Charlie had his 18-month check-up yesterday. The doctor couldn’t believe that this was the same baby we checked into the hospital one year ago. Needless to say, Charlie has outdone himself in the gaining weight department – compare 22 lbs. 11 ounces to only 10 lbs. one year ago. It was an uneventful check-up and our pediatrician was pleased with his progress.
The appointment marked a bit of progression for me too. I went in with just my baby boy and purse. I left my binders of research, questions and charts a home (truly, I’m sure we were quite a site at previous visits.) Granted, the first year marked a steep learning curve, but it was refreshing to have a “normal” visit to the doctor.
For my memory:
Charlie’s official 18-month stats:
22 lbs. 11 ounces
30 inches long
Your favorite foods: scrambled eggs for breakfast, yogurt mixed with peaches or strawberries, applesauce, bananas, grilled cheese sandwiches, graham crackers, pasta with veggies and any sort of bread product. You have whatever we eat for dinner – salmon, spaghetti, tacos, risotto, rice, chicken – really there is very little you don’t like. Tuna is on your bad list. So is cheese (unless it’s grilled.) Your drink of choice is 2 ounces of plain soy milk mixed with 2 ounces of whole milk.
Conversations: you can sign milk, dada, mama, all done, and more (please.) You love to clap, wave bye-bye, show us that you are “so big”, or “ta-da.” You shake your head “no-no” which causes us all to laugh out loud. And you love to have a shouting match with mommy – “aaah!” “AAAHHH!” Back and forth. You win every time.
Playtime: You are now starting to commando crawl. That mixed with your efficient rolling allows you to get wherever you need to go in no time. You can pull to kneeling and pull to stand, but more often than not, you prefer to sit and play with your toys. You haven’t met a magazine that you haven’t enjoyed tearing apart and you are now into reading (eating, turning pages, pointing) your board books. Your favorite games are playing catch, putting things into and taking them out of a container, and trying to play with any toys that big brother Henry may have left out.
Sleepy-time: You are an amazing sleeper. You take a three hour nap every afternoon and sleep from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. every night. You have spoiled me.
You have one tooth (though the dentist – yes, you have already been to the dentist – said that it looks like the rest are on their way, which would explain the serious drooling.) Your hair is blond, with the slightest hint of red, and is baby-fine. You are the best snuggler, love to give kisses and your smile is contagious. Everywhere we go people are drawn to you sweet baby boy. I love you.