Luci and Nicholas at 16 Months

Big News in the House of Chaos and Mayhem.

This one, the one who wasn't crawling on all fours at 12 months, and because of whom we scheduled an Early Intervention Evaluation for gross motor skills, is now the first of the twins to walk. Shortly after turning 15 months, Luci went from "taking a few steps" to full-on walking. She can't yet get herself upright without pulling up on couch or chair, but she far prefers her new skill to crawling and walks about 75% of the time.

Luci has had a banner month in a number of other ways as well. At about 15.5 months, we noticed a teeny, tiny tooth just barely breaking the skin along her bottom gumline. It is coming in very slowly, but it's definitely there. I think she will officially receive the award for Months Sans Teeth, since Isabella's first teeth (which oddly also emerged at exactly 15.5 months) were much further along at this point.

And, then there's this, which is more important to me than walking and teeth: She now basically sleeps through the night. About once a week, she may wake up screaming as she has at least 3-4 times a week in the past, but the difference now is that she's able to put herself back to sleep quickly. I realize I am about to jinx myself my saying this, but I do believe this long, national nightmare is over.

My tiny future professional wrestler loves to kiss. One minute she will be tackling her brother, stealing his binky, or hitting him with a toy, and the next, she's kissing him. And loudly, complete with the ending lip-smacking noise.

She is still the pickier eater of the two, and flings more than she eats. We've taken to removing her highchair tray for a minute or two to prevent the behavior. This does not please her, but we are at our wit's end with cleaning up a disaster on the splat-mat under their highchairs after each meal.

Luci has added a few words to her repertoire this month: "up" and "bup" (cup), but she's been much more focused on learning to walk.
Where to begin?
How about here?
Not much has improved in the way of his temperament. He is very needy, very whiny, and very weepy, almost all of the time.
I am taking the awesome advice I received after this post, and giving him his binky whenever he (or I) needs it. His almost non-stop screaming takes my almost non-existent patience and tears it to shreds, and like some of you said, he's not going to college with his binky in his mouth. So, rock-on, baby plug.
When he's not slowly eroding my will to live with his screams, Nico is talking up a storm. "Cup" is one of his favorite words, and anytime I open the fridge, he yells it. He's also moved on to the "D" words this month, and now says, "dog," and "door." He also says his version of Clifford: "Co-Co," and he asks for water, "wa-wa." Oh, and he says, "pee-pee" while touching his...I think you know where I'm going with this. Is this what little boys are like? Because he is seriously obsessed with it.
Nicholas loves to eat, and he is built like a marshmallow on sticks. His upper body is very round and solid, and yet he still has really skinny chicken legs. When I'm preparing his meals, he will say, "mmmmm-mmmmmm" over and over. He is getting over the terrible pickyness of the last few months, and thankfully is now a much better eater. Nico is also a wolfer. Each day, the twins and Isabella eat their snacks on a blanket on the living room floor. Nicholas will devour his in what seems like seconds, and will then lunge for Luci's and have fistfuls of puffs, Cheerios, etc. crammed into his mouth before I can stop him.
After watching his sister take off walking, Nicholas in the last two weeks has decided to give walking a try as well. He is where Luci was about a month ago: he'll take a few steps and then fall. But he's up and trying, and pretty soon, I'll have two walkers on my hands, and then, God Help Me.
The Fearsome Twosome placing their Super Bowl bets.

Exploring kitchen toys in Isabella's "baby-free" area while their big sister was at preschool. Shhh...don't tell her.


Likes: Isabella's pink teapot bathtub toys, books, and assessing his manhood

Dislikes: Inertia, serenity, and silence

Likes: Chucking food off her highchair tray, cuddling
Dislikes: Fruit, vegetables, sharing

11 Responses to “Luci and Nicholas at 16 Months”

  1. # Blogger In Due Time

    Yes, all boys love their manhoods. Once they find it, it's all downhill from there! Fiddle on, Nico, fiddle on!

    Congrats on making it to 16 mths lol :-)


  2. # Blogger Jesser

    Your twin updates always make me laugh! They are so cute and have such BIG personalities.  

  3. # Blogger Andrew

    Sucking on a fake nipple for comfort and fondling straight!

    Needy, whiny, mama-loving, and fondling gay!

    Either way, all boy!  

  4. # Blogger Heather

    Love these updates. And Nico dislikes : Inertia. - Hilarious!  

  5. # Blogger Pregnantly Plump

    When Little Elvis was around this age, we took him to my mom's office. It was summer and I just had him in a cute onesie. We wanted him to perform some trick for all of her co-workers. Instead, he happily stuck his hand into the side of his diaper. That was not the trick we were hoping for. Boys.
    Cute pics! And I'm so glad she's sleeping more nights than not.  

  6. # Blogger Mom24

    They are really too cute. Congrats to Luci, big milestones. The biggest of course, is sleep. Yeah!

    You're nearing the summit, it will start to get easier eventually.  

  7. # Blogger Sunny

    Hooray for Luci... walking and sleeping! What a rockstar!

    Poor Nico, a marshmallow on toothpicks. lol Perhaps his neediness/screaming is his revenge on mama and sisters for the teasing and dominating? :)  

  8. # Blogger Cape Cod Kitty

    I just love these milestone posts, and Luci's walking video is such fun to see. Sounds like Nico's full-time walking will not be far behind.
    It is such fun for all their fans to see the progress.
    You are doing an amazing job.  

  9. # Blogger Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog

    I had an audible "Ooohh!!" at her little "ba-bye" on the camera. :) That's a lot of words for 15/16 months! That's awesome.

    Also, Nico looks SO MUCH like the little boy I babysit. Like, eerie. (His family is Greek and Hispanic, though...)  

  10. # Blogger Holly at Tropic of Mom

    Ah, the glorious sleep-through-the-night landmark. I know you're relishing it.

    It's interesting Isabella has a baby-free play area. How do you keep the babies out? Is this something I should do when my little one becomes mobile?  

  11. # Blogger Holly at Tropic of Mom

    PS where did you get those personalized shirts?!  

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