. Any suggestions on how to curb that particular activity are greatly appreciated!
Nicholas basically stopped growing at 9 months old when he was 30 inches and 25 lbs … until just this last month when he’s suddenly gained 2 inches and 3 lbs! For all my complaining about how quickly he was growing out of clothes in the first 9 months, he’s more than made up for it by wearing the same size (18-24 months) for the last 10 month and is now slowly moving into 2T (although they are still a bit long for him in the legs).
His sign language continues to develop well- it’s really amazing how his little brain files away information and spits it back out when he’s ready to use it. Yesterday, when I was strapping him into his car seat, he started wiggling his fingers at his mouth and making a funny sound. I didn’t quite get it at first, because it clearly wasn’t “food/eat”, but also wasn’t duck because he wasn’t saying “quack, quack”. I turned to look out the front window … and there was a telephone pole with 5 crows on it. He was signing “bird” and trying to say “tweet, tweet” for the first time! Yay!
The other really big moment yesterday was when he put 4 signs together in the correct order to make a full sentence (usually I have to guide him to get it right) – Mummy … please … want … milk. I was so excited!!!
I was really concerned last week that nursing was coming to an end (not by either of our choice) – he would be nursing and would look up at me with such sad little eyes, signing “milk, please” with great fervour, as though I could turn it on. It was very upsetting for both of us. Luckily I could switch him to the other side and he could manage enough to satisfy himself, but I was really worried that our nursing time was coming to an end. It may just have been my stress level that week (I had some huge deadlines for Feb 29th) or perhaps he was needing more than usual (he has been in this growth spurt, after all). Anyways, this week seems to be back to normal – once during the night (4-5am), once when he wakes up (7:30), and then about 4 times during the day.
He recently started spending one full day at daycare, so now he goes for 4.5 hrs on Tuesday and 8.5 hrs on Friday. He adapted to it without any hesitation or fuss. I am so blessed to know that he enjoys being there, because it allows me that time to properly focus on my work. In fact, when I tell him that’s where he’s going, he practically runs to the door and sits down to have his shoes and jacket put on.
We’ve just had Elaine, Angela, and Ewan to visit with us for a few days. Unfortunately, they were quite ill with a flu bug, but by the end of the visit they had perked up quite a bit and the kids were playing really well together. Nicholas was very taken with Ewan and kept giving him kisses … not always when we would have liked, though, like when he kept waking him up.
Which reminds me of an instance at Granville Island last weekend … we were walking around the market when Nicholas suddenly went running off toward a young child (4-5 yrs old), yelling “baseball … baseball”. He didn’t receive any response from the child, other than a look of “who are you and why are you yelling baseball at me?!?”, so he reached his arms out wide and gave him a great big hug! We were all so amazed … and quite a little crowd collected to watch the interaction – it was so pure and honest and sweet. The little boy moved along with his parents and Nicholas took off in another direction, but it was a wonderful moment firmly emblazoned in my memory. Since then, Nicholas has been giving out lots of hugs and kisses to kids he likes – thank goodness he’s moved out of the “I like you, so I’m hitting you on the head” phase.
No new teeth have erupted, but he loves having his teeth and tongue brushed.
I’m hoping to meet with an agent next week to talk about getting Nicholas into commercials/film/TV because he responds so well to the camera. It’s a great way to put aside some money for his future education. I am adamant, though, that I will NOT do it if he doesn’t enjoy it. We’ll see what he thinks about it.