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Monthly Motherhood Update: Prim at 18 months


Saying: Prim talks all day long and is regularly copying our words and mimicking our actions now. This means that KC and I have to be a bit more careful about the words we throw around these days, which is a fun new parenting challenge.

Sleeping: I recently fully weaned Prim, which was quite bittersweet for both of us. She wasn’t nursing much and certainly didn’t need to nurse, but I will admit that I loved having the special time with her twice a day. KC and I made the decision to wean her because I did not want to tandem breastfeed two children once baby #2 came along, and breastfeeding while pregnant is painful (it’s like breastfeeding a piranha). I love that KC can now put Prim to bed on his own so they get to have some special one-on-one time together. It’s also a relief since KC and I are going on our first overnight vacation together since Prim’s birth in just a few weeks, so I don’t feel like I’m just pulling the rug out from under P and forcing her to wean while we’re away. But I will admit that it’s been a very emotional process for both Prim and me.

Doing: Prim is obsessed with books and reading. We read alllll day long and she has even recently started bringing a book into her crib with her when she goes down for her nap and at bedtime. KC and I watch her on the monitor as she casually flips through the book before settling down (in complete darkness, mind you) and then she often falls asleep on top of her latest read. Some kids have a special blanket or stuffed animal, but of course my child falls asleep on top of a hard-backed storybook.

Latest trick: Prim recently started whining and fake crying as a means of trying to get attention or something she wants. It can be really challenging to not get annoyed when she does it (it’s quite effective!), but I’m trying to see it as a new challenge and keep my cool while telling her, “I can’t understand you when you whine, can you please tell me what you want without whining?”

Favorite toys: Prim has recently started “making coffee” with an IKEA coffee press we don’t use. She recently caught onto mine and KC’s love of coffee and now regularly totes around her coffee press announcing “Cahhh!” (coffee) and taking a big fake swig.

Sweetest things: Prim has learned to say “I love you” (which sounds more like “owee-yoo”) which just makes my heart melt. She’s even started saying it unsolicited (meaning KC or I don’t say it first) — she recently came up and gave me a huge hug and said “owee-yoo” and I basically called KC immediately and was like, “100 more babies!”

Favorite thing about this age: Prim is turning into such a little human these days. I love how quickly she’s grasping new words and concepts. It does make for more challenges as well, as with greater understanding comes more opinions (where does she get that from??), but overall I’m loving this stage full of personality and willfullness.