So, here are a few things I can think of to share about Harrison at this age/stage of life:
- As mentioned, he LOVES playing with Legos. He begs Evan and I daily to build with him from the second he wakes up! Truly, he has always loved building and stacking, but it has been fun to see him build and create things on his own. Legos are so much fun for me too (I always loved them as a kid!), so I totally don't mind investing money and time on them. It has been a fun activity that we can do together as a family daily.
- Harrison still loves cooking with Daddy in the kitchen. Any time Daddy turns on the wheat grinder, Harrison wants to see what Daddy is up to and "help" him as much as he can.
- Harrison is very intelligent and articulate for his age. Maybe I just think he is intelligent BECAUSE he is articulate, but I do get asked often (just this morning, in fact), how old Harrison is after they hear him speak. He speaks not only very well for his age, but has spoken grammatically correct from when he first started speaking. (Yes, he misconjugates verbs every now and then, but that's about it.) He has always used he and she correctly, something which shocked me when he was 18 months old that he could figure out the difference between male and female.
- Speaking of... Whenever Harrison sees animal pairs at the zoo or in books, he asks me which one is the mama or daddy and where their baby is if there is no baby there. I think it is so funny that he cares so much and is always thinking about who is the mama and who is the baby if there are only two... and then will say that "The Daddy is gone because he is at work." It is so interesting how children make sense of their world at this age.
- I stopped nursing Harrison back in October (I think?). He honestly didn't nurse much at that point anyway and I think my milk was pretty much gone. ALTHOUGH, I will say that I felt my constant hunger and thirst abate somewhat, so I must have had more milk than I realized. He asked to nurse a little bit after I stopped nursing him and maybe freaked out once or twice. I know that, if I can help it, I definitely want to stick to the "eat, awake, sleep" routine as much as I can with the next baby!
- Because I switched (for some, dumb reason) to nursing before his nap when Harrison was 18 months old, I now rock him to sleep for his nap since he stopped nursing. He goes to sleep at night in his bed by himself, but I am SO worried that if I don't rock him to sleep for his nap that he won't take a nap and I NEED that break in the day and so does he! If he doesn't get a nap, he could go to sleep at 4pm for the day and that isn't healthy for him. I know that every kid is different and stop napping sometimes at this age. Harrison still NEEDS his naps at this age. He is a completely different and well-behaved child when he gets his nap than when he doesn't. He also struggles to go to bed at night if he doesn't get a nap.
- Harrison still LOVES reading so much. We read at every meal and before bed time at the minimum. If he is having a hard time, sitting down to read a book almost always calms him down and helps him to be happy (that, or playing legos or watching "Fireman Sam," the only show we let him watch... it's 9 minutes long, so I can handle that short amount of time every now and then.)
- Harrison pretty much eats anything. He can be picky sometimes, but MUCH less picky when he is hungry. Usually, reading a book while eating will also keep him distracted enough that I can sneak some bites in of food that isn't his favorite. On the rare occasion, he also will attempt to go and get himself food when he is hungry.
- Harrison LOVES adventures and would truly just stay awake all day and all night long if I let him! Ever since we got our zoo and Science Center memberships, Harrison and I (and Evan if he doesn't have work/school!) have been going somewhere fun at least once weekly. I love our little adventures together. While it stinks sometimes having to make it home for his nap, it still is fun to have my little best friend with me to go explore! :)