Today, Adelaide is 18 months old!!!!!
She is growing up so fast. I blink and she grows two inches, learns 5 words and can suddenly cut-up her own pancakes. Well not really, but thats what it feels like! She is growing like a weed, though. Here are her most recent stats from the doctor:
Weight: 50th percentile
Length: 90th percentile
Head Circumference: 90th percentile
So this kiddo is tall and lean and has a huge head. hahaha! I think thats a pretty good mix of Lively and Bauer ;o) She is still too darn cute!
She is talking up a storm. She has full conversations, no joke! We can’t understand any of it, but she uses inflection and hand movement and punctuation! I know that as soon as she figures out those words we won’t be able to get her to stop talking! Here is a video of her talking on the phone with her Grandma and Grandpa Lively:
She does use some discernible words. Here is the list of her words (at least the ones I can remember!):
One, Two, Three, Four
All done/All gone (they sound the same)
Rock (the action, to rock, like in a chair or on a horse)
Please and Thank you (although she doesn’t use them much….)
Her motor skills are developing too. She has mastered the spoon! Her scooping skills are pretty great (depending on the food) and I clean up fewer and fewer messes these days! She loves to drink from a cup with no lid. This is still suuuuuper messy, but she’s learning! She is VERY close to being able to step down into our living room without crawling. It’s fun to watch her try and master this skill. Lots of tumbles, but always with a smile. She adores drawing (its too bad its so uncontrollably messy!) but she’s great with a marker! And blocks, she loves to create and destroy her block creations. It’s so much fun to play with her now that she’s actually interested in her toys!
Her emotional development has progressed as well. Now, EVERY time something doesn’t go her way, she throws herself on the ground and fake cries. It doesn’t seem to matter how small the offense, even just giving her the wrong sippy cup warrants a full scale run-and-throw-herself-on-the-ground-and-fake-cry. I’d be more upset if I didn’t understand that this is simply her recognizing that she has opinions and is allowed to express her discontent when things don’t go her way. She’ll learn pretty quick that she doesn’t always get what she wants.
She is down to one nap per day, and she’s a morning-nap kiddo which makes our afternoons pretty trying, so we usually have to do a very quiet activity, like cuddle time with books, so she can “rest” and get through the next three hours of our night. We’re still very fortunate that she sleeps mostly through the night, not waking up until 8AM. For the last three weeks, though, she’s been waking up during the night, but really, it’s not that much of a disruption to my sleep, so I’ll take it if it means she keeps sleeping so late!
Adelaide’s most apparent personality trait would be independence. She wants to do everything herself. She will fight us tooth-and-nail if we’re trying to do something for her, but if we say, “ok, you do it” then she is happy to complete the task herself. She’s been feeding herself since she was six months old, never really allowing me to spoon feed her. She doesn’t let me brush her teeth unless she is also holding the tooth brush. She even prefers to brush her own hair, screaming her head off if Matt or I try to do it. It’s not all-consuming though, she will ask for help when something is beyond her skill set. Additionally, she is VERY clingy when faced with new people or environments, so her independence has very clearly defined limits, and I am OK with that!
Matt and I cannot believe how much we laugh when we’re around her. She is the joy of our existence and the light of our lives and we cannot imagine life without her. She is growing up much too fast, but we are enjoying every minute of it!!!