Big things are happening with my first baby! Luke is almost 20 months old, but you wouldn’t guess that just by looking at him. He’s been mastering skills left and right, and continues to hit milestones weeks (and sometimes even months) before he should be. While at his brothers checkup, one of the doctors came in to comment on how advanced Luke was and ask what we are doing with him at home because of what he was doing out at the nurses station. Luke loves to hang out with the nurses at the pediatricians office, and was sitting on one of the nurses laps helping her enter in his brothers vital signs. She would tell him a number to push in, and Luke would find it and push the number.
Luke is becoming more and more vocal every single day. He is starting to put together 3-5 word phrases, his favorite being, “where is she?” Which he says for anything that he can’t find. He also says uh-oh, yuck, ewwwww, go go go, are you ready, yucky diaper, night night, and a bunch of other stuff. He loves to make animal noises and imitate whatever sounds he hears around the house. I am going to have to start watching my language though, because the other day he dropped a toy behind the baby gate and said “oh shit.” It’s absolutely adorable coming from a 1 year old…..but not so funny at the same time.
Luke’s almost done teething I think. His top cuspids are taking their sweet time coming in, and his bottom cuspids look like they are starting to work their way into his mouth. It doesn’t seem to bother him much during the day, but at night he wakes up crying and saying “ouchy” while pointing to his mouth.
We are down to 1 nap a day if I’m lucky. Lately, Luke hasn’t been napping at all during the day…..but he stared sleeping through the night about 3 months ago. He does already suffer with night terrors. I’m not sure where they come from as he doesn’t really watch anything violent or scary, but he’ll wake once or twice sometimes at night completely inconsolable and scream like his legs just got chopped off if you touch him or talk to him. It’s so sad to watch him scared like that. I think he has my sleep habits when it comes to dreaming and very realistic nightmares. Poor dude. He is still working on transitioning out of our bed, and into his crib. He longs for human contact at night, but at the same time wants to be on his own. Right now, he sleeps most of the way in his crib, with his feet pressed up on my back. Hopefully we can put the mattress down all the way and have him sleep in his own bed by himself here soon.
I’m not sure where this mentality came from, but every time Luke goes to the bathroom in his diaper he immediately tries to take it off and says “yucky,” and “eeewwww!” We were thinking of trying to potty train him, but weren’t sure how to go about it as he isn’t vocal enough to be able to tell us when he has to go to the bathroom (and I’m not sure 20 ish months is the right time to even start). Yesterday after getting out of the shower, Luke started to pee on the floor. I picked him up and put him on the big boy potty with a potty insert. He finished peeing in the potty, and was so proud of himself. I’m not sure who was more shocked…..him or me. I definitely didn’t intend to start potty training yet, but Luke loved it. I clapped and cheered for him and we sang, “pee pee in the potty, pee pee in the potty!” I kept his diaper off while we were home and any time he needed to potty, he would grab his penis and point towards the bathroom. Around the 3rd time he went pee, he began grabbing his penis and pointing it down towards the water and then shaking it when he was done (someone has been watching daddy). All in all, he went pee 6 times on the big potty…..and shocked me when he pooped in the toilet. From about 3pm to when he went to bed at 9 pm, he didn’t have 1 wet diaper, didn’t pee or poop on my floor once and didn’t pee his undies.
Luke has started to refine his food preferences. He’s becoming quite the picky little fellow. He loves to snack throughout the day rather than eat a few meals with a morning and afternoon snack. His all time favorites are apple cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast, fruits and veggies throughout the day and either pasta or Beef stew for dinner. He has been eating proficiently with silverware for several months now, and refuses to use the baby silverware. He’s also figured out how to open sippy cups so we have resorted to giving him a trainer cup that releases liquid when he pushes down on the top with his nose.
We did trial him on Alimentum, but he refuses to drink it. He has successfully had a few bites of dairy containing foods with no reaction, but did poop blood when I gave him a grilled cheese sandwich. I’m giving him a few days and then seeing if he can tolerate soy milk yet. I know soy milk isn’t the perfect solution but it’s a cheaper alternative to Elecare! We aren’t retrying any of his other allergy foods yet though after he had a reaction to egg in mayo.