Happy 18 months to our fun, energetic, and loving little boy! Over the past few months, Caleb went from walking to running, he understands most things we say, speaks quite a few words, and he can let us know what he does and does not want. Some words he says a lot are dada, cat, brother, bubbles, nite nite, book, bye bye, and milk.
Caleb loves to be outside for walks, playing on the playground, and exploring. He likes being read to, playing with trucks, trains, elmo toys, and almost anything he can use his fingers to manipulate. He likes listening to music, clapping his hands, and dancing, and his favorite song right now is the ABCs. Caleb knows many animal sounds, and he can pick out a lot of things by looking at pictures. This train is his favorite toy right now, and it can keep his attention for almost a half hour, which is rare for him!
Caleb loves his brother, and gives him kisses a lot during the day. The smacks are getting less and the kisses more. Ben is starting to smile at Caleb when Caleb sits with him on the floor. When Ben cries, Caleb gets real quiet and rubs Ben's belly. I think it is his way of saying 'it's ok baby:)'
At times, we find Caleb lounging in Ben's swing...not while he is in there, of course.
Caleb is a great sleeper, and he frequently asks for nite nite before naps and bed time (thank you for inheriting your dad's sleeping genes)! He goes to sleep around 7pm, wakes around 7am, and usually takes a 2 hour nap. Caleb has his 18 month checkup next week, but we think he is about 20lbs. Caleb is wearing 18 month shirts and PJs, and starting to fit into 12 month pants....update 1/21/13 - at his 18 month checkup, Caleb weighed 20.5lbs (7%), was 30.4 inches tall (2%), and his head was 47.6cm (56%).
Caleb is getting a mouth full of teeth. Over the last month he has cut his upper and lower first molars, and is now getting his upper and lower canines. Say Ahhhh:)
Caleb likes to hold utensils and use them sometimes. He has a good appetite most of the time, and is not too picky of an eater. Some of his favorite foods are: yogurt, cereal, turkey, cheese, avocado, green beans, bananas, cantaloupe, and grapes.
Caleb loves his daddy. He loves wrestling with him every evening before the bath, playing outside with him, bath time, and getting lots of hugs. Don't grow up too fast, big guy...you will be filling those shoes (literally) before we know it!