19 Months was a big one. So many huge changes, giant leaps and adventures. She spent half of the past month in New England, so being out of her routine could have added to these big developments, or maybe just a coincidence. While I’m loving this full transition into toddlerhood, I also find myself still a little anxious about it as well (I wrote about it a little bit here). Some things have become noticeably easier, but then in other ways, it’s also tougher. Irving and I keep reminding ourselves that we’re learning together. Adele doesn’t know how to be the perfect toddler, and we don’t know how to be the perfect parents. But patience, listening, showing interest and finding those teachable moments has been an exciting challenge. I’d say we’re doing a pretty good job so far, so maybe there’s not much to fear after all.
Weight: 22 Pounds
Diapers: Size 3
Shoes: Size 4
Clothing: 18 Months
I hate to tell you guys, that Adele’s still an amazing sleeper. She goes to sleep between 6:30p and 7:30p and sleeps for 13-14 hours straight. Both days this weekend she’s slept past 9am. (I know, moms everywhere are rolling their eyes…). Even with all that sleep, she’s still giving me one 1-2 hour nap a day as well. (Naps=sanity for mommy, so I’m grateful for that!) She’s still going to bed with her doggy and pacifier (oh, the pacifier, I both hate and love you). This month we also introduced blankets and a small pillow.
You guys…. she doesn’t throw food on the floor anymore! At all!!! Sometime this month I noticed I hadn’t had to clean the floor every night after dinner! So glad that phase is over! She also got her appetite back this month and went from eating only a few bites at meals to asking for seconds (and thirds!). Maybe we’ve got a growth spurt on the horizon. She’s still a little bit picky, but she’s eating more of a variety than in previous months too. I think we’ve turned a food corner! Her favorite foods this month are: Apples, Oranges, Blackberries, Blueberries, crackers, alphabet cookies, minestrone soup, cereal with milk, anything dipped in sour cream and fig bars.
She’s drinking roughly 12oz of milk a day now. Also lots of water. We introduced juice this month as well for the first time. I usually take apple or apple/grape 100% juice and water it down 50/50. She loves it. Just a few times a week, but i think it’s probably a nice refresher once in a while for her.
Wow, the words. Everyday there are new ones. She knows SO many! When you sneeze, she says “Bless you!”, she knows animals, foods, actions, characters (Elmo, Pooh and Mickey Mouse, pronounced “mee-mouse”) and more. She’s also started stringing her words together to make mini-sentences like “Mommy, apple, go!”, “Bunny night-night” and “Go outside”. With this new language development, I also noticed a little bit of individual word regression. I think she’s trying so hard to string them together that sometimes words she used to know now come out jumbled, but I’m not worried, maybe that’s how it works? It’s pretty amazing to witness though.
Her favorite toys now are:
-Books (especially this Mickey Mouse set from Erika!, this “Look and Find” series, and these books!)
-Play Kitchen and all the pieces
-Her new Vtech flashlight
I can’t believe we’re already into 2014 which will bring us into her THIRD year of life. Doesn’t seem possible!