Well baby check-up: 18 months

I can't believe Graham is 18 months already!  There are times I look at him and he looks like a baby.  More often, though, I look at him and see a little boy.  This is a helpful milestone chart to which I like to refer from time to time.  I'm pleased to say that Graham is still right on track!
Child's Age
Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
13 monthsUses two words skillfully (e.g., "hi" and "bye")
Bends over and picks up an object
Enjoys gazing at his reflection
Holds out arm or leg to help you dress him
Combines words and gestures to make needs known
Rolls a ball back and forth
14 monthsEats with fingers
Empties containers of contents
Imitates others
Toddles well
Initiates games
Points to one body part when asked
Responds to instructions (e.g., "give me a kiss")
Uses a spoon or fork
Matches lids with appropriate containers
Pushes and pulls toys while walking
15 monthsPlays with ball
Uses three words regularly
Walks backward
Scribbles with a crayon
Adopts "no" as his favorite word
"Helps" around the house
Puts his fingers to his mouth and says "shhh"
16 monthsTurns the pages of a book
Has temper tantrums when frustrated
Becomes attached to a soft toy or other object
Discovers the joy of climbing
Stacks three blocks
Uses spoon or fork
Learns the correct way to use common objects (e.g., the telephone)
Takes off one piece of clothing by himself
Gets finicky about food
Switches from two naps to one
17 monthsUses six words regularly
Enjoys pretend games
Likes riding toys
Feeds doll
Speaks more clearly
Throws a ball underhand
Dances to music
Sorts toys by color, shape, or size
Kicks ball forward
18 monthsWill "read" board books on his own
Scribbles well
Strings two words together in phrases
Brushes teeth with help
Stacks four blocks
Throws a ball overhand
Takes toys apart and puts them back together
Shows signs of toilet training readiness

He does not string words together in phrases - that's about the only thing he doesn't do on this chart (that, perhaps, and showing signs of toilet training readiness).  I've mentioned before that his physical development has definitely outpaced his verbal development, but luckily he is starting to use more "words."  Dog, ball, daddy, mama, milk, more and hat are frequently uttered.  We also now have "ana" for banana, "uh-bles" for bubbles, "ah-pool" for apple, "doh-doh" for Cooper, "ooo-goo" for Hugo, and "down" for up, down or out.

I looked ahead to the next chart (19-24 months) and he's already walking up stairs, kicking balls forward, opens doors (when he can reach the knob), and is learning to jump (which he LOVES but can't always get both feet off the ground).  He's also figured out how to buckle stroller and high chair buckles (but he can't un-buckle them).

The nurses at our doctor's office just love him, and Jeff reports that they were all commenting on how cute he is.  He remains big: 29.2 lbs (86%) and 34 inches (90%).  I will be shocked if he's not a big boy all his life.


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