We're 18 Months Old!!

At this age - this is as good as it gets with the sock monkey pics. Austin and Addie had zero desire to sit still for 5 seconds and smile with their sock monkeys. Oh well. Still cute. :)

If there is one thing I can say about this phase we're in, it's "Monkey see, monkey do." If one does something, the other will follow. This is cute when they are doing things like dancing or running around in circles, not so cute when it involves couch diving. If you've never participated in couch diving, it is pretty much crawling up on the sofa table behind the couch and diving forward with absolutely no thought to the fact that you are going to hit the couch and bounce onto the floor. I realize that this is not a safe activity - I stop it when I can.

Austin and Addie are still great eaters and eat pretty much anything. Every once in a while they go through a weird "we don't eat meat" phase but we don't worry about it. They are so over drinking out of sippy cups if there are cups with straws around. However, they haven't quite mastered the skill of not dumping their drinks all over themselves so they are stuck with the sippy cups! We've tried to teach them to end their meals by saying "My compliments to the chef." Apparently at this age, compliments is a big word and sentences are just out of the question. So they will raise their hands and scream at the top of their lungs to signal that they are finished. We're still working on manners...

The A-Team is all over the place. They love to walk, run, climb, jump and tumble. Tackling Daddy is a favorite pasttime as well. They also like to push me over so I become their own personal horse. What they don't understand is that I have this huge belly that gets in the way so I'm more of a walrus than a horse. Unfortunately because of all of this rough tumbling, our kids are the ones that are always covered with scrapes and bruises. Oh well - they are still perfection!

They have also starting playing with each other a lot more, instead of just playing next to each other. They like to color together (and not just on paper - our little Picassos like to express themselves all over the walls), play with blocks together (usually this involves Addie building a tower and Austin destroying it) and playing chase. Because they are playing together more, they are learning that sharing is necessary. This is not usually a lesson that goes over well but one that we're going to let them figure out!

One thing our doctor mentioned at our 15 month appointment was to make sure to work on their speech. Austin and Addie are both pretty good at mimicking words and small phrases and we're working on numbers and body parts. Austin's favorite body part to pick out is his nose.

Addie also likes to point out her nose but she's a little more lady-like about it.

Austin - you have gone from being 100% boy to 200% boy! You like to bang things against the wall, scale the entertainment center and make as much noise as possible. At your 18 month appointment, you weighed in at 22 lbs, 7 oz (15th percentile), you are 32" tall (75th percentile) and your head is 19" (75th percentile). Dr. G complimented your weight gain and said that you are a very busy boy!

You are a pretty happy kid most of the time - unless you are hungry or tired. You are eager to share your toys but also pretty quick to steal them from your sister. You love to chase the dogs around, even if they aren't willing participants. You have the prettiest blue eyes and the biggest cheese smile - my favorite feature on you! As crazy and all over the place as you are during the day, when it's time to say your prayers at night, you give us snuggles. You like to give kisses too although they are more like open mouth tongue slobbers. I'll take what I can get! Austin - you melt my heart on a daily basis and amaze me with your boyness!

Addison - you are just a crazy lady! You are in to everything and love to imitate whatever we do. You like to point your fingers when you talk and always have something very important to say. We're still trying to decipher what that is but we're working on it! You have mastered the fine art of feminine wiles and know how to get what you want with those big blues and smile. I'm pretty sure that Daddy has already promised you a pink Mustang convertible and a pony. I'm pretty sure that he wouldn't even buy me that! You are becoming a little more selective in who you give your kisses to - glad I'm still on the list!

At Dr. G's office, you weighed in at 19 pounds, 1 oz (still off the chart but growing on the Addie scale), are 30.5" tall (30th percentile) and your head is 17.8" (30th percentile). He said that you are a princess and a strong girl. We also let him in on the secret that you might be a strong-willed little girl (who knows where that trait came from!) so he told us that we need to be consistent in our discipline. Discipline is not proving to be my strong suit so I'll leave that up to John!

At 18 months, I just can't get over how we don't have babies anymore. They are little adults with their own personalities, thoughts and opinions. Granted they still rely on us for a lot but they are so much more independent! Although we're starting some struggles with temper tantrums and battles of wills, this has been such a fun age! I love watching them develop and learn on a daily basis. I thank God every day for these perfect littls blessings He has given us!