Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Friday, September 26, 2014

Eighteen Months

My baby is already 18 months old.  How can that be????  Adelie is my happy, funny, active, messy, loving, spark plug of a baby girl. She hasn't had her 18 month check-up yet, but she's around 22-23 lbs.  She wears her 18-24 month clothes, size 3 diapers, and is starting to wear her size 5 shoes (although still insists on wearing her size 4 pink cowboy boots like sissy's.)  Adelie takes one nap (for about 1.5-2 hours) and sleeps 11-12 hours at night (7:30 to 7:00ish).  She goes to the baby-sitter's one day/week and stays with Grammie the other day while I work.  She lives life on the move with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye.

Adelie...and her pink cowboy boots

Likes:  Adelie likes playing outside, animals, bath time, going on outings, climbing on things, and doing anything her big sister is doing.  Adelie doesn't play with any one toy for long periods of time, but favorites include the Little People princess castle, Staley's beauty shop, puzzles, blocks, baby dolls, and balls.  More so, she prefers to play with anything Staley's playing with or anything she's not supposed to have, like DVD cases, remotes, cell phones, laptops,...  She enjoys books, and is sitting for longer periods to listen to stories.  (Her baby-sitter said that she is now sitting and listening during Circle Time instead of tackling the other kids.)  She loves books with flaps, Duck and Goose books, books with animals, and her little photo album.  She doesn't watch much TV (except catching the end of what Staley's watching), but does enjoy the Baby Einstein farm video and Mother Goose Club songs on Youtube.  And, like her sister, Adelie loves princesses, especially Elsa.  She is also a fan of Minnie Mouse, Tinkerbell, and Elmo.  Adelie has no fear, and loves sliding down slides, climbing ladders/step stools, and swinging high.  Adelie is a great eater, but favorite foods include all fruits, most veggies, tortillini, brats, cheese, and any dessert.  But Adelie's very favorite thing in the whole wide world is her big sister--going where she goes, doing what she does, singing what she sings.

Two peas in a pod

Dislikes:  Adelie is starting to demonstrate her emerging toddler ways--throwing little fits when things don't go her way, like when I won't pick her up as I'm making dinner or when she is made to share a preferred object or when she is removed from a fun (dangerous) activity or when someone else has something she wants.  Although she's a great eater, she's not a big fan of breads (waffles, sandwiches, buns).  She doesn't like sitting in her high chair when she's done eating, being carried, sitting still, and being told 'no'.

She's all smiles when things are going her way.

Skills:  Adelie is my coordinated little gal.  She can climb almost anything.  She is starting to run, goes up and down stairs independently, goes down slides by herself, and tries to pedal her tricycle.  (Her legs just aren't quite long enough.)  She loves to take things out and put things in, take tops on and off bottles, and turn toys on and off.  She enjoys coloring and painting (for brief periods of time) and likes to put stickers on her papers--and herself and the table and the floor...  She is getting good at puzzles, and can do her 5-6 piece wooden puzzles like a pro.  She likes to stack blocks, throw balls, and open DVD cases.

The park is always a big hit!

Adelie can feed herself with silverware, although still reverts to her fingers and is generally a mess when meals are over.  She will blow her nose, wash her hands (with a little help), and try to brush her teeth and hair.  She can remove her shoes and socks, and can put on Staley's socks and socks.  (She also likes to try to put on Staley's pants, underwear, and pajamas.)  Adelie always lets us know when she has messy pants by patting her bottom.  (She also did this once right BEFORE pooping the tub.  Zach learned his lesson after that.  :))  Adelie is becoming more and more of a talker.  She has about 60-75 words that she uses, although some of them cannot be understood unless you speak fluent Adelie, like 'baba' for belly button or 'me-me' for Minnie.  She is just starting to put 2 words together.  She also has a plethera of animal sounds, some of which she uses to substitute for the actual animal name like saying 'moo' instead of cow or 'ssssss' instead of snake. Adelie knows her body parts, with her belly button as her absolute favorite.  She can count to 10 with some help, although her favorite numbers are 3, 8, 9, TEN!!  She does hand motions to songs, gives hugs and kisses, dances, and twirls.

Filling up a bowl with corn?  What could be more fun???

Adelie has a little spice to her personality.  When told 'no', she will often continue with her activity while looking directly act you.  When asked to 'come here', she will often turn and run away (while laughing).  She will look you in the eye as she tosses her food/cup/spoon onto the floor at mealtime and then look down and say, "uh-oh."  She will scream when she's mad, cry when it works to her advantage, and try to hold an armful of toys while refusing to share even one.  But she also gives big hugs, lays her head on my shoulder during song time before nap/bedtime, loves to hold hands, and has a smile that lights up the room.

My little 18 month old

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