19 Months Old

April 9, 2014

I have never liked the number 19 very much but 19 months we are! We’re in that gray area before two takes us over by surprise. 20 months is going to seem so old!

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Mazen has really become a little boy this month. I’d say 18 months was a big developmental turning point. As our pediatrician predicted, Mazen’s language has really taken off. He now knows over 65 words, and I’m keeping a list on my phone and adding to it nearly daily. Compare this list to just 27 words a month ago:

    1. Mama
    2. Dada
    3. Mmmmm (=hungry, does that count!?)
    4. At (cat and all animals)
    5. Isth (this)
    6. Dath (bath)
    7. Outside (out. siiiiiide)
    8. No
    9. Frwog (frog)
    10. Foot (fruit)
    11. Bawl (ball)
    12. Hat
    13. Hi
    14. Hide
    15. Sit
    16. Eat
    17. Boots
    18. Books
    19. More
    20. KK {tay tay}
    21. Orange
    22. Grass
    23. Water {wawa}
    24. Apple sauce {app sass)
    25. Eye
    26. Baby {be be}
    27. Rice {ice}
    28. Snow {so}
    29. Ice cream {ice}
    30. Elmo!
    31. Juice {uce}
    32. Truck
    33. Gorilla {owa}
    34. Star
    35. Sky {sigh}
    36. All done {a-done}
    37. Eggs {eh-eh}
    38. Beep beep {a horn}
    39. Boom
    40. Diaper {biapey}
    41. Shoes
    42. Socks
    43. Tree {tee}
    44. Cheese {chees}
    45. Salad {sayad}
    46. Yummy {amy}
    47. Bye bye {dye dye}
    48. Choo choo
    49. Hippo
    50. Girafe
    51. Help
    52. Horse
    53. High Chair
    54. Please
    55. Up
    56. Down
    57. Ow
    58. Whoa
    59. Open
    60. Fork
    61. Pizza
    62. Boat
    63. Massage
    64. Meat
    65. Yes

That’s not including the animal sounds!! Words have definitely surpassed signs at this point, and while he does still sign occasionally, I think our days of signing over coming to a close. “All done” was one of the most recent to go – M can now say with gusto “ALL DONE!!” after a meal. He has started saying little phrases too like “Elmo sits” or “Mama’s shoes.”

I’m starting to work on 1,2,3 and A,B,C, although I hardly expect him to be able to know either for a while. But you gotta teach before they can learn! So imagine my surprise when I went through the ENTIRE ALPHABET the other day repeat-after-me style and Mazen said the whole thing!!!!! (Well he didn’t quite get W.. : ) ) So I suppose being able to physically say the alphabet is the first step to learning A,B,C,D in order.

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M has started asking for a fork by name at meals. But while he’s pretty good with a fork and spoon, sometimes he just puts them down and goes back to the trusty fingers (much like I do too sometimes : ) )

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He absolutely loves dinosaurs and trucks. My mom got him a big set of dinosaurs at her last visit, and he loves the Dinosaur Train show that we let him watch occasionally. He is also obsessed with Curious George and we read from his big chapter book Mimi and Papa gave him every night.

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He loves his Elmo and George (George is really a Dr. Seuss monkey) and asks for them to be in his high chair with him at meals (something my mom taught him!) While this does mean they occasionally get a yogurt facial, it’s too cute to deny.

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Mazen has started to want to help with tasks like putting his bath toys back in their bag at the end of bath or throwing something in the trash can. I even got him to wipe his nose a few times. He learned how to open and close the door to the porch, which means we have to keep it locked all the time for safety! He is very observant and has also figured out how to open the gates at the gym Kids Zone (luckily they only open from the outside). We are still having a lot of trouble with diaper changes. He just hates them. But a few times first thing in the morning he has said “Biapey” {diaper} so I know he knows to expect it. I change his diaper while he’s standing up whenever I can.

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We had a rough few weeks of sleep, which I think was related to daylight saving time and teething. While he slept soundly at night, he’s been giving us a hard time when we try to put him in the crib. He’ll show the signs of being sleepy (eye rubbing and somber) and will put his head on my shoulder but has started crying when I try put him down. This has coincided with a few shorter naps and being extra clingy on me (which I love) so I think it’s some kind of developmental transition we’re going through. We finally got him back on his pre-daylight saving schedule and that has helped some, but naps are still hit or miss – as little as an hour + 15 or up to 2 hours but nothing beyond. The best news is he’s been sleeping until 7 most days – I love that!

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M loves to play WITH me and ON me! We have several games he loves that involve climbing on my back and me doing pushups (30 pounds is no easy amount to push!) He is so sweet and gives hugs and kisses willingly. Bedtime is still my favorite part of the day – I just love the sweetness it brings.

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We went to the doctor this month for more shots and things. She says he’s doing great. My biggest concern was his red cheeks. Our doctor said they are likely a combination of teething and cold weather. I’ve been putting on Aquaphor or Vaseline daily but they really get better when we have a few warm days in a row.

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Some stats!

Weight: 30.5lbs (94th percentile)

Height: 32.25” (38th percentile)

Clothing size: 2T (although 18-24 still fits – we’re just buying up these days)

Teeth: 15 with one pending

Favorite food: PIZZA – hands down. Broccoli, bread, and yogurt are just behind.

Favorite fun: Walking outside with KK, reading books, playing trucks on the couch, playing chase

Least favorites: Diaper changes, tooth brushing, putting on face ointment – anything hygiene!

Signs of potty training: zero. But we are not in a rush.

{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shel@PeachyPalate April 9, 2014 at 8:11 am

That’s a good long list of words!! I know what you mean about 19 :) He always looks so cute with his slice of pizza! Beautiful beachy pics, super jealous of that sunshine!

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2 jenn April 9, 2014 at 8:26 am

Do you think his cheeks could be a sign of an allergy? Wheat/ dairy? This was the case with friend of mine. Why not the number 19? :)

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3 KERF April 9, 2014 at 8:33 am

The doctor didn’t think so and they have been correlated with teeth coming in but if they don’t get better when this molar is fully in we’ll experiment with food elimination.

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4 Helen April 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Yeah my son’s red cheeks were dairy related. My daughter has one red cheek but she mostly sleeps on her tummy so I am betting it is drool. We use alba unpetroleum on it or coconut oil like someone else mentioned.

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5 KERF April 9, 2014 at 9:32 pm

M’s are usually one at a time a lot worse too. It was always the left one and now it’s the right and the left is almost perfect. Guess what – I noticed he’s sleeping more on that side. Hoping it is drool related and not something worse.

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6 Katie April 9, 2014 at 9:10 am

Hmm, you’d think with hating the diaper change he’d be ready for a little potty training. Do you have a kids potty training book to give him to think about it? (not that he needs to, but seeing as he hates changing).

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7 KERF April 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I’ve tried to gently introduce it – we have a potty. I guess we need a book too!

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8 Nicole April 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm

My 16 MO has always hated diaper changes, but I unfortunately don’t think we could potty train him yet! The best tip I got was to save those free return address stickers you get in the mail (or any other stickers). I give him part of a sheet while I’m changing him and he’s completely distracted by trying to peel/stick the stickers. Maybe save the stickers you peel off of your fruit and try giving those to him to peel and stick? For whatever reason, toddlers LOVE stickers.

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9 Alice April 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I thought you were going to do elimination communication. Did you ever try it and how did it work?

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10 KERF April 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm

I thought it sounded really cool, but no we never tried

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11 KERF April 11, 2014 at 8:43 pm

BTW, we got our potty book today and Mazen was SOOO into it!

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12 Katie April 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Yay!!! Happy reading Mazen!

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13 Ali April 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

So interesting how much more developed he is than my 13 month old obviously! I can’t wait to see Aiden grow into doing all of these things, but I am cherishing the last little bit of baby he has!

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14 KERF April 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

They change so fast these days that you’ll be amazed at the difference just a month can make!

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15 Sabrina April 9, 2014 at 9:39 am

I was on maternity leave when R was 19 months old and spent lots of nursing sessions going through ABC books and alphabet magnets with him. He learned all of the letters by sight within a week, so Mazen might definitely be ready for the same! My favorites are the Melissa & Doug magnetic letters and the little Einstein box of letter books as well as the Eric Carle alphabet book.

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16 KERF April 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Buying magnetic letters now! He is over the animals for the short term so we need something new for the fridge

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17 K April 9, 2014 at 9:17 pm

I was going to suggest the same. I got the M&D animal and Abc magnet set (exclusive to toys r us) and my sixteen month old can already find D for daddy, M for mama, and his first initial. I only put a few letters up at a time and try to learn those before rotating.

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18 Jackie April 9, 2014 at 10:14 am

So so so cute!

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19 sarah (the SHU box) April 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

1) yay on the words multiplying! i have found that the more specifically a can communicate, the easier things are for the most part :) it opens up a whole new world of negotiation/reasoning! for example, the tooth brushing was impossible but now we can promise her something (like watching a mermaid song or reading a story she likes) and she will agree to do it for the ‘reward’. this was not possible at m’s age but it does happen fast!

2) if you can’t figure out the skin issue definitely recommend seeing a pediatric dermatologist – we had a long back-and-forth with our ped before the derm took one look at her and guessed the diagnosis right (confirmed by biopsy). (not saying m. has anything serious at all, but sometimes that expert eye is really worth it).

3) he is so cute and so big! <3

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20 KERF April 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm

A ped derm is definitely on our radar if it doesn’t clear up with this last molar. Actually today it’s world’s better so I am crossing my fingers!

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21 Laura@SneakersandSpatulas April 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm

What is all over his face in that picture? Yogurt? It is so adorable!

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22 KERF April 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Yes yogurt – a mess! Ha

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23 heidi April 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm

my son has the same cheeks as Mazen. We use coconut oil. We have it in a small mason jar on his changing table and put it on in the am and pm. Works wonders!

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24 KERF April 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Will try!

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25 Rebecca April 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm

“Massage” is an interesting early word! Haha!

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26 KERF April 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I use it when I put lotion on him after bath : )

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27 Kate April 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm

He’s so cute! It looks like 51 and 63 are the same word, maybe your phone autocorrected? Mine does that all the time!

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28 KERF April 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm

51 is Help and 63 is Boat – do you mean another line? Autocorrect could definitely have happened!

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29 Kate April 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm

53 and 62…whoops!

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30 KERF April 11, 2014 at 8:40 am

Yeah that’s definitely a double up!! Good catch. (And can’t believe I didn’t see it the first time)

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31 shannon April 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Kath- my son has the same rosy cheeks- He will be 4yrs old in June. It comes and goes:) Never has been much of a concern to me! When he was a baby it was definitely corelated with teething. Now there seems to be corelation with weather. Outside playing in warm or cold weather- rosy cheeks! I too use aquaphor in the cold months as his skin does get dry and that has helped. However I have noticed when I take him to the gym with me his cheeks get very rosy, lasting a couple days, and I wonder if its related to their cleaning products? I havent noticed it as a result of something he ate. Just wanted to share my experience with you as a mom of another rosy cheek child!

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32 KERF April 9, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Thanks for sharing Shannon! If it doesn’t get better with this last molar I’m going to investigate further. His are always worse after sleep, so I think it’s related to drooling at the moment. I have a history of eczema and sensitive skin, so it doesn’t surprise me that he has it too. Let me know if you figure out a miracle!

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33 Jeanie April 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm

He is just a sweetie. I’m thinking potty training should go well since he hates his diapers. Or at least hates getting them changes.

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34 sarah April 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

my daughter is fair skinned like mazen and the cold weather and heating really made her cheeks red(used acquaphor daily, though becoming concerned about using a petroleum product adnd about to try the honest healing balm). but, with the warm weather, they are SO much better.

on a different note, what fork/spoon do you use for mazen?

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35 KERF April 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Aquaphor doesn’t seem to help us that much either. We use these spoons and some appetizer forks I got from Crate + Barrel years ago. They are little!

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36 Jenny April 10, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Wow – 65 words?!?! He’s not even 2 yet! I am soo envious and happy for you Kath, that you’ve been able to raise such a smart baby! FYI, my boss caught me browsing KERF at work-I was worried I’d be in trouble-but she confessed to me she’s a HUGE fan of yours and she said I can browse your site all I want at work!! She loves overnight oats too!! Keep up the great work

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37 KERF April 10, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Haha that is awesome!! You have a cool boss ; )

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38 Megan April 10, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Great post! I was relieve to hear that you’re running into some rough waters with sleep. My daughter is also 19 months and has been a napping nightmare. Apparently there’s another sleep regression at 18 months. Sigh.

Would you mind sharing how you handle sleeping for Mazen in hotels or anywhere away from home? Your trips with him seem to have gone so well on the sleep front that I’d love any advice. Thanks! Having a baby the same age as M makes reading Berf a pleasure!

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39 KERF April 11, 2014 at 8:39 am

He has done pretty well if we darken the room and get out of sight

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40 Shayla April 11, 2014 at 9:43 am

He is so adorable!! I laughed out loud at your “I have never liked the number 19 very much” comment b/c that’s my favorite number! ;) And I’ve read that at 18 months separation anxiety can resurface, and from what you’ve described that sounds like what he may be going through. Here’s a great article on it
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11773791&cp=&parentPage=search
I had to reference the article recently as we’ve been experiencing it at 11 months. Like you, I love his “clingy-ness” to me, but the short naps and crying when put to bed (when he normally doesn’t) are rough :(

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41 Shayla April 11, 2014 at 9:44 am
42 KERF April 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Thanks!

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43 char eats greens April 11, 2014 at 9:52 am

Love his list of words. My girl is only 16.5 months (and I think should be M’s girlfriend because he’s so fricken adorable! haha!), but we’ve been having some sleep issues. Especially the going to lie her down and crying. She’s not speaking a ton yet (she has, like, 5 words), but does a ton of sign language, so that’s a main issue with her, me and the crying to go in the crib – when it’s me she always signs for milk. Gah!

I can’t believe the little people they turn into! It just amazes me what they can do!

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44 KERF April 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Awww they should go on a virtual date :) M’s words really transitioned from signs to talking about that time, so I bet your girl is on the brink of many more words.

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45 Leah @ goodnightcheese April 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Impressive that you’re still keeping track of his words! I don’t think most parents can name their kid’s second or third word, let alone the 20th

BTW, I think it’s spelled Dr. Seuss, not Dr. Suess.

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46 KERF April 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm

My mom kept a list of my first 100! And I have several friends who are writing them in baby books. Just so happens my baby book is online.

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47 Leah @ goodnightcheese April 11, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Wow, do you plan to also do the first hundred, or more?

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48 KERF April 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm

100 sounds like a nice number to me

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49 Leah @ goodnightcheese April 12, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Cute! And thanks for fixing Dr. Seuss – he was basically my hero as a child.

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50 Liza April 13, 2014 at 6:42 pm

It’s so interesting to see how you hear how he pronounces his words! It looks like the phonological processes that he uses are totally normal and of course age appropriate (like not saying “r” yet). Keep up the good work Mazen!

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51 Laney April 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Have you considered a blog post on Mazen’s size? My son is very close in age to yours, and his build is very similar. He’s “solid.” He was a chubby baby and everyone loved that about him, myself included. No one has outright expressed concern about my son’s size, but I’ve had a few professionals (not his pediatrician, but he sees an OT) suggest I should take him off of full fat milk and yogurt early. My son has pretty much followed his own curve very well, he’s been in the 90th for weight, and around 40-35 for height his whole life. He’s active and I try to offer him a variety of foods every day. He doesn’t chow down on milk and yogurt either, he gets about three servings of a full fat option a day. A friend who is an RD said breastfed babies trend higher in general. My son’s feeding history is complicated, but he was partially breastfed for his first year, exclusively for some of that time. What do you think? Has anyone suggested the same to you?

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52 Kath April 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm

That’s cool they have followed a similar build path. None of his doctors (the variety we have seen at our practice) have expressed any concern about his size. After all, the 90th percentile is still within the normal limits. He’s always been a good eater, and they say he’ll thin out as he gets more and more active, which I am already finding to be true. So I’m not worried and they’re not worried, so I guess it just is what it is. We are trying to be mindful about snacks/sweets and those kind of things, but I wouldn’t drop the fat in his milk or yogurt.

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53 Jennifer April 16, 2014 at 9:31 am

I remember the “stand up” diaper changes. I used to do that all the time whenever we ate out at restaurants instead of using the public changing table.

Have you considered switching Mazen to a toddler bed? That might help in some ways with bedtime. We switched my middle son when he was 16 months old and he did really well. My daughter, on the other hand, insisted on staying in her crib until she was almost four. She loved it too much. ;)

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54 Kath April 16, 2014 at 10:59 am

I dont think he’s ready yet. .. He’d probably just get up and leave!

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55 Jennifer April 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm

haha….yeah, I guess it does depend on their personality. My son was sharing a room with his older brother at the time, too, so that probably helped.

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