Running from the Law: Baby Mac - 18 Months

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Baby Mac - 18 Months

Dear Baby Mac,

I take back every time I've said that it's the best age, because really, RIGHT NOW, 18 months, THIS is the BEST age EVER.  I mean it this time.  I don't know how it's possible, but you just keep getting more and more amazing.  Your dad and I fight over which one of us is your number 1's a toss-up.  We are both absolutely crazy about you.  Seriously, it's bad....we need more hobbies or a couple more kids.  Well, at least you'll have something to talk to your therapist about in the future.  
This has been such a fun month for all of us.  We have done so much and you've really turned into a little kid.  You are more and more independent and opinionated by the day.  I think the biggest development is your vocabulary.  You are such a jabberbox.  You never shut up.  I don't have a clue what you're saying about 75% of the time, but that sure doesn't stop you.  You are probably up to about 40-50 words right now, which is just outstanding.  You pick up a new word every day or two.  "Mama" is still my favorite.
You are really into books right now and we read 4-5 books before nap time and bedtime every day.  We just started reading Go Dogs, Go, which you love!  You pump your fist and yell GODOGS! like a champ.  You also still love the Little Blue Truck, Mommy Hugs, Moo Baa La La La and anything with trucks or farm animals.  We also sing together every night.  You now hum along, which is the sweetest sound I've ever heard.  You love singing Row Row Row Your Boat, which just means you repeat Row Row Row Row Row Row over and over.  I love it.   A coworker gave me an old keyboard to put in your playroom and you love playing the piano.  You also still love playing the guitar with your daddy and dancing in his lap.  
Lately you're obsessed with keys.  You've always loved driving, but now you can manipulate a key and get it into the keyhole and turn the key.  It's pretty amazing.  You can take my giant key ring full of keys, pick out the one for the backdoor and get it in the keyhole.  The first time you did it I stood there in absolute shock.  How are you so smart?!  Any time you see a car (real or toy), you ask for the keys.  A lock with a key will entertain you for longer than anything else right now.  It won't be long before you're able to start the car and drive yourself to the grocery store!   
You're also turning into such a great little helper.  You love to help me feed the dogs (which basically means dumping dog food all over the floor), feed the fish (dumping way too much food into the tank), water the plants (drown them and soak the carpet), make breakfast (get pancake batter everywhere), throw away the trash (throw everything that's not trash also in the trash), put away laundry (by dumping the basket of clothes on the floor) and sweep (push dog hair around with a broom).  
Little dude, you're still a great eater, most days.  You are getting better at eating (sitting still) in restaurants, but we've still got a long way to go.  I'm excited for you to have Thanksgiving dinner this year, especially after you loved it so much last year.  Your favorite foods are still pasta, chicken burgers, spinach/kale bites, macaroni & cheese, rotisserie chicken, pretzels, raspberries, bananas, scrambled eggs and anything sweet.  I love giving you breakfast in the morning and watching you devour your food!  We sing the "jelly toast song" and dance around the kitchen.  You can eat more pancakes than I can.
Speaking of mornings, you have been sleeping in until about 7:30 a.m. most mornings, which is AWESOME.  Please keep that up.  You are so happy to see me when I walk into your room and you tell me that you're "ALL DONE" sleeping.  You then insist on brushing your teeth with me in our bathroom with your dad's toothbrush and real toothpaste (only a teeny tiny bit).  We both brush, while you hold puppy and I hold you.  You also like to help me brush my teeth by jamming the toothbrush in my mouth and wiping it across my face.  You think this is hilarious (I can't count the number of times I've gone to work with toothpaste in my hair or on my face).  We both spit and rinse together.  Sometimes puppy gets his teeth brushed too.
We've also been really active this past month.  You and I went to Florida to visit friends, just the two of us and had the most amazing weekend at the beach.  Then we all went to Chicago the following weekend to visit your uncle, aunt and cousin for Uncle Justin's birthday.  You were such a great little travel companion and slept on 3 of the 4 flights.  You adjusted well to the time difference (and the time change) like a pro!  You took great naps and slept through the night, every night except one.  You were also really great at sharing toys and things with your friends.  No major meltdowns over toys either weekend.  I call that major success!
This whole being a parent thing just keeps getting better and better.  Thank you for being such an awesome, fun kid.  You really are the greatest thing I've ever done.
Your mama
  • talking
  • keys
  • slides
  • playing the piano
  • singing 
  • throwing things in the trash
  • raking leaving/sweeping the house
  • hugs
  • laughing
  • Puppy and Kitty
  • showers
  • watering the plants
  • feeding the fish and the dogs
  • mowing the lawn
  • driving trucks/cars
  • jelly toast (and the song about jelly toast we sing every time we eat jelly toast)
  • spinning around in circles until you're so dizzy you fall over
  • brushing your teeth
  • Hot Dog song from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  • chocolate
  • being tickled
  • riding daddy like a horse
  • riding Sage like a horse
  • phones
  • markers
  • playing in the sand
  • jumping in the leaves
  • diaper changes
  • getting dressed
  • wearing shoes or socks
  • being told no
  • waiting for anything
  • the car seat (STILL)
  • being helped
Noteworthy Items:
  • first haircut
  • trip to Florida with mama
  • trip to Chicago to visit your cousin, Alex
  • first pee in the potty
  • first shower


  1. Such a great update! Max is still getting better with age, so more fun times coming your way!

  2. I love it! Sounds like you have one pretty great kid :)

  3. I love this post! You have so many great pictures that capture who he is. Fun!!!

  4. How is it possible that he's already 18 months?! He's such a cool little dude!! Totally love hearing how he's growing and changing each month!

  5. Time just goes by way too fast! Boys are so much fun aren't they? I can't wait to get to that age and for my son to call me mama too! I'm sure that will be my favorite word as well :)

  6. All I can say is I cannot WAIT to see him again in a couple of weeks!

    I go back and forth between "Oh this age is so much fun" and "AHH you're growing up too fast! Stop it!!"

  7. What a fun update!!! It's so funny that we keep saying this is the best age...that must mean that we are having fun!!! :) Haha! He is such a doll, Sara! I LOVE his haircut...I am obsessed with cutting Cam's hair. I love how old he looks. (Even though I'm not trying to rush time.) These updates are so cool to look back on...I am so glad you do them! ox

  8. Love, love love all these pictures! So happy to see it only gets better from here! :)

  9. He is the cutest little boy EVER. 18 months looks SO fun!

  10. Well, I've been reading a long time but haven't here it goes!

    I love this post. And your blog is great. Excited to read more!

  11. First pee in the potty?! Are you training him?! Oh man this is something I'm dreading!

  12. Seriously. I love him!!! :) He and Jaqs remind me so much of each other! If the 4 of us were to get together, I don't think you and I would be able to get a word in with all their jabbering!

    PS--peed in the potty?! What?! Go Mac!

  13. What a cute post, Sara!! Mac looks more and more grown up all the time. And congrats on the potty!! We can't even get M to go anywhere near hers, lol. Yet, she *hates* getting her diaper changed. Um, hello? Use the pot and I won't have to be the diaper nazi! Ah, good times. Good times. XO!

  14. I LOVE this! I keep saying that every stage is my favorite. They just keep getting more and more fun. He is the cutest!

  15. So sweet! And I have to agree... 18 months really is the best ever! They are just so interactive and curious and wanting to try and learn and do. And sweet. They are just such gosh darn lovers at this age!

  16. 18 Months is definitely amazing, A just turned 19 and it's just as cool ;) I'm just waiting for the "this is the most fun" stage comments to finally end... terrible 2's?? I swear since 9-10months I've just loved it more and more. A and Mac would have a lot of fun together, lots of similar loves!

  17. He looks so grown up since he got that haircut!! Sounds like you guys had some awesome trips this month- and props to flying alone with him!

  18. All done sleeping--I love it!!! After reading this I'm even more excited for the months ahead!

  19. He is too much!
    Feeding the pup is a serious highlight around here (for the dog and for M).
    M HATES diapers and clothes. How do we convince these little boys that buff isn't always best?
    P.S. In the tooth brush pic, Is Mac in a sleep sack? If so, how does he like it??

  20. How cute is "all done sleeping?!" I can't believe how grown up he is -- especially sitting next to that little baby! He just seems like so much fun! You were right sounds so much like Callie these days too and I think they are right on each others heels with talking! I just love this age too!!! :)

  21. Hi! I read your guest post on Mrs. Beers blog and I so enjoyed reading it. It's always good to read other parents experiences :) Mac is super duper cute! I love how you record all these moments. I think I definitely need to start doing that so I can look back and recall all these precious moments.
    Your newest follower, Sarah

  22. You take the absolute best photos.

  23. It seems NUTS that he is 18 months already! What a cutie you have on your hands!

  24. Ok, he is ridiculous! How is it possible that he is so cute! And the fact that he already went potty once...Elyse will go sit on hers, but simply wants to have some toilet paper just so she can shred it! ha!