We had her check-up on Tuesday and everything looks great. Her doctor said she is right on target for everything, and even though her weight is a little low, she is not concerned as her height and head even it out. She said at this point they don't eat very much and are on the go so much they are burning tons of calories.
Weight: 20 pounds, 12 ounces (5th %)
Height: 31.5 inches (50%)
Head: 46.5 (40-50%)
What is Luna up to at 18 months?
Sleep: She wakes up around 7am-8am, naps around 3 hours from 12-3pm, and goes to sleep between 7-7:30pm. She goes to sleep very well ever since we did the harder than heck Dr. Ferber method. As you can remember, I was sooo not wanting to do this and put it off, but by 9 months of age, could not take the 30 minutes of trying to rock her to sleep, and the waking up every hour! It worked like a miracle and has ever since. Her nighttime routine is bath at 6:30pm, brushes her teeth, combs her hair and she even puts her own lotion on her tummy. Then we rock her in her chair as we read stories and then put her in her crib wide awake. She snuggles with her blankies and goes to sleep.
Eating: For breakfast, she eats strawberries, yogurt, whole wheat muffins, bananas, blueberries and cereals. She loves her carbs and bread!
For dinner and lunch she likes pasta (I hide pureed broccoli and veggies in there), peas, avocados, cheese, yogurt, turkey (nitrate free) hotdogs, turkey lunchmeat, beans, soups, PBJ, bread, veggie dumplings, and loves her newly discovered ketchup and CFA sauce. She is using her fork and spoon so well now, to the point where she won't eat without it and HAS to feed herself.
Milk: This deserves a separate category. I am presently trying to wean her from breastfeeding. Right now she is having it once a day but she asks for it several time a day. I usually have to distract her with something else, but she does get really upset. She crawls into my lap, lays down and says 'ilk' and makes the sign for milk. She really wants it in the morning when she wakes up, so I usually give it to her at different times of the day so she doesn't expect it. Her doctor thinks it's great to keep it up as long as I can, but I think doing it once a day for awhile is the best way to slow her down from it. I give her lots of cuddles and attention instead! She drinks cows milk, but not as much as I would like, so I try to push this too during the day.
She signs eat, more, all done, milk, bath, duck, bird, please, hat, and shows you all her body parts.
Motor: She loves Kindermusik classes and it was so cute today, I put on one of the songs and she started doing the routine where we walk forwards towards a friend, then backwards, then wave. She did all of that on her own after hearing that key song. Then I had her walk 'backwards' and she giggled and walked backwards, then I told her to walk 'forwards' and she walked forward. She is really getting all of her commands. She also LOVES to climb. We have a playground in our backyard and she loves to climb the ladder now, over and over again. She also loves to climb on her chairs.
Social: Besides Kindermusik, she goes to a lot of our group playdates and loves interacting with all of her friends. She also is enjoying MDO now and the past few weeks she has reached for the teacher, not cried and even rested her head on each of her teacher's heads when I hand her off! Amazing! I still pick her up before nap so she can rest at home. Pick up is at 2:30 normally, but she sleeps from 12-3, so I'd rather have a happy toddler in the afternoon than a not well rested one! We do MOPS twice a month and I've taken her to that daycare a few of the times and she doesn't like it as much, but is getting I've also noticed she does not like leaving the house a lot during the day so I try not to run too many errands with her in one day, so we do an activity either in the morning or the afternoon. Too many transitions for her = temper tantrum time :)