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.
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