20 months

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Harry is the consummate photo-bomber already.

It’s so hard to believe how big Harry is getting. He’s such a little person now! He has his own personality and is such a ball of sugary sweetness. He’s an affectionate, gentle, wonderful little boy. I don’t know how Ben and I got so lucky. He’s the sweetest.

At his 18-month checkup, he made some major progress on the growth chart. He’s completely average size from the neck down. He still has an extraordinarily large head, but growth there has slowed. He’s starting to balance out! Yay!

What’s new? Hair! Finally! The world’s largest baby head finally has a fine coating of the softest, shiniest, blondest hair you could imagine. It shines in the sun like gold. I can’t stop petting his sweet head.

Land speed record This little guy is getting really, really fast. I see now why parents put toddlers on leashes. It’s hard to manage sometimes.

So much to say Harry doesn’t talk a ton, but he’s learning new words at an incredibly fast pace right now. He’s a bit shy, so he doesn’t like to say his newest words publicly until he has them down. But, I get to hear them really early on. Right now, he’s saying zebra, shoes, shirt, shovel, bucket, puppy, Zorro, orange, and many more I’m surely forgetting. He has decided that all berries should have the same word, so he uses a raspberry-like noise to depict his need for all the berries. It’s pretty adorable.

Terrible twos Along with all the wonders of our little tater tot growing into a full grown potato, there are some challenges. He enjoys hitting things a bit too much lately; we’re trying to curb such violent tendencies as much as possible. He also had his first tantrum a few weeks ago. My darling, delicious, good natured lovebug was so angry at me for taking something away that he lost his mind for a solid 20 minutes. He was hitting the wall, stomping his feet, hitting his head – it was wild stuff! I didn’t know something so small could have that much rage. It built slowly as he realized I wasn’t going to give him what he wanted. Then kaboom. I stood back in shock. It was such a huge reaction to a very minor occurrence; I take stuff away from him all the time! But, he lost it. Thankfully, he hasn’t had a major meltdown since. He has minor meltdowns fairly regularly, but they don’t last long. He’s remarkably easy going.

Sleep We had a rough few months when Harry stopped sleeping through the night. It went on for weeks and weeks, and then it just stopped. With the exception of last night, he had a solid two weeks of sleeping through the night. I hope last night was an anomaly, but I never get too comfortable with this kid. I’m always waiting for the good nights to end. He’s just never been a sleeper.

First illnesses Within the space of two weeks, Harry had his first cold and his first stomach virus. He handled both remarkably well. He just wanted to be held. I hate to see him miserable, but the extra snuggles are so, so nice. He’s a very affectionate little guy anyway, but he takes it up a notch when he’s sick. Of course, I could do without the barfing and diarrhea, but it’s a real gift to be able to be part of his life through everything.

Picky eater Along with the terrible twos, our little guy is starting to get very opinionated about food. It’s incredibly frustrating, but I’m trying to just roll with it. He won’t starve. The other morning, he kept saying “cheese, cheese, cheese” over and over when he woke up. This man knows what he likes.

What’s else is new? Not too much to report. Just plugging along. I don’t know how it got to be the end of August already. Where did the summer go? It’s bumming me out.

Likes

  • Mickey Mouse (and all mice)
  • Books
  • Cottage cheese
  • Oranges
  • Cheese
  • Pine cones
  • Rocks
  • All the dogs
  • Dancing in the bathtub
  • Taking off his diaper
  • Peeing on the floor
  • Baths
  • Chapstick
  • Cats

Dislikes

  • Sleep
  • Diaper changes
  • Getting his teeth brushed