Baby and Preschooler Summaries: 18 months and 3.5yrs

{I began this post in march, but just now finished proof reading and editing errors.  So, It is a month late!  =) }

On March 2, Mister will be 18 months- we FINALLY have molars!  He has cut the top right, and just finished the bottom right.  He is now getting the right eye tooth, and has started cutting the left molars.  I have to be honest- I was starting to wonder if we should see the dentist.  The boy hasn’t had a tooth in months!  By 18 months, Lexie had ALL but her two year molars.  She had a mouth FULL of teeth, poor Max doesn’t.  Hopefully by summer he will be about done (of course then it will be time for his two year molars …).

His sleep is mostly good.  He takes one nap; I put him down at 12:00 on the dot, and he stays in bed until 2:30-3:00 depending on how long he sleeps.  During all the teething his naps have been hit or miss- some days they are only an 1.5 hours, other days they are over 2.  I have been rubbing diluted thieves oil on his gums before naps and bed time, and he loves it.  The thieves helps numbs his gums.

building a city with unit bocks

building a city with unit bocks

Language

I have looked back at Lexie’s 17-18 month summaries, and wow!  That girl was talking like crazy (and has never slowed down …).  Mister had lots of words, but isn’t using complete sentences.  The most he says in the way of sentences at this point is “bye bye, dada!”  Everything else consist of one or two words for things he wants.

He signs more and please, and uses words for most everything else.  He is bad about wanting to grunt for things- but I really try to make him use his words instead of responding to his grunts.

Physical Development

His physical development is crazy good- especially his fine motor skills.  For a boy, he has always had advanced fine motor skills.  His gross motor skills are good too-climbing stairs, moving stools, climbing on furniture, kicking a ball.  He and Lexie love to “play soccer” in the back yard or in the house.  He recently learned to climb the ladder on the playground out back, and is very proud of himself.  Lexie is in gymnastics, so naturally she is all the time doing rolls and cartwheels around the house.  Mister tries SO hard to do forward rolls like big sister.  It is pretty cute.

shape sorter during morning "learning time"

shape sorter during morning “learning time”

He especially loves to tinker with things; you will often find him putting small toys inside cups, pretending to eat with a spoon, or stashing odd and ends inside a jar.  Water is still his favorite activity, and calms him instantly.  He will just let the water run through his fingers and is instantly soothed.

Personality

Personality wise- Max Payne is all boy.  he never stops.  Ever.

He is determined, and gets frustrated very easily.  He is very vocal about what he does and does not like, over all is very sensitive, and snuggly.  The only time he stops to relax is if he is getting tired.  He loves to read books, but a few pages in has to get up and do something, then come back to finish.  During playdates he does great- he snuggles me at first, and then is off to play and explore, even in new settings.

mommy and max time

mommy and max time

Lexie is most definitely his favorite person; he follows her around and does what she tells him to … most of the time.  He is her little minion- she asks him to pick up her toys or hand her something and he just doesn’t so happily.  Haha, that probably won’t last much longer.

Overall Max is a joy and my biggest challenge (other than losing the weight I put on while pregnant with him).  He gets bored easily and wants to do everything big sister does, even when he isn’t quite capable.  That frustrates him.  But it won’t be long and he will be doing everything she does and more!

When we decided to get Lexie a violin for her third birthday, and start her in lessons there were some people that told us “good luck with that; a 3 year old in violin. ha.”  I am proud my girl has proven them wrong!  =)  She graduated from her practice violin (which helps young children get used to handling the violin, the weight of it on their shoulder, etc) her teacher made to her real violin.  She is learning to play little rhymes on each string/note and where to put her fingers.  She knows all her positions and how to hold her violin properly, though she is getting used to the new shoulder rest.

Overall, Lexie is a snuggly, sweet, happy, girl who is very eager to learn.  The more she can take in the better- there is no such thing as too much information or reading at this point.  I struggle to keep up with her thirst for knowledge and that is where she challenges me- I am always on my toes trying to fill her need and love of learning.  I can’t believe she will be 4 this year.  Where has the time gone?

Graduating from practice violin to real violin

Graduating from practice violin to real violin

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