Some days 18 months seems so little then some days it feels like life is speeding by me at immeasurable speeds.
It was this time last year Liam was just figuring out how to roll over front to back now he's climbing every piece of furniture we own like a well skilled mountain goat! It was just before Thanksgiving last year that we tried rice cereal for the first time....last night he had pizza for dinner! What?! He's also picking up on words we use (or phrases like telling the dog to "GO!"). Apparently that time he said "Doggie" perfectly was a fluke because he's never said it since BUT he's currently working on a list of D words: Dog, Duck, Down....I'm sure there are more he's working on that escape my short term memory. He's long mastered Deer (sounds like Diah), he will even look for them out the windows of my in-laws home where they are common place.
On weekday mornings Liam already helps with our routine bringing me his shoes (matching ones even!). He's pretty easy going about having his teeth brushed after breakfast, getting dressed and out the door even in his big coat. He really loves his buddies at Nanna's house especially now that a little boy is going there too.
Thankfully Liam still loves sleep, he goes down at 7:30p and gets up about 6:50am on weekdays and on weekends we allow him to sleep until he wakes which normally is about 7:15am-ish. He's also fully transitioned to one nap usually around noon for 2.5-3 hours. He still sleeps in his crib, we don't plan to convert it to a toddler bed until we move at which point he'll be 21 months (we'll see how the move goes it may be closer to his 2nd bday).
Eating has been interesting lately, he has days where he is just picky and won't even eat meals he usually loves. Very strange. But we are committed to not being short order cooks so if he doesn't eat his meal then he'll have to wait until the next. Liam has already picked up on this and will usually eat at least some of whatever his meal is. We still offer him snacks but not his favorite ones, we don't want him to learn that he can skip healthy meals and still get his favorite treats. This appears to be working....so far. He's certainly growing so we know he's not missing too many meals. He's currently fitting into 18-24 month clothing perfectly, 2T runs just a little big but isn't horrible (he doesn't seem to mind).
Liam is such a good and sweet little boy. I feel so very blessed. I'm so thankful that we were able to have him, he's truly a miracle. It's still hard for me to fully accept that we aren't able to have more children but it's gotten significantly easier...on the more challenging days I just focus hard on devoting all my energy to being the best mom to Liam and when all else fails I go to the gym cuz that always helps! :)