To be honest, any hopes I had of assembling an amazingly detailed baby book went out the window the first month Chase was born, so these recaps are also my way of creating an online baby book of sorts. I hope you enjoy coming along for the ride!
The past three months have marked huge changes for Chase in terms of his ability to run, walk and explore! Chase didn’t walk until he was close to 16 months old, but once he discovered walking was much faster than crawling, he decided to take up running and hasn’t stopped moving since he mastered this new skill.
He is so incredibly energetic and life with our always-on-the-go toddler just keeps getting more and more fun!
Chase is a very friendly, outgoing and social little guy and will stop to wave at almost everyone and will often top off his greeting by blowing kisses and saying a loud “Hiii!” He’s very chatty and loves telling us all about what he sees in the world around him. Though many of his words are toddler versions of real words (“pleene” for “plane” and “aw-riiight” for “alright” etc.), he’s talking a lot and I just love to hear him chatter away in his sweet high-pitched voice. He babbles away all day, dances, sings (“row, row, row” over and over again for “Row Row Row Your Boat” is his current song of choice”), twirls and wants to get into anything and everything within his reach.
Chase is an absolute sponge these days and I’m continually shocked by how fast he picks up new skills and words. Ryan and I talk all the time about how much we love this stage! Chase is so interactive and playful and serves as the perfect daily reminder to take time to enjoy the little things in life because they really are the big things.
We get out of the house every single day for both my personal sanity (I am SO grateful for amazing mama friends!) and Chase’s desire to explore. He thrives when we’re out and about and loves spending his time at local parks, Gymboree, Discovery Place Kids and my gym’s childcare. Anywhere he can run around and just be a kid is the best!
Chase is 100 percent dad-obsessed and when Ryan gets home from work, Chase follows him around saying “Dah” and wants nothing more than to be scooped up into Ryan’s arms. “Mama” is his go-to for comfort but Dad reigns supreme for all things fun and playful.
Chase laughs the hardest when we chase him around the house and squeals with delight as he give us the biggest belly laughs that absolutely light our hearts on fire.
I know it sounds cheesy and I know I say it often, but there is no greater joy in my life than being Chase’s mother. The smiles and joy he brings into my life are infinite and the love I have in my heart for our little boy is like nothing I’ve ever known before. I hope Chase can feel every ounce of the love we have for him in our kisses, our silly games, our crazy noises, our bubbly baths, our dance parties, our fun play dates and our weekend family adventures.
Chase’s preference for play over food continues every single day but we can usually count on him to sit still long enough to eat at least something during mealtimes. It’s never easy to get Chase to eat and often takes encouragement, but we have a handful of standby foods that we can almost always count on him to enjoy, even if it is only sparingly.
Bananas (“nanas”), smoothies, yogurt, apples, Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, Earth’s Best Organic Sunny Days Snack Bars and muffins are some of our go-tos. I think I’ve shared most of our favorite muffin recipes on the blog, but I make the following recipes for Chase on a very regular basis:
All of the above recipes are freezer-friendly, so I will often make a few batches at once and will then microwave a frozen muffin for 20 seconds or so to bring it back to life before serving it to Chase.
Chase also seems to really enjoy feeding himself lately which means mealtimes are quite messy! He’ll often end up covered in yogurt or chili if he’s in charge of using a spoon or a fork but he’s definitely getting better at using his utensils every day.
Night time sleep is going well! I know that’s probably a given now that Chase is 19 months old, but since it took us more than a year to conquer a good night’s sleep you better believe it still feels worth mentioning here! Chase typically goes to bed between 7 and 7:30 p.m. and wakes up around 7 a.m. (This is a relatively new time for us and we had to work to push his bedtime back from 6-6:30 p.m. because he was waking up at 5:45 a.m. almost every day and was absolutely exhausted by 10:45 a.m.)
Now Chase typically naps between 12 and 12:30 p.m. and naps will usually last around two hours. There are always shorter naps and exceptions – like basically all of last week – so if I can get him to sleep for a solid two hours, that feels like a victory! Three hour naps are rare but will occasionally happen once a week or so and I want to run around high-fiving everyone when we get a three-hour stretch.
- Pointing at airplanes and saying “pleenes”
- Sadie (petting her, throwing balls for her, feeding her and chasing her)
- All dogs
- Cars (“Cah”)
- Throwing and kicking balls
- Being outside
- Reading books and pointing at animals or any mode of transportation featured on the pages
- His friends (especially Claire, Ella and Lilly “Yee Yee”)
- Gymboree (especially Miss Elisabeth)
- When we chase him around the house
- When we hide and pop out at him
- Music (kids’ songs and music with a strong beat)
- Bubbles and bubble baths
- When we make him come inside (even if we’ve been outside for-ev-er)
- Staying inside (at home) for too long
- Getting dressed
- Diaper changes
- Anytime we try to make him eat something he doesn’t want to eat
- When we wash his hair (he loves baths but getting his hair washed is another story)
17 to 19 Month Favorites
- LeapFrog On My Own Laptop (Chase loves this thing and it’s a lifesaver on longer car trips!)
- Jungle Waterfall Bath Toys (Chase loves pouring endless amounts of water through this waterfall toy and thinks it is the coolest! A bath time must-have for us right now.)
- Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike
- Early Learner Flashcards
- Fisher-Price Little People Skyway Car Tower
- Little People Activity Airplane Ride-On (Despite being able to run and walk on his own, he still loves this thing. He hides treasures in the seat and loves running at top speed with it all over the house and outside.)
- Balls of all shapes and sizes
- My First Words (I bring this book everywhere. Love the small size – perfect for toting around in my diaper bag!)
- B is for Bear
- Where’s Spot?
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
- Goodnight Moon
- Grandma Wishes
- I Love You Just Like This
- Munchkin Snack Catcher Cups
- Munchkin White Hot Infant Safety Spoons
- Chicco 360 Hook On High Chair (This is the one we have permanently hooked onto our kitchen counter that we LOVE and use every single day.)
- Chicco Booster Seat (Great for travel and for hooking on a dining room chair.)
- 13-16 Months
- Twelve Months
- Eleven Months
- Ten Months
- Nine Months
- What I Wish I Knew Before My Baby Was Born
- Eight Months
- Seven Months
- Six Months
- Our First Sleep Training Experience
- Traveling With A Baby For The First Time
- Five Months
- Four Months
- Three Months
- Two Months
- And Then He Smiled
- Three Weeks
- The First 12 Days
- Q&A: All About Birth & Life With A New Baby
- Chase’s Birth Story: Part I, Part II