Sunday, February 19, 2017

Gideon 18 Month Update

Age:  18 months old! This LITTLE BOY is just magical.  Sometimes I stare at him and wonder how such a sweet, wonderful little human is ours.  The best words I can use to describe Gideon include: curious, brave, independent, loving, bright, social, tender, fierce, and helpful.

We love to see his vocabulary increase, how he kisses his baby foster brother, the explosion of happiness that happens when he sees a cupcakes, and how every playground is his personal mountain to conquer.  What a love bug!

Weight: 24.5 lbs

Length: 32.5 inches

Sizes (diapers, onesies):  Size 5 diapers, 18-24 month and some 2T clothes. Size 5-6 shoe.

Eyes:  Blue

Hair: Red and mostly straight.  He's due for another haircut soon which he tolerates well.  His hair is so soft and of course one of my favorite features about him

Sleeping: The 18 month sleep regression is death!!!!  Pray for us, pray for all of the angels to minister to us every morning at 5:00 am and rescue us from this trial!  Just kidding.  This boy usually sleeps 7:00 pm to 6:30/7:00 am solid.  But over the last week he has been getting up at 5:00 with a fiery passion in his heart to wake up all the neighbors and have a party.  It's so hard to have a sleep regressor in an apartment (our neighbors love to bang on the ceiling, which is helpful).  He takes one nap around noon for about 1.5-2 hours.  Overall he is a good sleeper and we hope he gets back to that soon

Eating: Gideon is all about using utensils to feed himself.  In the morning I set him up with sliced grapes and a bowl of yogurt and he goes to town!  He loves to feed stab fruits and veggies with his fork and feed himself bowls of cereal or applesauce with a spoon.  He officially weaned at 18 months and has gone about 3 days without nursing.  Go big kid!

Favorite foods: Grapes, CUPCAKES, vanilla yogurt, avocado, yogurt bites, goldfish crackers, bananas, raisins, french toast, and scrambled eggs

Milestones/Words:  He is gaining more words every week.  Wow, Uh-oh, Mama, Dada, Baby,  Bee, Teeth, Yellow, Amen, Hot, Ball, Bear, Blue, Dog, and Roar.  He reliably signs "more" and "all done". He also has 12 teeth and cutting 3 more.

This child is zooming all over the world with his new found love of walking!  His favorite thing in the world is to put on his new shoes, a jacket and just walk the neighborhood.  He shares, shows love to his favorite people, point to what he wants, shakes head "no", brushes his teeth, answers the phone, and loves watching Elmo or cat videos, ha!

Memorable outings:  Very memorable was going to Children's Hospital last month for a broken foot!  Poor guy had a blue cast on for 3 weeks.

Favorite toys/activities: He loves his bear, his Blue Blue and his Fluffernutter-he sleeps with all of them at nap and bedtime.  He loves his play vacuum, tools, taking off/putting on the lid to anything, and playing on mom's phone.  He also LOVES to be helpful.  He will take items to the trash can, clean with mom (he gets a baby wipe to clean his toys), walks, playdates, playing slime or play-doh, and cooking. 

Nicknames:   Lou Lee, Lou, Little Love, Giddy Con Queso (from daddy), Giddy Lou Who (from Aunt Linny), Giddy Puff (from Aunt Linny), Giddy Face (from Maggie), Giddy Pantz (from Maggie)
The usuals...Giddy Bear, Giddy Up, Gid, Giddy, Itty Giddy Titty Monster with the tiny hiney, G (from Uncle Clint), Mister, Man Cub

Funny moments: This boy is the giggliest little boy who ever lived!!  He really cracks up if you can surprise him, play peek-a-boo, or tickle his feet or sides.  He laughs constantly throughout the day with brings us so much joy!

Looking forward to: I can't wait to enjoy spring with Gideon.  There are so many walks, parks, playgrounds, and open spaces we will enjoy.  I love that he's so interactive and curious so hikes and camping will be a lot of fun this year!  This little boy loves to be outside so I can't wait for him to be this age and soak up a Colorado spring

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