One & a half seems so big, and you have definitely made the sweet transition from babyhood to toddler. Just in time, I suppose, since there will be a new baby in the house in 9 weeks! I know you will be a great big sister & such a little helper for mommy. You continue to learn & grow, and perhaps the most exciting development for us is your budding language skills. You are trying to say so many words, and it's fun for daddy & I to teach you! Here are some more things going on in your little world at this age:
~ At your 18 month Dr appt you are 33 inches tall and 24 pounds. That puts you in the 90% for height and 50% for weight. Dr Anderson called you a "michael phelps baby" since your torso is so long, and you are tall & lean. You surely love the water like an Olympic swimmer!
~ In spite of the great measurements, you continue to eat hardly anything! Though you're obviously getting enuf of the few things you eat- milk, fruit, cheese, yogurt, applesauce, cereal bars, ravioli, carbs. It seems at this age your eating habits shouldn't be confined to a list, but here we are anyways! Your father is still afraid you're going to stay a vegetarian forever! I tell him that's impossible- you don't eat veggies! (except corn!)
~ You are so active & always on the move. Lately you've been working on your climbing skills- you can scale your changing table and we found you sitting up on top of it all alone one day. (Scary moment!) You can climb up chairs, stools, and stacked hatboxes. You climb up into your playhouse outside and climb UP the slide- preferable w/o shoes.
~ We have discovered something that will keep you still & quiet for a few minutes- drums! There was a Blue Man Group show on tv & you were entranced! You went from running around crazy to sitting, focused on their drumming & banging. We keep it in the dvr for you! You will also sit for Baby Einstein's Barnyard animals dvd- you love to try to sing EIEIO and make all the animal sounds!
~ You are very curious, and I see your daddy in you when you sit & try to figure out how something works or how it fits together. You also seem abundantly entertained by putting things in things- animals in the ark, blocks in the bucket, cheerios in a cup, & in a bigger cup, & in a bowl. I know this is just a "thing" for your age, but I love watching you work!
~ You love playing outside- in the backyard, at the park, and walking around the pond with the geese. The weather is finally cooling down so we get to enjoy the outside even more. You usually end up taking your shoes off and running around in the grass in your bare tootsies!
~ You are such a sweet girl and love giving us kisses, hugs & snuggles- which we adore, however brief! You love sitting in my lap, and flipping upside down, and being tickled, and laughing like a silly goose. You love to climb all over daddy, and get horsey rides on his back, and sit up on his shoulders, and run to tackle him.
As you continue to get bigger and learn so many new things, daddy & I love being a part of your daily adventure. We love that you will pray with us- sometimes wanting to do so several times throughout a meal!, and we pray for you daily, that we will raise you in love & knowledge of the Lord, and with His wisdom. We love your independent spirit, even when it's frustrating (cereal bars & cheese MUST be in the wrapper!). You are so beautiful, inside and out, and I sometimes find myself just watching you, soaking in these moments. I know one & a half is only a mini-milestone for your life, but know I'm already proud of the child you have become!
Daddy & I love you lots! Love, Mommy