Oh baby boy, where have you gone? With your summer haircut (and summer skinned knees), you are growing up before our eyes!
Cohen is getting faster and faster and better at climbing. Sometimes this is good when playing at the park and in our backyard, but other times it means he ends up on the kitchen table joyfully experimenting with the salt shaker! He's developing a mind of his own and has a little tantrum routine he's worked up "No! No!" with double-arm waves, then running toward the offensive object/person and hitting it.
He loves getting dirty outside in the sandbox/sand and water table and somehow hasn't learned from multiple attempts that wet sand doesn't taste that good (or maybe it does--maybe we're all missing out.)
|Little Dutch boy in a wooden shoe.|
He loves running around chasing his brother or Nika and running FROM mommy whenever I'm trying to catch him. He HATES coming inside after playing. He is not very picky when it comes to food and is really enjoying watermelon and grilling season. The kid also enjoys a good french fry (something Ryan does not appreciate) and ice cream. Inside, he still loves playing with marbles but will also entertain himself with trains, super heroes, Jake's ship, hot wheels, a little piano, or throwing balls of any kind. We didn't think he paid much attention to the TV and gets no say in what we watch, but he loves dancing to theme music and seems to especially like "Paw Patrol". He only pays attention to the TV, though, if he's in his high chair eating breakfast. He definitely has an interest in screens (phone, ipad) but we haven't really let him play or do anything yet. I'm sure we'll have enough of that later.
|Petting Nika "niiiiiice"|
Cohen is attempting more words like shoe, swing, sand, let's go, books, and catch and imitates quite a few animal sounds. In addition to calling us Mama, Dada and Ry-Ry, he is also now pointing to himself and saying "me Co-Co." It's pretty cute how he says it, but I hope he doesn't regret that the kids at daycare (and we sometimes) call him Coco. Maybe it's better long-term than his other daycare nickname - Smudgy!
Cohen is overall a pretty content child, loves going for stroller rides, playing outside, taking baths, reading books, and goes down to sleep pretty easily between 8:00 and 8:30 and sleeps until 7:00 or even 8:00 (on the weekends.) He loves his brother, but is getting to the point where they compete over toys so that becomes tricky, especially when a majority of our toys are technically Ryan's, so we've instilled a "all the toys are for sharing with everyone" and the only ones Ryan gets to keep from him are the small Legos. Cohen also likes to climb up on the kitchen chair and color with Ryan and his attempts to eat the crayons are lessening.
Official 18-month stats:
27 lbs. 4 oz. (86%) He only gained 4oz. in the last 3 months.
32.5" (53%) He gained 1.5" in the last 3 months.