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Friday, November 22, 2013

16 months

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Weight: 25 lbs. 13 oz.
Wears: 18 month sizes and some 24 month shirts
Shoe size: 6
{New} Words: ball (ba), that (da - accompanied by pointing)
{New} ASL signs: light
Teeth: 13

Here's another Reuben update, almost a month late again. Oh well. For reference this was from September 25 to October 25.

So here's what he learned between the months of 15 and 16 (now that he turns 17 months old early next week):

Throws a ball. And the occasional handful of sand, rocks, toys. But mostly balls. I think he figured out that that is what you're supposed to do with them.

Started running. He's not very fast yet and sometimes his legs go faster than he wants them too and he looks like he's going to trip and fall down but he corrects himself and continues on his merry way. He's actually very sure of himself, in not just walking and running, but in climbing up and down things as well. Having said all that he's somehow already gotten his fair share of bumps and bruises. It must be a boy thing.

Shakes his head yes. So now he can shake yes or no when you ask him a question. And he never gets them mixed up.

He's obsessed with the Gummy Bear Song videos on YouTube. You know the little green bear that shakes his booty to "Oh, I'm a Gummy Bear. Yes, I'm a Gummy Bear! Oh, I'm a Yummy, Chummy, Funny, Lucky Gummy Bear." (you're welcome by the way) He points to the computer screen and says "uh, uh, uh!" meaning he wants me to play them. Over and over and over...

Stranger anxiety. That's back. He only wants his mama. :)

Hates having his diaper changed. He gets downright mean about it. We're working on that.

When you ask him "what does a doggy say?" he say "ar ar ar ar" with a big smile on his face. Its the cutest thing!

Stacks several blocks before he crashes them and laughs hysterically about it.

Points to something he wants and says "that!"

Drags kitchen chairs to the counter so he can watch me cook or wash dishes.

Went down to one nap a day. This happened about the middle of October. He sleeps from about 10:30 to (it varies) 12:30 or even 1:30. I'm slowly working on getting him to stay up longer so he can take his nap after lunch at noon when Lily takes hers.

Around the middle of the month he started waking up about midnight and taking almost an hour to go back to sleep. He'd wake up crying his little heart out and no amount of cuddling, singing and rocking was working. Since he'd only been waking up to nurse once in the middle of the night about 4am, I didn't want to start up again at these midnight wakings, even though I knew it could be an easy way to get him to go back to sleep. So I got him out of bed and brought him out into the living room with me. We'd cuddle, watch a little TV and eventually he was ready to go back to bed. Luckily this only happened a few times.

Then one day, just a few days shy of turning 16 months old, he magically started sleeping straight through the night! Its wonderful! I'd like to say I get a good night's rest but I still wake up listening for the sounds of my children. It'll probably always be this way. I envy Andrew his ability to sleep through anything.

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