I wrote and updated y’all on all of Max’s milestones and schedules for the first year of his life, here on The Milk Stand and now Max has just turned 18 months! I thought you might be interested in an updated update. So here is Max’s official 18 month de-brief. Ha.
Max wakes up around 7am with some serious squeaks and chatter (talking to his teddy bears) and we scoop him up and break the fast. We always try and sit down to have breakfast together and Max will often watch Peppa Pig whilst he munches and we have our first coffee. Then we play and have a read. Max will then go for a 2 hour nap around 10/10.30am. This is his only nap. This is my time – to blog, vlog, wash and do all my chores. When Max wakes up we have lunch together and get ready to start our day. I always try to have a play date or an activity planned, but if I don’t I will always just go to our local park and take a picnic, a football and a colouring book with me. Max will often have a little ‘downtime’ around 4pm which means either reading or nursery rhyme time or if it has been a hard day – TV! Max has his dinner at 5pm, followed by some milk and play time and once the clock hits 6.30pm we head upstairs and run a bath, read and start to relax for bedtime. Once Max is out of the bath he finishes his milk and has a little story time with dad and then we simply put him in his cot and he puts himself to sleep for 7pm.
Max sleeps through the night these days and has not woken up in the night for almost 6 months now! Woah. As I previously said he only takes one nap a day and it can last from 2-3 hours, which is currently bliss as I can get so much done and I even have time for a second coffee in the garden at the moment. I am so happy now I get to sleep.
Max is eating lots of new and different things all the time, but he is picky about what he chooses to put in his mouth and sometimes it can be hard to convince him to try certain foods, which is frustrating at times. He is obsessed with hummus and crusty bread! (So middle class/Brighton).
Max is now wearing 18-24 month clothing. It is mad – trousers are so long and he looks like a ‘real boy’ in almost all of his outfits. Long gone are the onesies and rompers.
Max is walking, talking over 20 words, understanding so much more, he is sweet and kind with the dog, he dances his little butt off to Beyonce and can point out birds, ladybirds, cows etc in books. He runs everywhere, he watched an hour long movie (Jungle Book) the other day (actually sat for the whole period of time), he can feed himself with cutlery, blow you a kiss, say bye and ‘Hiya’ and put himself to sleep. All of this is amazing, but his personality is starting to shine through too now and Max is an official cheeky monkey who is more curious than a cat. He loves tools, sticks and diggers and he is turning into such a cool dude.
Everything is ‘back to normal’ or as normal as it could be after having a baby and now the whole house is sleeping we are a lot happier. We look and feel great and can have a conversation again. Woop, woop. Even though the first year is behind me, the second is bringing its own set of issues with it. We now have tantrums and tears, which can be so, so, so trying at times, especially when they happen in a public place, but I am learning as I go. I have heard that the ‘terrible two’s’ come early for boys and looking back at all of Max’s first year updates I am inclined to agree. Work in progress. Stay tuned for more tantrum blogs!
If you have any questions about 18 months or how I got here etc, then please do not hesitate and leave me a comment below or send me an email, tweet me, Facebook, Instagram and all that jazz. I will try to answer with knowledge and experience…yeah right.