Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fifteen Months!

15 months... WHAT?!
Her next appointment is this month, so I'll get back to you on measurements, but she's definitely getting heavier. My arms are getting tired, and that's saying something, because this Mama lifts. That molar I mentioned last time has come all the way in, and is helping her to chow down even more food. She's able to wear quite a bit more in the 12-18 months category, without being completely swallowed by them.
Favorite foods:
She's still our super eater, and continues to love everything we've previously written about here and here, and that's pretty much what her diet consists of. Meat, beans of any kind, sweet potatoes, strawberries, blueberries, oatmeal, Geek yogurt, hummus, and salsa seem to be inhaled the quickest. She certainly knows what she wants, and when she's hungry she is on a mission. That's when her 'tude really comes out. She will scream politely request food until you give her a bite. We end up forfeiting letting her just feed herself, regardless of the mess, because it's better than the fit. ha.
Least favorite foods:
She stopped eating the actual flesh of mango, but goes to town on the peel? Weirdo. I don't know if this counts as "least", because she doesn't have it, but we still avoid sugar, white wheat flour, processed junk, and most dairy.
Look who's talking:
She's repeated us saying a couple things recently, but then won't do it again when we try, go figure. So she's said "besuuu" (bless you), "esspees" (yes please), "li" (light and lion), and "uvlu" (love you). She's definitely saying "mama" more often, which melts my heart. Then there's "NO!" which is accompanied with the cutest little pout face and adamant head shake. Little stinker. I'm not sure where little miss gets her sass, Mama certainly isn't a diva. We try our best to say "not for baby" or "please don't" or "not nice" as opposed to just "no", yet she's got the word down pat. Here we go...
Favorite things:
She still loves all of the things mentioned in Thirteen Month Faves and Fourteen Month Faves. She's also a huge fan of making toys out of things that aren't actually toys... you know slamming cupboards, clanking pans, the dog's water bowl, basically anything she can get her hands on an throw and bang around. When they say the kid loves the box more than the toy inside, they're not lying. For the record, I don't know who "they" is.
Favorite activities:
Being an adventurer; she is constantly crawling, cruising, and climbing around at the speed of light. Opening all cupboards and drawers (latches and locks are where they need to be.), and pulling everything out of them. She follows us from room to room, and gets a big kick out of it when "she finds Mama or Daddy!" She still loves just going to town with her toys, both with us and by herself. Story time is definitely still a favorite too, again in our laps or reading to herself. Bath time is still a big hit too and she's learning to brush her teeth with us. Of course, going to basketball games is one of the best things ever. As you may have seen in our post here, she absolutely loved the swings! Most of all, she loves to spend time with us, she's definitely a love bug that would take being in our arms over anything, and we wouldn't have it any other way.(:
Least favorite activities:
Still NOT a fan of diaper changes, having her hands and face wiped clean, or getting in her car seat. We've also hit the toddler stage I think, because she doesn't like being told "no" or "not for baby", she tries to test the waters and when we tell her not to, at first she lets out a half-wimper-half-smile thing, which is so cute you want to let her get away with it that she's trying to see if you'll laugh or stay stern. Once she hears no again, she usually starts to cry and it's so sad, but does fortunately stop whatever it was she was doing. She also doesn't like to sleep much, and pretty much only falls asleep in my arms or sometimes a long car ride, that's okay though, because I love her snuggles and I can catch up on zzz's in later years.
Signature moves and skills:
She's a speedy little one; crawling, cruising, and climbing at the speed of light. She's definitely got the coordination and skill to walk, as she proves when slamming pushing her walker toys around the house, she just needs to learn she can let go and do it on her own. We're really hoping she decides to do it in time for Easter and the egg hunts to ensue. She has THE CUTEST laugh, and I'm not just bias, that naturally sends everyone else into giggle fits too. It's a crinkled nose, big grin, with laughs that range from sweet little giggles to gremlin cackles, with a full on snort here and there too. She's always amused and proud of her actions, we are too, so it happens a lot. Still clapping, waving, pointing, dancing, nodding yes and no, and high fiving all the time. A newer thing she does, is tilt her head to the side and lean on something and shake her shoulders back and forth when we say "do you love your [insert toy/person/etc] here?" It's absolutely precious. She also really likes to share her toys, and playing pass it back and forth, saying "taay-uu" (thank you) as she does. What a polite little kiddo. She tends to stand on one leg and extend the other to the front, side, or back... my little ballerina in the making. A couple baby genius moments happened when she mimicked us by dipping her veggies in the salsa with the scoop motion and everything then feeding herself. As well as now being able to identify things in a picture, like "where is the dog?" and she points to it in the book.
Mom's proudest moment:
Well, let's just say I've come to the realization I need to lose my sailor mouth choose my wording better, she hasn't repeated anything, but I need to nip it in the bud now. Oopsies.
Dad's proudest moment:
If you could hear the conversation we just had...
Me: "Honey, have you done anything dumb this past month, you know like "dad's proudest moment" type stuff?"
Him: "No way, I'm perfect! What're you talking about lady?"
...Thinking he's perfect, that'll work. haha. I kid, he truly is an incredible father.<3
Baby girl, you are our sunshine on a cloudy day. Each day that goes by, you add something new and adorable to your repertoire and we can't get enough. Your brilliance is proven over and over, through all your baby genius moves, your sweet heart shows in all of your kisses and cuddles, your amazing personality shines in all of your goofy bits. Words really can't express how much happiness you bring us. We love you to the moon and back Brooklynn Rose.<333 

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