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Little Helper

February 5, 2015
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Noah is 19 months old.

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He had a growth spurt last week, weighing in at 28lbs (in PJs). I can usually tell when he is growing by his increased appetite. Some days this kid can take in more food than me or even Eric for dinner.

Noah is very much into “boy” stuff like balls,

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cars and trucks,

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and bikes. He’s been particularly interested in the balance bikes that the older toddlers have been cruising on. He is still a little small, but something to keep in mind for his birthday.

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He loves playing hide and seek and being chased around.

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He still enjoys playing at Gymboree a couple of times a week. He is showing more enthusiasm and interest in the Play’N’Learn class, eagerly following the teacher’s directions.

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And as always, we spend A LOT of time outside, walking, running, playing, and exploring.

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Noah loves to help out. He swiffers the house, collects leaves, wheels in trash bins, loads and unloads dishwasher (he has yet to figure out where everything goes, but mom enjoys the Tupperware scavenger hunt), carries grocery bags, reorganizes the bathroom cabinets, sorts laundry, and is working on perfecting his cooking skills in his little kitchen (while dressed up in dad’s clothes and rain boots).

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Other big developmental milestones this month include:

  • Body Parts: Noah knows all the toddler-level appropriate body parts like toes, fingers, eyes, nose, ears, belly button, etc. We have had to move on to shoulders and knees.
  • Animal Sounds: Noah is learning animal sound. So far he can sound like a monkey, and sometimes dog and lion. He is all about car sounds now: “Vroom! Vroom!”
  • Talking: He is a man of a few words, but the ones he knows, he knows really well. This month it’s “Up, On, Off, Eye” in addition to the words he already said well “Go, Dog, Moon, Hi,” and occasionally “ball”. He is also starting to put two-syllable words together like “Daddy, Doggy and Dirty”. He still refers to me as “MumMumMumMum” — usually when he needs me to do something for him like get a toy or snack, unlike “Daddy” who is endless fun.
  • Sharing: Noah’s doing great with sharing. Before he used to only hand toys to adults (makes sense since they showed the most interest and appreciation). Now he is sharing toys with other kids his age.
  • Teething: Three of Noah’s canine teeth have pierced this month. After the first four, we’ve recognized Noah’s teething pattern – when a tooth is about to emerge, the gum gets swollen and red looking, Noah’s appetite drops and his nose starts to run a bit. He gets more cranky and wakes up a couple of times crying during the night. That usually lasts from 3-7 days. Once the white part peeks out, Noah resembles a drooling chewing puppy. His mood improves and he is back to sleeping through the night.

I am convinced that Noah is brilliant! Alright, I might be a bit biased, but it’s remarkable how much he understands and knows. For example, I asked him to bring his shoes: he ran to his closet and brought out a pair of his own shoes even though our shoes are scattered all over the house. I then told him that he will be wearing his blue ones instead of the ones he brought, so proceeded back to the closet to retrieve the pair I described. Mind boggling! It is amazing how quickly he is picking things up. We can’t wait to see what he learns next month!

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