Last Friday Malakai turned 18 months old. Today I took him to his 18 month check up. Over all he's doing well.
His stats are as follows:
weight - 22 lb 14 oz (33rd percentile)
height - 31.6 inches (25th percentile)
head circumference - 18.9 inches (70th percentile)
When the pediatrician walked in, she looked at Malakai's growth chart and said, "What? How in the world did his head shrink? That's impossible!" So she measured his head again. This time the measurement fell in line with the previous measurements. I guess either the nurse didn't measure far enough down on his head, so she mistyped the numbers. But it gave us a good laugh since Malakai would have been her first patient ever to have his head shrink.
Malakai only got two shots and it now up to date on everything. He won't need any more booster shots until his 5th birthday. So aside from flu shots, he won't be needing anything for a good 3 years. Yipee!!!
When the pediatrician got ready to check his eyes she turned off the light and then turned on her little pen light. When she pointed the light at Malakai he immediately smiled and said, "eese!" He was smiling for a camera. The pediatrician just started laughing and said that's the first time she ever got that response from a child.
I had filled out an ages and stages developmental questionnaire and he was above the cutoff in all areas (fine motor, gross motor, personal social skills, problem solving) except for communication. That is no big surprise, but this time he just barely fell in the gray area. At his 15 month checkup he was in the black area and it was mentioned that he might get referred to ECI (Early Childhood Intervention) but we decided to wait and see how he was doing at his 18 month. He's doing slightly better but is still slow in the communication development. The pediatrician is not going to refer Malakai to ECI yet, but if he is still in the gray area or even falls into the black area at his 2 year check up then he'll be referred for sure. At nearly every well baby check up he's had he has been way behind in something and then caught up, but his communication has consistently been slow to develop. So we'll give it another 6 months and see how he's doing at his 2 year check up.
He does try to communicate but only has a handful of words. The words he consistently says are:
Mama or ahma - mommy, grandma
aught - hot
ight - light
ist - this
eese - please (but he only does this when he wants a lollipop!)
uh-oh - when I hear this I know something bad just happened!
The sounds that he makes when he's trying to communicate are:
unst - probably his most used sound combination
So he makes a lot of different sound combinations but they never refer to the same thing. He'll repeat dada, but rarely says that on his own.
As far as what he likes to do, he loves climbing, running, and throwing balls. He also loves to clean by wiping toys and furniture down with a paper towel, rag, or wipe. If I start sweeping then he needs to sweep, so I'll often hand him my dry swifter to push around. He also likes to vacuum and will push our big vacuum around for me!
When he's not cleaning he enjoys playing with our toy kitchen or joining in on whatever Sanaa and Layla are doing. He has a good time brushing my hair and attempting to brush Sanaa and Layla's hair.
By far his favorite activity is to play outside. He'll stay outside for long periods even after everyone else has gotten too cold and has headed inside. It would be nice to have some slightly warmer weather so that he can spend more time outside. In the picture Sanaa, Layla, and Malakai are playing ring around the rosie. Malakai loved the falling down part!
As far as eating, he loves mac & cheese and hot dogs. He'd eat that for every meal if I let him. But he also enjoys pizza, scrambled eggs, apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, pears, cooked carrots (not the raw ones), cucumber, celery with peanut butter, raisins, meat balls, meat loaf, cheese, yogurt, tofu with stir fry sauce on it, and the list goes on.
The things he won't eat include chicken, breads (unless it's grilled cheese), french fries (I can't believe this!), and most cookies. The bread thing is just baffling. He won't eat a pb&j sandwich, muffins, or pancakes (it's been very rare that he'll eat any of these). With the cookies, he'll take a bite and then crumble them. However he loves candy canes (and has been known to move chairs and other things near our tree just so that he can reach the candy canes that are higher up) and lollipops.
He snuck a candy cane off the tree while I was cleaning up breakfast. Once I discovered that I made him sit at the table until he was done.
He's a pretty good sleeper and sleeps about 11 hours at night and takes approximately a 2 hour nap in the afternoon. If he's teething or not feeling well then he doesn't sleep so good, but generally he's a good sleeper.