I’m cutting way back on the baby updates- but the 18 month mark felt like a good one to document, and I’m always curious about other toddler’s schedules, eats, and development.
We just hit 18 months last week and I feel like suddenly her behavior has switched from innocent to tiny tornado! Our whole family can laugh at it, but wow, can she create trouble and some huge messes these days.
I’ll run through a typical day. She usually wakes up between 6:30am and 7:30 am and makes noise initially but will then wait and play happily in her crib until someone comes to get her. I admit I take advantage of that on crazy busy mornings to get L’s lunch together or hop in the shower post- run before getting her out.
Breakfast is often either oatmeal or eggs, or a little of each. My husband makes eggs every morning and her big sister always wants oatmeal, so we cook a hot breakfast every morning. We’re all up early enough that it’s doable.
Baby J prefers eggs or yogurt over oatmeal. We’ve recently started pulling out our pressure cooker for steel cut oats and using the timer so it starts before we wake up and cooked oatmeal is ready for us. Baby J and I add a scoop of Stonyfield’s full fat yogurt to ours, along with some berries and cinnamon. Mmmm.
We walk to drop L off at school and then play at home or run errands until 10:30am (or 1-2x a week she hangs out with the babysitter while I work).
She finally dropped to one nap but is ready to go down by 10:30, so I’ve been giving her lunch part one around 10:30 and holding her off to 11am to nap. She sleeps anywhere form 1.5 – 3.5 hours. I’m hoping her body will continue to get used to the one nap and it will start to consistently hit 2 hours or more. When it’s shorter, she is pretty exhausted by dinner time.
For lunch, she often does a version of whatever I’m having. She loves roasted veggies (not raw), especially any kind of squash or sweet potato, lentils, beans, pasta, broccoli, peas, cheese, tuna mashed with avocado or egg.
She adores the butternut squash curry and chili. Yesterday she gobbled up Amy’s organic lentil soup for lunch, and insists on feeding herself.
Post nap, I often give her lunch part two around 2pm, or she waits and has snack with her sister around 3:30.
Yesterday, I made these granola bars and each girl ate at least two! I swapped in 1/2 c. Shaklee protein for the oats and they turned out really well.
We also got an awesome snack catcher cup from Oxo which she likes to carry around the house with some sort of granola or snack. She can access her snack easily without a mess. These cups are such a lifesaver, especially on car rides!
Speaking of Oxo, they sent us a whole package of toddler friendly items: a fork and spoon set, water bottle, snack catcher, grape slicer (so cool!), plate with separate areas, an awesome bib, and mini containers for food storage or freezing.
Baby J adores the water bottle! It has a straw and I think she gets much more water out of it than her other sippy cups. It follows her all over the house.
After picking up big sis, she works on homework and baby J often sits in her chair at the table too scribbling on papers. We have an hour or so to play before I start dinner.
This is where we get into some trouble lately. She’s now carrying a stool around and using it to reach whatever she wants- on kitchen counters, table tops or surfaces around the house. She’s opening cupboards but now also opening bags, like the one full of sprouting seeds that she dumped all over the kitchen (after I swept and vacuumed today, of course.)
And in the basement, she got herself stuck in a wooden bowl- twice. First on the floor, and then on top of her little car! I don’t even know how that one happened in the few seconds L and I turned our back.
We aim to do family dinner around 5:30 most nights, and she happily gobbles up pretty much anything. We plan dinners a bit more around her picky older sister to make sure there is something everyone will eat.
Snow is a favorite food as well.
Depending on nap wake up time, she’s off to bed between 6:30 and 7:30.
She still resists using her words most of the time, but points, grunts, nods or shakes her head and understands everything we ask. She figured out how to put on her socks and shoes, and will do so when I tell her it’s time to pick up her big sister. She’ll also grab her hat, coat and/or gloves although she can’t do those on her own.
It’s really fun to see the differences between the girls. And despite this new tiny tornado stage, I love this age! She’s so much fun and cracks us up multiple times a day. It almost makes me want to add another one to the family… ha! But I’m 99% sure we’re done.
Moms, do you have a favorite age?