Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Eric is 18 months old!

Eric turned 18 months old a few weeks ago now but we didn't get him to the doctor until last week, so it took me awhile to get around to this posting.  The little guy is 22 pounds, 12 oz.  This puts him in the 30th percentile of the WHO growth chart, which is what my doctor's office measures against.  It is only the 10th percentile in the CDC growth chart (which I think is more commonly used). In any case, he had gained about 2 pounds in three months and that's pretty good for him! He was 31.25 inches long (13th percentile) and his head was in the 70th percentile.  Given where we were 9 months ago, I'll take it!

Eric is talking up a storm, mimicking anything his older brother says.  I didn't expect our second boy to be as talkative as our first as I'd always heard boys are less verbal at this age.  But we've got ourselves two little talkers. He's stringing together words and it's been great hearing him communicate with us.  He has finally learned to call me "mommy"!  And my favorite word that he says is "Chuggington".  He even says "I love you" and has said it to me and one of his former infant daycare teachers . . . but not to daddy yet.  Where Evan was a daddy's boy at this age, Eric is all momma's boy.  

Eric is all about everything "Sesame" this age.  He asks to watch Elmo every night while I make dinner.  And his favorite stuffed animal that he must sleep with is cookie monster (dubbed "Monsters" but Eric).  We have an Elmo doll that sings/dances and he loves to dance along with it.  They have the same one at school and even his teachers get a kick out of him doing the "Elmo dance".  He also loves trains like his brother - Thomas is his favorite.  And he can't get enough time being outdoors.  He cries when we take him inside. He is a big climber and is into everything - he's all boy.

Lately he's testing us a little, hitting and throwing tantrums.  Where Evan used to just sit in time-out as instructed, Eric is not so easy and spends the whole time-out trying to get out of his spot.  But he's full of spunk and we are loving watching his personality grow.  

Our days of being cooperative with photos are probably numbered.  But we can still occasionally get a cute one.  Here we are apple picking this weekend.  

And if anyone is interested, here's the link to what Evan was like at 18 months: Evan at 18 Months Old
Some similarities and some differences.  Can't wait to see what the next few months bring.

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