Eighteen months. 18 months. 1 year, 6 months. A year and a half. However you phrase it, time is flying. How can my baby already be 18 months old? Staley currently weighs 23 lbs, 6 oz (58th percentile) and is 30.75" (15th percentile). She is wearing her 12-18 and 18-24 month clothes. She takes an afternoon nap and sleeps for 11 hours at night (8-7). Staley shows her 14 teeth when she smiles. (Still waiting on those right side canines.) She is talkative and happy, sweet and active...and oh so much fun!!
Likes: It's hard to list favorites, because Staley is so happy and easy to please. She loves swimming and bathing. Swinging and sliding are so much fun, and she has no fear when it comes to either one. Hide and seek is the best! Pretend play is a new favorite past-time, and we have many tea parties and picnics. Staley enjoys outings (whether we're going to the zoo, the library, the Farm Park, or the nursing home), and makes friends wherever we go. She loves to be my helper, putting away groceries, cleaning the house, doing laundry, or mowing the lawn. Favorite toys include her princess dolls, her slide, her mardi gras beads, balls, anything Little People (especially animals), her Leap Frog laptop, and her stuffed animals. Yellow Bear appears to be her most favorite stuffed animal at the moment. Staley still loves to read, but her favorite books are too numerous to list (and change frequently). She's a great eater (although still not too adventurous with veggies). Favorite foods include fish, waffles, pancakes, bratwurst, pizza, french fries, fruit (any and all fruit), yogurt, and grilled cheese.
Dislikes: There are very few things that Staley doesn't like. She generally dislikes having her diaper changed and clothes changed. She will accept help when she asks for it, but otherwise she would rather do things independently (like eating, washing her hands, drinking from an open cup, picking out her clothes.) She would rather walk than be carried or in her stroller.
Skills: Staley is at such a fun, fun age. She walks really well and is starting to run (which is still just a fast walk.) She can crawl up stairs and likes to walk up the stairs holding my hands. She will turn around to crawl down the stairs independently. Staley has figured out how to climb the 2 stairs for her little slide and slide down independently (and is so proud of herself!) She tries to jump, but her feet don't leave the ground. Staley feeds herself independently with a spoon and a fork, although her fingers are still her best utensil. She will wash her hands in our little kitchen sink, use a washcloth to help wash herself at bathtime, and likes to pick out her own outfits. "All by yourself" is a current favorite phrase of hers. ('You' and 'me' are still tricky for her.) She will sometimes tell us when she has a dirty diaper ("Poo poo pants. Need fresh clean diaper.") and occasionally asks to sit on the potty (although never actually goes.) Staley loves to color and paint. She is starting to try simple puzzles, although still doesn't always get the pieces turned correctly to fit. She likes to watch us and figure out how things work, like taking tops off bottles or working Zach's touch screen phone. (She's better at that than I am.) Staley talks in 4-5 word sentences with a large and ever-expanding vocabulary. She uses plurals appropriately. She still mixes up her pronouns, but is getting better with them. She knows her colors, can count to 13, knows about 18 of her upper case letters, and knows her opposites (hot and cold, light and dark, near and far,...). Staley has an amazing memory. Sometimes I forget that Staley can't read, because she can open almost any of her books and say a word or phrase on the page she just opened to. After just a few readings of a library book, Staley will begin finishing the sentences. She has recently started singing more, and can often be heard singing snippets of her favorite songs.
Eighteen months. 18 months. 1 year, 6 months. A year and a half. That's how old my baby is. That's how long I've been enjoying her. It's been the best 18 months of my life!!