So, oops, this post is over a month late. The reason is because I wanted to have all of Ryan’s fun 18-month stats from his 18-month appointment, which was over a month late. I didn’t talk about it while it was happening because I’m really superstitious, but for 3 months we didn’t have health insurance. Long story short, we would never have met the super high deductible from the policy we had with Alex’s old job in order to make it worth the price of COBRA, so we paid the necessary things out of pocket and hoped no one got really sick before the policy at his new job kicked in. Thankfully we were all relatively healthy, but we did put off a few things that would have been pricey out of pocket until the insurance kicked in, including Ryan’s 18-month appointment. (Well appointments are 100% covered by insurance by law.)
Height: 33 1/4 inches (67th percentile)
Weight: 24 pounds, 8 ounces (45th percentile) – for reference, he was born 6 pounds, 4 ounces
Head: 19 inches (70th percentile)
Teeth: 16!! It’s pretty baffling to me that you have almost a full set of teeth!
Nursing: We stopped nursing at about 17 months since I didn’t want to risk jealousy or tandem nursing once the baby gets here. I definitely miss it, though!
Sleep: You are still a bad sleeper. We had about 2 weeks once you got used to not nursing where 4 or 5 times a week you’d sleep through the night and wake up at 7/7:30 AND take a 2-3 hour nap. Yeah. As I write this, you’re up about 2 times a night, nap one hour, and wake up at 5. I hope this is just a phase.
Development: After the doctor kind of freaking me out about your speech last time, Iwas anxious to hear your normal doctor’s opinion at this appointment. Thankfully, he’s not concerned about you at all. While you’re not at the “suggested” number of words (about 15) you can say a few with recognition. Your doctor reminded me that your ability to understand and respond is more important than anything – and you sure can do that. If I tell you to go in the other room and get your snack cup, you’ll leave and come running back with it, looking for raisins. And if it’s next to your smoothie cup, you’ll grab which ever I asked you for. (the boring things a mom finds fascinating and exciting is pretty hilarious.)
Words: Dada, mama, cat, dog, ball, belly, no, truck (which sounds like, “tee!”), down and probably a few more that I can’t think of.
Favorite Foods: Raisins (like, big time) rice, smoothies, clementines, apples, CHIPOTLE, guac, corn, sweet potatoes, bread, cheese, sauces, pasta.. You can definitely be picky when you want to be, but you’ll pretty much try anything at least once. Also, anything off mommy’s plate. Even if we’re eating the same. damn. thing.
Favorite Things: Trucks, and anything with wheels. Driving daddy’s truck, torturing Molly and Cooper, drinking smoothies with daddy. Running around, tickles, talking to yourself, climbing in your toy box, rolling around in blankets, hide and seek. Climbing on the kitchen table, climbing on everything, eating cat food, ‘drawing’ on mommy’s notebooks with pens, being out and about. Looking at windows, eating on the go.
Not so Favorites: Being told no, not being allowed to go places, when you’re cut off from raisins, when the smoothies run out. Socks, sleep, waking up, Cooper barking. Sleeping, being told what to do. Thankfully, you seem to enjoy more than you don’t, so you’re usually pretty happy most of the time.
The Good: You are ALWAYS laughing at things. To you, the world is one big comedy show. Also, you’re starting to cuddle. In very short spurts, but still. You like to climb on to Daddy or my lap, hold our neck and just kind of stand there. Sometimes if I’m laying on my side on the couch I can wrestle you into being little spoon and watching cartoons with me. You’re getting SO independent, which I suppose is good and bad. You have such a passion for life, which I mean, I guess I would hope so because you’re teeny still, for the most part.
The Bad: Oh, my little Ryan, in the past month or two we have been acquainted with tantrums. I thought that you “threw tantrums” before but now I see that those were test runs. Now you flail your little body onto the floor and SCREAM and throw things and cry and wail. I try to get on your level and talk it out with you but more often than not you slap me or headbutt me or the floor. You’re crazy. Certifiable. Thank God you’re cute, I guess. Also, you really enjoy tormenting the animals, which I mean, not cool, kid.
The Funny: You are weird. Like, really, really, really weird. You enjoy headbutting things just for the hell of it. Couches, walls, the floor, the dog, my leg. You love to do this funny little dance where you kind of stomp your feet and run in place – even better if you’re doing it in a mess, like water or spilled food. Recently, you’ve started to cheese it hard when I go to take a picture which I find HILARIOUS. Because I’m your mother and I think all that you do is funny. But I think my favorite is your use of “no”. I think in the past few weeks you’ve started to get the meaning (“Ryan, come on, let’s go change your diaper.” “Noooo.” “Ry, do you need a nap?” “Noooo.) but before that, every question was no. “Ryan, is Santa coming for you?” “Noooo.” “Do you love mommy?” “Nooooo.” Or if someone on TV would ask a question, like Mickey Mouse, “Are you ready to go help Goofy?!” “Nooooo.” The best.
You’re such a cool little kid (cue ALL the tears because when did you become a kid and not a baby?!!) You’ve really hit SUCH a fun stage where things are starting to click for you and you’re able to interact with us more and more each day. You have opinions and likes and dislikes and you’re truly a little person of your own. I CANNOT wait to see how you interact with your little brother and how you’ll keep growing and learning. Keep being curious and adventurous, little dude. (Just, when Momma tells you to stop because something is unsafe, take my word for it and stop, please.) We love you so much, Ryan!
For Ryan’s past updates, check out these posts!