17 Months



You just turned 17 months and this age is a lot of fun, sometimes challenging, but a lot of fun. You are full of personality! When you are in a really good mood it is the best- you run around jumping, dancing and playing. When we are out you are super social and say “hi” to everyone and are still fascinated with other kids. You’re very observant and point out everything from planes in the sky to trucks driving by. When you are in a not so good mood (like when you are tired or aren’t feeling well) you get fussy and restless. You don’t feel very social and just want your blanket, pacifier and Mama. Everything (diaper changes, eating, getting dressed) upsets you and you’ll burst into tears at any moment. The best way to get through these kind of days is to sit and read a lot of books and take walks.

INTO everything- Even though we “Roman proofed” the house as soon as you could walk it seems like we need to go through the place again. All of a sudden you are noticing all the top drawers- the ones that used to be out of reach and contained fun things like xacto knives, tiny paper clips, mouth wash, etc. You not only notice, but can reach inside and grab things like vaseline, toothpaste and sharpie markers. What’s even worse is that you can open doors too- closet doors where we shoved all the stuff we didn’t want you getting into.

ART – you have this wooden easel that has become a favorite toy. Multiple times a day you’ll take crayons or add stickers to the paper. You are pretty good at following the rules of just coloring on the paper  (not on the walls, hardwoods, etc) we leave your crayons out. We’ve been reading When Pigasso Met Mootisse a lot and you really like the page that looks like a Pollack painting. I even started putting a few  of your picture books with our coffee table books and I’ll find you looking through art books as much as you look through the story books.

STEP STOOL- we successfully solved the issue of climbing on furniture by getting you a step stool to practice on. You are completely satisfied with this option and climb up and down and move the stool to various locations in the house. Usually you end up placing yourself close to a light switch or a window. You LOVE switching the lights “on” or “off” as you’ll say. The stool placed near a window lets you look out at the trees and you get really excited if there is a bird sitting on a branch.

SORTING TOY- you mastered your sorting toy by putting the circle, triangle and square in all the right spots. This is a really big deal because for months you couldn’t sit still long enough to concentrate on anything (with the exception of books) but now the way you play is changing. You’re figuring toys out, mimicking with kitchen toys and involving your stuffed animals in everything.

UH OH is your current favorite saying and you know exactly when it’s appropriate to use it. Like yesterday when you pulled over drawers filled with my work supplies which scattered all over the floor. You came and got me saying UH OH and brought me to the scene. Definitely appropriate usage! As I cleaned up you hung over my shoulder with your arm around my neck, staring at the mess you shook your head no while repeating “uh oh” over and over. I had a really hard time not laughing as I thought you sounded pretty cute.


2 Responses to “17 Months”

  1. Krista Says:

    This is a fun age, isn’t it?! And yes, places that I was not prepared for Ryan to reach… drawers with knives in them, etc. He’s found that he can reach all the way in. The other day he walked out of our computer room carrying my passport, shocking me! But I love every minute of it and it sounds like you do too.

  2. Lindsay Says:

    Wonderful post! I MUST know what the story is behind the picture…

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