For some reason, 19 months is hitting me hard. My 'tiny' little tot is officially closer to two than one, and boy is he acting like it! This is probably my favorite age so far: H is incredibly interactive and is finally starting to enjoy some independent play. If he had his way, he'd be outside all day, climbing on anything and everything he can reach, and would throw balls and read books simultaneously. I have always loved reading, so it warms my heart to watch H as he grabs a book and runs over to me asking "Read? Read? Read! Peas?!"
Food wise, I'm starting to notice he's more willing to eat real food, especially when we're out and about. At the family reunion this last month, he mowed down a ton of cheesy puffs (I don't blame him), and several plates full of food! I have never seen him eat so much in my entire life, so I'm hopeful that this means he'll continue when we're at home! I have totally night-weaned him, and we're working on only nursing before naps and night time, so hopefully the better I am about being diligent with redirecting and offering food first, the better the eating will get. Just keep your corn away from the kiddo - he will steal it and chomp the ear to bits and beg you for more! Everything crunchy is still 'cracker' to him, but its so dang cute to watch him sign for it as he wrinkles food bags and gestures 'more' and 'please' along with "mo ca-kas peas!". He is so over being in a high chair, so we've moved over to a booster seat - he's officially a toddler with his forks and spoons and plates and bowls, looking all grown up at mealtimes.
The hair is officially out of control, and so it shall stay. Yes, he gets called a 'she' all the time, but who cares - he's just a kid and I seriously doubt being mistaken for a cute little girl at this age will have any serious repercussions for his ego later in life. The curls have taken on a life of their own and he officially has Shirley Temple ringlets!
We moved him out of the crib and into a queen bed! We noticed on trips he was sleeping forever with us on a regular mattress, so we decided to give the crib the ole 'heave ho' and try out a toddler bedroom setup instead. It's been almost 3 weeks of sleeping on the mattress on the floor and he's doing amazingly! He does wake up sometimes at night, but all he does is babble a little to one of his stuffed animals, snuggles with it and falls back asleep - its awesome! The best part about this all is that instead of waking up at 7:30, now its usually closer to 9 or 9:30, so high fives all around.
We finally made it to the hubby's family reunion and I am so glad we went! We were able to introduce H to an entire side of the family he hadn't gotten the chance to meet yet, and he had the best time ever running around with all of his cousins. We kept him up way past his bedtime and he ended up showing off the cutest dance moves! He had us all rolling with laughter over his booty shakin' and head bobbing, and I can tell he's going to be a total master of the dance floor when he gets older.
Last year, I had a photographer take pictures of H and I to commemorate 6 months of breastfeeding and this year she reached out to me to offer her services again. I have gotten a few sneak peaks and am so in love! I never would have imagined that we'd still be going strong at 18+ months, so having these pictures of the two of us is so special to me. I have spent countless hours snuggling, cuddling and nourishing a newborn -> baby -> toddler, that I will forever treasure the special moments captured between us.
Overall this past month was probably one of our busiest to date, but also one of the most fun! We went on road trips and hung out with friends and family who we hadn't been able to see in forever, and I'm constantly amazed at how well H adapts to any situation we throw him into.
Happy 19 months of wonder, delight, and sass, my sweet Hulk bebé!