549 Days

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How is it possible that 9 months (of pregnancy) feels SO much longer than 18 months (or 549 days) with you?

18 month old toddler

You are growing up almost as fast as you came into our world. You were teeny tiny, helpless, and not a fan of sleeping. 

These days, you want to do everything on your own, including getting dressed, putting on shoes, carrying your own school bag, and er, taking off your clothes (you are very good at the last thing). You still nurse, but no longer wake up in the middle of the night to do that, and you actually sleep through the night (well, most nights). 

You love eating off my plate (by yourself, of course), using my utensils, and drinking from my cup. You have a particularly adorable way of eating the various muffins I bake – holding it with both hands, gingerly, like it was something precious. I love that you get excited whenever it’s meal time, even though you eat like a bird, pecking at every single item (that piece of lemon wasn’t so yummy, was it?). Also, pretty sure coffee is not a suitable beverage for a toddler. Ahem.

You’ve loved dancing since you were a baby. Your favorite song to dance to is the theme song from The Big Bang Theory (I can’t resist either), so there are many, many spontaneous dance parties. You have no idea how much these parties cheer me up, my little Scrumps.

You love it when I read to you, handing me book after book, never tiring of pointing out all the words you know (apple, car, cat, ball, baby, train, ice cream, chair, duck, among others).

toddler book


Blocks and balls are also a particular obsession, as are balloons (I know of no one else who can spot balloons a mile away). 

toddler, ball

When you want a bath (and you always want a bath), you say “wash” and run to the bathroom (have you seen a toddler run? Cutest. Thing. Ever.). Getting out though, isn’t so fun for either of us. You, screaming and protesting; me, wrangling a wet, squirming child. One day, we will come to a more peaceful extraction process, I’m sure. 

I love all the talking you do, punctuating requests with a strong “I want”, saying “hi” when you see me in the morning, and “okay” at every opportunity. You know your brother’s name, your own name, you call your father Papa more than you call me Mama (but that’s okay, I know you know who I am). You also have your own made up words for milk, cookie, and bread. 

You are independent, funny, playful, stubborn, and so smart. You are an explorer, a daredevil, an adventurer. You are a cuddler, a hugger, but not a big kisser. 

toddler climbing

549 days of joy, laughter, tears, growth, contentment, and love. So much love. 

You are 18 months today, and I love, love, love you. 


Toddler at playground


Linking up with Michelle, Tamara, Crystal, Angela, Kristen and Amber for Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party.

What’s your favorite age for kids?

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • November 8, 2013 Amber

    I absolutely LOVE this post!!! Thank you for sharing it at #LOBS! I love your pieces! They make me SO happy! You write so real, it’s nice. XO.
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Aww, thank you, Amber!

  • November 8, 2013 Allie

    I love that you’re relishing this time with your son. It’s so, so precious! I know everyone tells you how fast it all goes, and it’s so cliche, but my Lord it’s the TRUTH! I can barely remember the twins at 18 months. It’s all so magical, though. Every. single. day.
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      It does go fast. I very nearly decided to skip this post and wait for his 2nd birthday. But realized that they change and grow so much between now and then!

  • November 8, 2013 tracy

    Oh my he’s cute! What a joyful little man with a beautiful smile. And yes a toddler run=cutest thing ever. xoxoxo
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      His smile is the best. xoxo

  • November 8, 2013 Tracie

    So very sweet. Your boy is precious. (both of them are!)
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Tracie!

  • November 8, 2013 Tamara

    I love, love, love this and thank you for linking up! Des is similar. He makes a huge fuss out of eating and even grunts and yells and raises his hand and yells, “FOOOOD!” Then he eats it very delicately and bird-like. What gives?
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Hah! That totally made me laugh.

  • November 8, 2013 Arnebya

    Man, this made me happy. Eighteen months seems lightning fast but it brings so much new wonder and fun, huh? I recently tried to let my son stay in the water (we rarely do baths. They’re a weekend treat midday to wind down for a nap usually or Saturday nights) until it got cold to let him see how it feels to be uncomfortable and why I say he needs to get out when I do. Um, cold water? DIDN’T MATTER. And it made me laugh harder because of course it doesn’t.
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      It really doesn’t. xo

  • November 8, 2013 Shana Norris

    What a beautiful way to honor your little guy, Alison. And – as the mother of a 19 year-old – you’ll be glad you have a written record of all his little quirks and wonderful personality traits for when he’s older. It’s sad, but I HAVE forgotten so many of them!
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      I know. I didn’t record as many of my first boy’s personality quirks and traits when he was younger, and I really regret that!

  • November 8, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    Awww happy half birthday =)
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Amanda!

  • November 8, 2013 Poppy

    I have always thought if I had 9 months to live, I’d get pregnant because those are the longest months ever. It is amazing how fast they grow. I totally miss the wet toddler out of the bath…perhaps because it is like pulling teeth to get my son IN the bath.

    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Funny isn’t it, how things reverse when they are older.

  • November 8, 2013 Natalie

    That first sentence up there says it all!

    I love dancing babies…watching them shake their little booties is so sweet. And I love that he’s big on hugs, not kisses. Maybe that’s a boy thing πŸ™‚
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      I think it’s a Scrumps thing, because his big brother loves kisses πŸ™‚

  • November 8, 2013 Susi

    Wow! How can it be 18 months already? Time flies and he’s a handsome little cutie-pie. πŸ™‚
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      I know! Crazy.

  • November 8, 2013 Kerstin

    Love love love this!
    What a beautiful tribute, I had a big smile on my face the whole time while reading.
    My favourite age seems to be whatever age my kids are in – it never ceases to amaze me how they develop and find their personalities and traits.
    When you wrote about how Scrumps eats a muffin, I had to think of my son. He’s 12 and still does that, savouring every bite of what I bake πŸ™‚
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      I love that – that your favorite age is whatever age they are now. Living in the present!

  • November 8, 2013 Elaine A.

    I wanna smooch his little face SO BAD!

    We call this “the age of maximum cuteness” in our house, because it SO is. He sounds amazing, Alison, I wish I could see him in person, for real. He reminds me a bit of one of my Godson’s… πŸ™‚

    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Oh Elaine, you will LOVE him! Everyone loves him, and I’m not overstating or exaggerating. πŸ™‚

  • November 8, 2013 Shannon.

    He is so stinking cute. Happy half birthday to him!
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Shannon!

  • November 8, 2013 Cori

    LOVED reading about this! The pictures are adorable πŸ™‚
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Cori!

  • November 9, 2013 Andrea

    Eighteen months was my first favorite age! They are so much fun as toddlers, and every day is an adventure with something new to discover. Your little Scrumps is gorgeous. Beautiful letter. πŸ™‚
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      He certainly is an adventurous discoverer!

  • November 9, 2013 Sarah

    Oh my goodness — what a sweetie. Your little bub is right in between my two boys… it’s fun to think back to that age for my older one and imagine what my new baby will be like!
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      I really, really love this age. Kinda envious that you have one coming up, and this is my last one. πŸ™‚

  • November 9, 2013 Nicole

    My little one just turned 18 months too, and I LOVE this age. And absolutely LOVE this post. Just beautiful, Alison. Both you and your little man. He’s adorable. Should we arrange the marriage now?
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Nicole!
      Oh yes, matchmaking! Never too early. πŸ™‚

  • November 9, 2013 Ashlee

    Such a sweet post, Alison! Our kids are right around the same age! My son just turned 19 months. He’s learning so quickly too and he definitely has an eye for balls and balloons.
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Isn’t it fun? I love the toddler age so much.

  • November 9, 2013 vanita

    i knew you’d have more pics for me to droll over. he’s yummier than mango bread. i just want to hold his little face. so sweet. time just flies girl.
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      I squish his little face all the time!

  • November 9, 2013 Leigh Ann

    What an absolute cutie. Zoe is trying to talk to him through the computer, saying “Little boyyyyyyy? Hellooooo? He not talking to me!”
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Omigosh, I love that!! That’s adorable.Hi Zoe!

  • November 9, 2013 Amy

    Such a fun age. And he is so very cute. Lucky, loving mama!
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Amy!

  • November 9, 2013 Amy

    I love this post! It is so heartfelt that I can feel your words through the screen. Which is impressive because that is even more difficult than feeling someone’s words through the page of a book. Your little one is lucky to have a mama like you.
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Wow, thank you, Amy.

  • November 9, 2013 Carrie

    What a beautiful little boy. Wow…you must have so much fun!

    The pics are perfect! It’s like you can see just who he is through them. You did a fabulous thing!
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Carrie! We really do have fun, he’s such a joy to be with.

  • November 9, 2013 My Inner Chick

    I love how you savor life, love, your boys, the moments, your universe, Alison Lee. Xxx
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      I do try. I really do. Thank you, hon. xo

  • November 9, 2013 Kim

    18 months! He is so adorable – love all the photos.
    And I love that he likes to dance to the theme from The Big Bang Theory. The band that sings that is Canadian and awesome. πŸ™‚
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Ooh, I really LOVE the song! I dance to it too. My husband makes fun of me when I do. πŸ™‚

  • November 9, 2013 Kristen Daukas

    When my girls were little (not so long ago it feels) I never wished for the next phase like many of my friends did.. “I wish they’d walk, talk, etc” because I knew there would come a day that I would miss it. While I don’t miss all the hard labor of a baby/toddler, I miss the sweetness and the unconditional love they have for you.
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      I feel the same way!

  • November 9, 2013 Natalie

    Awww I love him!!! Happy 18 months big guy!
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Thank you!!

  • November 9, 2013 Maureen

    Can he be any cuter? OMG I so love, love, love this post, Alison. It really makes me miss being pregnant and have a baby hahaha. Love it!

    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      There’s still time!

  • November 9, 2013 Tammy

    I can’t help but start singing that song from “Rent” when I read this title. “525,600 minutes…How do you measure a year?”

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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      Heh. Thank you, Tammy.

  • Toddlers running… yes there is nothing more adorable! I love it that he says Hi in the morning. He is such a dapper little boy!
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    • November 9, 2013 Alison

      I love the hi today, it really sets off my mornings right. πŸ™‚

  • November 10, 2013 Mo at Mocadeaux

    Your baby is adorable and precious in every way. I love the story about spotting a balloon in the distance. Such happiness! Last week when we were in Boston visiting our grand babies they started spontaneously dancing for the first time. Be still my heart!
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    • November 10, 2013 Alison

      Aw, that’s adorable! Glad you caught that special moment.

  • November 10, 2013 Nina

    I think my favorite age so far is 5-6. I love that time of pre-k and kindergarten when their minds are expanding so much . . . and especially when they start to read.

    Loved the sweet pictures of your son! My Nate just turned two and your descriptions fit him as well.
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    • November 10, 2013 Alison

      Yay, I have ages 5 and 6 to look forward to twice over!

  • November 10, 2013 Sarah Reinhart

    He’s such a sweetie. Oscar does that thing too. Basically he just eats while sitting on my lap and picks from my plate and slurps from my cup. One day I will reclaim my own lap and my own plate and my own cup. For now, I guess it’s cool πŸ™‚ Happy 18 months on the planet little guy!

    • November 10, 2013 Alison

      Sarah, Scrumps sat on my lap and ate off my plate at breakfast AND dinner today!!

  • November 11, 2013 Keely

    Scruuuuuuumplet. (And that HAIR!)
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    • November 11, 2013 Alison

      I know, right??

  • November 11, 2013 Jennifer

    This is a great article! My son just turned 18 months on November 1st and it was so great to hear you describe exactly how I have been feeling at this milestone.
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    • November 11, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Jennifer!

  • November 11, 2013 Christine

    Has it really been 18 months already?? Happy Happy 18 Months! He really is the cutest. I’m glad you are cherishing this time. It passes by so much faster the second time around!
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    • November 12, 2013 Alison

      It really does! In a blink of an eye, he’ll be TWO!

  • November 12, 2013 Stevie

    I love reading the stories about you and your boys. I’m so glad you are taking the time to really savor it. What a gift right? You can’t slow time down but you can be in the middle of it.
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    • November 12, 2013 Alison

      I try to plant myself firmly in the middle of it all. πŸ™‚

  • November 13, 2013 Jin Ai

    Awww.. He looks such a big boy for 18 months! And yes, I know how long 9 months can feel!
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    • November 13, 2013 Alison

      I bet you do! πŸ™‚

  • November 13, 2013 Charlotte

    The love you have for your children is beautiful to read πŸ™‚ Love this (and good gosh, is he really 18 months already?! Wasn’t he just born yesterday??)

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    • November 13, 2013 Alison

      It sure feels like it! And thank you. xo

  • November 14, 2013 Stacey

    I absolutely LOVE this age! Toddlers are so much fun! Happy 18 months to your little one!
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    • November 14, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Stacey!

  • November 16, 2013 runnermom-jen

    Awesome photos, Alison!!! He is such a little adorable man πŸ™‚
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    • November 16, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Jen. And yes, he is. πŸ™‚

  • November 16, 2013 Tina

    Such a beautiful post….love this! They grow up so fast. I was just holding my 5YO last night before bed and got really sad. I can’t remember when he was a baby, time flies by and life is so hectic. I try to stop and soak in as much of my boys that I can. Love the photos you shared!

    • November 17, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Tina! I know what you mean, my oldest is nearly 4, and his baby days seem so far away. Sigh.

  • November 20, 2013 julie gardner

    I’m catching up after a little blog-reading/commenting hiatus and scrolled through your posts to see where I wanted to begin.


    I love this. How lucky your boys are to have this record of their early lives, your observations, their achievements and quirks and sweetness. The Big Bang dance? The precious muffin? These are the details they’ll have, the memories you’ll always cherish.

    Time flies but you’re holding onto the best threads of it. For all of you.

    • November 20, 2013 Alison

      I always love seeing you here, my friend. How are you?

      I think I’m the lucky one – that I’m able to record down these days, that I have these boys who give me so much in every way.


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