19 Months Old!
We have had an awesome month! Travis has been so sweet and adorable lately, and I am totally in love with this stage! His vocabulary continues to improve everyday, and his appetite and willingness to try new foods also has increased!
I try to expose Travis to various social and educational situations throughout the week, and we really enjoy our mornings at Gymboree class and library story time. The equipment set up at Gymboree changes every two weeks, and Travis loves exploring the new configurations! He still reaches for my hand when he climbs up, over, and around, which I adore. He absolutely is capable of doing it all without me, but I certainly don’t mind feeling needed. :) He yells out “bubbles!” during bubble time and claps for his teacher. What a cutie pie!
We have been to story time at our local library for several weeks in a row now, and Travis is slowly starting to get braver each time. Children ages 12-36 months can come to this time slot, but it seems as though most of the kids are older than Travis. He won’t leave my lap during the three stories and each of the songs, but he just recently ventured out during bubble time at the end of our class! He claps after every story and song, which is so darn cute to watch. I hope that he continues to feel more comfortable each week, because I would love to see him dance to the sing alongs!
Travis still loves watching Bubble Guppies, and now he has a book, bath toys, and a life sized bubble puppy! There is a little segment in the show where three of the kids announce what they are having for lunch that day. The third kid always has a silly lunch, and Travis laughs now during the third lunch. Brian and I love it! He has realized that the other kids on the show giggle at that point, so he does it on cue every single time!
We inherited some really amazing puzzles recently, and Travis loves playing with them! In addition to throwing the puzzle pieces into the kitchen and at the dog, he has become really good at putting them in the right place on the boards. We are pretty impressed at how quickly he has improved with these!
On a hilarious note, Travis has begun to “poop shame” his Momma on an almost daily basis. He learned the phrase “poo poo” a bit ago, but he uses it for both #1 and #2. So any time he is in the cart with me at Target or Wal Mart and I inevitably have to use the bathroom, he yells “poo poo” the whole time that we are in the stall! I keep telling him that Mommy is going pee pee and that you aren’t only going poo poo when you use the potty. He has not grasped that concept yet! We went to brunch at the Village Tavern the other day, and I had to pee before we were seated. The bathroom was pretty far away from the hostess stand, and I told Travis that I was going to the potty and would be right back. As I walked away, he pointed at me and yelled “poo poo” over and over and over. Brian said that the whole front of the restaurant was looking at my little boy as he announced my potty trip to them. Thanks, Travis, for that one!
Brian was watching football this weekend and got rather angry at one of the calls on the field. He started yelling at the tv, so Travis decided to chime in. He pointed at the tv and started yelling out his usual nonsense. I am so glad that he is picking up this trait from his Daddy……not. :)
Travis has been really sweet at naptime and bedtime lately. After I read him several stories in the glider (or him standing by the ottoman at the foot of the glider…..he doesn’t seem to be a huge fan of sitting in my lap with this growing belly), I sing a little song to him and then put him in his crib. I usually ask for a kiss at the end of the song, but he has started to plant them on me over and over during the song! He also shoves his “puppa” (his blue dog-blanket lovey that must go everywhere with us) in my face for kisses, too. :) Then I ask him for a hug, and he throws his little arms around me and places his head on my shoulder. These are some of my favorite moments of the day! When I lay him in the crib, I ask for him to say “night night” and to blow me a kiss. He seems so grown up. It’s hard to believe that my baby boy is old enough and capable enough of mimicking so many things! Tonight before bed, he told his Daddy and me that he wanted “more stories.” He says “more, more, more” all the time, but this was the first time that he put two words together on his own! I got him to say “Hi Daddy” earlier this week, but that was with much coaxing.
In terms of food and eating. Travis learned how to use a fork this month. He has gotten pretty good at it very quickly! He uses both his right and left hand for most things, so he could use a fork in one hand and a spoon in the other. He actually did this for a relatively unsuccessful and very messy pasta dinner. I didn’t know which would be easier for him to use, so I gave him both. He certainly showed me! He also has regained interest in the fruit/veggie squeeze pouches, which I am thrilled about. He asks for a “squee” while watching his favorite show and during his playtime, and I happily oblige! I love that he asks for “hep” when he needs me to squeeze more to the top. So sweet.
Brian and I love to see what new things he will mimic and learn each day. We are so proud to be his parents. I worry about him being really upset when his little sister arrives, since he has been my almost constant companion for the past 19 months. Hopefully, he will continue to grow more independent and welcome her with open arms (and kisses). I am in awe of the young man that he has become and I can’t wait to see what the next month will bring!