October has been a big month for Tully. In September he got his adenoids taken out and tubes put in. I'm happy to report his sleep, appetite and mood are all greatly improved. He is a much happier and well-rested kiddo. Unfortunately mommy got the brilliant idea to take away the binky since sleep is going so well. We decided to have him stay at school until 3:00 instead of 12:00 starting in November too, so he'll be taking his nap there. I know he could have his binky at school, but I thought my big boy would be ready to sleep without it. He starts napping at school next week, so we cut the binky this week. He did pretty well the first night. It took him about an hour to fall asleep on his own, and he only woke up once. He immediately went back to sleep with some comforting (no binky though!). Night two was a different story. We had a party from 2:30 am to 5:30 am. I'm hoping he's half as exhausted as I am and sleeps all night tonight.
Tully's 18 month checkup went really well. He weighed 24 lbs 6 oz (54%) fully clothed and is 33 inches tall (70%). His little bean head is growing too: 19 in (74%). We'll have to go back in November for his flu shot, so I'll be curious to see if there's a big jump in his weight or height, since he is eating and feeling better following surgery.
We visited a local pumpkin patch/carnival area, and Tully really enjoyed all of the free activities (climbing on pumpkins and wagons, playing in toy houses, watching the lawn mower "train", etc.). Lucky for us he had no idea he was missing out on the blow up slides and horse rides that cost money.
In those last two photos, he's trying to pick up the pumpkin and then signing for help. John reached down to help pick up the pumpkin and jacked Tully in the face with it. He thought it was going to be really heavy based on the effort Tully was putting into it, but the pumpkin was actually very light. It was a funny/sad moment.
We've had some beautiful weather, so Tully and I ventured to the neighborhood pond last week. He is obsessed with poop right now, especially our dog, Zach's poop. He doesn't understand the difference between poop and dirt so everything on the ground that is brown and clumped is poop. Here he found some dirt on the sidewalk and is pointing out the "poop" to me. He kept squatting over the area and saying, "poop!" I tried to tell him it was just dirt over and over, but he was convinced he was making that mess. A little later he climbed up on the bench by the pond and sat there for several minutes to watch the ducks. The kid never sits still. I was amazed.
Words (26): dad/dada/daddy/aDa, Mama/aMa, Zach (our dog), boots, poo poo/poop, hi, bye, help, bug, hat, hot, ball, up, eat, bite, no, cat, doggy, sleep, bus, blue, leaves, balloons, bubbles, baba/baaboo (binky...now gone!), banana
Signs (24): eat, sleep, milk, thank you, all done, mower, ball, tree,
fish, dog, shoes, socks, book, help, train, bus, hot, hat, cat,
airplane, more, please, where is it? (palms up, questioning look on
face), thank you
Sounds (6): moo, quack, vroom (truck), woof, hoo hoo (owl), neigh, woooOooooo (siren)
Phrases (6): where is it?, where is daddy?, where is mommy?, where did it go?, can I have a bite?, aye-yi-ye (i'm thirsty/water...thanks to our nanny for the translation)
Basically he's adding new words and phrases every day and continuing to sign and make the same sounds as he did a couple months ago. For anyone wondering whether or not to teach their infant/toddler to sign, I HIGHLY recommend it. We used the first two Baby Signing Time DVDs. Tully's language development has been right on track, but signing has enabled him to communicate with us better and show us he knows many, many more words than he could actually say. The words are definitely catching up with the signs, as expected, now, so I don't think signing has delayed his speech in any way.
We had parent teacher conferences last week, and we found out Tully enjoys playing with water at the sink, so they are creating a pouring "work" for him there. I love the Montessori-style of teaching where they keyed in on his strengths and interests and are using those for him to learn. He just isn't ready or interested in sitting down at a table to focus on pouring dry objects. He also likes music time/dancing and is a good example to other kids for signing. I think he pretty much runs around like a maniac most of the time, but he's little, and they are very patient with him. I'm really happy with our choice to put him in the school.
I think the next big milestone will be potty training, and we've decided to wait for more signs of readiness before pushing it. Ideally we'd have all major transitions (toddler bed, binky, diapers, etc.) done before Clare gets here, but my gut instinct says it's best to wait on the potty training. He will still sign for potty or ask to go on the big toilet sometimes, but it's not consistent. In any case, my baby is quickly growing into a independent little human.