Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cheers! Leo is 18 months old!

Leo is so cool! We love this age as his language is exploding, and we can see and hear his personality come through more and more. At night before bed he has been clinking his bottle together with our drinks, saying, "Cheers!" Nicholas and I do not say that, so this is from grandparents! Today as Nicholas was carrying something to the car, Leo looked at him and asked, "Is it heavy?" At the pool today after I changed him into his dry clothes, he climbed up onto the picnic bench and said, "I hungry!" And he knows what he likes and when he is done. We've been trying to get him to use the signs for "all done" or "finished" instead of just throwing his food when he is finished. He has been using them and can also say the words, but if we don't immediately move his plate away, he throws his food or says, "I dump?!" and then dumps it on the table. Oh, Leo! Other popular phrases these days are:
  • "I happy!"
  • "I made mess"
  • "Clean up!"
  • "Puffs, pease!" (translation: puffs, please)
  • "I am running!!"
  • "I fast"
  • "What he say?" (which usually occurs when I get off the phone with Nicholas since that is what Olivia says --correctly-- and Leo repeats without the verb)
  • "Read!"
  • "Mommy, HELP!!!"
Leo loves for us to read to him. We read before his nap and bedtime, and he often likes to read as soon as he wakes up and other random times of the day. Lately he has liked "Biscuit" books, he is drawn to "Thomas" books, he continues to like Eric Carle books, and he likes most books with bunnies. He already knows most of his colors and can point to the correct color object in a picture. He can do a shape-sorter bucket and a wooden shape puzzle easily. He also
  • stacks blocks
  • balances plates of food while walking to the living room from the kitchen
  • rides rocking horses at home, Chick-fil-a, and on the play ground
  • can climb the stairs to a slide and go down by himself
  • twists caps off
  • gives hugs and kisses to us and his stuffed animals
  • does simple commands like going to his room to get a bib or cleaning up his mess
  • cheers for himself by clapping or saying hooray!
  • can identify his and other people's body parts
  • drinks from a cup and uses a spoon and fork, and
  • is generally curious.
What a fun and exciting age 18 months is!!

At Leo's 18-month well visit, the doctor assured us that Leo's language is above normal since the doctor looks for two word sentences at age two. (His well visit was two weeks ago, and Leo wasn't talking quite as much then. The language explosion has really taken off these past few weeks since he turned 18 months on August 1!) Leo weighed 25 lbs 2 ounces, which is the 60th percentile, and was 33.5 inches long, which is the 75th percentile. These are the percentiles he's been on for about a year, so the doctor was pleased. 

And Leo is so cute! Here are some of the pictures from his 18-month session that we had a couple of weekends ago to prove it! (Again, Philip and Jennifer Camp did these for us, and they turned out great!) Leo has since had his hair cut, so I am really glad to have these sweet pictures of him where you can see a little curl in the back of his hair! 


  1. those are amazing pics!!!!! he is such a beautiful boy!

  2. Oh my goodness! What a sweet, sweet boy! So glad I finally got to meet him :)