You are now FOURTEEN MONTHS OLD! I have decided to start doing these update posts every two months. It’s been a busy couple of months, pretty much the summer. You are a water baby and being in the water makes you a happy girl. Your walk is transitioning more into a run. Everywhere we take you involves a lot of chasing you around. At the Farmer’s Market you would be happy to just run through the park and market, stumbling across picnic blankets, snatching other kids toys and saying a cheerful “Hi” to everyone you meet. You are very independent and do not even look back to see if your Dad or I am even behind you. This makes me a little nervous to be honest.
Verbally you are still pretty chatty and seem to add words pretty often. Sometimes you just repeat a random word. I tried to count up all the words and names you have said and it’s about 45-50 total. You are also learning animal noises, the “ooo ooo ahh ahh” of a monkey is the only one you usually get right, the cat’s “meow” too. Right now you are learning body parts and if I ask where you belly is you pull up your shirt and say, belly and then button. I love this. You also now say “cat jump” whenever the cat jumps from the stairs into the living room and then over again into the dining room. You also say “gentle” when you pet him. Jump is a new fascination, you are saying it about yourself and trying to kick up your leg, I think jumping will take some time, but you want to really badly.
You love chatting on face time with your Grandparents and seem to have a big soft spot for your Grandpa on my side that you call “Papa”. You kind of blew my mind when you recently looked at a picture frame that is in the bookcase of your Grandpa that is about 30 years old and you said “Papa”, you recognized him with blonde hair and everything.
You are really into books and love picking out books from the bookshelf to read. Your Dad reads to you almost every night after your bath and it’s very cute how you crawl in his lap and enjoy it. You are attempting to climb on everything and have figured out how to get up on the ottomans in the living room and your bedroom. I have a crazy video of you pretty much surfing on the ottoman in your room that rocks pretty fast. I could not believe you actually had the coordination to get up on your feet. You also love to push your “babies” around in the stroller your Aunt Ally got you.
You still do not sleep through the night on many nights. We are working on weaning, but you are pretty adamant when you want to nurse. You have little interest in milk, toddler formula, almond milk….really any substitutes. Often you throw the bottle away and say a simple, firm “No”. You also veto foods left and right for no rhyme or reason. Meals are often a game, it seems to work best when we don’t try to sell you on the item or make a fuss. Also, when I make peace with the aftermath mess. Telling you not to throw food only makes you more excited to do it. Sometimes though you take a bite of something and say “Mmmmm” so joyfully with big eyes. I love those moments.
It’s been a great couple of months. We are having so much fun watching you develop and loving your funny, sassy personality. You are an adorable girl with a big passion for life. We are so proud of you.
Lots of love,
Mom & Dad