I almost missed it. Another 8th of the month went by and it wasn’t until 9 o’clock that night that I realized another month went by and Adele is that much older. I really see the difference this month. The past couple have been much of the same (babbling, crawling, exploring), but she really took off in the past week or so.
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At the beginning of this week, Adele woke up at midnight and didn’t go back to sleep until 4am! I was immediately thrown back to the newborn days trying everything in the book to get her back to bed. Rocking, milk, cuddling in our bed… but all she wanted to do was play! She wasn’t upset… she just wasn’t tired I guess! Eventually I got her down by walking around with her snugly in the Ergo carrier. And truthfully? I loved every second of it. I miss those baby days. I sort of miss waking up in the middle of the night to see her pretty face.
Somewhere into the third hour of baby insomnia, I turned to Irving and said, “I bet she’s going to hit some kind of milestone this week since her sleep is all out of whack”. And sure enough, she woke up the next day with a new, older looking face face, and looking just a little bit bigger.
The biggest thing that happened this week was that she (finally!) took some steps!! I saw the first three steps on Thursday afternoon. She was real focused on something and then moved forward for it! My cheering probably scared her and she promptly fell down, but I saw it! And then again last night, with some bribing of a cell phone, Irving and I got her to take 4-5 steps back and forth between us. It’s starttttting! I’m scared.
This girl’s got personality, attitude and an opinion… in the cutest way possible. You can’t sneak much by her anymore. She’ll spot something she wants across the room and she’ll point at it and talk to you until she gets it. And if you hide something from her… forget about it. She’ll stop at nothing to find it. I especially love when something rolls under the couch and she scoots down low and looks under for it. Love her.
So let’s cut to the 14 month stats….
WEIGHT: 18.8 on 8/8!
DIAPERS: Size 3
SHIRTS: 18 Months
PANTS: 12 Months
TEETH: 8 (with a couple more on the way)
At daycare, she takes one nap a day usually from 11:30a-1p or so. Sometimes, she doesn’t nap at all there. But on the weekends, we’re usually able to get her to sleep for 1 hour in the morning and 1-2 hours in the afternoon. She’s not on a set nap schedule, we’ve always just followed her lead and looked for cues.
15 Ounces of Organic Whole Milk a day. (3 bottles/day). She also drinks about a cup of water a day as well.
We’ve regressed a little bit in the food department. My wonderful little eater has gotten pickier and pickier. SO much food ends up on the floor now. Of course, she thinks it’s funny and I do my best to keep a straight face. She’s also developed this thing now where she’ll chew up her food and then spit it out! I’m going crazy worrying that she’s not actually ingesting enough food. But I never force her, I just hope she’s getting enough. I noticed that having her use her own fork has helped. She likes the novelty of it, and will take more bites with it. But then the fork ends up on the floor too. Sigh.
She loves anything that zips and unzips. I gave her an old purse this week and she’s having fun sticking toys in it and zipping it up. She loves to put things away now too. She’ll take out some toys… and then put them all back where they came from. Good girl.
She also loves opening and closing things. I got her this Melissa & Dog game and there are little magnets inside that come out of each door.
And then I showed her that the pieces stuck to the refrigerator door! Baby mind blown. That’s her go-to activity when I’m cooking in the kitchen now. Magnets. Yes.
I also gave her a cup with some markers the other day and she sat for a half hour putting them all in the cup and taking them out again. It’s the little things, folks. But she does a great attention span for things like that. And lots of patience too.
She babbles all day, everyday. We’re just starting to hear some words here and there. By some standards, she might be a little late with the words, but I’m not worried nor concerned. I bet her vocabulary explodes in another month or two. But right now, she says “mama, dada, dag (dog), dat (cat), quack, moo, down, that, ata (water) and Banana”.
At 14 Months, you can:
-Point to what you want
-Blow Kisses (blows kisses with her hand and makes a “Muah” sound)
-Wave (to people and dogs. Always dogs)
-Give kisses on demand
-Use a fork and spoon
-Turn your music player on and off while falling asleep at night
-Try to put your shoes on your own feet (unsuccessfully, but still a valiant attempt)
-Climb in a chair… but not quite climb out. This is the universal sign for “help me down, mom!”
14 Months is my favorite month yet. It’s a challenge chasing her around all day, but she makes it so worth it. I’ll never be one to curb a curious mind and an energetic girl, that’s for sure. Keep dreaming, living, loving and exploring, little one. Mama loves you.