Luke understands and uses these signs correctly:
More, Milk, Please, Down, Eat, Drink, Thank You, All Done, Bye and he points & says "shh...." while covering his mouth with one finger
He understands these signs:
Jump, Up, Yucky, No, You're Welcome, Sleep/Night Night
Mom, Dad, Hi, Bye, Down, More, Milk, Why, Stop, Wee, Woah,
Phrases he can say:
Where is it? Where did it go? Where is she? Where is he?
Animals he can name:
Dog, Bird, Duck
Animal sounds he can make:
Woof, Moo, Quack, "snap" (claps hands like an alligator's mouth)
Fine Motor Skills:
Luke is getting really good at stacking Mega Blocks on each other to build different shapes and towers.
He can fit small objects into small spaces.
He is starting to understand and figure out his shape sorters and puzzles.
He can put a ball (2") into a small hole (4").
He can hold a colored pencil or crayon correctly and color on a piece of paper.
Luke can pour from a cup into another container, though he does still spill a lot.
Gross Motor Skills:
Luke can walk and run.
He can walk backwards.
He can kick a ball. (big or small!)
He even dances, by stomping his feet and wiggling his butt! He does "the monkey" (raises & lowers his arms opposite of each other) and gets excited if you even mention dancing.
Luke can climb ladders, up stairs, into a restaurant high chair, onto the couches, onto the ottomans, off of the couch, off of the bed, and more. He can get just about any where he sets his mind to.
Luke waves hi & bye and blows kisses.
He also gives closed mouth kisses complete with the "smacking" noise.
Luke can carry large, awkward, and heavy objects in front of him while walking.
Luke can comb his own hair.
Luke can throw a ball over and under handed.
Luke can eat solid foods! He still spits, when he is "done" or doesn't like something. We're telling him no, removing the food, and ignoring it at times, all hoping he'll outgrow this negative behavior.
He starts his day with a "snack" of chips or raisins.
He eats about 1/2 a banana & a few raisins for breakfast most days.
Then he has another snack before nursing.
After his morning nap, he has another snack.
For lunch, he eats about 1/2 a slice of thick cut ham (about 1 oz), some chips, and some baby food veggies.
In the afternoon he has another snack, sometimes banana or baby food fruit.
Then he either eats what we're having for dinner or has some baby food w/ meat in it & a baby food veggie.
After his evening bath, he sometimes gets some baby food fruit with cereal mixed in or else some other kind of snack.
He is still not quite on par with what other 15 month old boys are eating, but we're really happy, considering on the 1st of this year he wasn't eating any solids. :)
Luke goes to bed around 9 pm.
He normally sleeps until at least 12:30 but sometimes sleeps through until 2 or 3:30. He likes to nurse for a few minutes when he wakes up until he falls back asleep.
Then he sleeps for another 3 hours or so & wakes up to nurse again.
Then he goes back to sleep (on the boob) and wakes up for the day around 7 am. Some days he wakes up earlier, other days he sleeps in as late as 8 am.
Luke still nurses and takes a morning nap, about 3 hours after he gets up.
He sometimes takes an afternoon nap when he nurses around 4 pm. He sometimes just nurses for a few minutes and is done. He can't decide if he needs 2 naps a day or not.
Luke enjoys playing:
Hide & Go Seek
In the bath tub
With the dogs
"Talk" on the phone
Movie-Toy Story & Toy Story 3
Toy- Fisher Price Spinning Speedway
Book-Little Feet Love, Baby Einstein Touch & Feel Wild Animals
Car Seat Safety:
Luke rides in a Radian 80SL rearfacing car seat.
He also still has some room to grow in his infant seat, technically, but it is a SNUG fit to get him into it! The limits on that seat are 30 lbs and 32 inches. Luke is about 21 lbs and 30 inches tall. We still occasionally use the "bucket" seat as a back-up seat.
Tom & Peggy bought Luke a potty seat. He has sat on it a few times, but never done anything on it.
I think he has a ways to go before he is ready for potty training. We might try again just before the baby is born & then use the extra attention he can get from it to help training him when we bring the baby home.
When we start actively training him, I want to get the "Ditto Daddy" trainer pattern to make him undies like Tim's!
Luke can point out his ear and nose. He can "wash" his hair, put lotion on his belly, & raise his arms. We are still working on eyes and mouth.
He can work the iPad and Tim's iPod Touch, he knows how to turn them on & unlock the screen. He can stop and start his movies.
Luke has been for 2 bike rides. He really enjoys the wind and says "Weee" the whole time we're riding.
Luke loves to be read to, but he can also entertain himself for several minutes (15-20) "reading" out load to himself. He just babbles away while turning the pages in his many books.
Luke can blow bubbles in the bath tub!