The past two months have been so transformative, as we watch Little C grow and develop into the little boy he is becoming. Even though he is my baby, he seems less and less baby-like with each passing week. Walking, talking, tantrums, pickiness – he is a full-blown toddler these days!
First and foremost, Little C finally took his first steps, at 15 months and 1 week. Just as I expected, he didn’t just shuffle his feet and fall, but instead marched at least TWELVE steps clear across our living room. What I didn’t expect though, was that he would continue to prefer traversing the world on hands and knees. While he has clearly proven that he is capable of walking (yay!), he is still extremely cautious and spends most of his time crawling or cruising, letting go and walking only on occasion. The biggest change is that now he is very content to walk holding our hands (and even prefers to walk up and down steps instead of climbing on hands and knees).
In my last update, C had at most 5 or 6 words, and in the past two months, we have watched his vocabulary explode. Anytime we come close to the door, it’s “outside!” and all day every day, we hear a ton of “NO!” We love to point out the “cars,” “trucks” and “trains” on our street (yep- we see all three!). Every day he is picking up new words, from the names of his body parts (eyes, ears, nose, belly, toes, tongue!) and the foods that cross his highchair tray (cracker, pickle, cheese, fruit, or his inevitable chant – bagel, bagel bagel – clearly a favorite food).
Food has become a trying challenge at our house, as C becomes pickier and more erratic about what he chooses to eat. One day, he will guzzle down two eggs, and then later that week, they will sit untouched on his tray. Some days, it seems that he would like to be a vegetarian, and on others, he will wolf down half a chicken breast in five minutes. Vegetables aren’t popular ever anymore, unless they are tucked into lasagna or a quesadilla.
Little C took a few visits to the pediatrician over the course of months 15 and 16. At his 15 month well visit, we found out that he was 23.5 lbs and 31.5 inches tall – both hovering in the 50-60th percentile. We headed back the the pediatrician a few weeks later when C suffered from several viruses that he couldn’t shake (including his first bout of stomach flu). He actually lost a bit of weight from all of the throwing up but then reverted to full growth spurt mode, eating all day long in the last few weeks.
The other huge change over the past couple months has been Little C’s transition to one nap. We started at the beginning of C’s 15th month, and it has been a slow going process that is almost coming to a close. I’ve always described my son as a “high-sleep-need” kid and with the nap fighting combined with a consistent 11 hour max overnight stretch, he was struggling to make it through the day without regular mega meltdowns. Our greatest challenge has been stretching C’s mornings since he would happily go down for his nap at 9 a.m. or earlier. Now he takes one nap that usually starts around 11 a.m. and varies in length anywhere from 80 minutes to 2 hours. I think he could probably use closer to 3 hours, but he hasn’t quite figured out how to connect his sleep cycles to that length.
Finally, I alluded casually to mini-tantrums in my last update, but in the past two months, they have emerged full force. My little guy has strong opinions and will make his opinion known with screams and whines. If we are trying to go somewhere when he doesn’t want to (like coming inside instead of playing in the yard), he will go dead-weight on me, with an arched back and arms overhead. It usually comes with a chant of “no, no, no!”.
Ah, the joys of toddlerhood.