Emotional: Still wants to be held. Mostly on your lap while you ‘read’ to her. All day long. Seriously. But it’s nice to cuddle with her while she still likes me! Wants up or on your lap at pretty much all times.
Motor skills: She’s not too far (except balance) from climbing the stairs. She’s definitely getting a lot faster and sneakier about where she runs off and hides.
Food stuffs: Nursing nap (1pm) and bedtime still. She appears to not be nursing as long, but still wants that connection with mom before bedtime. Eats a lot. Begs for food a lot.
Favorite toys: I love how she plays with just about everything with the same amount of vigor. She comes over and says ‘openit, pease’ – that’s 2 words, not 3.
Cute things: Using manners, saying no with a smile on her face (she’s a rascal), saying things like ‘nice hair’ to daddy–our little parrot-she loves to repeat now.
Not so cute things: she’s started into saying no and dropping her shoulders so she’s dead weight to carry. Not fun. Although compared to big sister, it’s kind of like ‘eh’.. so we’ll see. Running away instead of stopping when I ask her to (that has got to stop).
Words: dad, mom, night-night, ball, please, MMM, yes, no, this, applesauce, cheese, shirt, book, blue, sit, beep, me, dance, door, wall, Keeley, go, butt, boo, roar, bath, drink, pretty, chair, love, done, yogurt (OOH), chocolate, cookie, pizza(pi-Ta!), banana and Baby signs: More. Waving hello/goodbye. Thank you. Banana. Cracker. 18mo new ones: Princess, tractor, eyes, glasses, shoes, socks, pants, diaper (buh-puh), off, up, held, pretzel, chip, vegetables (ve–be-be), bread, floor, boob (thanks hubby), nurse (
suss) nuhse, moo, oink (sounds like wonk wonk inhaled, not actual oink), whee he he (horse neigh of course!), computer (this is ‘ba’ and could be a phone, tablet, or computer)-this is now “pu-ah“, baaa (sheep noise), birds, apple, outside (siiii), breakfast, cereal, moo juice, eggs, sausage, bite, cup, buttons, basket, puppy, hug, bless you, excuse you.
^^This kid has words for almost everything now. I’m not even sure how I’d track them all down. She can name a lot of the toys, almost all foods she eats, drinks, lots and lots of animals, she knows a couple of colors, and the shape of star and heart. She can tell whose clothing is whose, tell you that you have a hole in your clothes, that there’s ‘ewww’ on the floor (anything, like a crumb), she can climb up on the couch depending on what she’s wearing, some stuff slows her down.
She really likes to swing, she likes to climb stairs, she said ‘crackers AMEN’ when she wants a snack, she likes to hum/sing and sway to the radio, she likes to ‘read’, she knows EXACTLY where the church nursery is and wants to go there as soon as we get to church…they have cookies, you know! She knows how to find the dinosaurs at the library to play with, and always wants to go ‘side’ which of course means outside. She’s figured out how to say her sometimes babysitter and constant church toter-arounder’s name, and now she asks for her several times a day. She’s starting to miss daddy in the mornings, which is heartbreaking, because then she just doesn’t care about me for a while, if daddy’s gone then pfft on you. Eventually she changes her mind and begs me to hold her all day long. She delights in knocking over towers, pretend food play, the items that make noise, and all of the little people stuff. She’s figuring all the blocks out and asks to play with those a lot. If you prompt her, she can count to 3 and she wants to recognize letters, she actually calls an O a chee-o (which is hysterical, she’s put 2 and 2 together, but made 2 out of it). If she thinks she’s going to get something ‘good’, her face lights up and she takes off RUNNING for whatever it is (shoes, snack, what have you).
All in all, she’s helpful, loving, and delightful. I think I’ll keep her.