Elliott has hit his 18-month-mark and I am in awe of all he's learning now. So quickly he's started to catch onto words, signs, and milestones that other 18-month-olds are also hitting -- can't call him a preemie anymore! He's a total toddler who has caught up with his peers and is filled to the brim with energy and (for the most part) happiness.
We're definitely entering the stage where he has opinions on things and he's learned to throw mini-tantrums if he doesn't get his way. He loves to open our pantry doors to grab his favorite snack (graham crackers) and freaks out if I've determined he's already had a few too many. The crackers now reside with our plates.
He's signing up a storm, though has made up a few of his own which is absolutely adorable. No sign language awards for us, but he gets his point across.
He's still taking after his dad in the eating department and is very picky about what he wants and doesn't want. The kid loves a piece of celery, but won't touch strawberries, broccoli, apples, most meat, or kiwi. Anything that is delivered via spoon is now out of the question (yogurt, applesauce, ice cream, etc) even if I let him do it himself. Definitely makes meal times a challenge, but we're working through it.
He loves books, cars, trucks, buses, and trains...especially trains. I have a feeling I'll be one of those mothers ready to throw Thomas out the window in a few months. He LOVES books, which makes me a very happy mama and he can't get enough of books about those trucks and trains.
He's measuring in somewhere around 21 lbs and is about 32 inches. He's such a fun kid and this is an amazing age. We're off to the train show tomorrow, which will probably blow his mind.