Tomorrow we leave for the States to visit family and friends for a few weeks. We figured this would be the best time to do it before I get too large and in charge. ;) Our house is pretty much all packed up as we are moving into a new house when we get back from our "holiday" to America. We are moving because the construction is pretty bad (because of the fire) and the need for a 4th bedroom (expanding family).
In the midst of all the chaos, our little girl turned 18 months old! I can hardly believe that she has now lived half her life in America and half in England. It really has flown by.
It's been awhile since I've done a monthly update, and she has changed so much over the last few months. Her spunky and silly personality always makes us laugh. She is gaining more independence, becoming more curious and surprises us with how smart she is on a daily basis. And the tantrums have started...
Age: 18 Months
Clothes: Wearing mostly 18-24 and some 2T. She still lets me dress her in whatever I want. I'm just waiting for the day when she starts to have an opinion of her own... Hopefully not for a long time! She is wearing size 5 shoes (I think). I need to get her remeasured while we are in the States. The sizing here is different than in America. She actually loves to put bows in her hair. She is always trying to place them on top of her head, and she will hold still for me when I'm trying to put one in. I hear that's pretty rare. So I guess we got lucky with her!
Favorite Foods: I feel like this changes on a daily basis. For example, one day she will love cheese and strawberries and the next day she wants nothing to do with them. That pretty much goes for anything except, she will always go for yogurt, humus w/ pita bread, chips and she actually likes to eat steamed veggies! She's definitely becoming more curious with everything we are eating. So we have to be more careful if we are eating something around her that isn't the healthiest. I guess it's time we save our snacks for after she goes to bed. ;)
Favorite Words: Animal sounds, uh-oh, buh-bye, "nana" (banana), what's that, three (we always say 1-2-3!!! when we are throwing her so she goes straight for "three!!"), wee, whoa, thank you, boo, yalalala (belly button), ball, bubble, baby, "tickle, tickle" and "let's go!".
Favorite Activities: She is really getting into drawing (on anything). She loves markers on the white board, chalk, crayons and painting with water (Melissa & Doug's Water Wow or Aquadoodle. If she sees that I have a pen in my hand making notes on something, she has to grab it out of my hand and find the nearest piece of paper to draw on. This can create a problem as you can imagine. She loves her Magna Doodle and Crayola My First Touch Lights.
She absolutely loves to play outside especially swinging on a swing. She's been known to throw a tantrum or two if we try to get her out of a swing too soon. Loves to play in her teepee, read books, dance & sing. She has really gotten into "jumping" lately as well. She likes to "help" mommy put away things or pull the laundry out of the washing machine. And unfortunately, this girl loves her TV shows. I usually only allow her to watch a show in the in evenings before Ryan gets home, and I'm trying to cook. But all day long, she is bringing me the remote controls because she wants me to turn on the TV. The little stinker has even figured out how to turn the TV on from the back but luckily still hasn't figured out how to turn on the cable box. Whew.
Favorite Things: She loves her baby dolls, pink monkey and stuffed bear. She also LOVES her pottery barn kids chair. She is always diving into it and climbing all over it. Right now she is really into throwing balls as well and anything that plays music. She really likes anything with a good beat. :) Another signature Maggie toy is her pull behind alligator. She is always dragging that loud, clanky thing all over the house, but it's so cute I don't care!
Signature Moves: Dancing, singing and running around in circles. She likes to give kisses and randomly give out some hugs. She will even kiss characters in books and inanimate objects. Ha! Smelling flowers (even if they are drawings in a book) is another fav. She's also really into pointing out body parts. She especially loves yelling "eyes!" and then poking your eye out immediately afterwards. My heart about melts every time she tries to put on Ryan or I's shoes. This girl loves her footwear. Last but not least, she loves to try and swipe mommy's makeup when she's getting ready. She loves to pretend like she's putting on makeup herself. It is the cutest thing!
First kiddy ride!
Other Milestones: She is really working on trying to use a fork and spoon. It's pretty cute watching her try and balance a piece of food on a spoon and then trying to get it to her mouth. When my friend watched her the other day for me over lunch, she mention how she sat at the little kids table and ate her lunch. I couldn't believe that she sat still for that long to eat at a little table! She's pretty obsessed with sitting on little kid's chairs so I should have known.
Playing peek-a-boo with a random boy at the park.
I can finally put her hair back into a ponytail! She looks so much older!
I can't get enough.
This has definitely been my favorite age by far. Her personality is really shining and sense of humor is blossoming. Even though the tantrums have started, this has still been such a fun age. I'm starting to do more research on the whole disciplining thing. I feel like there is only so much I can do at this age because I don't think she fully understands still. But, I do think we will be there in a few short months. Eeek.
I don't have her stats quite yet but she is going to see a doctor in the States on Monday so I will come back here and post them when I get them. She is definitely getting pretty heavy for me to carry, especially with a growing belly!
Wish us luck on our long flight home tomorrow!!