Time keeps ticking away and my sweet gal is now 17 months old!
I am constantly astounded by how much this gal learns and figures out. Before I had kids, I generally didn’t think about how brilliant the human brain is; even the youngest of us pick up different things so quickly! She’s like a little sponge.
A is all about helping out! One of her favorite things to do is feed Macie. We fill the cup up and she pours it into Macie’s dish and then sits by her and and pets her lightly as she eats (while this would not work for some dogs, Macie is super easy going and doesn’t mind at all). She also picks up Macie’s bowl at other times of the day and heads over to the food container to let us know she wants to feed her again. It’s a great learning opportunity for her because we tell her no outside of the two times a day that Macie eats. She does pretty well with being told no for the most part.
I’m thrilled about the fact that A is very interested in what I cook. She always comes over when I’m at the stove or counter and I pick her up and tell her what I’m doing and making. If what I’m working with is not hot, I’ll usually let her stir it a bit. She always seems to enjoy this.
A has gotten extremely proficient with a spoon and a fork. We’re still not perfect, but I cannot believe how well she does with her utensils, I didn’t expect that this early (if you follow me in Instagram, you can see the video I posted a few weeks back of her rocking this). She also loves to blow on her food when it’s hot, just like mommy and daddy do for her. It’s the cutest thing because she’s more blowing air up into her hair.
She’s added the sign for please into her sign language vocabulary and once in a great while she’ll actually say “Peeez.” It’s too cute for words though saying it verbally isn’t consistent at this point. I wish I could get her to sign and say thank you, but I try not to push.The other night I was making peas (which are her favorite) and I pointed to them and said, “These are peas, can you say peas?” She immediately started signing for please. J and I had a good laugh.
A’s appetite is still fantastic, though she does have her picky-toddler moments, she isn’t extremely picky and will eat more varieties of things than I expected at this age. I am really happy that she eats a lot of food at most meals. My mom was saying she couldn’t believe how much she eats and I attribute this to the fact that she doesn’t snack between meals outside of a single afternoon snack that she gets on daycare days. She does very well with not snacking and I’m glad that the majority of A’s nutrients come from her (mostly) healthy, balanced meals.
The newest thing is that A loves hummus. We usually start dinner off by serving her some sort of veggie to munch on while I finish making dinner. This keeps her from getting hangry and ensures she gets some veggies in before she sees the starch option (because we all know once she see’s that, it’s all over!). She especially loves cucumbers and carrot sticks, but I cannot seem to crack lettuce and tomatoes. Olives are also a huge favorite along with peas and sweet potatoes.
While we try to keep things healthy, we also give A dessert. Sometimes it’s fruit or apple sauce and sometimes it’s cookies or some sort of small sweet. I think it’s good to introduce some treats as well as healthy things so that she can learn to eat these types of things in moderation. She tries to say cookie (it usually comes out “cuh-cuh”) and knows that they live in the pantry.
As I mentioned last month, we really wanted to get rid of that last morning bottle. I think that I didn’t give A enough credit because one Saturday morning, I gave A her sippy filled with milk instead of a bottle and she didn’t even flinch. Since then we haven’t looked back and the bottles are all done for A and waiting for Baby Bubbles. I’m happy that this was easier than I thought.
I haven’t yet touched the bink yet. I know I need to do it soon since I want to give her enough time without it before Baby Bubbles comes because I don’t want her to ask for one when she sees her sister has one. Even though she only has them for sleep, I notice that she sleeps with it in her mouth all night. This makes me both nervous to get rid of the binks (since she obviously uses it instead of getting rid of it earlier in the night) and eager to get rid of them as I don’t want to effect her teeth.
A still loves toys that involve shape sorting. She also really enjoys stacking blocks up super high (she’s done this for a while!) and knocking them over. Whenever she knocks things over, she laughs her evil little belly laugh and we can’t help but crack up. Maybe she’ll be an explosives specialist when she grows up?
The other day when she was eating lunch, I had cut her half turkey sandwich into quarters. We couldn’t believe our eyes when she started stacking the pieces of sandwich up like blocks! I suppose we shouldn’t have been surprised since she loves doing that with the blocks that she plays with but it we still couldn’t believe it. I’m happy to report that she didn’t knock it over after she was done, instead she ate it, slowly.
Like most kids, she likes to follow us into the bathroom. I know she’s not ready for potty training quite yet, but I’m glad the interest is there. I might get her a potty seat so that she can practice sitting on it. That way when she’s eventually ready to potty train, she’ll already be comfortable with it.
A has become increasingly interested in water and loves playing with the water that comes out of the faucet while her bath is filling up. Sometimes J will slow it to a trickle and she’ll play with that too. She still can’t stand getting her hair wet, but we’re working on that.
She also still enjoys brushing but on the nights and days that her teeth are hurting it can be a little challenging. She likes to look in the mirror while she brushes and lets us know that she wants to by continuously opening and closing her mouth.
A recently discovered that monitor camera which is conveniently mounted on the wall right next to the crib. We happened to be watching on the monitor and could not stop laughing as she fiddled with it. She’s still a fantastic sleeper, though I think she may be cutting out her morning nap.
Walking and her version of running are her primary form of transportation around the house these days. We love her wobbly “drunk girl walk” and we have a grand time chasing her around. I stand by the fact that there is nothing cuter than a toddler walking around in footie pajamas.
We’ve finally begun allowing a small amount of screen time. She really doesn’t have much interest in TV. The only thing she really likes to watch is a Youtube video of this little Yorkie that knows a million tricks called Misa Minnie. She’s still not interested in normal kids shows – the one time I turned on Pooh and Mickey Mouse Club house she couldn’t have cared less- she actually grabbed a book both times which secretly made my inner bookworm happy. There were a couple times that I had Top Chef on and it held her attention for a couple minutes. The foodie in me was totally proud.
She definitely tests our limits and understands no. She’ll shake her head and say “uh-uh” and most of the time listens. Tantrums have gone down which makes me think that last months tantrums had more to do with her teething and illness (she has 4 molars and I suspect more are coming). When she does start having those moments we ignore them and as a result they usually don’t last long. I think she’s learned that throwing a tantrum is not the most efficient way to get our attention.
She’s still incredibly sweet and we love catching glimpses of her silly sense of humor. We often giggle a lot at dinner and make tons of funny faces at each other. I like this a lot because I really want dinner time (meals in general) to be a time that we all look forward to and have fun enjoying each others company.
Every day being A’s mommy is such a tremendous pleasure. I never could have imagined the amount of joy being a parent could bring into our life. It’s absolutely the best thing I’ve ever done and I wake up each morning extremely grateful for getting to spend time with our family. I cannot wait until Baby Bubbles gets here and I get to see my sweet girls together!