15 January 2013

19 Months

I have had this dilemma for a while now:
is Max still my baby or is he my little boy?



These pictures seem to confirm it: he is more boy than baby!
(After all, cute little babies don't have boogers hanging out their nose. 
 Also, what is up with this new weird cheese face?!!)

At 19 months, little man weighs in at 30 pounds and measures 34 inches tall.

At our visit with the endocrinologist earlier this month
(who apparently has some kind of program to predict adult height), 
we were informed that we will most likely be looking UP to our 6-foot son
(once he's done growing and all)!
I'm sensing some basketball in his future... ;)

Our appointment with the endocrinologist didn't reveal anything specific.
We are increasing Max's meds and will go back in six weeks for another blood test.
Hopefully this will help us get to the bottom of his high TSH levels.

ASIDE: I absolutely hate going to take little man to get his blood drawn - 
and he does too! He starts crying as soon as he sees the chair, poor kiddo.
At his last blood draw, I overheard myself saying, "Mommy, it's okay,"
instead of "Max, it's okay." I guess I needed some reassuring, too!

Max's eating seems to have rebounded (in some ways) this month.
Sometimes he still doesn't eat everything we put on his plate,
but at least he's trying it before he refuses! Eventually we'll get there.

It is so funny to me that Max loves bikes so much
but only wants to ride his for 10 or 15 minutes at a time.
Especially since the first word we usually hear him say in the mornings is "bike" -
and he talks about bikes all day and wants to read his bike books over and over.
But this kiddo is easily distracted by a neighbor walking their dog or a passing car,
so we usually don't get too far before he wants to turn back.
I'm sure that will change in time!

We have started having little man sit on the potty before bathtime in the evenings,
just to get him a little more used to the idea.
  He has only successfully "used" it a handful of times, but we praise him anyway!

We have also started incorporating room time into our daily routine
as playpen time was, well, not working as you can see here:

Little man is still learning how to handle this extra freedom but is doing really well!

Max is really curious about the things that Clay and I do,
and often wants to do exactly what we are doing.
So we have started putting a "makin" (napkin) in his lap for mealtimes.
It really does nothing to contain the mess as you can see here

but it makes Max so proud to point out "Mommy's makin"
and "Daddy's makin" and "Mac makin." :)
He also knows to fold his hands to pray before we eat
and always adds an enthusiastic "amen!"

As I mentioned before, Max traveled quite a bit this past month and did really well in the car.
(When you have a carload of personal entertainers, that makes it much easier!)
He also started Thursday school this month and loved his first day!

These days Max is into bikes (of course), buttons, books, dinosaurs, trucks, and rocks.
He loves to listen to The Laurie Berkner Band,
and is really good at doing the motions to some of the songs.
It is hilarious is when he puts out his hand and yells "minute!" (as in "wait a minute").

I am amazed at all the things our little man is soaking up. He is truly a sponge!
It is a joy and a wonder to watch him learning about the world around him. :)


laura jo said...

Oh, that playpen picture is HILARIOUS! He for sure is a little boy instead of a baby, but it's so hard to stop calling them "baby," isn't it? I love this post.

Mary Kay said...

He is such a little doll..and yes, it appears he is being a little boy more than a baby these days! I am so amazed at his love for bikes! That is so sweet! And speaking from a mom who very much looks up to her son, it is an amazing view! :) I don't mind at all that I only come up to his armpit! :)

karen said...

oh my goodness, i know i say this every time i see max...but when did he get so big and grown up??? cannot wait to see him again. he is absolutely precious and his smile is very contagious!

Wendi said...

I love the pack & play picture! ha. Jake enjoys his morning quiet play time, too. I love reading about Max... they are so similar. Hope you continue to feel good! Blessings. :)