My little boy is getting so close to that 1.5 year old mark… time to share some bits about his 17th month before it passes.
Potty training is still going well! We are 3 weeks into it, and still in training mode. I am not confident enough to allow him to be diaper free at childwatch, since he still pees in it most of the time, but there are times he’s dry the entire time too. Even when he uses the toilet when I drop him off and pick him up, sometimes he still goes while I’m away. I feel pretty confident that over time he’ll be dry at the end more often, then one day we’ll give it a try. I’ll be sure to start it during my 45 minute class, not a 60 minute one.
As far as accidents go, I’d say he’s averaging one a day. He’s had accident free days, then a couple days where he seems to take a few steps back. I’m sure that’s a norm with potty training. He tells me about 50% of the time if he needs to poop, so that’s progress! He isn’t afraid of the big potty, and actually gets down to business much faster when we take him on the big potty. Trips out in the car and errands are pretty much done without diapers. I just make sure to have spare underwear and pants for him incase he has an accident, but thankfully, he hasn’t had on yet. Lastly, yesterday marked the first time he’s peed sitting on my lap. It was bound to happen sometime!
This boy definitely likes to test his limits! It’s kind of funny because when he knows he shouldn’t do something, like drop food or climb on the ottoman, he gives us this sideways look to see if we’re watching…. then about half the time does it with a big smile on his face. Silly kid. I feel like consistency with teaching him what not to do will keep him on track, so that’s what we do.
He had his first couple time outs this month because of hitting. He didn’t stay in time out very well, but I’d just pick him up and put him back and tell him to stay until timeout was over and I got him. Time out actually worked really well (although he cried the whole time) and he knew it was because he did something wrong, so we get a plus there.
The mommy missing still continues strong, and he misses daddy a lot throughout the day too. He always asks for daddy, and it’s kind of sad when he does it first thing in the morning because I know he has to wait all day to see him. Hunter has been crying a bit more lately when I leave him at childwatch, at my moms, or my SILs to be watched, but once I’m gone he perks up and is fine, thankfully.
He is officially done with the paci, and it was such an easy transition! It actually happened after being just a couple days into potty training. As I was putting him to bed I couldn’t find his paci, and was just too tired to tear the house apart looking for it, so he just went to bed without it. That night and over the next few days at nap time and bed time he’d ask for it, and I would just tell him that he was a big boy and didn’t need it anymore. No tears or anything! I would definitely use the paci as a crutch when he would get fussy out and about, but now that it’s out of the picture I don’t feel like he gets randomly fussy anymore. Or maybe I’m just getting better at addressing what he really needs, as opposed to just giving him the paci to calm him. Hmmm, one of those. About a week after we said farewell to the paci, I found it in the depths of my purse and tossed it.
I tried to have him feel baby sister’s kicks last night. She was moving a ton, so I asked Hunter to climb up on the couch and feel baby sister moving in mommy’s belly. He held his hand where I showed him, then laid his head on my belly. It was pretty precious. But he didn’t get to feel anything, she stopped once he was there.
Hunter loves story time and playing at the library, especially if his friend Mabel is there. In fact, we went to the library to play (they have an awesome kids area) over the weekend, and once I told him we were going to the library, he just asked for ‘Mabel, Mabel, Mabel” a ton. He knows the library usually means fun with his friend!
We continue to bake about weekly. So so fun. I love having my little helper in the kitchen with me.
What was your favorite 18 month old activity to do with your little one?
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