Last week we had Jacob’s 15 month check up. His pediatrician moved into a brand new office and as we were walking through the lobby I felt as if we were in a really nice hotel instead of a medical facility. Instead of checking in with the receptionist there was a kiosk where we checked in electronically and sat down in the kids play area to wait for the nurse to call us back. It was a short visit. His doctor weighed him, measured him, checked his eyes, ears, mouth and everything looks great. Jacob got his shots and we made an appointment to go back for a follow up in August. Here are his latest numbers:
- Jacob weighs 21.6 pounds
- Jacob is 31 inches long
- The circumference of his head is 18 5/8 inches
A few fun things I want to remember about Jacob over these past few months:
When I stopped breastfeeding at 12 months old, Jacob was still taking his milk in a bottle. At 13 months we made the transition from a bottle to a cup, it didn’t really go as easy as everyone made it seem. He would drink water out of a cup with no problem since he had been doing so for several months, but when I put milk in it, he would look at the cup and see that it was not water and throw it on the ground without even one sip. I had to laugh because I remember a time when I was desperate for him to take a bottle and now here I was trying to get him off the bottle! After consulting with his pediatrician, he told me to stop the bottle cold turkey and keep trying to give him milk in a cup, and feed him lots of cheese, cereal with milk and yogurt to ensure he is getting the calcium and other nutrients he needs. After almost a month of doing that, he finally realized that he was not getting his bottle back and resigned to drinking his milk out of a cup.
We’ve been signing to Jacob pretty much since he was born. I know he understands what we are signing to him and he has been doing some signs on his own for a while, but recently he has really stepped up and is signing a lot of things. It is so cute to watch him figure out how to communicate what he wants to say. I really try to sign mostly everything, especially when I am reading or singing songs to him, but the main ones we do on a daily basis are: diaper, milk, water, eat, more, please, all done, bath, socks, shoes, dog, daddy, mommy, and poop…yes he does it when he is pooping and I have Justin to thank for teaching him that one 🙂
Jacob has been known for his charming smile and friendly waves to every soul that passes by for quite some time. Now he is getting even more playful (and smarter!) He puts his cheek to his shoulder and gives a sideways glance when he is being shy. He starts to give you something then right when you go to take it from him he moves his hand back and giggles to play keep away. When drinking his milk, if he notices we are drinking a beverage as well, he will hold up his cup to do “cheers” each time he takes a sip. He loves to give kisses and blow kisses. Anytime I try to pick him up to change his diaper or clothes he thinks we are playing a game of chase and takes off away from me. He loves being naked and again when I try to get him dressed he desperately tries to wiggle out of my grasp. He will point to his head, ears and toes on command, but if you ask him where his nose or bellybutton is he will only show you where your nose or bellybutton are. He loves to lay on his tummy and roll back and forth, kind of reminds me of when he was a newborn and we spent so much time doing tummy time. While he is usually his charming self, he has his moments too. When he is tired or doesn’t get what he wants, he will throw full on temper tantrums, yelling, stamping his feet and throwing himself on the ground. When he wants to be in the center of attention and Justin gives me a kiss or a hug Jacob will yell and try to push him away from me. He is very vocal these days and has been making all kinds of noises testing to see what sounds he makes that we will respond to, this is where the sign language has come in handy. Thankfully those moments are fewer than the playful ones, but of course, they always seem to arise when we have company or when we are in public. Go figure!
We still read to Jacob before every nap, bedtime and randomly throughout the day. He has his favorite books and will let you know if you are not reading the one he wants to read. Once we determine the correct reading material for the moment he settles in to enjoy the story. I love that he knows what is coming and will say things or sign something at the appropriate time in the book. In Snuggle Puppy whenever we say the word kiss, he will blow a kiss. In We’re Going on a Bear Hunt he picks out the doggie on every page and every time we say “Oh No!” he puts his hand up to his head. In The Very Hungry Caterpillar when we get to the part when the caterpillar is full and fat, he will flip back to the beginning of the book and compare the hungry (skinny) vs the not hungry (fat) caterpillar. In Goodnight Moon he always points out the red balloon, and when we come across the kittens he always says “doggie” (close enough!) In Where’s Spot? he sometimes waves to the animals behind the door/stairs/piano, etc… when he lifts the flap and after he finds Spot in the basket he gets a big smile of accomplishment on his face. In Guess How Much I Love You he will reach his arms out to show how much he loves us. In any book where there is a dog (or any furry animal on 4 legs) Jacob will exclaim “doggie!” When done with the book he closes it and signs all done. It just blows my mind sometimes how much he really understands and comprehends…it is amazing!
Jacob is not quite walking yet. For months he has been pushing around a walker toy and cruising around on furniture. For a while he would climb to a standing position behind my legs and push me forward so he could walk behind me. Then he moved onto holding onto my finger while he walks around, which is what he wants to do all.the.time. This week he has been standing on his own and experimenting with taking a few solo steps here and there. He is very capable of walking on his own, he just doesn’t want to. He keeps reaching for my finger and every time I wriggle my finger out of his grasp he takes a step and realizes that he doesn’t have any support and sits down. I know there will come a day when I will be begging him to hold my hand and right now I keep trying to wriggle my hand out of his grasp…kind of like the bottle thing. So the walking on his own is the next big milestone he is working towards at the moment. Justin and I have a bet, when he turned 15 months old I said it would be at least another 3-4 weeks before he started walking on his own, Justin thinks it will be earlier. So stay tuned…
There is so, so much more and no way I can document everything. All in all, Jacob has been so much fun! We truly are enjoying this little man who has taken over our lives and we are so blessed to be his parents!
Here is our little monkey taking his phone calls in the laundry basket.