Dear 18 Month Old Baby W,

Dear 18 Month Old Baby W,
3,042 diapers
6,005 bottles
700 baths
156 bananas
50 gallons of apple juice
0 full night’s sleep
92 temper tantrums
4 trips to Urgent Care
100,000 kisses
and unlimited love
That’s how we’ve spent the past amazing 18 months.
I watched you grow from my precious little baby,
into my sweet little boy.
You like to do big boy things now.
And like all big boys do, you have a mind of your own.
Case in point:
You despise shoes–especially shoes with laces.
The one and only pair of shoes you allow me to put on you, are your ridiculous Crocs {the shoes I swore I would never let you wear when I was making plans to have the most fashionable baby alive}.
You don’t like food–unless its covered in sugar or whipped cream.
I remember one special moment a few weeks ago…it was a small miracle when you ate every bite of your dinner, and I literally cried tears of joy.
In fact, I cry at all your “little moments”. The other day I walked in on you doing a puzzle all by yourself–correctly! And I shed the first of many proud Momma tears.
You still have Donald Trump comb over hair, but I think you are adorable and handsome anyway *wink*
As it turns out you’re a bit of a tickler. And while Mommy thinks its adorable when you try to tickle her neck while we cuddle on the couch, it may have come as a surprise to the unsuspecting little girl at the mall play place.
And yes, I have finally caved in and allowed you to play in the mall play place {aka swine flu breeding grounds}. Although, only under the condition that you allow me to disinfect your hands every 10 minutes {sorry your Momma is so OCD}. I’m sure your future brother or sister will actually lick the slide and I won’t be fazed.
You have selective hearing. For example, “get out of the fireplace” means nothing to you, but “let’s go get some frozen yogurt” has you at the door ready to buckle yourself into the car seat.
You still drink a bottle…a lot. You even wake up in the middle of the night to have one, which worries me about your teeth.
I worry a lot.
 But I am doing the best I can, and we even brush your “tee” {as you call them} a couple times a day.
You have a remarkable sense of balance–as is evident when use the back of the couch as a balance beam, or climb onto the kitchen table, or shimmy UP the big slide at the park. It would be safe to say that you make my heart stop about 15 times a day–and not in a good way.
You get a lot of boogies–and your Daddy is obsessed with getting every. single. one. of them. Even if this means grabbing a flashlight and a bulb sucker in the middle of the night to extract them.
You still sleep in bed with Mommy and Daddy. I would tell you to be sure you never bring your future kiddos in bed with you when you’re a Daddy if you want to have a good night’s rest, but that would make me a hypocrite–since some of my favorite Momma moments are when you nuzzle up against my cheek at 3 in the morning {but seriously, don’t bring them in bed with you}.
Sometimes when we go to the park, I just take a step back and I watch you…like really get a good look at you…try to get into that little head of yours and see the world through your eyes. And in these moments, I admire your fascination with the all the little things this world has to offer–all the things in this world that you are witnessing for the first time. And then it’s like I am seeing the world for the first time all over again.
I get giddy when I see your wheels begin to turn as you learn something new. And you are always so eager to learn to learn new things, so long as it’s not Momma trying to force you to learn them.
You do things in your own way and in your own time, and I am learning to be okay with this.
In 18 short months, you have changed my world,
and I am so proud of the little boy you are becoming!
“I love you through and through”,
p.s. Baby W is rooting for you to WIN the Silhouette we are giving away!

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    December 29, 2010 at 9:54 am

    happy 18 month! yםu wrote so good. he is an adorable toddler..

    b. israel

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    December 29, 2010 at 11:39 am

    He is really beautiful!!! My small girl will be 15 months soon and my oldest boy just turned 9…where does the time go?

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    December 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    How beautiful is that little boy? I just wanted to let you know that I tried your clip board craft. Everyone loved them. thanks so much for sharing. I wrote about them at my other blog (Home sweet school).

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    December 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Where does time go!! Don't blink, seriously. You have one handsome little boy. Hope you had a merry Christmas!! Happy 18 months, sweet boy!!

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    December 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    What a beautiful post! I laughed, I cried, I laughed 😀 Isn't it amazing how many emotions they put us through in such a short amount of time? Izzy is now 22 months old, and the transformation from 18-22 mths is INSANE! Hold on to your knickers, it's an amazing ride!

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    Barn Owl Primitives
    December 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm


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    Mrs. B
    December 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I woke up this morning before everyone else and had time to lay in bed and blog stalk in peace, but after reading this beautiful post, I rolled over and gave a kiss to my little boys (who sleep in bed with me and the husband)… it's so funny how I jump for joy when I wake up first, and on my own, but I miss them so much just a few minutes later. I don't know where I'd be without these sweet little babies, but I too will make sure that my grandchildren sleep in the most comfortable and beautiful cribs ever!

    Baby W is beautiful (my husband hates when I call boys beautiful, but I figure it's OK for babies) and with a mama with so much love to give, I know he'll be a wonderful man. Congrats mama, you're doing a good job!

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    December 29, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    What a truly wonderful post for your little boy!! I love it.

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    Pink Peppermint Paper
    December 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    He really is gorgeous! My youngest just turned THREE! What? Cannot count the number of disinfectant wipes we go through in a day, but I CAN tell you that the Wet Ones failed me as I watched my son LICK the inside of the freezer door at Target. No words. Enjoy that baby! Eighteen mos. is a GREAT age.


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    ilene @ muchloveilly
    December 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    aw he's SOOOOO cute!!! what a sweet post. 🙂

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    ilene @ muchloveilly
    December 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    aw he's SOOOOO cute!!! what a sweet post. 🙂

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    [email protected]
    December 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    G just turned 2 and he sleeps with us. He also just switched from a bottle to a sippy cup at bedtime 2 days ago. and he still has a pacifier

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    December 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    My youngest just turned 18 months on the 26th. Sometimes it feels like time stands still and sometimes like it flies. Having a child with a immune deficency it always seems like you do nothing but caring for a sick child and time barely moves, but all of the sudden she is 18 months old.
    I can relate to some of what you are thinking both in relation to having an 18 month old kid now and how I felt when my oldest was 18 months old. Though I have never worried about germs or ever used anti bacterial stuff. We are not even allowed to use it unless we are at the hospital. Kids, like mine, has to be sick to get healthy.
    Oh well. Just pray that they both sleep in today so this mommy can get something done before having to deal with a cranky 18 month old with yet another cold.
    Happy 18 months today.

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    December 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    What a sweet letter to you little man; he is beautiful! Love the pic of him backward on the trike, haha!

    I just wrote a similar letter the other day to my 14 month old – its fun to see yours and what is in store for me!

    Lulu 🙂

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    December 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    what a cutie pie! and i worry about the same things…like when is it time to take the bottle away? 🙂

    do you have that book "i love you through and through"? i read it to sadie all.the.time. she loves it!

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    December 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    What a beautiful post! Happy Birthday Baby W!

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    December 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    asher and I have started saying… ME: "I love you through and through" ASHER: "yesterday, today, and tomorrow too". I love that you soak in every moment. Keep doing that. Its easy to get caught up in the day to day and miss "it".

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    December 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    He is one adorable kid.

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    Taylor @ The Undomestic Momma
    December 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    this is precious! he is so adorable!

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    December 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm


    I wanted to let youknow that I am passing the most stylish blog award on to you. I love your blog!

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    Jumping Jack
    December 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Such a sweet post! Happy 18 Months!

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    December 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    This is simply beautiful!
    He's so lucky to have you keeping track of all of his big and little moments!

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    Jayna Rae
    December 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    What a wonderful 18 months!!! Cute post.

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    December 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I loved reading this. My youngest is 17 months old and he has yet to sleep through the night. Sigh. One good thing is since he's number three I do let him lick the slide without blinking my germaphobe eyes. And finally a baby that has never slept in my bed (his form of payback is to never sleep for stretches longer than three hours). Thank you for sharing.

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    December 29, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I am a recent follower of you! I am in LOVE with your blog! The perfect combo of creativity and mamahood! Thanks for all your hard work and for letting us mama's out there know that we are not alone in our hardships! Your awesome! I've only tried one of your projects so far but I loved it! (The POM POM necklace which is what brought me to your blog from Ucreate 🙂 Thanks again!

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    Mejia Mamma
    December 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    hahaha, totally LOL'ing at the 'crocs' comment. My MIL gave my daughter a pair awhile back, I literally had to tell her to return them (nicely of course), I cannot stand them!! I swore up & down to many ppl that Kapri will never wear them, hahaha!

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    December 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I think you should have LOTS of babies, you sure do make cute ones!

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    December 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    He's the cutest!!

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    Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    December 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Aw! What a sweet mommy post! 🙂 Happy Year and a Half little guy!

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    December 29, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Love your letter!!! My youngest is almost 16 months and my oldest will be 5 in April.

    I had to laugh at the 50 gallons of apple juice, that's a lot, lol.


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    December 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Congrats mommy…now you need another one! XOXO

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    December 29, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Ohhhhh this made me cry! I can't wait to meet my baby boy! 🙂

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    December 29, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Hi 🙂 you should print out all these posts you write about/adressing Baby W, make something like a book and give it to "Adult W", when he turns 18 (or some other milestone age) 😛 You write such cute, funny and loving love letters to your boy, he will love to know about them, for sure 🙂

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    December 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    oh how we miss that little guy! I think B will be saying his name all day long!!! Thanks for indulging us in pics and stories of Baby W!!!

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    Courtney Moser
    December 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    That's so sweet. He is almost exactly a year older than my daughter =)

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    December 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    He is sooo precious!! Cherish everything, it goes by ridiculously fast. Xoxoxo

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    Just the Two of US
    December 29, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    he is absoulty handsome!

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    December 29, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    My little guy is W too, and he just turn 18 months on the 27, and the things you wrote about your lil guy brought tears to my eyes, bc it was like reading about Walker. He also loves his bottle like its his best friend! Love reading your blog!

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    December 30, 2010 at 12:21 am

    What a cutie. They sure do grow fast, don't they? I love seeing the world through my boys' eyes.

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    Mrs. P
    December 30, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Love this blog so so much! I felt it, every little thing you say, even though I have never had that 18 months feeling (met my lil P when he was 2 1/2 years old) but I am loving every single minute with my 9 year old. He is the world to me, as if he is my own. The motherly love, it's incredible it is soooo worth it. =)

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    Victoria of Pocket
    December 30, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Awww, check him out! I just discovered your blog. I have no idea how I ended up here, but your son's incredibly adorable and, therefore, I felt compelled to comment on his cuteness. Glad you're enjoying motherhood. Stop by our mommy forums if you ever find yourself with a few minutes to kill.

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    Audrey Crisp
    December 30, 2010 at 3:02 am

    He is just the cutest! Can you make money off him or something? ; )

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    Heather :: AFD Jewelry ::
    December 30, 2010 at 3:09 am

    He is just so darn cute!

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    Walking With The Wheats
    December 30, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Your little man is ADORABLE!!!

    Just found you blog and wanted to leave a little note letting you know I was here.

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    December 30, 2010 at 4:18 am

    every time i read something a lovely little momma has written about her child i think, "gosh i've really been meaning to do that". add it to the list of things i've failed to keep up on as my now 3 year old son grows up way too fast right in front of my eyes. i envy you for taking the time to list all of the fun little things about your precious little man. he looks so sweet… he must get it from his momma. 😉

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    December 30, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Such a sweet post and such a sweet boy. You're a lucky momma! 🙂

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    Melissa Geoghegan
    December 30, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Such a sweet heartfelt post! My little guy is 18 months too and I feel the same way about the play place at the mall! It really does seem like they become little boys overnight! Congratulations!

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    December 30, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful – beautiful boy! ( Just like Lennon's song. Congratulations!

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    December 30, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    he's just so adorable! I love your little one Ashley!

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    December 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    That's a sweet post, and a sweet kid.
    I've got to ask. Is "700 baths" a typo? 70 baths would be about 1 a week, which is probably what my kids get, but 700 would be more than 2 a day. Do you really give your kid baths that often? If so, my kids must be filthy… 🙂

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    dubb and dawni
    December 31, 2010 at 3:45 am

    so cute ….just like his MOMMY!! PICK me Big BOY W! I wanna win the BIG PRIZE !!!!

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    December 31, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Love you blog! I'm a new follower! Thanks for being so honest about motherhood! My little W sounds exactly like yours…BOYS! Thanks for constantly making me laugh, and feel like i'm not the only one with "mixed" mommahood feelings!

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    December 31, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    What a sweet letter! Baby W is precious!

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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too
    January 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Happy 18 months, Baby W!

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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too
    January 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Happy 18 months, Baby W!

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    Michelle Mollner
    January 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    His G-ma thinks he is just the bestest baby boy in the whole wide world.

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    December 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Beautiful…… 🙂

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    March 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    happy 18 month! yםu wrote so good.

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    June 23, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    he is really cute 🙂

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