Noam's 18 Month Update

I decided back when Noam turned 15 months that I'd continue doing these updates every 3 months rather than monthly from now on. I still haven't decided if I like the idea or not. Part of me was having trouble keeping up, but since I've been terrible in documenting a lot of his milestones elsewhere, I feel like I need to continue doing it here. 

Anyway, I'll see where next month takes me. But for now, Noam turned 18 months old on January 20th. One and a half! Holy shit (is the first thing that comes to my mind)!

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Basic Stats

We went to the pediatrician for Noam's 18-month well visit and learned that he weighs 25lbs. 8 oz. (50th percentile), is 34" tall (50-75th percentile) and has a head circumference of 47cm. (25th percentile). He's wearing mostly 18-24m clothing (I'm finding that clothing is fitting for longer periods of time now, which is definitely nice and means he won't be outgrowing clothing before he has a chance to wear it) and some smaller 2T clothing. He's got his front 8 teeth and his first 4 molars are almost completely in. His hair, which is beautiful and 'growing in nicely,' continues to strangely be a topic of conversation among family, friends and strangers alike. 

Eating

Ah, the struggle of feeding a toddler is real. (I'll take book, blog and relaxation recommendations, please!) Noam definitely has his favorite foods, which may or may not change based on the placement of the moon and stars and weeds growing in the cracks in the sidewalks outside. His current faves are strawberries, yogurt, cheese slices (but not currently sticks - those are so last month), turkey slices, 'cookies' (which are basically anything crispy - mom win!), bananas, smoothies (with strategically blended in spinach and kale), black beans, plain hummus (but don't you dare offer another variety please and thank you), and French croissants (don't give him the knock-offs), grapes and fruit snacks (what?! They're organic).

I've read a lot about feeding toddlers and have come to terms with the notion that it all boils down to power and control. Toddlers control very little in their lives (babies even less) - we tell them what to do when and how all.day.long. It's no fun, especially for super curious, energetic, rapidly-growing minds that want to DO ALL THE THINGS. So putting food into their mouths, chewing and swallowing? That's all them. And it's important that it is all them to encourage and foster a positive association with eating. 

So I'll take the 2 slices of cheese and berry smoothie for lunch if it means that Noam is content, stays curious and has a healthy view of food. But please excuse me as I google how in the world to get broccoli into toddlers.

Sleeping

Noam's sleep habits haven't really changed overall, though they can change from week to week based on what he's going through (whether it's a growth spurt or developmental leap or some kind of illness). We're continuing to bed share, and Noam typically takes a 2-3 hour nap every afternoon and wakes a few times a night to nurse. 

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Activity & Development

I think the biggest visible developmental leap is Noam's vocabulary. It is remarkable how quickly and how much it has grown. I think right around 16 months it exploded, and every day now it seems he picks up more and more words. Throughout the day, he will repeat everything I say and then 'practice' his new words by saying them to himself or to me. He's even starting to form 2 and 3 word sentences, and it's really beautiful to witness and also extremely helpful for him to now be able to communicate more clearly with me. If I had to guess, I'd say he has around 50 words already - his mind is incredible!

His favorite activities are reading books - he cannot get enough of them and, if you come to our house, his first piece of business will be to make sure you know and see the books he has - and playing music. He loves to play his piano and will point to his little piano and say 'No-uh' and point to our big piano and say 'mommy' or 'daddy.' (Oh, he just started saying his name 'No-uh' recently and it's really freaking cute.) 

He's really into stacking and ordering objects, cooking in his kitchen, walking everywhere on his own, naming literally everything he sees, playing with cars and trucks and trains, pushing his baby doll around in a stroller and dancing/moving as we sing songs. (I hope to share a post soon on his current favorite toys - this is such a fun age developmentally!)

Personality

Noam continues to be just the sweetest, happiest baby I know. He's extremely curious, empathetic and kind. He goes to a drop-off class nearby, which provides a 'report' for every class. Recently, his report read that he walked over to another boy who was upset and pat his arm to let him know that it was okay. This kind of behavior melts my heart and makes me hope he stays this kind always. 

He's adventurous and curious and is always working to figure something new out - whether it's building a step to climb onto something or sorting bowls from smallest to largest in the kitchen while I'm cooking. 

Finally, Noam's exercising his independence more and more. He loves to help get dressed, put on his coat, shoes and hat when we go outside, walk on his own, and get his snacks and water. I'm a big believer in letting the child lead, so this is really beautiful to witness.