Happy 18 Months, Harry!

Presenting this amazing little boy to you, in all of his 18-month glory, reminds me just how complicated such a simple person can be!  His happy, easy-going, loving personality are just delightful!  So, without any more introduction, let me introduce our Harry!

Age: 18 1/2 months (Yes, it took me two weeks to get this post out!)
Weight: 24.5 pounds
Shoe Size: 6 1/2 Babies
Clothes: 12-18 months (It's a ridiculous range...half the time I fold his waist over so his pants don't drag!)
Teeth:  6 in and 4 working their way through!
Haircuts So Far: 4
Favorite Place in the World:  The Great Outdoors.  I think he'd like to live outside.

He's even picked out his house!

He likes to dig in the dirt, splash in puddles, play on the swingset, go running, and ride his bike.  Luckily, he also likes to wash his hands and take baths!  Lately, his bike has been his favorite thing to do outside.  He asks for it by pointing at the garage door and grunting or by saying "B-, B-, B-."  (Pointing to the garage is usually more effective because somehow his pronunciation of bike, ball, bite, and The Duck Song all sound identical to me!)

It might just be a driving thing.  The other day, I put him in the car and told him to climb into his seat while I buckled Kaia.  It only took him a few seconds to climb into my seat and start to "drive!"  Really, though, he likes to drive anything in sight!

Favorite Games:  
* Hide-n-Seek!/Peek-a-Boo!  He'll even hide under a blanket and wait for us to find him!

* Freeze Tag (Okay, really, he just likes running around after Kaia and friends!)
* Breaking Down Whatever Cool Tower Kaia Has Made (Can I call this a game?)
* 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (He LOVES to act this one out...on the bed!)
* Follow Kaia Around and Copy Her (She actually deals with this one remarkably well.)
* Tickle You (He comes at someone with his "tickly fingers" and tickles until you laugh!)

Favorite Songs: 
Wheels on the Bus
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Eency Weency Spider
If You're Happy and You Know It

Here, he's singing Five Little Owls with our owl finger puppets.  He hums and waves the puppet around a lot, then sings "To-whi-to-woooooo!"

Language:  Harry says Mama, Dada, boo, B- (take it in context--he uses it for ball, bike, bite, and The Duck Song), tee-tee (means tickle), na-na-na-na (banana), poop, di-ber (diaper), shooz (shoes), cheese (for pictures, not food!), wow, oh!, oh-oh (uh oh), ah-oo (thank you) and tee- (teeth).  It's a good thing I'm late with this post, because most of these have showed up during the last three weeks. Literally.  Three weeks ago, his vocabulary consisted of Mama, Dada, and boo!  He tries to imitate our words, but it is harder for him to make the words than it is for some kids.  Recently, he "counted" with Jon from one to five...the numbers hardly sounded right, but the tone was perfect.

He has distinct grunts for "stuck," "fart," and "I'd like you to help me with something."

He has signs for "more," "please," "thank you," "drink," "hungry," "where" (picture below), "Wheels on the Bus," "One Thousand Steps," "Uh Huh," "yes," "no," and "all done."  He also waves and blows kisses.  He points at toys, the computer, or other objects when he's interested in them.  He passes out shoes and sweaters when he wants to go outside.

He has some pretty cool sound effects for dog, cat, car/truck, elephant, rhino, snake, monkey/chimp, cow, owl, horse, tiger, dinosaur, sheep, duck, pig, and a few others!

* Harry has amazing balancing and climbing skills.  He started walking early and has not stopped moving since!

* Harry is a fabulous helper!  He puts toys away when the clean up music comes on, he grabs things for me or his daddy, he shares his food, and he loves to help his friends!

How Harry Likes To Live: Right in the middle of the action!  Clearly, he was the right person to come to our family at a time when our family so often includes so many friends!

Favorite Books:
My Red Fire Engine Book
My Truck Book
Who Lives In The Wild/Who Lives On The Farm/Who Lives In Your House (a big animal book!)
Ten Little Ladybugs

He really likes books that have things to touch and do--big flaps, fuzzy cloth patches, etc.!

Favorite Person:
Mom and Dad are pretty important, but this little guy really thinks his big sister is a superhero!  He absolutely loves her and loves to be with her.  She sometimes gets frustrated when he colors on her artwork or knocks over her buildings, but she loves him too.

Sometimes they just seem to understand each other!

Food:  Harry's not picky!  He likes foods that he can chew with his small supply of teeth!  His first tooth didn't come through until he was 14 months old, but he is pretty happy about eating anything we give him!

Harry's Favorite Security Item:  Look closely...it's not the blanket (though he does love that too)!

Favorite Toys:  Toys that move, make noise, light up, look like they should growl, or let him experiment with them.  And tools--he's such a little boy!

Favorite Test:  Boundaries.  Whether it's the property line, a Christmas tree, or climbing on the table...if it's a boundary, this little guy is going to test it!  And usually, he'll do it smiling!

Biggest Challenge:  
A short attention span!  Yes, I know he's a toddler, but he even gets distracted from eating!  This little costume lasted about 90 seconds!  

Bottom Line: We are so thrilled to have Harry in our family!  He has an energy level and an excitement about life that just can't be beat!  I love how he likes to be right in the middle of the action, and how he can move at such a high speed all day!  His huge grin, ready smile, and quick hugs always brighten my day!  I constantly feel lucky to get to spend so much time with him!  We just love our little Harry!


Nicki December 9, 2011 at 8:22 AM  

These pictures are precious!!!! I love the pumpkins that look like they got attacked by a Bedazzler! Awesome! Happy birthday, Big Boy!!!

Jansen Family December 9, 2011 at 8:30 AM  

Thanks, Nicki! There's a church in our area that does a Fall Festival that I take the kids to each year--they have the colored golf tees, pumpkins, and hammers...both my kids love this...um...activity!


Amber@Nater Tot December 10, 2011 at 10:07 PM  

Aw, he is such a doll! Happy 18 months, Harry! Isn't amazing how language explodes like that?! Good luck with those four teeth, poor thing.

My Beautiful World December 11, 2011 at 6:47 AM  

What a lovely post,so nice to meet you. I have just found your lovely blog through the blog hop this weekend wonderful to join in. I'm now following you hope you visit me and follow back so nice to find new friends to catch up with. Have a great day.

Always Wendy

Jansen Family December 11, 2011 at 6:53 AM  

Amber, that language explosion is really amazing! And yes, I'm still hoping that we can have a night where we sleep more than four hours straight, lol!

Wendy, Thanks for stopping by!


Jamie December 11, 2011 at 10:53 PM  

visiting from the 3ps mama blog hop!
Harry is a cutie, and what a fun age! I didn't read too, too much into your blog, but from something I read, it sounds like you home school...? My husband and I just decided we are not going to send our daughter to pre-school, I would love to chat with you if you are a homeschool family! (and even if your not)!

Alicia@ Mommy Delicious December 12, 2011 at 12:27 AM  

What a precious post! And what a cutie pie! Happy 18 months to him!

Jansen Family December 12, 2011 at 6:02 AM  

Hi Jamie! I'm so glad you came by! We are definitely homeschooling preschool and planning on homeschooling next year (Kindergarten) too. There's a lot that went into this decision and I'd love to chat with you about it! I also have a preschool blog (http://WholeChildCreativeCurriculum.blogspot.com) you could look at. There are a ton of resources online and I really think that if you have the time and motivation there is no reason to send your daughter to preschool. ;) Anyways, I'll chat with you later!

Thanks, Alicia! We sure love him!


Carolyn January 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM  

Allie and I both love the videos in this 18 month old post....especially the race car going down the like raingutter!

Jansen Family January 8, 2012 at 6:35 PM  

I'm so glad you got to see them! Kaia's a big fan of the videos too--half the time, she actually makes them! ;)