My baby girl turned 19 months old last week and she is getting to be such a big girl. I had hoped to finish this post before we went out of town last Thursday, but that didn’t happen.
What Jessica is Up To
She now runs everywhere. This has led to quite a few scrapped knees, as she gets to going so fast that she trips over her own feet.
The majority of the month was spent preparing to move and unpacking from moving. So Jessica spent a lot of time climbing in boxes, “helping” pack, and then “helping” unpack.
She has become interested in water. Here, she watered plants in the yard. I’m looking into swim classes for this summer.
Jessica is still sleeping in her crib, but we will start the transition soon, because we’re concerned she might climb out (she hasn’t yet, but it wouldn’t surprise me if she did). For now, I’ve placed some floor pillows in front of the crib just to be on the safe side. She finds the pillows a handy spot to read.
I think she’s going to be a great big sister. When I was unpacking the cloth diapers, so I could wash and start using them again, Jessica decided her stuffed animals needed diapers. She has become so enamored with diapers on her animals that I now keep the door to the nursery closed unless we’re changing her diaper or doing the bedtime routine. Otherwise, she opens the diaper drawer and pulls them all out.
Jessica also will climb into the bathtub in the middle of the day and take her stuffed animals so she can give them a bath.
She is quite a fan of animals. She knows a number of them by sight and by their animal sound: turkey, cat, pig, elephant, dog, rooster, bird. She loves to point to birds or fish. I like to take her to the pet store just so she can look at the critters. I look forward to more zoo visits. She loves to feed the fish in the pond in our back yard.
Jessica loves the phone, but she hasn’t quite grasped the concept of talking into the phone. Sometimes I can get her to say bye-bye to Daddy on the phone. Often this includes waving bye-bye at the phone.
She’s not a big fan of hats when I want her to wear one outside to shade her face and neck, but inside she loves to put on hats. She’ll put them on her stuffed animals too.
What Jessica is Saying
Jessica is quite the talker. Often we don’t know what she is saying. The clear words she can say: cheese, juice, up, out, mama, da, poopy (while getting her diaper changed), ball, wow, whoa, whee, uh-oh, hello, hi, bye, bye-bye (one of her favorites), book, more, fish, George, birds, mouse, chips, blackberries, flower, gobble-gobble, meow, cock-a-doodle-do, caw, bubbles, balloons and I’m sure there’s a few more I’m forgetting.
What Jessica is Eating
Jessica has for the most part recently boycotted high chairs, especially at restaurants. Until we moved she was against her high chair and even her booster seat. When we moved, the high chair was adjusted to the lowest setting and the cover/straps removed to make it easier to move. Once it was put in the new breakfast room, Jessica saw it and thought it interesting and spent some time climbing in and out of it. I had an “Aha” moment. I adjusted it up a notch to table height, put the cover but not the straps back on it, and pulled it up to the table. Now Jessica loves sitting in it again. I feel that it might have been an anti strapped-in movement instead of anti-high chairs. I’ve stopped strapping her in at restaurants and she will often sit in them now.