My little family!

My little family!

Friday, December 7, 2012

18 months!!!!

BIG GIRL!

Early morning photoshoot with Mr Bear! 

The end -- ready to run around instead of sit on the chair!
My big girl - on the GO! 

Tall enough to look outside in her bedroom now - we do this quite often :) She loves pointing out the "leaves'", "birds",  "cars", "trees" and "airplanes"

giggle face!

I'm going to get youuuuuu!!!

18 months and PROUD!

18 month stats:
Weight: 25 pounds if I had to guess - I don't think she's gained much thanks to all the running around.
Height: 32.5 inches last month - probably 33 inches by now?
Eating: Getting better & better - eating a ton - organic milk 4 times a day (wake up, 2 naps and bedtime)
Clothes: 12-18 month (getting small), 18 month, 18-24 month and 24 month! 
Diaper: Size 4. Size 5 at night.
Shoe Size: 4 1/2 - 5


My 18 month old...

Can it be? Have you been in our lives a full 18 months?! As I watch you on the video monitor snore away (loudly, like your Dada), I can't remember life before you. I don't want to remember. You, my dear, are the shining star of this family. You have taught me patience, wisdom, joy and true happiness. Your delight at seeing and trying new things is incredibly refreshing and I'm seeing the world in a whole new way. Things I used to pass by - trees, leaves, airplanes, cars..you point out and shout with such excitement. I love it and I love you for showing me how much beauty there is right under our noses. 

I think, without a doubt, this is my favorite age so far. (I think I may have said that once, or twice, or every month...) I can't get over how smart and big you are. You love to walk, run, climb and jump. You dance, you sing, you mimic and you shout. You are every bit of toddler I expected. You are even starting to throw tantrums when you want something but if we can figure out what it is (9 times out of 10, a snack), you're happy. If not, you will THROW yourself on the floor - it's comical but I try not laugh or give in. I feel so bad when you get so sad & angry but you are getting better! You are getting better at not hitting or biting which is fabulous because you will soon be in your very own CLASSROOM! School starts on Wednesday -- I'm so unbelievably nervous. I know you'll do amazing but I think the adjustment may be hard in the beginning. Other then Mom-Mom & Pop-Pop's house on Thursdays, you have never been out of the house all day without us. You will need to learn to nap on a mat rather then in the crib, and you'll need to learn to share and make friends. It will be great and I have no doubt you'll be successful. I just can't believe school time is already here. 

This past month was a lot of fun -- we celebrated the start of cold weather, Thanksgiving, a visit from Grandma & Grandpa and more. You've had a lot of fun! We are currently working on teaching you numbers (you can count from 1-10, but only when in the mood and you miss some numbers), you sing along to the alphabet (and chime in on a few letters), we're working on animal noises, body parts and colors. I think you understand more then you repeat back to us - you need to be in the mood to answer our questions. 

Playtime is so much fun - you now make all your toys "talk" to each other - you are very good at playing by yourself and I love it. You'll sometimes sing or dance when you think no one is watching - it's so blissful to see. For Hanukkah, we are giving you a play kitchen - I think you will LOVE it!! Hanukkah starts tomorrow so hopefully Dada can put it together this weekend. We also got you a shopping cart full of groceries, an easel to paint on, and assorted other toys. I think it's time I pack away some of the "baby" toys for your little brother - your toy boxes (and our living room and basement) are overflowing! 

Movies, movies, movies -- the favorites this month include Lion King (Simba), Aladdin (says perfectly), Finding Nemo (Nemo), Happy Feet (says perfectly), Tangled (Ryder), Rio (says perfectly), Shrek (Donkey) and Toy Story (Woody Buzz). You still love Sesame Street, Jacks Big Music Show and most recently Yo Gabba Gabba. I try to keep the TV off and listen to music instead but now that you are getting so amazing at talking, you'll ask for exactly what you want. Smart cookie, my dear. At least you dance your way through every movie...

Probably your best month of sleep to date... there were some nights you slept about 13 1/2 hours. YAY for Mama & Dada!! Mostly you sleep 7:30 - 7:15, not too shabby! You still nap twice a day but I think this will be changing very soon once school starts. I'll miss your morning nap but I wouldn't mind one long afternoon nap instead - it will make it easier to plan our days together.

This has been another great month of eating and trying new things -- you're very open to new foods which is GREAT! You love to ask for snacks and cereal (and you'll go into the pantry and bring what you want while proudly announcing "Here ya go!" - translation - "open this and feed me, please!") I figured out a way to get veggies in - you'll eat the organic toddler pouches! You can feed yourself which you love and you're eating yummy foods like peas and green beans!! You also seem to really love eggs now which is great. One of your new favorite foods is peanut butter (which you call "butter") - you'll eat it right off the spoon, like mama!!

Mondays music class is over but will start again in January. We miss it a lot but I decided we'll be doing it again even though the baby comes - I can't imagine our weeks without it! Tuesdays Romp & Roll class is so much fun. You're getting so good at all the things they have. There is a hanging trapeze that you've now mastered - you literally hang from it using  upper body strength, so cool. You also climb the slide very well. You are still not great at sitting with the group during circle time but you're getting better! 

This next month will be full of lots of spoiling. It is your last full month as an only child. My anxiety about this grows everyday. How will you handle the change? Will you be okay without the full attention of us? Will you feel left out? I know this is crazy to worry about because the "best gift you can give a child is a baby brother or sister" but I still worry. So this month I am doing nothing but showing you how much I love you. We go to Sesame Place tomorrow, the Aquarium next weekend, and lots of fun events in between. Hanukkah is tomorrow, New Years is soon and the year is wrapping up. It's crazy!

You will always be my love, my best friend and the most perfect little love. 18 months and better then ever - I can't wait to see what these next few months bring!! By the way, I've already started planning your 2nd birthday. Bring on the tears!!! 

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!! 
MAMA



(From October but I couldn't resist posting - photography by Isla Charm Photography in South Florida)

(From October but I couldn't resist posting - photography by Isla Charm Photography in South Florida)

(From October but I couldn't resist posting - photography by Isla Charm Photography in South Florida)


(From October but I couldn't resist posting - photography by Isla Charm Photography in South Florida)
She BIT my belly - OW! haha

(From October but I couldn't resist posting - photography by Isla Charm Photography in South Florida)

(From October but I couldn't resist posting - photography by Isla Charm Photography in South Florida)

(From October but I couldn't resist posting - photography by Isla Charm Photography in South Florida)

(From October but I couldn't resist posting - photography by Isla Charm Photography in South Florida)

(From October but I couldn't resist posting - photography by Isla Charm Photography in South Florida)

(From October but I couldn't resist posting - photography by Isla Charm Photography in South Florida)

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