20 Months!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Ryan and I always try to do these monthly updates together, as it gets more difficult to remember and keep track of all the new things he does each month. Right now, though, we are at a loss to remember every tiny little thing since there is something new every day! Here are some of the big ones this month:

He recognizes his name as a whole and can identify and label each letter (i.e. can answer both forms--either "Where is the H?" or "What letter is this?"). He pretty much picked that up in a weekend. He also knows O, A, S, L, U and B and is always trying to give a letter a label and repeats the correct names when we give it to him. He also is picking up on letters in the environment frequently too, since this huge interest in letters has sprouted. He screamed "H!!!!!" when he saw "H" in a "Home" sign we have on a shelf, and he screamed "H!!!!" when he saw it in the word "shoe" at a sign at Kohls.

As reported last month, I think, he does know his name and this month (thanks to Auntie Liz) will point to himself and say "Hey-ry". It is TOO cute. He loves pointing to the people around him and naming them.

Another favorite of ours are his animal sounds. I've probably reported on a couple of these before, but new ones this month are pig, baby chick and horse (he also knows kitty, puppy, duck, sheep, monkey, lion and tiger). My favorites are his kitty "meow" and his horsie "neigh". We learned that one fast when daddy started letting Henry ride him like a horse on his back.

One word vocabulary continues to expand daily, and the two word phrases have been coming here and there too (I need to start writing these ones down, as he'll say them here and there, but not consistently enough for me to remember them). He does "all better" after we kiss an owie, says "another one" when pointing to things that are the same, has said "Mocha, no!", adds "please" to more things such as when requesting food, asking for more and asking for help. He still only signs please though. Won't say it. doesn't even try. Not sure why.

He has started self-correcting himself when doing puzzles. He'll put something in the wrong place and say "Nooooo!!" and then put it in the right place. He also needs new puzzles. The type he has are all the one piece goes in the one place which is too easy for him. We have to get some of those beginner large wooden ones that put together a picture in 10 pieces or so. He also began self correcting himself today when he got into a cupboard he knows he's gotten in trouble for getting into before. He opened it up and then yelled "No!!!'. I think "no" is still his favorite word. I don't think he really understands quite what it means yet, but occasionally, lately, when asking him if he wants to do something (i.e. Does Henry want a bath?"), he will quietly and politely say "No."

He loves to throw balls around the house. Sometimes he tries to throw it so hard that he somehow lets it go behind his head in excitement and the ball gets flung behind him. He also really enjoys playing fetch for some reason. He'll chase a ball many, many times before he gets tired.

He can take off his own pants, shirt, pull zippers up and down and recently learned how to get his own shoes on (he's been able to take them off since he was nearly 1). He's also been really working on trying to get his own pants and socks on.

He has also become our official puppy tattletale. He pretty much never misses a beat when the dogs are doing something they aren't supposed to be doing (playing tug of war with one of his shirts, eating a crayon, shredding toilet paper, etc.) He'll run screaming to us "No!!!!!! Uh-oh!!!!". I don't think the dogs enjoy this new skill as much as we do.

He's really great about puting toys away and is really beginning to understand "first this, then that" in terms of cleaning up and also with eating. I've been having him clean up one toy before we get out another set of toys and he's usually pretty good about it. He also understands one more bite and then pudding, cookie or one more bite and then all done when eating. Every once in a while he'll throw a fit, but he usually we'll take one more bite, and that's all we can ask for.

We have a scale up in his bathroom and I just weighed him tonight. We are clocking in at ALMOST 24 pounds...23.9 tonight to be exact. Thank you strawberry Pediasure...it's his favorite!

We also just happened to measure his height today as we begin to think about the transition to a toddler bed (which won't happen until around his birthday or so). They say 35-36 inches is the magic height when most toddlers should be able to crawl out of the crib (and then subsequently really hurt themselves), but that many others can do it before that height. His height today was a solid 32 inches. So, even though we have a monkey on our hands, hopefully we can hold out until at least his birthday. We are hoping to have him transitioned into his new bed and room before his little brother or sister is born.

Also new for this month just last night was a leash. Yes, in preparation for our trip to Florida, we bought a monkey backpack leash. There will be too many times where we will be taking him out of the stroller, and once he gets out, he sort of puts up  a fight to get back in. To solve this problem, we bought the monkey leash so that he can at least happily walk around some of the time. Heaven help us on the plane ride though.

The 20 month pictures were also his big brother reveal pictures--so here are a few more from that day.

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Henry was being less than cooperative, so these photos are less than stellar.

1 comment:

kfiland30 said...

Mr. Henry is growing up, so fast.. Thank goodness we have the blog to catch up on all the new beginnings..
keep up the good work Henry..
Love
Gamma and Bumpa!

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