Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Walker is 18 Months!

How our little man is already 18 months is seriously beyond me. I truly can't believe he will be two years old in six short months! It's true what they say: "The days are long, but the years are short." 

Since I'm not doing monthly posts dedicated to him, I wanted these random postings to be a little snapshot of him in his current state and allow it to be a little slideshow reel, if you will, of sweet Walker. 

He is currently 18 months old, 28 pounds and the sweetest little boy I ever did meet! He's truly all boy. 

Like I said, he's so ridiculously sweet. He loves to give kisses and hugs, and will do it to seriously anyone and everyone. He's definitely a little love! A few weeks ago when I was rocking him for bed {and usually the rocking lasts about two minutes before he points to his bed}, he had his head on my shoulder and I was listening to his breathing get heavier and heavier. He put his arm around my neck, then looked at me unprompted, said, "Hi!", put both hands on both sides of my face and kissed me on my lips over and over. Then he laid his head back down on my shoulder and fell asleep. I'm not going to lie to you: I got choked up! 

Walker is also very silly and loves to laugh. He loves to be tickled, when we chase him, when we hide from him and scare him {he loves saying, "Booooo!"} and he makes funny faces like a pro. He still makes his little loud screeches and will crack up at himself. 

He has been talking up a storm now, and it's crazy to hear his vocabulary expanding. I made him a one-year book and we look at that every day -- multiple times on the weekends -- and he can point to all of our family members and tell you who they are. I love hearing his sweet little voice say, "Papa" {my dad} and "Nana," {my grandmother}, among others. 

He's really become a little "Pete Repeat," as we like to say. He will practically repeat everything we say, and Brandon and I always tell each other that we're really going to have to watch what comes out of our mouths because it will come out of his. 

He's saying the basics, of course, as well: mama, daddy, bye-bye, hi, uh-oh, go, book, milk, this, that, ball, bubbles, car, boat, truck, yes, no, more, etc. 

He can hold up his index finger and show you he's one, and he can say "one, two, three" {"uh, too, tee"} and loves when we say, "Ready....Set..." and he yells "GOOOOOOO!" He can tell you the sounds many animals make, as well as various modes of transportation sounds: planes {"panes"}, helicopters {"toh-ters"}, boat, car, truck {"tuck"}. He can also show you where various body parts are on himself and on others: head, ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hands, feet and bellybutton. He is fascinated with belly buttons -- so weird!

My favorite thing as of late is when he does something he knows he's not supposed to do, he looks at us and says, "No no no!" while wagging his index finger. It's hilarious! 

He is still a huge animal lover and will go up to any animal and try to kiss and pet it. Of course, we have to remind him to "be sweet," especially when he's playing with our cat, Oliver...and trying to pull his tail. 

He also adores Brandon beyond belief. The second Brandon gets home from work, Walker will stop what he's doing and run full-speed to his Daddy. It's the sweetest thing seeing those two together! He's also a huge fan of my mom, dad, sister Maggie, Aunt Tina and my mother-in-law. 

Walker loves being outside and gets so upset when it's time to come inside. He's still a huge fan of his car, playing with bubbles and his bubble machine, and just running around outside. This summer, he has truly enjoyed swimming, riding in my parents' boat and on their jet skis and sitting on the "beach" at the lake. We're already planning a beach trip for him next summer, and I know he's going to have the time of his life! Indoors, Walker still loves to read, and his favorite book is still "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" with "Little Blue Truck" coming in second. He also still enjoys playing with his Melissa & Doug Vehicle Sound Puzzle and Farm Animal Sounds Puzzle, as well as the shape sorting cube. Of course, he always plays with any car or truck; he doesn't discriminate! While at my parents' house earlier this month, he played with my siblings' old farm and Noah's Ark, and I think we might have to add those to his Amazon Wish List! Ha!

He is in size 5 diapers for daytime and size 4 overnight diapers. He's in some 18-24 months clothes, but mostly 24 months and/or 2T clothes, swimsuits and pajamas. He recently hit a growth spurt and moved up to size 6 shoes. 

He is still a great sleeper! We pushed his bedtime back to 7:30 p.m., so he typically sleeps from then until about 6:30 or 7 a.m., though I've had to wake him up more toward 7 a.m. recently. He takes one two-hour nap at school during the week, and two two-hour naps at home on the weekends. 

Walker still loves to eat, but he is 100% eating what we eat now. No pouches {other than yogurt}, no special meals and no variations. {Of course, unless it's spicy.} He eats what we eat at dinner and I love that! We stopped with the Nutrigrain breakfast bar in the mornings; he now gets scrambled eggs and fruit or cheese toast on Ezekiel Bread and fruit. After spending a week at my mom's house, pretty much any sign of pickiness is gone, hallelujah! He eats breakfast, two snacks and dinner, getting milk at his meals and water at his snacks and anytime he wants it. 

He really loves scrambled eggs, watermelon, cheese toast, grilled cheese, broccoli, PB&J, sweet potatoes, grilled chicken with ketchup, blue corn tortilla chips, asparagus, milk, and graham crackers.

He has six teeth, but I see a couple of the bottom and top molars {finally} starting to poke through. These teeth are coming in very slowly, but that doesn't keep him from chowing down.

He loves to open and close doors, "vroom" his cars around our house, push the buttons on the front-loading washing machine and dryer, read, pull Oliver's tail, give kisses, cuddle in your lap when he's waking up in the mornings, going to check the mail, knocking down his blocks, going on walks outside, running and watching airplanes fly by. 

So there you have our sweet Walker! Happy Wednesday!


  1. Happy 18 months to Walker - how sweet does he look in that little fedora!!

  2. Happy18 Months Walker!! He is so adorable.

  3. He is seriously the cutest! That photo of him & your husband looking at each other....precious! Happy 18 Months!

  4. Happy 18 months Walker! I'm sure the time has flown by! He's adorable!!!


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