I tried to update each month for the past 6 months but let’s be honest….life with two little boys is busy! What I have below is a summary of each month and Owen’s growth/development.
Month 12 (Sept 28-Oct 27)
Owen learned so much during this period of time. He is a master of walking and cruises around the house.
We tried out some dairy because the doctor said we could try introducing it again to see Owen’s response. It didn’t go well so we are staying dairy-free for now and may try again down the road.
We are giving Owen a mixture of Ripple milk and Almond milk. We try to give him higher fat foods as much as we can to make up for what he is missing from whole milk.
Owen is a blanket sucker just like Liam. He loves sucking on his swaddle blankets for comfort.
Month 13 (Oct 28 -Nov 27)
Watch out we have a climber! Owen loves climbing on chairs, tables, couches, everything! He has also grown as he can reach more things than I thought he could.
Owen is always hungry. He basically runs to the kitchen if he knows someone is in there. He also is very aware when someone is eating something that he is not (and this can be really challenging when the rest of us are eating something with dairy in it).
He also got two molars that surprised both Joe and I as we were waiting for more front teeth to come in.
Owen has learned how to throw a tantrum and he makes sure everyone around knows it. This kid wants what he wants when he wants it…..hoping to break this mentality soon (advice welcome!).
Owen is learning how to imitate sounds and moves. He has a lot of fun copying all of us at home. He definitely knows when he is being silly too. He is quite the character.
Month 14 (Nov 28-Dec 27)
Owen is becoming quite the dare-devil. He loves testing us to see how we react when he does things that may seem “dangerous.”
Owen got his next two front teeth (one on each side of his front middle teeth) and a new lower molar.
Owen got his first little trim from mom and then a few days a buzz cut from dad as we realized it would be easier to just buzz it off. He instantly looks older!
Owen got his first time out and it actually proved to be effective. He was hitting his brother. We placed him in a 20 second time out and he didn’t hit Liam after.
Owen is still a really great eater. He loves eating food and eats most things.
Christmas was fun with both boys this year. 🙂
Month 15 (Dec 28 -Jan 27)
Owen continues to have no fear. He loves the attention as well. He continues to be a really good eater and has gotten good at feeding himself with a spoon.
His 4th molar is still working it’s way up. We are lucky he is pretty good at teething and doesn’t put up too much of a fuss.
Owen is definitely noticing when he is getting different food than Liam. He also has a strong preference for peanut butter and jelly.
We were even able to spend some time outside in the snow this month which was fun. Owen had fun figuring out the snow
Owen is starting to communicate much more with words but also knows how to get his point across by pointing, nodding, and grunting/crying.
Month 16 (Jan 28 -Feb 27)
This boy is HUNGRY! All the time. We are still keeping his diet dairy free as the doctor has said it would be hard to tell the difference between a reaction to dairy and teething. We will try dairy in small doses eventually to see if he truly has a dairy allergy (something he may grow out of). As of now we are still using almond milk and ripple milk and keeping all meals dairy free.
He has learned to run from his brother when he has a toy he doesn’t want to give up. He has also learned to scream and cry when Liam takes a toy from him. He has mastered the temper tantrum with a slow dramatic fall to the ground and down to his back (by the time he gets all the way down he basically forgets why he is upset in the first place).
He is very silly. He knows when he does something funny and will repeat that and expect a reaction every single time.
He is a copy cat. He LOVES copying his brother.
Owen was diagnosed with chilblains disease which is a swelling of the blood vessels from the cold. This is seen in Owen’s fingers, specifically his index fingers. There is no cure or treatment but we have made some changes to try to keep his hands warm at all times. This is something he can grow out of and we are praying he does.
We are working on words more with Owen. Sometimes he will repeat us but for the most part he isn’t all that interested in talking. He says his version of mom, dad, liam, grandpa, grandma, no, whoa, wow, uh-oh, and I’m sure a few more words regularly.
Month 17 (Feb 28 -Mar 27)
Owen is beginning to communicate much more. He isn’t the clearest communicator but it is getting way easier to tell what he is saying or what he wants. He is really good at shaking his head yes and no which is extremely helpful.
He continues to suck on his blanket and has begun rubbing his ear with it as well.
He is becoming a mini-Liam. He wants to do everything Liam does and will copy Liam all day every day.
Owen is still a really good eater and is still dairy-free. We are hoping to talk at his 18 month appt about re-introducing dairy and see how it goes. Hoping he grows out of it or has already grown out of it. We shall see.
Owen got another haircut this month. I can’t believe how much a haircut makes him look so much older!
Owen has started to prefer Joe lately. Anytime we are relaxing on the couch he may start by sitting with me but then will want to go sit with Joe.
Owen loves attention and continues to be fearless. He loves jumping of the couch and standing on things he shouldn’t.
Owen also loves being outside. Now that spring is here he has been amazed by the outdoors and loves walking around. It’s hard to get him to go back inside.
March 28th, 2019 —Happy 18 months Owen!!