A lot has happened since Zi turned 1. He is morphing into a toddler and one of my favorite people to be around. Here’s a little update on our 16-month-old!
He is beginning to comprehend so much which causes both frustration (lots of whining when he’s trying to communicate, but can’t use words) and excitement when he can understand instructions we give him. We are adding to the list of commands we can give like “Go get your water,” “throw the ball,” “lay down,” “Give mama a hug,” “Give Dada a kiss,” “Bring me your shoes,” “Pick out a book.” “Put it back,” “Come here,” and “Close it.” He also identifies body parts & objects that he doesn’t say yet (banana, drink, raisins, cheese, egg, toothbrush, toes, belly, hair, ears, nose, mouth)
Dat (that, accompanied by pointing)
Bbbbb (engine noise for car)
Buh buh (bye-bye)
Nah nah nah (no no no)
Ni Ni (night night)
Go go go
Hi – recent
Beh beh (Baby) – recent
Meh-men (amen) – very recent
Signs: nurse (our own sign)
One of his staples between 13-15 months was cheesy pointing. We would laugh & do it back and he’d ham it up more. Then came the duck face, soon joined by his huge open-mouth-excited face. And now, the most recent, his surprised-oh face. Can’t forget his dirty looks – eyebrow furrowed- when he’s been told “no” but it doesn’t warrant his full-out tantrum response.
Coordination & Skills
Zion has become a skilled walker in the past 4 months, and now runs with ease. He can climb many objects: on and off his rocking horse, onto the rocking chair in our living room and the dining room benches by the windows. He gets on and off our bed (it’s low) and his bed (even lower) by himself and can go up and down stairs – with someone right there reminding him to scoot backwards when going down. He builds block towers 3 blocks high, and knocks them down. Putting objects in and out of tins or boxes is a frequent activity and he puts shaped blocks through a shape sorter with some guidance, clapping to celebrate as it goes through!
Zion is obsessed with books. When he wants to read one, he carries it over and claims his spot on my lap, prompting me to read aloud. Often he’ll want to read the same book 2-3 times in a row. We now go to the library about every other week to pick out a new assortment of board books & play. Once recently, he tried to sit on another (stranger) mother’s lap at the library. He’s not shy, folks.
Accompanied by a fever, terrible sleeping, and barely eating solids, the top & bottom left molars came through the week after Christmas (at 14 months old). And just the other week the right side began its way through, along with another fever (at 16 months old)! It’s a rough process. 😬 Strangely enough, we are still waiting for the teeth to the left & right of his center bottom pair to show up!
Food & Drink
Every day is different. He really enjoys cheese of all kinds (and recognizes the blue container that we shred cheese into). Bananas are a favorite. When I give him hard boiled egg, he favors the white, and not the yolk. We offer an assortment of veggies & fruits that he’ll try depending on the day! He enjoys beans & meats most of the time and is a huge fan of hummus & deli meat. Breads, crackers & chips are a “treat” he would eat all of the time if he could. So I spread avocado, hummus or nut butter on the former to get some extra nutrients in! Zi loves his Contigo water bottle – it drinks like a straw. He’s very proud of how he opens and closes the spout with the button. Utensils & bowls are all the rage right now – if I hand him a spoon or fork, the food on his tray is much more likely to be eaten (that is if he manages to get some on the utensil) Sometimes I preload the spoon for him, but he’s getting where he prefers doing it himself. Hello toddler! Yogurt & smoothie bowls are typically a food he can successfully eat independently with his spoon – making a sizable mess as he licks the bowl clean 😋 (still nurses around 3 times a day, and throughout the night)
New Foods: all kinds of muffins (Zucchini, oatmeal banana, sweet potato & strawberry yogurt), salsa (by the spoon or chip), crackers, pickles, olives, hummus, a taste of ice cream, a few bites of thanksgiving pumpkin pie, crab, spaghetti squash and Italian sausage
16 Things our 16-Month-Old Does
- Throw tantrums.
- Plays the piano, and insists on sitting on the piano bench while doing so.
- Struggles with jealousy when mama holds another baby.
- Pulls the pots & pans drawer open & carries around the sauce pan & lid.
- Helps cook & clean – stirring food, doing dishes, tossing toppings on pizza, wiping with the dish towel, or mopping.
- Parks himself in front of the mirror and makes faces and chatters at himself.
- Pats my back when I pick him up to comfort him.
- Plays with my hair when falling asleep and brushes mine & his own with the hairbrush.
- Points for his toothbrush each time we’re in the bathroom.
- Runs circles between the dining room & living room with a chiefs flag on his shoulders like a cape, while we say “go, go, go.”
- Pushes his ride-on toy towards our poor Charles and cackles when he runs for cover.
- Holds my hand
- Dances to every tune or beat that begins
- Takes shoes & socks off in the car, but brings his shoes to me to wear when we’re at home.
- Loves carrying around little cards (valentines last month) and “credit cards” (unused rewards cards).
- Gives group hugs, sandwiching himself in the middle and pulling it back together each time one of us pulls away.
We are working on transitioning to his own room & bed now that we are moved into our house. So far, he sleeps in his bed during the evening hours and comes in with us once we go to sleep, too. The routine goes pjs & books with dad around 7p & then nursing – typically asleep by 8p. Once he’s asleep, I leave the room and most evenings he will wake up and need resettled at least once. But, hey, it’s progress to have him starting the night in his bed! He wakes up for the day around 7:30a and naps 2x a day – a late morning and a late afternoon, each lasting about an hour. When he falls asleep he loves laying on my chest, face snuggled into my neck or just close & touching. He’s high on the physical affection chart.
GROWTH & HEALTH
-Wears 12-18 month clothing, Size 5 Shoes
-Size 4 disposables
-Checkout out well at his follow-up with Neurosurgery at the U of Iowa Hospital back in December, when he got a routine MRI series & X-rays of his Shunt.
-Numerous colds through the winter months and 2 separate stomach bugs. Ready for sun and more Vitamin D on the daily!