Wednesday, 4 December 2013

The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Months

Eek! I seriously cant believe that it has been over TWO months since I last posted an update. Let's get to it, shall we? I can't believe that Kaitlin is now a year and a half old. Weren't we just celebrating her first birthday?! To say that the last couple of months have been would not be entirely accurate, but they sure have been fun. Kaitlin's personality grows and expands every day. Her likes - and dislikes - become all the more clear and she becomes all the more vocal about it. The past two months, although super fun and full of laughs, were also very challenging as Kaitlin tries to find her voice and express herself without very many words. She only has about 5-6 words that she uses consistently, but she manages to get her point across very well. One of the words that she uses most often is a full, confident "YEAH". She only means to say "yes" about half the time that she actually says "yeah", but it's hilarious just the same.

"Kaitlin, do you want to go outside?"

"Kaitlin, do you smell like dirty socks?"

Its a fun game, really!

And - I am excited to announce - after eighteen loooonnngggg months Kaitlin is finally saying "Mama". Hooray!! And she says it when pointing to me or when she wants to tell me something. You have no idea how happy this makes me! She still says "Dada" all day long but I am happy to have a few "mama's" thrown in there too.

Getting her to eat is one area that is not fun at all. She has reverted to the standard beige toddler diet and it is incredibly frustrating for me, she doesn't seem to mind at all! She won't eat anything if it is any color other than white, beige, yellow or sometimes orange. Except for pouches. She will only eat green or yellow pouches. But only certain green and yellow ones, not just any one you give her. She is addicted to carbs, milk/cheese and eats mostly "snack" type foods rather than actual meals. She will take two bites of her meal and then push away her plate and exclaim, "UP!" (which means she actually wants to get down). It seems like I am always trying to push, encourage or trick her into eating more. Somehow she is getting enough calories though because she jumped back up to the 15% at her 18 month doctors appt for weight (she dipped down to 5% at her 15 mo check up). So the doctor encouraged me to "keep doing what I'm doing" to get her to eat. ACK! Doesn't she know how exhausting that is??

Hands down the best thing about the past two months is watching Kaitlin's little personality grow and flourish more and more each day. She is an adrenaline junky already - demanding us to push her higher on the swings and throw her on the bed more and more (which makes for a very nervous mommy). She is starting to learn when she is being funny and will try over and over again to get us to laugh and do something funny. She does a happy dance and she is as loving as ever to all of her stuffed animals and dolls. And now in addition to giving the sweetest kisses ever, she now gives the best hugs in the world. Real hugs where she holds you tight and buries her head into your neck. Oh how I love all of those sweet hugs!!