Toby: 16 Months Old

It was a BIG month for this little guy.

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At the start of the month, right after we returned from NZ, we weaned!

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We decided to just go cold turkey and stop all breastfeeding. I was so worried that it would be a big drama but in fact, Toby totally accepted the change. Luke started putting him to sleep and giving him a sippy cup of milk before bed. We told him he’s a big boy just like Jude now and that was it – he was totally cool with it.

IMG_1921Yay! What a relief. It was great we kept it up this long but I was well and truly over it and I think Toby was ready to embrace being a big boy. IMG_2052Once we finished breast feeding, it felt like we really turned a new corner. Everything with Toby seemed to get easier. He started playing heaps with Jude with or without me being around.

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He also started initiating play on his own- especially with Legos. This kid is obsessed with them much like how Jude was obsessed with cars and his train set at Toby’s age.

IMG_2172It is so cool to watch these two really start to play together.

IMG_2029As I mentioned, they are starting to have little conversations. Toby’s vocabulary exploded this month and keeps growing everyday. Some of my favorite new words of his: cookie, let’s go, night-night, please, thanks, balloon, wa wa (water), milk, this, there, cheese, banana, apple, spoon, bay bay (baby), helicopter, dinosaur, yogurt, bubbles. He is non-stop repeating us.

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Toby also loves running through body parts. He is always pointing to and saying: nose, eyes, ears, mouth, belly, knees, etc. Him and Jude love to play doctor so I think this has helped Toby learn body parts.

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Even with all these words his favorite by a long shot is ‘no’ (‘dinosaur’ and ‘roar’ are a close second). He is totally into defying us. I wonder where he picked this up from…

IMG_2373Toby’s ability to control his body has really improved. He can run fast. Really fast. He especially loves running away from us when its time to get dressed or change a diaper, yelling ‘no’ over and over.

IMG_1961Toby loves hanging out with friends. He is super kind on play dates  – always sharing toys (although as I know with Jude, this is just a phase!).

IMG_2037Like Jude, he’s super social and not shy in new situations.

IMG_2332He is so much more relaxed than he used to be and now he really loves going for car rides. The stroller is still hit or miss.

IMG_2231He continues to have a huge appetite. This kid really could eat all day long if I let him!

IMG_2068He loves to hit. He thinks its hilarious so we have really been working on this with him and have even starting giving real time-outs (albeit very short).

IMG_2069He had 8 new teeth pop through over the last 2 months! With it came some whiny days.

IMG_2306Something he would just cry and cry no matter what I did so I could only think it must be his teeth.

IMG_2307Toby still loves his cuddles.

IMG_2245He hugs Jude a lot more than us these days and it’s so sweet.

IMG_2106He has also started asking to have his ‘bo-bos’ kissed which is pretty adorable.

IMG_2222A big month for our busy little guy indeed! We love you Toby and all your crazy antics and facial expressions to go along with them!

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