They are gaining so much independence each day. They want to do things on their own. Mom and dad can't help with everything. Brooke especially makes that clear when she's swatting us away. They want to do what we do. A few of their favorite things to do are throw away their diapers after a change or to help me unload the dishwasher. Harrison loves to sweep the floor or push around the squeegee at the daycare. He is such a little helper.
Harrison sprouted two new molars this month and has a cuspid that is about to break through the gums any day. His last molar shows no signs of coming in any time soon. Brooke has no new teeth this month, but she has a cuspid that is poking her gums too. Molars are cake compared to the pain I can tell they're feeling with their canines. Chilled teething rings are back in use almost daily.
Their vocabulary is still developing. We hear new words or animal noises from them almost daily. Harrison has always been a bit more verbal than Brooke and he continues to be. She doesn't say as much as he does, but I'm pretty sure she understands more. It's so neat to see how they develop differently even though they're exposed to the same things.
A few other random little things to note. They are both still rear facing in their car seats. Brooke has developed an attachment to an Eddie Bauer down blanket and refuses to be read to without it covering her legs. They both sleep with a quilt made by one of their Aunties. They love it when we cover them up before bedtime. Harrison really took an attachment to Layla last month. I'm sad we won't get to see that relationship develop, but I'm hoping he'll start paying more attention to Tyson. Both kids think it's great fun to give the dog treats. Harrison will let Tyson take it from his hand and Brooke sets it on the floor in front of him. They are getting better at sharing everything except toys. They'll gladly share sippy cups, books, food, blankets, but not toys. they still constantly fight over toys.
Happy 18 months, H and B!