Spud is 15 months old. For the first 12 months of his life, Pea and I very dedicatedly filled out his baby book with updates and skills and likes and dislikes and all sorts of baby paraphernalia. Spud’s baby book switched to yearly updates for years 2-5, and Pea and I haven’t bothered to replace that update option yet.
I see Spud changing so quickly, and I love reading Turia’s monthly letters to her kids. I read E and P’s missives when Spud is coming up on a month, to see where he is like his cousins and where he is not. They are all three very different kids, but there are sometimes fun commonalities.
I’m not going to write Spud a letter, but I am going to put a little update here, a touchstone for the little person he is at this moment, so I can remember clearly later.
Sleep: Spud has been down to one nap for a little over a month, after a lengthy transition from two to one. He wakes up around 6:30-7:30 in the morning, naps around 12:30 for 1.5-3 hours, and goes to bed at about 7:30 each night. A good solid nap is 2 hours, anything longer is gravy. He is up once a night, sometimes two, rarely more. He sleeps in his crib, with white noise, and in a sleep sack with his little bear lovey. He nurses to sleep 90% of the evenings, with the rest being 8% chatting for ten min and 2% complete nightmare refusal with much wailing, causes unknown. He falls asleep on his own for naps every day, and is usually asleep within 5-10 min, unless it’s the weekend and we’ve taken him somewhere fun, in which case he more often catnaps after extreme parental settling efforts, or just refuses the nap entirely. He is quite cheerful when tired, but gets manic-happy and clumsy as time goes on.
Food: Spud eats three square meals a day, with one or two solid snacks. He drinks 8-13 oz of breastmilk during the day, depending on what I’ve pumped. He nurses 3-4 times on top of that. He eats just about everything, in large quantities, aside from his allergens (milk, soy, chocolate, egg).
Language: Spud’s vocabulary has taken off quite a bit in the last month. He says bye (while waving), bath, bubble, bird, banana, bus, blue, car, moon (which now means anything in the sky), squirrel, his nanny’s name, and maaayyyyybe mom. He will growl like a tiger, meow like a cat, baa like a sheep, and quack like a duck when he sees those animals. He’s not super chatty but will occasionally come out with full sentences of Ewok gibberish to punctuate all of his pointing. He chats to himself in the crib while falling asleep if he’s taking his time about it, or, more often, sings himself to sleep with little woooos.
Likes: Spud loves being outside, playing at parks and watching the cars on the busy street near us. He likes playing tag, but is like the opposite of a Whovian Stone Angel, as he only runs to catch you if you are looking at him. He is very interested in colouring and stickers at the moment, along with painting when he can convince me or his nanny to deal with the mess. He is obsessed with his fridge magnets, and will transfer all 40 of them from fridge to dishwasher and back again multiple times a day. He never met a strawberry he didn’t like, and pasta with meat sauce guarantees he eats more than we believe should be possible. He reads ALL the time, it is his go-to for entertainment. He likes dancing to electro-swing and Disney songs, and thinks Daddy dipping him while dancing a tango is hilarious. He is an explorer rather than an adventurer – he wants to know what is around the corner, but if it was a mountain I’m not sure he would climb it. He still loves group cuddles with his stuffies, but spends more time with stacking toys and puzzles now. He loves bubble baths and will insistently point at the bottle until he sees it added to the bath, at which point he watches the bubbles form with gleeful fascination.
Dislikes: For reasons unknown, blueberries have been suddenly and thoroughly spurned for two months now. He hates having his diaper changed unless he can hold a book. He is terrified of the (admittedly very weird looking) Humpty Dumpty puppet book we own. He hates the shower and is frightened by the smoke detector and the hand blender (but loves the coffee grinder?).
Physical milestones: Spud is still very tall and also quite solid. He weighs about 25 lbs, and can now reach the third shelf of everything, and the edge of the top of the stove. He’s become interested in doorknobs and is tall enough to reach and turn them (though hasn’t successfully yet), so we’re now keeping the front door locked at all times. He is unexpectedly strong, able to pick up pretty heavy items and totter around with them. Spud walks well, and has graduated to a pretty quick shuffle-jog – it is almost a run. He can’t jump, unless he’s on the couch where the springs help him out. He’s in 12-18 and 18-24 month clothing for the most part, but the 12-18 are starting to strain for most brands. Spud can hold a spoon or a fork and get it in his mouth 98% of the time, but hasn’t quite figured out loading new food onto them yet – he’s close. He can stack 4-5 blocks, is an ace at peg puzzles, and is trying to learn how to snap his fingers. He loves getting his hands dirty and into weird things, like shaving cream or mud, but when done with an activity will briskly dust his hands together, with mixed, often spray-like results.
Attitude: Spud remains a chill little kid. He is happy to see people he loves arrive, but generally unfussed when they leave. He’s shy with new people for a while, but warms up once they’ve proven themselves willing to read to him. He is quiet but cheerful, and has been generally very snuggly this month. He wants people to pay attention to what he’s pointing at, and demands the names of items near-constantly. He is showing some independence – demanding specific activities, protesting plans he doesn’t agree with (e.g., bum changes), and making his needs known through pointing and gestures.
Melt your heart:
- Spud LOVES reading, and will happily entertain himself paging through his extensive library, but he likes it best when he can sit in your lap and share a story. He has taken to choosing a book and then following us around the house nudging it against our legs until one of us sits down. He then tosses the book in our lap, turns around, and backs up until he’s sitting in our lap – plonk!
- Spud gives enthusiastic full body hugkisses where he presses his face against yours with a full body wrap of squirming toddler. It could throw your back out but it’s amazing.