You are fifteen months old! I can’t believe how fast you are growing up, and how big you are getting. At your last weigh-in with the pediatrician, you were 25 pounds… and from our rough measurements at home, you’re about 32 inches tall. All your clothes are 18-month size, and as usual you’re filling them out lengthwise way before you need all that room from side to side.
This has been a month of tests – at the audiologist, we finally determined that your hearing is perfect. 😉 Our visit to the speech language pathologist was very reassuring. We’d been concerned about your language development, but we found out that you are just mildly delayed (about 1 month in expressive language and about 2 months in receptive language) but making progress. You are babbling a lot these days, and you are starting to use signs and gestures to communicate too.
You’ve started to “really” play with a lot of your toys lately. Instead of pounding or tasting everything, you now read your books, pull your caterpillar and chatter telephone, stack your rings, and throw your softball.
It is so cool to see you blossoming into a bone fide toddler!
Physically, you are all over the place and getting so hard to keep up with! You climb onto the rocking chair and couches, open and close drawers and doors, and are experimenting with running down the hall and around the room.
Meals are so much fun these days. You are feeding yourself completely, and you still try just about everything we offer you. But, you have started to exert your indepence – lately all the carrots get thrown overboard, and after optimistically biting into every. single. pea…. they all landed on the floor, too. You drink whole cow’s milk from your big, insulated sippy cups (that Daddy thinks look like coffee mugs) and you prefer your water with ice.
And you’re still breastfeeding – after several weeks around your birthday of two-a-days, I thought you might be starting to wean. But now you’re asking to nurse several times a day, plus you always wake up once overnight to nurse. It’s so neat to see how even that has changed over the last year…. what used to be so central to nutrition is now working in compliment with other foods, but it still serves as a great “home base” for you to reconnect when you’re overtired, anxious, or overstimulated; and it also makes you feel better when the little boo-boos and accidents of day-to-day life hurt your feelings. I love that you are learning daily that when you are hurt, sad, scared, or overwhelmed, you can turn to me for help. I hope that is a truth that stays with you throughout your life.
You are a sweet, sensitive, tender, caring little boy. Our playgroup is full of kids of all ages and temperaments, and you play so nicely with all of them. Even the tiny babies – you pat their hair and give them hugs, but their moms never have to worry that you will hit or hurt. You are gentle with our cats – Lux loves you, and lets you roll all over him… and Linus is starting to come around, since you can go pet him a little now before he runs away.
We love you so much! The coming month will be busy, with travel and a move to a new house, but I know you will handle it so well. And no matter what, we are together. Thank you for making us a family, and for blessing us with the joy and light of your days.