Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Henry at 20 months

My beautiful boy.

My sweet boy, my sunshine. It's hard to even put into words what this little boy has brought to our lives, because he is in every part of us. Those who know Henry know what we mean- he is truly the brightest part of our world, and lights up everyone around him.

At 20 months Henry is a mover, a shaker, a dancer. A singer, a runner, and a climber. He talks constantly, stringing together two words now to make mini sentences. He tells us what he wants, what he doesn't want, and his opinions are passionate, but can flip flop in an instant.

At 20 months Henry loves to eat, but is picky. Long gone are the days he would eagerly finish an entire plate of vegetables. Now we have to be a little trickier in how we present food to him. Timing is everything. His current favorite breakfast food is oatmeal with fresh fruit, and I always hide his liquid vitamins in there too. Lunch and dinner are interchangeable, and he is currently stuck on the same food items in a big rotation. His current loves: cherry tomatoes, any cheese but especially munster and feta, hummus, Trader Joe's Chicken-less Tenders, PB&Js, cheese quesadillas, bean soup, avocados, Ezekial bread and cream cheese, and fruit- ANY and ALL fruit. The boy would live on fruit if he could, and there was recently an situation we refer to as "The Watermelon Incident" where Henry became obsessed with watermelon during a BBQ and needed to have all of it. NOW. And wouldn't settle for anything less. Needless to say we don't say the "w word" around these parts anymore.

At 20 months Henry is always talking. He says more words than I can count, learning what feels like a million new ones every single day. Some of his most used: Mama, Dada, Maddie, Two-Two (short for his favorite toy R2-D2), Maddie, Snack (said like SCHNACK!), Up, Hiii!, Bye-Bye, Night-Night, Dada or Mama's ______ (shoes, hat, shirt, etc.), Ama (for Grandma), Pop-Pop, LoLo, Abeeeee, walk, park, NO!, Want to ____, the list goes on. He is such a ham and loves to talk to anyone and everyone. He'll walk up to anyone and give a big ole "Hiii!" and smile, then launch into a 2 minute chatter fest that sounds slightly coherent, but full of nonsense too. To Henry it all makes perfect sense though, and I love it.

At 20 months Henry is still a great sleeper. He goes to bed at 7 or 7:30pm and wakes up at 7 or 7:30am. He is taking one nap now, from 11am-2 or 3pm. We just moved to the one nap schedule and it's been so awesome because we can finally get everything done in the morning. For so long we went back and forth but now he can finally stay up until 11am or so without getting cranky. We have the same bedtime ritual every night before bed- we brush teeth, get into pjs, read 2-3 books, and give lots of hugs and kisses. We tuck him in with his two blankets and 2 sleeping buddies (a sock monkey and an Ugly Doll) and he drifts off pretty quickly.

At 20 months Henry is a firecracker. He loves hard, he laughs hard, and he feels every other emotion hard, too, including frustration. He's gotten much better as I've been working with him, but there are still those times (like at the car dealership last week) when he doesn't get what he wants and yells "NO NO NO!" and flops like a fish on the floor. As he understands more and more though, I feel like I am able to discuss with him that yes, it's okay to be upset or angry, but no, he can't act like that. I'm not sure if he is fully getting what I'm saying, but it's been helping and our little firecracker is a lot less volatile in those now-and-again instances.

Our almost two year old is growing and growing. I think he'll be tall like his Daddy and silly like his Mama. I think he'll be musical and athletic and have an interest in skateboarding, but we'll see. And as our little man inches closer to this next birthday, I am constantly in awe of all the changes in his world. From being a tiny infant to this rambunctious toddler, every stage has been the best. I look forward to seeing what else Henry has in store for us! Happy 20 months my man!

19 comments:

  1. Happy 20 months to him. What an adorable picture! I feel the urge to get a baby now after reading this :-)

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  2. Aw, what a pretty child!!! Good job haha :)
    Happy 20 months! :D

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  3. Aw!! happy 20 months!! <3

    Val
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  4. Your little boy is soooooo cute and I can't believe how BIG he's gotten! It's a nice taste of what my nephew is going to be like in another 10 months or so haha :) I've seen him grown up *practically* like he was my own kid so I love reading about Henry, having a little idea of what's in store with a boy toddler. Can't believe H is almost 2 already... TIME FLIES!

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  5. Congratulations Dear Henry!! I smiled all the time while I was reading this, how beautiful!! I wish you lots of more blessings!!

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  6. Isn't it wild? Savor every precious second. Happy 20 months Mama...and lil' dude. :)

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  7. Aw, so precious! It's funny, I see it two ways... it seems absolutely crazy that it takes 20 whole months to get to this point, but also that it ONLY takes 20 months to get to this point!

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  8. he´s so beautiful! happy 20 months

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  9. Happy 20 months to Henry, and you and hubby!
    I noticed so many similarities with my lil guy Charlie in this post: the new picky eating, talking talking talking, the moments of frustration and the "w" obsession!
    Unfortunately one thing they don't have common: sleep. Charlie goes down at 8 but can be up as early as 4:30am - YAWN!!! Do you think Henry could have a chat with him? ;)

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  10. He is so cute. Happy 20 months, Henry and mama!

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  11. I love this! 5 months ago I came across an article listing words every 2 year old should know (on Pinterest, of course) and it inspired me to begin keeping track of all the words my then-18-month-old knew. Every month since then I've posted about her growing vocabulary. Yesterday she hit the 23-month mark and her vocabulary is now over 160 words! You described it perfectly: it seems like they learn a million new words a day!

    As the months begin to speed by I urge you to keep documenting, like you have :) I wish I would have done this with my first (she's 7 now) but I was too busy worrying about figuring out single parenthood to even think about recording milestones.

    Feel free to check out my "23 month" post: http://www.kelseymcevoy.com/things-emma-says-and-does-23-months/

    And you may get a kick out of my "What I've learned as the parent of an infant and toddler" post. Especially if you plan on having another little one while Henry is still in diapers. Plenty of sarcasm and humor infused throughout:
    http://www.kelseymcevoy.com/13things-ive-learned-while-mothering-an-infant-and-a-toddler-at-the-same-time/

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  12. Omg the "watermelon incident" is HILARIOUS!

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  13. He is just the cutest! Those big eyes melt the world.

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  14. Oh, Henry! Such a doll. What kind of vitamins are you giving him? I've been trying to figure out what kind to give Kaetana. :)

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    1. Hey Mandy!

      I don't know the name off hand but I'll look tomorrow and let you know! :)

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  15. With that nap schedule when do you feed him lunch? Do you do an early one?

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    1. Hey Kayleigh!

      Right now we are doing breakfast around 7am, then lunch at like 10:30ish, nap, then a big snack when he wakes up and dinner at 6! So far it's working for us. :)

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  16. He is too cute! And it's great you are still finding time to read and recommend! Keep it up, both worlds!

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