So I’m a little behind on posting Charlie’s 18-month update, but we only just had her well-check appointment last Monday, Feb. 23 (because of her vaccination schedule). So I’ll get to the “stats” later on in the post, but thought I would give a little update on her personality and our life with a toddler!
She seems to have really taken off lately with her vocabulary. She’s trying new words every week, sometimes every day. Sometimes they come out very clear and other times it’s not so clear, but it’s mostly there, and of course, as her mother, I understand most of the half-words.
So what does she say? New words include: Snack, milk, book, hat, go, Tank (although it comes out more like Tek), boot, shoes, and cookie (she says this exactly like Cookie Monster does, which is hilarious). She also tries to say her cousin’s name, Ariella, and it comes out ella-ella, which is adorable as well.
Other words that she has been saying for a while include: Please, thank you, more, mommy, mama, daddy, ball, baby, bubbles, eat, puppy, no, yes, and then animal sounds like meow, woof, etc.
In between actual words, she gabs up an incomprehensible storm.
Her comprehension is very good (in my opinion). We can ask her to do something and she knows exactly what we’re saying and usually does it. She knows most of the farm animal sounds and if you ask her to find a specific animal, she is almost always correct.
She is crazy. She doesn’t stop moving. She really has no fear and loves to climb on anything she is able to, including the coffee table. She loves to run. Let her go in a wide open space and she’s the happiest kid you’ll ever see.
She is definitely a mix of Jed and myself. She is cautious with new people at first, but warms up quickly (a mom trait). She is a funny girl – loves to laugh (a dad trait), along with her daring nature. Her favorite activity is still reading books (Thank goodness!). We introduced the iPad this past month when she was sick every other week, and while it’s something we limit, it’s amazing at how quickly they pick things up. We downloaded the PBS Kids app that has all their shows, and she can work that app over like no one’s business. She mostly just likes to play the show intros to listen to the theme songs (over, and over, and over again).
She loves observing people. She will watch others closely and mimic their actions. It’s easy to take her out because she’s excited to get out and just watch whats going on.
She has started to show that toddler rebellion, testing her/our limits. She will do things we specifically tell her not to, such as throwing food down for the dogs. Her tantrums are quite funny as she’ll get on the floor on her back and just whine, but she’ll watch us to see if we react, which we don’t. We just let her do her thing and she gets up pretty quickly and finds something else to do. Distraction seems to be the best solution to those situations.
We did find out this winter that she is not a fan of snow – at all! She won’t even stand on the sidewalk if there’s snow on it. She freaks out. So hopefully she gets over this fear, otherwise she’s going to have some miserable winters.
We were supposed to go to the allergist last week to get her re-tested for her milk allergy to see if it’s improved at all, but her and I were sick so I had to cancel it. We have it rescheduled and will see if she’s starting to grow out of it or not (I really hope so). So still no dairy, eggs or peanuts. The eggs and peanuts are just because we have a family history, but when we go in, I’m going to ask them to test for those as it would be really nice to make scrambled eggs for her, since we’re already pretty limited with food. We’ll also be talking about diagnosing her with asthma as this past week marked the fifth incident of her wheezing/having difficulty breathing due to getting a cold.
She loves to eat and is a good eater. Vegetables, fruits, meat – she eats it all. Spaghetti is probably her favorite, now along with cookies (which are really Annie’s Bunny Grahams). She drinks enriched rice milk and water. We’ve never really given her juice, but have tried a couple of times and she’s not into it, which is fine.
Well, that’s the long and short of it. There’s so much more that she does every day that amazes me, but I would have to write a novel to cover that. All in all, she’s a happy-go-lucky toddler that enjoys the company of others and interacting with people.
Here are her “stats”. I have a feeling it’s not going to take long for her to surpass me in height.
Charlotte Mae – 18-Month (and 19 days) Update
2 Weeks = 9 lbs., 2 oz. – 75th percentile
2 Months = 13 lbs., 11 oz. – 97th percentile
4 Months = 15 lbs., 15 oz. – 90th percentile
6 months = 17 lbs., 10 oz. – 78th percentile
9 months = 19 lbs., 3 oz. – 55th percentile
12 months = 21 lbs., 12 oz. – 60th percentile
15 months = 22 lbs., 8 oz. – 43rd percentile
18 months = 23 lbs., 9 oz. – 36% percentile
2 Weeks = 21.3″ – 81st percentile
2 Months = 24.5″ – 97th percentile
4 Months = 26.5″ – 97th percentile
6 months = 27″ – 86th percentile
9 months = 29.8″ – 97th percentile
12 months = 30″ – 77th percentile
15 months = 31.6″ – 79th percentile
18 months = 33.3″ – 85th percentile
2 Weeks = 36.5 cm – 61st percentile
2 Months = 40.5 cm – 86th percentile
4 Months = 41 cm – 48th percentile
6 months = 43.4 cm – 74th percentile
9 months = 44 cm – 49th percentile
12 months = 44 cm – 20th percentile
15 months = 46.6 cm – 68th percentile
18 months = 47 cm – 60th percentile
In other news, Jed got back from his six weeks of training on Feb. 27. And guess what! He gets to leave again on March 15 to warmer weather again! He has to go for an additional two weeks of training to New Mexico. So, I guess life as a single parent isn’t quite over yet. I really hope this is the end of training and travel for a long time. It’s not necessarily harder, but there are differences now that Charlie is older and understands that Daddy isn’t around.
Now on to the best part of the post – pictures!