Below is a list of what most babies do by the end of 18 months (with my comments behind them):
Social and Emotional
- Likes to hand things to others as play (yes, but depends on what it is!)
- May have temper tantrums (a little bit but nothing major)
- May be afraid of strangers (maybe a little bit)
- Shows affection to familiar people (yes, for sure)
- Plays simple pretend, such as feeding a doll (not sure)
- May cling to caregivers in new situations (yes, but warms up quickly)
- Points to show others something interesting (yes)
- Explores alone but with parent close by (yes)
- Says several single words (yes, he doesn't say a LOT of words but communicates very effectively)
- Says and shakes head “no” (yes, but I think he gets it mixed up some times)
- Points to show someone what he wants (yes)
Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
- Knows what ordinary things are for; for example, telephone, brush, spoon (yes)
- Points to get the attention of others (yes)
- Shows interest in a doll or stuffed animal by pretending to feed (he LOVES stuffed animals, not sure if he pretends or not)
- Points to one body part (ha, he can point out ten or more!)
- Scribbles on his own (I have no idea, I've never given him a writing utensil)
- Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures; for example, sits when you say “sit down” (for sure)
- Walks alone (yes)
- May walk up steps and run (no, but I'm sure it is coming)
- Pulls toys while walking (yes)
- Can help undress herself (yes)
- Drinks from a cup (yes)
- Eats with a spoon (he CAN, I just don't usually give him one)
Overall, Mac is doing great. He LOVES to read books (again and again and again!). He still naps twice a day most days but I think he is getting ready to transition to one nap. He sleeps for about 12 hours most nights, from 7pm to 7am, give or take. And he still uses a pacifier when he sleeps. I go back and forth on whether to get rid of it, but it makes bedtime/nap time so much easier!!! Last time I checked, he had 14 teeth. His bottom eye teeth (or two year molars will probably be next). He is a funny boy and loves to tell jokes:
Daddy: Mac, tell us a joke.
Mac: Knock, knock! Hahahahah!
He also loves to sing. His favorite song right now is "Baa, baa black sheep." But he will walk around the house singing his own song all the time. Or stand on the ottoman to sing (which I do NOT encourage!). He still loves to eat and can now open the pantry door (gasp!). But, as of now, he will close it when told to. I may need to see about getting a lock for it. He insists that almost everything he eats has "dip dip" with it. Dip dip can be anything that he can dunk something into. He knows who he is but doesn't necessarily point to himself when we ask him where Mac is. But when he sees pictures or himself in the mirror or when we talk about him, he "gets" it. He can go up and downstairs without problems. In fact, we don't use the gate any more as a way to stop him from going up or downstairs (it is now used for when Finn wants to play something and not have Mac "help.").
Happy half birthday, Baby! While I do get frustrated with him, it is usually because I'm busy and he just wants me. He really is usually easily pacified and calmed because when he's upset, it is for a specific reason. I keep wondering when he'll get more difficult (which I know is coming!) but am really enjoying where he's at right now.