Noah at 15 months - "Garden" and other words...

Sunday, 7 October 2012

The time since Noah's 1st birthday has flown by and it feels like his development has sped up 100%! He's nearly 15 months and he now says a few words. So far his favourite word is "Garden". He has loved being out in the garden all summer and now I fear that he will be fed up of being cooped up inside during the colder months. The mere mention of the word "Garden" and he's off to pick up his shoes, pointing at the back door repeatedly saying "garden"! So much so that we were outside in the back garden in the rain one Sunday morning. I couldn't say no to him and I love how the rain makes no difference to him. He's not conditioned yet to want to stay in when the skies are grey and wet. Hmm, might not love this so much as the winter kicks in.... 

He has progressed from saying Dadda to Daddee, Mummee, Nanee and he says "Isla" all the time. Other words he says: "ball", "bubble", "cup", "cat" and "up" when he wants to go upstairs. He does so many animal sounds in response to seeing pictures, oinks like a pig, roars like a lion, even bigger roar for Dinosaur etc - he loves the Peekaboo Barn app on my phone and I've found it such a useful tool for getting his nappy changed without wrestling with him. He also says 'Bi, ed, us' - which is his way of singing the song Big Red Bus.

He loves music still. Dances immediately on hearing it. This fits in nicely with Isla's current love of musical chairs and musical bumps! He joins in, not quite understanding why he has to sit down suddenly or why he's getting pushed off a chair. He also enjoys nursery rhymes, particularly 'Row, row, row your boat". To be honest, he dances even if there's no music on if you ask him to.

He LOVES anything Thomas the Tank Engine! He now has so many Thomas t-shirts/ PJ's that I'm worried he might not wear anything else. The minute he saw some Thomas tracksuit bottoms my mum bought him from Sainsburys yesterday he started stripping off the trousers he had on! The Thomas thing even goes so far as yogurt - he loves the pots with the characters and is visibly disappointed if we don't have those ones.

We're still regularly waking in the night (read 'regularly' as EVERY BLOODY NIGHT!).  This does get me and the OH down actually. And he does want a bottle to get back to sleep. It's really tricky as Isla and Noah share a room now, so what the hell are we meant to do when he's screaming the house down other than give in to what he wants? So most nights he has a bedtime bottle and then he will wake anytime between 11.30pm and 3am and need milk. He then goes back to sleep and either sleeps until between 5am and 6.30am depending on the time he has woken up initially and if it's the earlier time then he gets another bottle and gets put back down again - we've manged to get him out of the habit of rising for the day at 5.30am (touching lots of wood while I write this). I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel to be honest with the nightly waking. He eats enough food during the day so it has definitely become a habit and if he was our only child then I think we would leave him to cry himself back to sleep but because Isla gets disturbed we can't do that really.

Back to happier things, he adores Bobcat and is actually really gentle with him when he strokes him. Although his excitement does get the better of him sometimes he does screech a bit when he sees him which freaks Bobby out a bit.

Cars and trains are his current favourite things, he will zoom around the floor with them for ages, making car and train noises as he does it. I can watch him play for ages, he finds it so easy to do it on his own, he doesn't need to be accompanied while he plays. He is also an avid Lego Duplo fan, he can build for ages. We also play hide and seek so often with Isla that when he hears people counting for any other reason he covers his eyes like we're having a game of hide and seek.

I feel so much love for my little boy, I feel such pride when I see him growing and changing but a tiny part of me mourns him not being a baby anymore. Which feels odd to me as I found it quite hard when he was a little baby!




6 comments:

  1. MsXpat said...:

    I empathize with you night routine. Angelo is now 23 months and he still wakes at night, sorry if that's no consolation. As you said its become a habit, for some months now he has not needed milk but would just wake and come to our bed to sleep from say 2-3am to 7:30 am. While I'm not a working mum I still don't have the energy to do the sleep as we are togehter 27/7 and then some without respite, first I delayed it due to living in a flat and the walls were thin I worried about the neighbhours. We've now moved flats the walls are think but I'm now in my 3rd Trimester of pregnancy and can't face losing more sleep than I do already. Now his eating has decreased he sometime wants milk at 3am, water will not work, he'll not accept it.

    In your case as it seems that its only milk that Noah wants and he shares a room with his sister, at least you have one less thing to worry about (co-sleeping). He may grow out of wanting the milk in a few months or perhaps you can enquire about a way to make the night formula before thicker, see if that works. Good luck :0)

  1. thanks hon, we've bought some gold top to see if that works with the sleeping - and do you know he had it for the first time last night and he slept till 5am. Then I gave him his morning bottle in the dark and he went back to sleep till 7.30!! Miracle I'm sure and I bet it won't happen again but I actually overslept for the first time in 15 months!!!

  1. Wally Mummy said...:

    You've got a fabulous little chap there ;) x I cannot wait until my little girl turns one! Trying not to wish it away but I'm so looking forward to her being a little girl rather than a baby xxx lovely post x hope the nights get easier for you xx

  1. Katie Mclean said...:

    gorgeous. I might nick this post & print out for my sons memory box as its exactly how I feel about him..& they sound like similar chaps too! with max I let him scream it out for 2 nights & the night bottle habit was broken..it does get you down, esp with the first one being increasingly 'lively' all day! I am constantly amazed at how different boys & girls are too... Just love having a son!

  1. Katie Mclean said...:

    gorgeous. I might nick this post & print out for my sons memory box as its exactly how I feel about him..& they sound like similar chaps too! with max I let him scream it out for 2 nights & the night bottle habit was broken..it does get you down, esp with the first one being increasingly 'lively' all day! I am constantly amazed at how different boys & girls are too... Just love having a son!

  1. i know what you mean, girls and boys are definitely different. It's so obvious from the day they're born, I mean all children are different to one another but I totally see what different creatures boys and girls are! :)

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