Thursday, December 06, 2012

15 Months Old!

I hate to say it, but this little girl is much more toddler than baby already. Makes me sad, but at the same time I enjoy the increased communication and playfulness. I should note that she has also found her will and is stubborn and opinionated just like her brother. She really is like him in so many ways!

She experienced her first real illness after getting the flu shot and I am regretting having given it to her at this point. Whether there is a link or not, it all seems to have started with that darn flu shot. She got the shot toward the end of September. After just a few days she had developed horribly bad breath, so I knew she had some kind of throat/sinus infection. We got antibiotics for that (her first) which tore up her little tummy and resulted in awful dirty diapers and diaper rash. A week or so after that she got the stomach flu. No vomiting, only diarrhea with a high fever, and no one else in the family got it. We have been battling bad diarrhea and diaper rash ever since. Whole thing lasted about 2 months. We have only recently returned to regular whole milk rather than lactose-free. So far, so good. Glad that mess is behind us!

Here are our 15 month updates:

  • ·         Weighs 23 lbs (50th percentile), 31.5 inches (75-90th percentile), 46 cm head circumference (50th percentile). Weight-Length ratio is 25-50th percentile. Wears size 12-18 months and some 18 months. Size 4 diaper. Size 4.5 shoe.
  • ·         Still not walking on her own. She can push her little doll stroller or another walking toy all over the room, stand on her own and walk next to you only holding your finger. She has even taken up to 7-8 steps on her own. But then she still drops and crawls the rest of the way. Luke was walking shortly after his first birthday, so this is totally unexpected. I think she thinks of herself as the princess and would rather be carried everywhere.... UPDATE 12/14/12: our girl is finally walking!
  • ·         Waves bye-bye with small finger movements
  • ·         Says “ma-ma”, “da-da”, "bye", "hello". Recently pointed to a dog in a book and said “puppy” clear as could be. Has said "brother" and "water" but not repeatedly.
  • ·         Points at everything she wants and everywhere she wants to go.
  • ·         LOVES, and I do mean LOVES, Barney! My mom let her watch it when she was sick and now the girl is obsessed. Several times a day she will point to the TV or bring you a Barney DVD and then point to the TV. I don’t let her watch all day, but she would if she could!
  • ·         Makes car and siren noises when she plays with Luke’s cars just like he does.
  • ·         Still loves you to read/look at books with her.
  • ·         Climbs up stairs and we quickly learned to make sure Luke has closed the bottom gate all the way! She's fast!
  • ·         Loves to ride on the plasma car, her little rocking horse, our big radio flyer horse, our ABC learning train thing, basically anything. She takes you over to what she wants to ride and points and “tells” me she wants to ride. Maybe she’ll be the one to go on roller coasters with her mama!
  • ·         Still very attached to her pacis and blankies.
  • ·         Has 6 teeth: 4 on top, 2 on bottom. 
  • ·         Very curly hair in back and on the sides!
  • ·         We go back and forth between 1 or 2 naps a day depending on the time she wakes. If it's after 7:00, she just takes one 2-3 hour nap. If she has a morning nap, it can be no longer than 1 hour or she won’t go back down in the afternoon and she really can’t make it from 10:30 or 11:00 am until bedtime, so I limit the morning nap. Bedtime is between 6-7 pm depending on when she woke from her nap. She still gets a bath first, then jammies and bottle, then bed. FINALLY a good sleeper, typically 12-13 hours/night. Praise God!

The girl LOVES broccoli. I mean she's crazy about it!

Look at this hair! After being washed it has super tight little curls, but most of the day her curls are larger, loose, and a bit wild. My mom calls her post-nap hair "scary hair" because it looks like a giant rat's nest. Turns out that curly hair like hers already needs conditioner to tame it. And so begins our female need for products...

Happy girl!

At least 2-3 times per day she wants you to raise the blinds so she can look out the windows. She loves to be outside!

Pushing her little walking stroller. It really has been a great help in getting her comfortable with walking.

The kids found my old babydoll and doll cradle and have been playing with it. Lacey loves to climb in the cradle with her baby. Good thing it really is just a doll....

She is a stinker, this one! But we love our Lacey Lou to pieces!