Eighteen months. An entire year and a half, where has that gone? It feels like the quickest 18 months of my life, but recently some of the days have felt like the longest I’ve ever lived. Sure, some of the newborn days feel like they last an eternity, but the early days of toddlerhood are testing us as a family, that’s for sure. I don’t want to write a negative post, and I won’t, but I also don’t want to paint the last month as sunshine and rainbows when it’s been more.. thunderstorms and shipwrecks.
I mean it when I say that I know tantrums and challenging behaviour are normal for young children but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to deal with. I’m thinking that I’ll actually write a separate post on how I’ve been feeling / coping(or rather, not coping all that well) with my changing little boy, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
If you missed Tyler’s 17 month update, you can read it here.
Despite the challenging behaviour, Tyler is learning and developing so fast at the minute. He only has to see me or someone else do something once before he’s copying it or at least attempting to. For example my mum gave Tyler a watering can yesterday to play with in the garden and straight away he started pretending to water the plants. Little things like that show me just how impressionable and sponge like Tyler is at this age and it’s awesome but also pretty scary.
We’re all certainly going to have to start watching our language too as little man is so chatty! I’m pretty sure I’ve said this every month so far this year, but although we’re not having full blown conversations just yet, Tyler’s vocabulary is really starting to take shape. “Ta” “Dadi” “Bubbles” “Door” and “Yeah” are his current favourite words. I’m super excited to see what his accent is going to be like when he really starts talking!
No new teeth this month and I’m unsure as to when we’ll be seeing any new appearances. Although Tyler is chewing away at his hands and dribbling like Pavlov’s dog, there aren’t any signs on his gums that anything is coming.
I have officially forgotten what sleep feels like. I’ve spoken about Tyler’s sleeping habits a lot in the last year, I even shared how we cracked getting him to self soothe and sleep through the night, but I think we may have fallen victim to the dreaded 18 month sleep regression. Tyler will wake up at an ungodly hour and scream his lungs out until we’re downstairs on the sofa. He’ll then proceed to be wide awake for anywhere between 2-5 hours.. so that’s FUN. If anyone has any positive tips/tricks or stories on getting through this sleep regression, then please do send them my way.
Tyler is still loving his role playing toys but he’s also enjoying anything with wheels, so that’s little toy cars, the Cozy Coupe, prams, basically if it rolls, he’ll love it! He’s also obsessed with his shoes.. well, anyone’s shoes actually! My mum recently bought him the cutest pair of crocs ever(yes, crocs are cute on kids) and he spends hours everyday putting them on or bringing them over to me.. it’s very adorable.
How did you find this age with your little one? Do you see any similarities in Tyler with your child? I’d love to know!