He is HUGE – 99% for height just like daddy. We go between 18 month and 2T clothes depending on the brand.
At 17 months he is most happy when…
he is playing outside, doesn’t have pants on, and after he eats.
He does not like…
He has not been a fan of diaper changes lately, so while changing him we talk about going on the big potty. I may try the potty next month. Wyatt does not want anyone to give him a bath now other than daddy. And he of course still hates his face and nose wiped.
How is he with other children?
Lately he is becoming a little ring leader in getting his friends to follow his antics – whether it is instigating one of the kids to follow him around the room, or having his daily post-afternoon giggle fit, he seeks the attention of the older kids and wants them to join in. He is used to sharing me all day so I am really excited to see how he is with his brother. When Wyatt is around his baby cousin, he cannot get in enough kisses and wants to hold his hand. Sharing toys and boundaries have been new struggles but I can definitely see he is frustrated that he has these big feelings but can’t yet communicate them effectively. The other kids are very patient and try to help him learn.
What is his relationship with the pets?
Our cat recently decided he wanted nothing more than to be outdoors and rarely leaves our fenced in yard, so when he does come in Wyatt scoops him up and hugs like crazy. Bengal is so patient with him. Wyatt and Cabo have been bonding more and more – one of the first things Wyatt does when he wakes up now is give Cabo a big drooly morning breath kiss on the snout.
What is the sweetest thing he does?
As you know I just started my third trimester with baby #2. He is already in love with his brother and very much cognisant of the fact that there is a baby in my belly. He spends hours throughout the day climbing up on my lap to hug, pat, rub and kiss my belly. A few days ago he came over to me just to kiss my forehead and I melted.
Any behavior issues?
We have entered a very strong willed phase, but nothing out of the ordinary for his age. The concept of sharing is not quiet registering, and if he wants something he will do whatever he can to let you know. He is getting frustrated because he has a lot he wants to say but the words are not there yet, so he may throw his sippy on the floor to convey his feelings.
What are the mornings like?
The mornings are a bit stressful and I am very much looking forward to the day when whining and whimpering is replaced by patience and words. Athough he recently stopped nursing completely through self-weaning on his own terms, he is very grumpy in the morning until he eats. I feel rushed and anxious to get something in him. He was having a smoothie or pouch while waiting for breakfast, but now he only wants chocolate milk.
How is he sleeping?
Wyatt is for the most part sleeping 11-12 hours without waking for the last 3 months. We have had a few fluke nights here and there during teething. The catch? He only sleeps the night when he is next to me. I love the cuddles and assurance that I won’t have to get out of bed if he DOES wake up, but I am getting a little anxious knowing that there will soon be a very hungry little human who doesn’t know his days from his nights in our room very soon, so I am not sure how this is going to play out. I made a deal with myself to do what works best for us and while breastfeeding, cosleeping was the best option. Now that he is officially done, I am trying baby steps to rework our system. He goes to bed between 7 and 7:30 in his own crib, but I would get him once I was ready to sleep. The last few nights we have left him in his crib until he wakes up, but he wakes around 2am having an absolute nervous breakdown scared out of his mind alone. This has been my biggest struggle as a parent.
Any big milestones?
This past month Wyatt completely self weaned from breastfeeding. It has been a bittersweet process for both of us. I’ll be doing a separate blog post on our nursing experience.
How is communicating going?
Ev and I have noticed a huge increase in his ability to understand directions such as sit in your chair, can you pick that up for me (especially now that I cannot see my own feet – this is my fave!), bring this to mommy/daddy. He wants to badly to talk and gets frustrated when he cannot convey what he wants us to understand. Shaking his head no or yes has been really effective. We now have added “was dat, light, bowww (for all animals except dogs), and pup pup to our vocabulary. Ev got his first no the other day so the end is near.
Any changes in eating?
Some days he is ravenous, some days he nibbles. He suddenly decided he loves peas but most veggies are not his favorite. We suddenly hate our favorite waffles and most bread products. Grilled cheese is sooo last week. Ketchup is a new food group and any and all fruit is the best thing in the world. He was on egg strike for awhile, went a few days loving cheese omelets, and is back to his fruit is the best thing ever diet. Some days I feel like a line cook providing this awkward buffet of options. I still make a goal to at least have him try what we are eating, then have something nutritious I know he likes ready as back up.
Who is he more like right now?
Right now he is definitely more like Everett – very active and nonstop. They are both grumps when they first wake up, but once the initial hanger passes, it is go go go. Wyatt’s new fascination is trying to figure out how things work – for example, he will flip over his Thomas the Train ride-on toy to inspect all the parts. His new word is “light” and he points at every one he sees. My mother in law said Everett had a collection of flashlights when he was little so it is another little piece of his personality.
He has started kissing pretty much anything, including and not limited to the door, the baby gate, and legos. Wyatt also discovered the beauty of the “belly fart” so he has been quite the comedian trying to lift up my shirt to make fart noises on my big preggo belly. Luckily he hasn’t tried this in public yet…YET.