A is definitely on the verge of walking. As I mentioned in my forth of July recap, she is standing up on her own. She’ll take one or two steps but then reverts back to her special crawl. I know that any day now she’s going to take off. Then it’s really on!
She loves having a good giggle and mimicking things that we do, like saying “ah!” after drinking something (a la the old Coke commercials) or popping her lips. She gets excited whenever anyone does Patty-cake. I actually take an animated pause between lines and stay very still and this makes her giggle like crazy.
This gal is obsessed with dogs. Doggie was definitely her first word. She has a hard time pronouncing it, so it comes out as dah-tee but everyone understands. She loves Macie, other dogs, photos of doges, drawings of dogs- she even went up to a tag on an outfit that is in the lower part of her closet and points to the cartoon dog on it ans says doggie. Right now all animals are doggie. It’s adorable and hilarious. We’ll need to work on that.
Her only other non-babytalk words are Dada (J) and once in a great while Muma (me). She is a super, dedicated, unapologetic daddy’s girl. I won’t lie, there are times that it breaks my heart. But for the most part, I find it thrilling. I spent my whole pregnancy saying I wanted a daddy’s girl.
She loves board books and her favorite is a counting book with various items to count. This was a first birthday gift. She always heads over the the page full of dogs and also turns to the title page (which has a variety of different items) and immediately locates the dog there too!
I’m thrilled to say that we’ve switched over entirely to cows milk. My bank account sent me a thank you note and a bouquet of flowers. The first couple of weeks were rocky. A would excitedly grab for a bottle and then get pissed when she tasted it. There were tears. But that has passed.
We’ve also gotten the binky use down to only naps and bedtime. I plan to get those fully weaned before 18 months. We’ll see if I’m eating my words on that five months from now.
A still has a pretty good appetite, but I can feel the picky stage starting. She absolutely favors starches and meats although she still does ok with veggies and LOVES her fruit. She definitely tests us by picking up get plate and trying to throw food. For the most part we stay strong and but it’s hard. I know this will pass but some days it’s exhausting (sorry adult Alice, who will eventually be reading this- I love you dearly but I can’t wait to teach you some manners!).
A loves to explore. She’s even more curious about everything around her. That curiosity is always growing but with that so is her frustration. Whether it’s something that we don’t allow her to play with or the frustration of not knowing something. A close friend Erica and I were giving her a bath and I put her in the tub while the water was still running. A immediately started playing with the faucet as she always does and pulled up the little metal thing that you pull to make the shower turn on (please excuse my poor description, I don’t know with this is called). At this point the shower came on and A started screaming and of course both of us were dying laughing while I turned off the shower. Erica was laughing particularly loudly and A turned and stared at her with the most petulant little pout as though she was so offended that Erica was laughing at her. Best. Face. Ever.
She’s still an excellent sleeper as always and goes right down without a problem. I believe it’s a combo platter of our hard work and especially that A just loves to sleep (like her parents!). I know a lot of people out there probably just rolled their eyes at that but we worked hard to create healthy sleeping habits and it’s what worked for our family.
That being said, the fact that we have an even-tempered (for the most part) and relatively easy baby does not escape me. I know it could have been so much harder and at the end of the day we’re just really blessed to have a healthy little girl. I thank God every day for our sweet gal and continue to be amazed by her growth and abilities.
How did you wean your kid from the binky? How old were they? What tips or tricks do you have?