April 25-May 24, 2010, 15-16 months old:
-started saying "baby" whenever he sees one. This turned into calling anyone his size or smaller "baby".
-starting to run more often and running faster
-loved eating his buckwheat pancakes with a fork. This started when he asked me for my fork. I was surprised at how quickly he picked up this skill.
-we started weaning. I hope to create a post specifically on our journey through weaning but for now I'll summarize and say that weaning was necessary. I was too sick from my pregnancy to continue Ethan's allergen-free diet. I NEEDED a cracker, toast, etc.
-he nursed one last time and now loves hemp milk
-ate hemp milk ice cream for the first time. He made a confused face after the first bite but then loved it and asked for more.
-started eating Clif's Kids Organic Fruit Strips. He loves them. At first we peeled the twists apart or broke off small pieces for him but a few short weeks later he can handle the whole fruit strip on his own.
-started eating organic corn tortilla strips
-learned to blow on food to cool it down. He touches it, says "hot", and knows to blow on it to cool it down!
-started pointing to his crib at the end of our bedtime routine. We put him in completely awake, say "I love you" and "nighty-night" and he falls asleep on his own, very well. This was huge for us b/c nursing made him drowsy at bedtime and we were concerned b/c there was no more nursing.
-fell in LOVE with watching Deal or No Deal. He looks at the television and says "deal!"
-we stopped using a sound machine at night. We used to use the Homemedics Sound Spa Lullaby set on rain every night, all night. Matt forgot to put it on one night and Ethan didn't sleep any differently so we stopped using it.
-he loves eating with utensils. He eats applesauce and other pureed foods with a spoon very well. He started to refuse to eat some vegetables such as carrots and green beans when they were steamed and cut up for him. He gladly eats them pureed on his own so we continue to give him purees. I know it sounds crazy to give a 16-month-old pureed food (especially one with 16 teeth!) but he's getting the vegetables he needs, mastering a new skill of using a spoon, and gaining confidence with this new skill. It's a win-win!
-walks all over the house while kicking balls around
-started following a couple of two-step directions
-started saying "baskeeetball", especially during bath time when playing with a set similar to this. He actually went through a stage where he hated bath time and this toy stopped the screaming and crying.
-started engaging other children in play. We still see parallel play during play dates but it's neat to see this social skill developing. He tries to get other children to chase him, play peek-a-boo, and other games.
-started playing the "air piano" when he hears music.
-He loves to play outside.
-He mastered kicking balls (from golf balls to his big orange ball)
Practicing kicking/dribbling the ball.
Ethan's favorite game in May... Matt runs and kicks the ball while holding him. Ethan gets to enjoy the game w/o doing any work.
Mastering using utensils
Cuddle time with Momma when I wasn't feeling well.
He still enjoys his toy piano when he's not playing the "air piano".
First hemp milk ice cream treat