Cooper John had his 15 month check-up yesterday (a week late). He is doing great! The doctor was impressed that he eats 100% table food and that he feeds himself. We bought a new ball on the way to the appointment and he held it the entire time and kept saying "ball, ball" throughout the visit. Dr. Strong was happy with his vocalization and said that most children his age know about 5 words. Cooper currently says mine, no, mama, dada, jo-jo, connie, leah, allie, bye, hi, girl and ball. His "bauul" word can mean ball, bottle, bowl or pretty much any other "b" word.
Cooper weighed in at 24lbs9oz which is the 50th percentile. He was 32.75" which is the 90th percentile. He had two shots, but I've managed to put off the MMR for another time. We'll probably get that one around 2 years old.
Cooper is beginning to throw tantrums and signs of frustration when he doesn't get his way. He is a very determined little boy who will scream and cry when he doesn't get what he wants. Usually what he wants is to go into the girls' room (off-limits), stand in his highchair (dangerous), climb up Grace's stool (makes Mommy nervous), or have whatever his sister has. Most of the time we are able to distract and redirect but we did have one instance when he was so upset he threw a toy across the room. In circumstances where I can't distract or redirect I remove him from the situation and set him down in away from the action. He seems to understand that he is in "time-out" and will calm down and then come back and play. I'm sure he is familiar since that is the method that Connie uses with the kids at daycare.
The girls continue to adore him especially as he gets older and can play more. He is sleeping through the night just about every night and he continues to have 2-3 bottles a day, usually one right before nap and bedtime, sometimes one in the morning upon waking. We are going to start milk soon, but he appeared to have a reaction the last time we tried. I'm not going to worry too much about the bottle until he is 18 months old.