Tuesday, July 22, 2008

18 Month Check-Up

Friday was Honor's 18 month check-up. She weighed in at 22 lbs 8 oz and they measured her length at 31 1/4 " (I think she may be 31.5 or a bit more as they could not wrestle her into straightening out her leg for the measurement...that's my girl! She's definitely got some spirit!) Basically, she is in the 25th percentile (maybe a little higher for height).

She likes to dance and get down! She will boogie to the music and even enjoys playing her daddy's congas and bongos. She isn't half bad and already exhibits more of a sense of rhythm than her mommy. She must have gotten that propensity from her daddy, as he is so very gifted with rhythm and all things musical. What a fun thing to inherit, don't you think? This picture is a bit blurry, but it's only because she was drumming way too fast for the camera to catch!

She has an exploding vocabulary right now. It's crazy! She probably has about 50 words or more that she can say and between 40-50 signs, though she isn't using those as much as she used to now that she is able to speak more words. She has a couple of 2-word combos, but not many. The sweetest one is "bye-bye, Daddy", but the funniest one is, "poo-poo, yucky. " One thing I find funny is that Aidan used to call everything with wheels a "rar-rar". Honor calls almost everything with wheels a "bike!!"

If you ask her if she wants something, she will take a moment to reflect on your proposal and then either say "no" while shaking her head from side to side, causing all her little curls to go flying about her head, or she will say, "u-hunh!" in a sing-song kind of way to communicate her approval and/or excitement.

I also get a kick out of how she used to call crackers, "crack-ers", but now she just calls them, "crack". HA!

She has a great deal of poise for such a tiny bit of a thing. She has always been able to balance herself. It has been very strange watching her climb on things and then get down again. She almost never falls and she has an intuitive sense of how to get herself out of or off her perches. If she cannot, she will turn to you and both do the sign for and say the word, "help" out loud. Both of these pictures are evidence of her exquisite balance in action. You can't tell in the first one, but she is standing on top of Aidan's "Ramps Around the Garage" toy. In the second photo she is exiting the back of her wagon without any falls which is quite a challenge as those wheels can easily roll if you push too much either way.

She is quite quick to laugh and has an infectious smile. She still laughs the loudest and the most for her brother, whom she most often calls "bub-ba" or "bubber". She has some words that are so clear you cannot believe an 18 month old said them, but others are definitely only understood by mom, dad, and bubber.

The last anecdote I will share is this: Instead of saying "done", she says "none" and then takes her food and drops it over the side of the high-chair tray onto the floor. We're working on that, but mommy is not getting anywhere with that, so Honor continues to drop food on the floor on a regular basis to announce that she is indeed, "none".


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Paul Stokes said...

I can't wait to see her!