I had thought about doing an 18 month update on Henry but that never happened. So…..this is his 18-21 month update. :)
At 18 months Henry weighed in at 26 lbs 2 oz (76th percentile) and measured 33″ (85th percentile). He was wearing 18 month clothes and size 5 shoes. That didn’t last long though. Soon that big round belly of his fueled a growth spurt and he is now wearing 24 month/2T clothes and sporting a size 7 shoe. According to our scale at home he weighs 30 lbs and is 34″ tall. I don’t know what percentile he is in now but I know that he is the same size or larger than most 2 yr olds we run into.
Over the past few months Henry’s vocabulary has been slowly but surely increasing. Most of his words are still one syllable but he has recently started to string a few words together like “wah mow ka-ka” (want more crackers) or “uh-oh, wher go?” (uh-oh, where did it go?).
Speaking of talking…..Henry can now count to three. At first I figured he was just repeating a phrase he hears us say before he falls down on the bed (one of his favorite activities by the way). But one day he came up to three bottles sitting on the kitchen floor and carefully pointed to each one as he counted up to three. It is so crazy to see little glimpses of those mental wheels turning! If he could communicate everything that he really understands I’m sure it would blow my mind.
Henry loves his Daddy and gets VERY excited when he comes home. If Henry hears the truck door close he will run to look out the window and start calling for “Da-da”. Then when Stephen comes inside Henry will yell “DA!!” at the top of his lungs and run full speed towards him. As soon as he has finished his greeting Henry runs off to start playing the game of chase. Yes, Henry thinks his Dad is the best playmate in the world……but when it come to comforting kisses and cuddles…..only Mom will do. :)
Are you ready for a few pictures?
Henry’s Grandparents gave him this wagon and he wants to ride in it every time I go out to the garage to work on laundry. He loves to open and close the door on the wagon each time he gets in and out (which is about every 5 seconds if we aren’t out on a walk). One day he insisted on wearing Stephen’s helmet. Henry must have been expecting to go on a wild ride!
It was always a drudgery to get Henry to eat cereal and he would constantly beg to eat cereal out of my bowl. That is until one day when I poured milk into his cereal bowl and gave him a spoon. He was thrilled to eat cereal this way and will now eat 3 or 4 bowls before he drinks the milk out of the bowl.
When Stephen and I came back from our anniversary trip we were greeted with a little boy who no longer slept through the night. :( He would cry every time we put him down to sleep, tear apart his bed and wake up several times throughout the night screaming and crying. This went on for about two months but thankfully things went back to normal!
Henry is getting to be very particular. He wants to line things up just so, must stand in exactly the same spot when he plays a game (like throwing his ball), tries to fix rugs when they get rumpled, arranges his apple slices into the same pattern each time you put them on his tray and if you dare to move his plate half an inch to the left he will move it right back to where it was.
One day the fire truck stopped in front of our house to check the pressure of the fire hydrant. When we went out to look at the truck they let Henry sit inside and gave him a hat. Henry insisted wearing the hat while playing in the blazing heat with sweat pouring off of his head.
I took Henry to a park that is at a small airport one Saturday morning. It was a busy day and we were able to watch several small planes take off and land. Henry was very excited every time a plane went by and would wave “bye-bye” to them as they flew away.
One thing that cracks me up is when Henry does a silent laugh. He throws his head back, opens his mouth wide and shakes his upper body while silently laughing. I wish we had a better video of him laughing but you can see him do a quick laugh at the end of this video.
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Every day Henry looks more and more like a little boy and less like a baby!
Let’s get together!