Baby, Health, Life

Morgan’s 18-19 Month Updates

Our sweet girl turned 19 months old on October 21st. I know I say this in every post, but I truly can’t believe how fast time is flying by., and watching our girl grow and learn every day is so rewarding!

Stats & Health

In September, Morgan caught Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (and, subsequently, gave it to me too! But that’s a story for another time.) so her “official” 18 month ped visit was postponed a few weeks. However, at her sick visit a couple days before she turned 18 months, she weighed 20.6 lbs and stood 33 inches tall. At this visit, the nurse practitioner was concerned about her weight, because most kids should triple their birth weight by age 1, and Morgan has yet to do that at 18 months. But between you and me, I’m not concerned about her weight. Both Justin & I were in low percentiles for most of our childhood, so I don’t think it’s any surprise that we’d have small kids. Morgan is truly thriving in every other aspect, so I don’t think there’s anything to be worried about. When we returned for her 18 month visit on 10/13, she was up to 21.2 lbs (26%). Good job, little growing girl!

Personality

Watching Morgan’s personality unfold is so much fun! She’s so sweet, but with a super sassy side as well. Her eyebrows are very expressive, and you can see every emotion on her face. She’s a wild little daredevil- flipping and diving off of furniture, with or without any warning for mama and dada catch her. She enjoys sliding down her slide at least 100x per day, switching back and forth from her hiney and her belly. She climbs on literally everything, and laughs when she knows she is doing something dangerous. If this wild side continues, Justin and I are in for some trouble!

Speech

At Morgan’s 18 month well-visit, the Dr. asked me “Is she saying 8 or more words?” and I just started laughing. This girl has an excellent vocabulary. She says TONS of things on her own, but also repeats just about everything we say, too. Little sponge, she is!

Here’s the beginnings of our vocabulary list:

  • Mama
  • Dada
  • Ruru (Rudy)
  • Mimi (my mom)
  • Pop (my dad)
  • Buh-he (Buddy, my parents dog)
  • Wubba (her Wubbanub pacifier, her most prized possession)
  • Baby
  • Slide (her favorite thing to do!)
  • Eat
  • More (in regards to food. She can also sign “more” and “all done”)
  • Hi & Bye
  • Socks & shoes
  • Wawa (water)
  • Juice
  • Milk
  • Cheese (she demands cheese on the daily!)
  • Beeeeeb (Bib, LOL)
  • Up/Down
  • Hat
  • Dog dog
  • Truck
  • Boat
  • Potty
  • Poop/Pee 
  • Soap
  • Bubbles
  • Ball / “Soc” (soccer ball)
  • Mulch (one of her favorite things to play with outside LOL)
  • Hello (with her hand or my phone to her ear)
  • “Dee dee” (her big cousin, Dylan)
  • Nick (my brother)
  • Beck (Justin’s sister)
  • Boo boo, Ow! & Doc (doctor)
  • Blue (blueberries)
  • Fruit
  • “Mac” (macaroni & cheese)
  • Mouse (Mickey or Minnie Mouse) or now sometimes referred to as “Mick”
  • Play
  • Book
  • Ghost/BOO!
  • “Punk” (Pumpkin)
  • “Yeaves” (Leaves)

She can identify all of her body parts- head, hair, ears, eyes, eyebrows, eyelashes, nose, mouth, teeth, tongue, cheeks, hands, arms, elbows, knees, legs, toes, hiney.

She identifies animals by their sounds. We are working on the names of the animals! Moo, Quack, Arf Arf, Meow *the cutest!*, Rawr! (for lions, bears, and dinosaurs), Neigh, Tweet tweet, Hoot hoot, Ssssss (snake), Bee (pertaining to all bugs).

Activities

She likes to slide, color with crayons and use stickers, play doctor with her Doc McStuffins kit, feed and burp her baby dolls, and take them for walks in her stroller around the kitchen island.  She also loves to read books (although her attention span never lasts for more than a few pages) and right now her favorite is a Little People board book of animals. She has now $10 in singles that she’s hassled from her Daddy that she enjoys transferring from purse to purse and going pretend shopping, “shop.” 

In actuality, she does enjoy shopping and riding in the carts at the store, and grabbing everything within her reach. Sometimes she screams and giggles through the store, just to embarrass us! Any time she sees the M&Ms logo she points and yells “EMMMM!”

She still loves the outdoors more than just about anything. This girl will roam the backyard for as long as we’ll let her, picking up mulch and moving it around the yard, and picking all the flowers/weeds. She also loved swimming all summer, and as the daredevil she is, jumping in from the side to Mama & Dada. This girl is going to be an un-happy camper when the temps drop and we can’t play outside on the daily.

Potty Training

We aren’t quite ready for any official potty training, but she usually does know when she has gone potty and needs a new “dipe.” She will often tell us she pooped when really she just tooted, or peed. She is definitely showing an interest when WE go potty. It kind of kills me to say she might be ready sooner rather than later!

Eating

Thankfully, Sister’s eating habits are finally getting better and less food is ending up on the floor. She used to be so disinterested in food and would throw everything on the floor for Rudy. I would say her favorite foods are still “noo noo’s” (noodles) in any shape or form, cheese, and fruit. She also seems to be a fan of red meat (tacos, hamburgers, steak), hot dogs, and beans. She inherited Mama’s sweet tooth and loves all things chocolate, a recent favorite being white Reese’s ghost Halloween candies!

Morgan is generally a very happy girl and her sweet smile melts my mommy heart every single day. It is bittersweet watching her morph from my tiny baby into a toddler.  She is fiercely independent and always anxious to learn. I really love this age, but I miss my snuggly little baby too! I can’t wait to update you all on how her first Trick-or-Treat experience goes. Stay tuned for her Halloween costume too, it’s the cutest thing ever!

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