You are officially walking! And life is officially crazy. You are everywhere and into everything. You climb and scale chairs, furniture- anything you can! Baby girl, you are a toddler now and while mama is so excited she is also very sad you are growing up so quickly. You are a little person now and you are getting better at communicating with us.
We have been watching the Signing Time videos and you now sign “milk”, “all done” and “more.” (We are working on please, sometimes you get it.) You also put your hands out like “who me or I don’t know?” and you shake your head yes and no. Now that you sign for milk you want to nurse all the time (well a few times a day, sometimes more) and we had been weaning. But you stopped biting so I can tolerate it a little bit. We try to give you the bottle as much as possible, but if you are happy for the most part I am. You had a cold towards the end of month 16 (one night you woke up so sick so we sat in the steamy bathroom and then let you fall asleep sitting up on mama- and we had to skip a swimming lesson) and between that and getting 3 pre-molars and 1 front tooth you wanted mama and milk more often. (You very dramatically do the milk sign sometimes and then try to help yourself- not very modest! Thankfully it’s at home only!) Hopefully by 17 months we will be fully weaned. You had also been sleeping really well until the time change, teeth and your cold. It all happened in the same two weeks and has you waking up early and not napping well. It’s tiring, but we will get through it.
You are getting really good at pointing at things we ask you to, such as where is the bunny, dog, cat, bird, etc. in books. You LOVE dogs and birds the most. You also can point at a lot of body parts such as head, hair, belly, nose, mouth, eyes, ears, teeth, etc. You are great at taking instructions such as bring this to daddy/mommy, can you go get that, etc. and you love to help do chores, such as putting laundry in the dryer (and dismantling the laundry basket), wiping down surfaces (which the dogs don’t love because they don’t want to be wiped down!), taking everything out of the lazy Susan or pantry, trying to “help” with the dishwasher, thankfully you dump the dogs food less… but still play in their water!
Every morning I plop you in the bathroom sink to do your hair while you play with the toothbrushes, you love it!
At your 15 month check up you weigh 24.2 pounds and were 32.5 inches long. We figured you said between 18-20 words and your doctor (who is leaving and we are very sad) was impressed with your vocabulary. (She brought you a new book to start the appointment and she opened it up and you saw an owl on the page and said, “owl!”) She also was excited that you could point to so many body parts, she said she would be happy if you could point out just 2! You were impressive with your smarts, but not your pain tolerance! They couldn’t even take your temperature without you screaming and crying. She told me to expect it again at you 18 month appointment and then the visits should get easier. The vaccines were the worst part (and one of the reasons I didn’t care that you had weaned because it made you stop crying sooner.)
Here’s a list of the words you say: mama, dada, up, Cricket, Asia, dog, bird, bubba, apple, meow, owl, cat, ball, watch, water, pouch, that, why, what, fishy fish, book, read, hat, lunch, yeah, hi, bye, You also have started saying animal sounds when we ask (sheep= baaa, dog= bark (it was dog dog for a bit), cat=meow, pig=oink (the cutest oinking noise I have ever heard!), horse=neee, cow=maaa.)
Here’s a brief run down of what we did these last two months:
We had two visits to the Rumpus Room with Kayla and Tenley. The first visit you were just starting to walk and by the next visit you were running everywhere! You love the slide, the little rollercoaster, the ball pit and your absolute favorite is the shopping cart! When we were in a toy store one day the little shopping cart was the only thing you wanted to play with!
The week after we visited Auntie Brooke daddy’s friend Paul’s father passed away. We drove to Western Mass to his funeral. He was Native American and they had a Native American funeral. It was a beautiful service and so wonderful to see the customs of the service of the tribe. You had just started taking steps everywhere (you actually walked around a bit at it by standing up on your own) and when the chanting and drumming started you were chanting right along! After the service we met Paul’s cousin who just happened to work with Louise Emerson- small world! There was a little boy there that you were playing with and he was throwing his toys. You decided to follow his lead and throw toys for the first time. (Then he said after, “Mom I don’t like it when kids throw my toys!” She told him he shouldn’t have taught you to do it then! HA!)
On Superbowl Sunday we had the Prachers and Krechs over… not much game watching happened but we had lots of good snacks!
Mama had a few photo shoots- one maternity one with Nicole (you liked her dog!) and a few Valentine’s Day ones where you got to play with Hannah and Brennan a little bit.
On Valentine’s Day we went to the Children’s Museum in Portland. You had fun, especially in the toddler area. You did a great job climbing up the jungle gyms and going down the slides. Some of the older exhibits were too old for you, but you did sit through the constellation show in the mini planetarium.
Mama, Kayla and Rachel had a girls night out- we went to dinner and saw 50 Shades. You, daddy, Tenley and Niles went to Beal Street for dinner and daddy said it was the absolute worst night he has had out with you. He didn’t even get to finish his dinner or beer! You went from being happy and saying hi to tables to total melt down. Poor daddy! He definitely needs a guy night out!
We went to BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) at Little Tap House in Portland. You did pretty well, but being one of the oldest babies you were a lot more trouble than they were- very stubborn! I think you either scared the parents of the infants (what’s to come for them haha!) or they thought we didn’t know how to control you (newsflash you can’t control this age without a leash… hehe!)
On April 2nd we went to the elementary school to read for Dr. Suess Day. You loved visiting with the kids and had a lot of fun running up and down the halls. That night mama went to Zumba and you played with grammy and grampy. When I came back to get you, you were snuggled up in grammy’s arms watching TV. It was so sweet.
We had lunch and went shopping at Buy Low Baby with Brittany and Aidan the day of your 15 month appointment. There was no highchair at Wild Oats and you wouldn’t sit in the Ergo seat I made- that was interesting to say the least.
We have been doing swimming lessons at the Wiscasset Rec Center. They aren’t as much fun there as Bath (they were cheaper and longer which is why we switched) and the water is cold, but you still enjoy swimming and Hadley is there. One day daddy asked them to turn on the water fountain things- you hated it and screamed and cried. I think it reminded you of taking showers which you also hate! You love jumping into the pool (while mama holds you) and you have gotten your face all the way under a few times accidentally and haven’t really minded. At your age maybe a month or two older (about 18 mo), mama was swimming with a bubble and jumping off the diving board, but I have been told they don’t use bubbles anymore. During these lessons you have started to kick more than you were before, so I think you are getting the hang of it.
We went to Portland one day with Kayla and Tenley to meet Katelyn and Brennan. We visited Green Light Studio where we played for awhile. (One little girl tried to push you down the stairs. Mama was not impressed.) Then we went to lunch at Cracker Barrel with Tenley and Kayla and shopping at Kohls. You and Tenley both slept through a lot of the shopping part- tired babies!
At your last swimming lesson grammy and grampy came to watch (and grampy gave you the nickname Squiggles.) You laughed and smiled whenever they waved to you (through chattering teeth.) Then we met great grammy and Paul at Sea Basket for lunch. That afternoon we went to Hadley’s first birthday party, where you were in love with the coffee table laid out with crackers, cheese, vegetables and dip. Once you saw daddy dip once, you couldn’t stop dipping crackers. It was too funny, and I am pretty sure you ate your weight in food that day! You had fun in the ball pit, learned to turn the light on and off with the pull cord and then taught Tenley how to as well! You also really liked Hadley’s ride on toys and liked smiling at everyone! That night you fell asleep on the ride home!
I swear everyday I think you learn something new! These months are just flying by! We love you so, so, so much little girl, I can’t wait to see what the next months bring!