All the Little Things – 18 months

J sat in the flowerbed covering himself with soil

I read and love a blog series called ‘18 Million Things’ by one of my favourite bloggers Occupation(M)other and felt inspired to do something very similar.  Children change and develop so quickly that it is so easy to forget their little quirks and mannerisms.  I want to record All the Little Things that my little boy does that I love so much, so that I don’t forget them.  I can’t believe how quickly the last 18 months has passed; it has been so wonderful!


18 months


Dear J


I love that you have learnt to kiss me.


I love that you now love mouse and cuddle him when you are sad or tired or just because.


I love that you will feed mouse plastic food, but are dismayed if we pretend to feed him your food!


I love how you run so fast and with such enthusiasm.  You remind me of Phoebe from friends.  When daddy ran around copying you, waving his arms, you found it so funny and ran with him laughing with joy.


I love how excited you get when you see animals.  You shout and point and laugh and make lots of enthusiastic noise.  This makes me laugh and get so excited too.  You love all animals, especially crocodiles!


I love how you have recently increased your confidence when we go to Jo Jingles music group.  You used to be very shy, even though you enjoyed it.  Now you run around and join in and play with the instruments.


I love how you clap and I copy you and then you stop and I stop and you carry this on and have made up your own game.


I love how you are becoming increasingly creative with your independent play and I enjoy watching you; wondering what you are thinking.


I love that you can now do actions to some of the songs we sing.  Your favourite is Wind the Bobbin Up.  We sent a video of you doing the actions to this song to our family in Australia and we have to watch the video over and over again every day.


I love the fact that you like to sit in the flowerbed and use a spade to cover your legs with soil.


I love watching you play on the slide in our garden all by yourself as you can now climb up on your own.


I love how you are fascinated by nature watching the bees, birds, butterflies, beetles, ants and spiders in the garden… before trying to pick them up!


I love watching you play with water.  Whether you are splashing in the bath, jumping in puddles, or watering the flowers in the garden you are so excited and happy.


I love how much you love to be tickled and laugh so much that it gives you hiccups.


I love that when I tell you it is bedtime/bathtime you wave goodbye to your toys and climb up the stairs.


I love how you play with the computer mouse as though it is a phone and you babble away as if talking to someone.


I love that you are starting to form words and communicate with us on a new level.  You can now say daddy, there, no, dog, duck, digger and yes.  Of course they don’t all sound right, but we know this is what you are saying.


I love how fascinated you are with wheels and tractors.  You search through all your books looking for wheels and like to touch them whenever you can.


I love how happy you make me.


I love that your laugh is the best sound in the whole world!  You laugh all day long and best of all is when I make you laugh.


I love All the Little Things that make you YOU.


Love Mummy


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  1. Oh Laura I adore these posts! How cute, he sounds wonderful. I particularly love the image of him covering himself in soil! It’s brilliant that he is getting more confidence in social situations too. I think it’s so important to record all these memories as they change so very quickly. #fortheloveofBLOG

    1. Thank you! I know I love that he likes to cover himself in soil and yet if he falls over and gets mucky hands he wants them cleaned off immediately!! 🙂

  2. This is a great idea and will be really neat to look back on in years to come. Great way to document all these little moments that are so easy to forget #fortheloveofBlog

    1. Thank you! I look forward to sharing these with my son when he is older and hopefully when he goes on to have children of his own too.

  3. What a lovely list! It’s such a joy watching them as they grow up and learn new things, isn’t it? I can’t wait until the Popple starts using actual words too – it will open up a whole new world of communication! #bigpinklink

    1. Thank you! Yes I love how his understanding has come on leaps and bounds in the last couple of months. Doesn’t help when I tell him to go to sleep at 1am mind!! 😉

    1. It really is. I am enjoying this age so much and apparently lots more exciting changes occur in the next 6 months too!

  4. Gorgeous!! Such a wonderful list, and absolutely amazing for you to look back on, and remember these little things that bought you so much joy!! I love that he waves goodbye to his toys when he’s going up to bed! And burying his legs in the soil looks super fun! He sounds like such a little character, full of fun and happiness!

    1. He is a very happy boy most of the time, which is wonderful to watch. I am looking forward to sharing these memories with him when he is older 🙂 Thanks for reading.

  5. Such a beautiful post lovely about your Son, and this is a fantastic way to document those lovely memories. It’s great hearing about what your Son does at 18-months, I hope that once my daughter gets to that age she is doing some of the same, she is already clapping when I clap, and pointing at animals (mainly dogs and cats with enthusiasm). It’s made me realise that they grow up so fast, she’s only 11-months and it’s crazy to think that in another 9 months she will be walking, talking etc….We need to treasure these moments, and lock them away for safe-keeping somewhere in our heads. Thanks so much for joining us this week at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    1. Oh there is so much difference between 12 and 18 months, I am still amazed by it! I look at the photo of J on his 1st birthday and look at him now as a full blown toddler and I just can’t fathom where the past 6 months have gone. Apparently there’s even more of a jump from 18 to 2. I absolutely love this age as you can interact with your child so much more and the first time he gave me a kiss was incredible. 🙂

  6. Yes I love this little series and I am adoptiong it very soon but in my own way… J sounds like he is developing well. The confidence of being a little bit older at music play groups, excellent. #triballove

  7. This made me feel a bit emotional. I can’t bear the thought of how fast they all grow up (probably because I’m on my last baby!) Such a lovely idea for a post though and you will look back and really treasure this in a few years #triballove x

    1. I hope so 🙂 I am only having the one, so have to record it all now as won’t have another one to do that with.

  8. Aww this is a so cute! I have a scrap book where I write down little things like this every few weeks or so, just so that I can remember the little things! 18 months goes so quickly!

    Lucy Xx #triballove

  9. What a lovely post! It brought memories when my son was at that age. 18 months is such a cute age, they’re still little angels and a mum’s days are so full of joy and smiles. 🙂 #SharingtheBlogLove

  10. This is such a gorgeous post! I think it’s such a lovely age – they’re doing new things all the time and just so enthusiastic about everything. I’ve often thought of Phoebe from Friends when I see my toddler run too, and I have to say that the kisses and giggles are my absolute favourite! This is such a lovely thing to have on record to look back on in years to come – all the tiny moments that you tend to forget! Thanks so much for linking up to us at #SharingtheBlogLove – I really hope you’ll be back next week!

  11. This is beautiful. It’s such an adorable age, I love it when they start to give you kisses, it’s the best. So lovely to remember all those little things that you will love to read back. Thank you for joining us for #SharingtheBlogLove Laura X

    1. Thank you. Yes signs of affection are the best. I can’t wait until he can say I love you. My heart melts at just the thought of it 🙂

  12. This is such a cute post. It really rings true with me because my LO is almost 17 months and doing a lot of the same things. I was only thinking the other day how I wanted to record more about her development on my blog because I feel like I’ve already forgotten all the little daily milestones she was hitting this time last year. This will be wonderful to show your son when he’s older.

    Of all the things you listed, your lad waving goodnight to his toys really made me smile. My daughter does that too at it’s the cutest thing! 🙂


    1. You should definitely do something similar on your blog! It is a wonderful way to appreciate just how wonderful our little people are.

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