Tuesday, March 8, 2016

18 Months

My oh my. You are 18 months old, my little toddler. You are a bundle of energy that keeps me on my toes all day long! In these past six months since your first birthday you have grown so much! It is the most amazing thing to watch. To see you make new discover about the world around you, and to watch you test your own limits it is wonderful to see.

You love to run, spin, dance around and "jump" (you can't really jump you do this funny little move were you bend your knees and throw your head back. It is quite funny!) It is incredible to see how strong and adventurous you have become in just this past 6 months. You love to test your limits, but unfortunately it has led to a few bumps and bruises but you have survived.

You are doing more baby signing, which seems to help lessen your tantrums. You often surprise me on the signs that you have picked up as I will have been signing a certain word for months and then all of a sudden you with sign it to me. I find it very impressive; maybe it because I'm your Mother but I just feel you are just so smart to be able to pick these signs up and then use them appropriately. I just wish I knew more so that I could continue to make it easier for you to be able to communicate your wants and needs. You will often do a little "happy dance" when we figure out what you are trying to tell us.

Your new signs are, help, banana, cookie, cheese, book, sad, cracker, sleep, please, and thank you.

And with the baby signs you are starting to add words, which it just so much fun. Your new words are "cheese", "sock", "baby", "no", "Dada", and you finally started saying "Mama" again which makes me so happy. And now more often you will try to copy us when we say a word slowly for you. It is a lot of fun to hear you try and talk to us.

You are turning into such a book worm as you enjoy "reading" books all on your own. You will find a nice little reading spot, often the bottom stair and sit there and read to yourself for quite some time. And recently you have being requesting a book when you lay down for a nap or the night. I hope your love of books only continues to grow for your whole life.

You are the sweetest big sister. You love to bring your baby sister toys, although you don't really let her play with them as you will bring her a toy then quickly take it away then bring her a different toy and do it all again. You love giving her hugs and kisses and you are getting better at being gentle when you do shower her with love. You love to play "peek a boo" with her and can make her laugh like nobody else. You two are going to be the best of friends and most loving sisters. I'm so glad you two have each other.

It is also fun to see your personality shine through. You are a sweet, kind, lovable, fun, curious, adventurous little girl. And I feel so honored that am the one who gets to lead and guide you down this road call life.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

One year with Baby #2

I can’t believe that it truly has been one full! Time sure does fly when you are having fun! And we have had so much fun with you over this past year. All your funny faces and cheeky looks to love to give us just make us laugh so much!

Your big accomplishment this past month is that you took your first step!! And now you have worked your way up to four steps! But I still wouldn’t say that you are walking yet as usually one or two of those steps are more on the falling side then walking side of things. But I’m sure it will be any day now.

This month you have had 3 of your molars come in, which take you up to 11 teeth in total so far! And the wonderful thing is that you really have been taking it like a champ, as you really didn’t show any signs that you were teething!! Hopefully that trend continues as we will have a few more teeth to go!
Sleep has also being going really great this past month! (Knock on wood) You have had a few 5 am wake up calls for me this month but luckily most of the time you will go back to sleep for a few hours after a feed you. But sadly there has also been a few mornings where you thought getting up at 5am was a great idea and we started the day nice and early. If would be nice to get rid of those!

You can say two words very clearly now, “Hi” and “Uh-oh!” To be honest you have been saying uh-oh for a while now, I think you started to say it close to your 11 month mark. You are learning your words from your sister and she is the one that you will talk to most of the time. She say “hi”, then you say “hi”, then she says it back to you and then both of you will burst into laughter as if you had just come up with the world’s funniest joke! It is so sweet to watch.

Each day is another delight as you always seem to find a way to put a smile on all our faces. And your beautiful infectious laugh can always get us going. You are such a joy and is truly is such a blessing to have you in our lives.

I look forward to each new day with you. 

This month you made it so difficult to get a picture. 
You kept jumping all over the elephant and just won't keep still! 

I had to add this one as well just because you look so proud of yourself standing up all by yourself. I just find it so cute!