Wow, the words!! While at your 15 month appointment, I was worried sick that you were behind, you are now taking great strides with your words. You are babbling a whole lot more and have been breaking out a word a week for a couple of weeks now! Some words we have heard you say: Dada, daddy, daddo, mama, dog, kitty, tree, ball, baby, fish, milk, more, nigh nigh, bye bye, hi.
We have successfully weaned!! I couldn't be prouder of both of us. From your one year birthday to today, we went from 3-4 sessions a day to 0! The happiest day in this weaning journey was the day you didn't ask for milk when you woke up in the middle of the night. We had one last nursing session that you were holding onto for dear life. It was the one that was after work. You loved the comfort you got (I enjoyed it, too!) from snuggling up with me after a long day apart. You still ask for it every once in a while so I will offer you a cup of milk and then pull you onto the couch for some mommy snuggles. Do you know what else weaning that overnight session brought? Sleeping through the night!! You are finally doing it! We did good, little one!
With no more overnight nursing sessions, you have successfully become a sleep through the night child. I'm so happy you are getting a full night's rest. You need it! (we do too!!) You are also napping well. You are such a good sleeper and I really attribute it to your schedule. You nap for 2-3 hours a day and now sleep for about 11 hours at night. Your bedtime is 6:30pm and you wake up anytime after 5:30. With a full night's sleep and us going to bed early because we go to work at 7am, we don't mind this schedule at all.
You are such a good eater!! We are certainly not naive in thinking this will keep up forever but, we are hopeful it will. Your favorite food right now is any vegetable. We give you new veggies to try every once in a while and you're always willing to taste them. You love applesauce, yogurt and oatmeal but those are super messy so we don't offer them as often as you would probably like us to. You will eat meat and pasta but in moderation. You always eat your veggies off your plate before your carbs and protein. We still send your food to daycare and you eat it like a champ. You've had a few sweets now, a few bites of cupcakes and some of our family recipe kuchen. You can certainly chow down on those veggie and fruit pouches we give you when we're out and about or on the road. Your eating habits make us so happy.
All over the place! You have your opinions on how things should be and if they're not your way, you certainly let us know. You have tantrums. You cry. You want to be held and hugged a lot. I'm happy that a hug will help you calm down from a meltdown, it makes me happy to be able to help you get through your tough times. We are working on not always letting you have what you want which you really don't like very much at all.
You are very smart. You listen to us and will do what we ask you to do most of the time. When it's bedtime, we tell you it's time to go upstairs and you say goodnight to whatever you were playing with and head up the stairs, making sure we're there with you. Now that we have the Christmas tree up, you say goodbye to the tree before bedtime. You know where we put our shoes when we take them off in the house and if we ask you to get them, you know where to find them. You tell us you want to go outside by bringing us our shoes. Sometimes you bring me Daddy's shoes but most of the time, you will bring me my shoes! You like to have us read you books and you will scan through books on your own. You have just learned how to get on the couch by yourself so you will climb up there and sit with your hands folded in your lap while you figure out your next move.
Day to Day
We have a lot of fun with you. You love to walk down the sidewalk in our neighborhood, pointing out all of the new things you see. You hate getting into the stroller but once you are in it, you love going for walks. We have a playground a few houses down from ours and you enjoy climbing around in it. You love going down the slide but hate the swings!! You're doing great at daycare. I'm so happy you are happy there. You love to play dress-up and pretend to talk on the phone. You are more and more interested in your kitchen every day. You like to put things into your shopping cart and stroller and push them around the house. You have recently taken an interest in your stuffed doggie and a blanket I send to daycare every day with you. I love watching you grab the doggie and hug him around the neck, it warms my heart. You give great hugs and love to snuggle with us. You think our bed is a jungle gym but you snuggle well on the couch or lazyboy. You love the dog and while sometimes you hit her, you like to give her hugs, too. You also enjoy giving her treats and feeding her (and spilling dog food all over the kitchen floor). We are so lucky to have you as our daughter!!