We’ve had a great month. The weather has been lovely and we’ve been able to play outside almost everyday. We’ve had no teething or sickness issues, and Milo has been so happy and fun-loving.
19 Month Stats & Pediatrician Visit
Milo had his 18 month wellness visit this past Monday (somehow, we’ve fallen a bit behind on the schedule by about a month). He measured in at 33″ tall (59th percentile) and 23 pounds 13 ounces (39th percentile). Whenever I look at him, he seems like such a big guy! At the beginning of the month, I moved him into size 5.5 shoes and now he’s starting to wear his size 6 shoes. I’m in the process of retiring his 12 month clothes and bringing more and more 18 month pieces into rotation. It just astounds me what a big kid he is!
Milo’s verbal skills are finally taking off! Gone are the days when he only said a few different words each week, to be abandoned the next week for a new set of words. I’ve heard that the 18-19 month timeline can be a springboard for many kiddos in terms of verbal expression and that definitely seems to be the case with Milo.
His full list of words that are enunciated well-enough to understand (and that do actually sound like the correct word, rather than saying ‘mom’ for ‘cracker’ for example) is probably around 15 words, and include ‘moon’ and ‘zebra’ (which I think are neat words for him to have).
Here’s a video of him seemingly trying to sing the ABC song, and ends with him waving and saying “bye”.
Milo is definitely an athletic guy. This month, he’s mastered climbing up and down stairs, which I find extremely impressive.
He can also navigate a lot of playground equipment by himself. He can pull himself up most things and climb many of the ladders and climbing things successfully by himself. Of course, we always ‘spot’ him for safety – – just because he ‘can’ do these things by himself, we’re always hovering our hands right next to him just in case he slips or misses a step.
School has been great. I continue to be delighted with his new day care provider. Milo absolutely loves going to school and he seems to really be learning.
I also love all of the crafts they do! Last week, they learned about the Three Little Pigs and ‘built’ houses out of straw, sticks, and bricks.
They also had a St. Patrick’s Day party and encouraged everyone to wear green. (Below is Milo with Miss Kellie, one of his teachers).
They did face painting as part of their celebratory activities.
This is Milo sitting on his spot in the ‘circle’ area. When I had picked him up on this day, they were all outside playing on the playground, and when Milo and I went to his classroom to sign him out, I gave him is water cup and he went over to his moose to sit and drink.
This Friday, they’re having a ‘Teddy Bear Picnic’ and parents are invited (and I am excited!)
We’ve had some fun playdates this month. Several months ago, I joined a moms & toddlers group and it’s nice for us to meetup and socialize.
This particular group is kind of a ‘learning’ group where we meetup once a month and the mama host organizes some kind of learning-through-play activities. Milo and I both had a fantastic time at this month’s gathering.
He’s definitely playing with kids more, rather than just doing his own thing. He’s had some great playdates with his friend Una where he’s actually played with her. I just think it’s so wonderful to watch him playing with kids.
- The Zoo
Now that the weather is nice, we’ve been going to the zoo a lot. Our zoo does a lot of awesome conservation work and is a great community partner for education and service. We have a yearly pass because it’s a fantastic place to take kids.
Milo has increased his mimicking of animal sounds and when we were at the zoo last he tried making all of the different animal sounds. He was growling a lot and it was both adorable and hilarious.
I think he might love climbing on the animal structures than actually looking at any of the animals.
- Parks & Playgrounds
He and I have been exploring the Fish & Game Nature Center several times this month.
I thought this was cool, to get a picture of him with a big moose (since he’s Milo Moose at school).
They have some very interesting observation areas.
Last weekend, I took Milo to a state park to explore and, despite me telling him not to, he walked right out into the cold (and very shallow) lake. He has definitely been trying to exert his independence a lot more this month, intentionally doing the exact thing I tell him not to. I’m not sure the best way to handle this behavior, but in this situation I didn’t bother physically preventing him from going into the water (because I knew he would have a mini-tantrum about it and be even more intent on going into the water). Instead, I tried to compassionately explain that the water was cold and would make his feet cold. He completely ignored me and walked into the cold water. Sure enough, his feet got cold and he wanted me to pick him up 10 seconds later. And then I carried him back to the car, to change out his wet clothes for dry, and since I didn’t have a spare pair of shoes that was the end of that adventure.
I’m not sure how to respond when he’s like this. I want him to understand that when I tell him not to do something, there’s a reason and it’s not that I don’t want him to have fun. I’m definitely supportive of him being able to explore, though I obviously intervene if there’s a safety issue.
Here are Milo and Josh playing in the sand.
Two weekends ago, we went to the Foothills Learning Center where they were having a family education day around fire awareness and safety. There were several craft activities and interesting demonstrations. In the photo below, we saw how fire spreads across different types of spaces with different fuel configurations.
We also went on about an hour hike, with Milo hiking and exploring with us.
Here he is exploring one of the artistic structures.
We also took Milo on his first mountain bike ride! We rode a very gentle, beginner trail and it was fun.
Unfortunately, our ride was cut way short because my tire blew out and Josh had to do some major McGyvering to get my bike ridable-enough to go home.